Innovation & Research

man using BrainPort, a device that allows people with vision impairments to "see" using their tongue

Vision-to-Touch Innovation, Pitt Researchers Featured in Documentary Airing on PBS

"Sight: The Story of Vision" shows a Pitt-researched device called BrainPort — a set of glasses and a lollipop-like combo that allows people with vision impairments the ability to "see" through touch.
Scars of Independence book cover

Chronicles of Violence: Professor Explores Brutal History of the American Revolution

Holger Hoock, British Empire specialist and Pitt history professor, takes an unvarnished look at the violent history of the American Revolution — a theme rarely examined in the heroic stories of the War of Independence.
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Targeting Immune Cells that Help Tumors Stay Hidden Could Improve Cancer Immunotherapy

The discovery shows that the immune system can be tweaked in order to find and destroy cancer cells more effectively.
Lisa Pan

Researchers Look Beyond the Brain for Answers About Intractable Depression

Someone once told Eve, a teen with severe depression, she just wasn't working hard enough in therapy. Then her doctor, Pitt's Lisa Pan, found that Eve can’t seem to make critical neurotransmitters.

Patent Record Broken 2 Years in a Row

More than 90 patents were issued to the University this fiscal year as Pitt also advanced into the top third of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents Ranking for 2016.

Two Pitt Startups Earn Top Ranking

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer chose Pitt startups Aeronics and uTranslated to attend its University Startups Conference and Demo Day in Washington, D.C.
Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

Chancellor Gallagher in Science Magazine: Pittsburgh Myth, Paris Reality

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher writes in Science magazine that the real story of Pittsburgh and the U.S. is one that says, from a place of hard-earned experience: Be the innovation leader.
Brent Doiron and Anne-Marie Oswald

Signal from Noise: Math Professor Wins Fellowship to Delve Into the Noisy Brain

Math professor Brent Doiron has become an emerging force in theoretical neuroscience. His research plans include teaming with assistant neuroscience professor Anne-Marie Oswald.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories' MEBot Rolls Into Finals at Cybathlon

Designers, engineers and people with disabilities from around the world gathered for the first-ever Cybathlon, pitting the latest assistive technologies against each other on a simulated course.

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

Pitt scientists developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test.