Innovation & Research

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Neuroscience of Paying Attention

New University of Pittsburgh research advances the understanding of how two seemingly different brain processes related to attention are more similar than previously thought, which could someday lead to improved targets for drug researchers.

Engineer Visits Recent Natural Disaster Sites for Insight on Infrastructure Improvements

Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, damaging much of its energy infrastructure. Pitt’s Alexis Kwasinski visited the island and other sites of natural disasters to find ways to update energy sources to withstand such storms.

Researchers Revise How Americans Get Healthy

Pitt's John M. Jakicic and Kirk I. Erickson are updating the nation’s physical activity guidelines. Among their suggestions: Even a burst of activity for less than 10 minutes can help deskbound workers stay healthier.

Research on Blood Clots Could Lead to Better Bleeding Control on the Battlefield and Beyond

Platelets — the body’s internal Band-Aids — are sometimes too effective at stopping bleeding, causing potentially dangerous clots. Matthew D. Neal, assistant professor of surgery and critical care medicine, and others are searching for ways to regulate clotting to help trauma victims.

New National Guidelines Aim to Combat Fatigue in Emergency, Shift Workers

After reviewing thousands of studies of shift and emergency workers, Pitt researchers developed five guidelines to help combat fatigue, including limiting shift duration, providing caffeine and allowing naps while on duty.
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New Research: For a Head Start on Cognitive Recovery After Stroke, Get Moving, Anytime

Much of the neural repair occurs during the first three months following a stroke. But, exercise may benefit patients' brains, no matter how much time has passed, Pitt researchers say.
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Researchers 'Speed Date' in Search of Expert Help to Take Ideas From Concept to Market

Starting a conversation on a blind date can be intimidating, and the same might be said for researchers looking for just the right expert to help them take their ideas from concept to reality.
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5000 Baum Project to Accelerate Cancer, Transplant, Immunotherapy Innovations

The University of Pittsburgh is creating a research, entrepreneurship and innovation hub to nurture and speed the development of new ideas and breakthrough technologies. The results could reinvent the way health care is delivered.
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Video Game for Emergency Doctors Battles for Top Prize in Bracket-style Innovation Contest

As reigning champions of STAT Madness — a bracket-style, national innovation contest — Pitt and UPMC hope this year’s entry, the emergency doctor video game Night Shift, can hold the crown.
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Project Aims to Recycle the Unrecyclable

One solution to the crisis of plastic pollution in oceans is to prevent plastic from becoming waste to begin with — and researchers from the Swanson School of Engineering aim to do just that.