Innovation & Research

A leech on skin
Leeches are all too happy to latch onto reattached body parts, skin grafts and transplanted tissue. Pitt Med magazine explains medicinal parasites in kid-friendly language.
Woman in a lab coat looking into a microscope
Launched with a $1.2 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the nonprofit, membership-based organization will help the region become a hub for the emerging life sciences economy.
a small girl in a bright pink shirt that says "two." on it
In January 2019, Pitt people performed UPMC’s first-ever in utero surgery for spina bifida. See how toddler Emery Greene Mullen is doing today.
An illustration of a printed silver microgrid
Future electronic displays will be thin, flexible and durable. Pitt engineers are finding ways to make the tech better and cheaper through tiny electric grids.
Yi Shi in a dark jacket
Promising early data suggest that this approach can provide a convenient and cost-effective therapeutic option to control the coronavirus pandemic.
Catherine Chappell in a blue shirt and brown jacket, next to a brick wall with a neighborhood in the background
During pregnancy, patients are uniquely engaged in health care, making it a perfect window of opportunity for screening and treatment for hepatitis C, says Pitt’s Catherine Chappell.
Closeup of a man undergoing an eye test
Using a protein found in algae, a new technology partially restored the sight of a completely blind man. He can now locate, identify and count objects using the treated eye while wearing specialized goggles.
A man in an orange hazmat suit and mask looks at a culture plate
In the latest Pitt Perspective, see how the University is fighting COVID-19 by questioning conventional wisdom and finding new approaches to research, treatment and vaccine development.
A zoom screen with four callers, the caller in the top left corner having three people. Top left is Isabella Stash, Joshua Zito, Ravi Gandhi, followed by upper right Roshni Gandhi, bottom left is Grace O’Malley, and bottom right is Melody Whittaker.
JacketJoy, a device that helps people with mobility issues put on a coat, recently placed second at the Atlantic Coast Conference InVenture Prize Competition. The project had its origins in an engineering classroom.
a black robotic arm lifting up a white cylinder
In a study published today in Science, a brain-computer interface user was able to transfer objects with a mind-controlled robotic arm at twice the speed compared to prior studies.