Innovation & Research

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In addition to his research on policy and wheelchair access, Mark Schmeler recently joined the City-County Task Force on Disability to study unconscious bias toward people with disabilities.
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With the help of an influential professor, Blake Dubé’s (ENGR ’17) portable oxygen company won several innovation competitions at Pitt and has now spun into a new market: helping pets.
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In some patients with HIV who take medication, the virus still shows up in their blood. A study led by John Mellors has found “repliclones”—large clones of HIV-infected cells that produce infectious virus particles—are to blame.
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A team of undergraduate students and faculty members is using techniques from engineering to provide a picture of how well students are complying with safety standards on the Pittsburgh campus.
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A team led by Madhu Choudhary has joined a national trial testing therapies to keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital. Funded through Operation Warp Speed, it is one of a handful of new trials at Pitt.
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On World Heart Day, learn about how radiology’s Darshit Thakrar creates 3D models of children’s hearts and other organs to help surgeons better picture their procedures.
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A new study co-led by Ivet Bahar uses computational modeling to address a mystery first raised in March: Why do some people with COVID-19 develop severe inflammation?
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Debasish Sinha will work with Astellas Pharma Inc. in a new research collaboration to address dry age-related macular degeneration—a common cause of vision loss.
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New Pitt research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that occupational and physical therapy after hospitalization for pneumonia is associated with a decreased risk of readmission and death in the month following discharge.
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Sara Baumann (GSPH ’19) and Jessica Burke have created a new form of public health research called Collaborative Filmmaking. The six-step process engages its participants to create a detailed, multimedia form of study rarely seen in the field.