Innovation & Research

Machery in front of a map

Philosophy Professor Searches for Meaning of Knowledge and Wisdom Around the World

The concepts of "wisdom" and "knowledge" aren't as universal as one might think. Edouard Machery of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science is co-leading a study that received a $2.6 million grant to probe cultural differences in understanding some of philosophy's core tenets.
William Federspiel

Wearable Artificial Lung Designed to Help Sick Children Remain Mobile While Hospitalized

Researchers hope the device will be a bridge to transplant or recovery in children with acute and chronic lung failure, allowing the children to move around and avoid being bedridden.
X-ray of pair of lungs

Researchers Analyze Big Data, Aim for Lung Disease Precision Treatment Improvement

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh are investigating the causes and progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — the third-leading cause of death in the United States — through the development of novel computational tools.

Using Novel Stent, Pitt Researchers Aim to Double Number of Successful Organ Donations

Each year, the United States experiences an extreme shortage of organ donations. Pitt researchers aim to change that.
Cui in a gray jacket and black shirt

Bioengineer Develops Brain Sensor for Investigating Drug Addiction Risks

Young adults are more susceptible to addiction, especially to drugs like cocaine. Using a new high-resolution sensor, bioengineer Xinyan Cui plans to figure out why.
Frolov in front of a white board

Pitt to Lead International Team to Create Hardware for Quantum Computers

In the race to create quantum computers, Pitt is leading an international team of universities, research centers and corporations to discover the best materials for building these speedy machines.
Roecklein in a bright pink sweater in front of green grass

Off-beat Circadian Rhythms Might Have SAD Effects During Shorter Winter Daylight Hours

Only certain people in colder, darker climates end up with seasonal affective disorder. Kathryn Roecklein, an associate professor of psychology, thinks their internal clocks might be the key.
Hao Sun

Forbes Selects Engineer for ‘30 Under 30’ List

Hao Sun, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been studying ways to measure the stability of aging structures, an effort that led Forbes to name him to its annual “30 Under 30” list.
Rebecca Thurston

Researcher Finds Link Between Traumatic Events and Future Heart Disease Risk in Women

Psychiatry Professor Rebecca Thurston recently led a study that demonstrates how experiences such as death of a child or being in a car accident or natural disaster are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at risk for heart disease.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher accepting award from two presenters

Pitt's Global Plan Recognized for Its Impact

At a time when the number of students traveling abroad for college continues to increase, experts cite the University of Pittsburgh as a top creative and innovative force in global education.