Innovation & Research

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Pitt Sets Course for Student Success With Inaugural Advanced Analytics Summit

Imagine a tool that looks at a student’s specific interests, experiences and goals and lights the way along a personalized path. Pitt is leading the discussion on how advanced analytics can create such tools — and lead to student success.
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Pitt Cyber Expert Discusses Security, Integrity Concerns Ahead of Upcoming Elections

Voter-verifiable paper ballots and changes to the voter registration process were among the recommendations Pitt’s David Hickton recently offered to the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

Big Funding for Big Data: Multidisciplinary Team Gets Grant to Study Anesthesia Complications

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a team led by engineer Heng Huang $1.18 million to use machine learning to predict postoperative complications and patient outcomes.
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Long-term Study Identifies Dementia Risk Factor

Stiff arteries could lead to “silent” brain damage and therefore dementia risk, a 15-year study led by researchers at Pitt Public Health found. And that risk factor could be preventable.
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Animation App Helps Patients Describe Pain

Pitt's Charles Jonassaint led a team that developed the Painimation tablet-based app. The innovation helps patients visually describe where, how much and what kind of pain they feel.
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Under Pressure: Device Could Help to Avoid Pipeline Disasters, Aid Glaucoma Patients

A team led by Pitt engineer Piervincenzo Rizzo is developing a sensor aimed at preventing corrosion-induced pipeline breaks. The technology could have other impacts, including measuring eye pressure in glaucoma patients.

Researcher Creates Enzymes From Scratch

Ann Donnelly, a research specialist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, was part of a team that created the first-ever artificial enzyme capable of working in a living organism.

Aging Institute Leadership Marches On

As new clinical director of the Aging Institute of UPMC, Anne Newman hopes to figure out why her fellow baby boomers are staying healthier for longer than past generations.

Brain-Body Research Gets Funding Boost

For centuries, people have speculated about the mind-body connection: Does one really affect the other? Neurobiologist Peter Strick’s research on brain pathways may hold answers.
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Patients at Severe End of the Autism Spectrum Find Support at Specialty Clinic

When the Merck Inpatient Unit opened its doors in 1974, it was the only specialized inpatient unit for people with autism in the United States. More than 40 years later, it continues to help affected individuals throughout their lives.