Innovation & Research

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Research Takes Strides Toward Making Prosthetic Limbs More Comfortable

Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Goeran Fiedler’s two-year study is researching the effectiveness of a new type of prosthetic socket liner for individuals with below-knee amputations.
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DNA’s Dark Matter Comes to Light

Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis studies the parts of DNA that were once thought to be junk. What she found there overturned a fundamental assumption of cellular biology.

Researchers Find Link Between Alcohol Use, Perceived Physical Attractiveness

Many social situations involve alcohol, but little is known about why people drink and how drinking might affect perceptions of others. A study by Pitt psychologists offers the field next steps for answering those questions.

Developmental Psychologist Studies Subculture’s ‘Fursuit’ of Happiness

Pitt–Bradford’s Rebecca McHugh, an assistant professor of developmental psychology, returns to Anthrocon to study identity and stigma among furries — a global community of anthropomorphic fans.
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Pitt Task Force Outlines Framework for Confronting Nationwide Opioid Crisis

Pitt is taking a leading role in tackling the public health crisis by strengthening its prevention, treatment and recovery programs to bring meaningful change to the lives of students.

New Institute Aims for Global Leadership in Computer Modeling and Simulation

The Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems Institute will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze massive data sets, helping to find new solutions to national security challenges, the aging process and the opioid epidemic.
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French, Danish, UK Partnerships Advance Research, Education Endeavors

Renewing existing partnerships with European institutes and universities and creating a new one with the Danish Energy Agency, the University of Pittsburgh looks to advance research initiatives and increase student and faculty exchanges.

Shoe Tread Research Gains Traction

By modeling friction and tread design, bioengineers Kurt Beschorner and Seyed Moghaddam are working toward a safer shoe.

‘All of Us’ Million Person Precision Medicine Initiative Launches, Seeks Volunteers

Pitt is home to a new national effort called All of Us, which is seeking 120,000 volunteers from the region and 1 million across America to help make the future of health care more personalized.
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Life Sciences Week Brings Researchers, Business Leaders Together

Researchers in Pittsburgh are discovering and delivering new ways to improve life and health across the globe. This year’s Life Sciences Week events showcased the facilities, technologies and investors furthering that work.