Innovation & Research

Girl in a checkered shirt sitting on a couch looking at a laptop
A Pitt team found that the desire to protect others was the primary motivating factor for teens complying with social distancing requirements. They also learned what didn’t work.
4 emergency healthcare workers see to a patient on stretcher.  The image is motion blurred.
Pitt holds a special place in the history of emergency medical services. During National EMS Week, learn how Pitt people paved the way for modern prehospital care.
a large ship in the ocean
The Department of Defense Office of Naval Research is funding Pitt research into refining the seawater-to-fuel process, with a goal to make it more energy efficient, safer and scalable.
Alejandro Hoberman in a grey suit and blue shirt
A trial led by Alejandro Hoberman and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found no long-term benefit for tubes over antibiotics for childhood ear infections.
A battery on top of a shoe sole.
Pitt engineers show how a simple AA battery can prevent workplace slips and falls.
A person in full medical gear looking at a test-tube behind a clear screen.
Underneath Meghan Hodgson’s multiple face masks and face shield, tears threatened to overtake her. It was March 2020, and the registered nurse was working a regular night shift in the emergency room at her suburban New Jersey community hospital. But for Hodgson (NURS ’03), nothing about this night was normal.
A man in a mask and a University of Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine uniform delivers vaccine to man in foreground
Researchers from Pitt were part of a multisite study that analyzed real-world nationwide CDC data to confirm the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
four people dressed in masks, gloves and white suits standing in a room of equipment
The computers and sensors, specially designed for space, will be used to get a better view of Earth and its surroundings. The system will launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX-24 this fall.
Logan Rice in a blue and brown shirt on a brown background
Logan Rice will conduct experiments in high-energy physics through a U.S. Department of Energy program.
A computer generated image of a brain with a profile of a woman's face behind it
Pitt neuroscientists found that fruit flies, rodents and humans all have a protein called VGLUT that regulates sex differences in age-related neuron loss. It is not every day that scientists discover a phenomenon so fundamental across species.