Innovation & Research

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Research Suggests Genetic Links Between Disease Risks and Dental Formations

Abnormalities in dental development could indicate risk for ailments such as kidney disease, asthma and cancer, among others.
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Geologists Uncover Lasting Effects of Historical Industries in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Researchers from Pitt have found that trace bits of potentially hazardous metal from long-ago industries could be reintroduced into neighboring areas after severe storms and flooding.
Pitt faculty member Margee Kerr

Researchers Examine the Fun of Fear

Some people love "scary-fun" experiences like haunted houses. Pitt researchers Margee Kerr and Greg Siegle are finding out why — and using their research to make local attractions even scarier.
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Enigma: Pitt Public Health Researcher Worked to Pinpoint Culprit of Mysterious Illness in Brazil

When a mysterious illness emerged in his Brazilian hometown, Pitt Public Health's Ernesto T.A. Marques mobilized with colleagues to decode its unknowns.
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New Back Pain Study, Drug Take Back Efforts Could Lead to Decreased Opioid Use

More than 40 percent of low back pain patients are prescribed opioids at some point. Pitt Associate Professor Mike Schneider and colleagues want to bring that number down.
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Science 2017 Highlights Art, Business, Technology and Science Speaking for Itself

The annual celebration of science and technology at the University of Pittsburgh is an opportunity for science professionals and aficionados alike to discover new research, network with colleagues and discuss topics affecting the scientific community.
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Forever Youngish: Pitt's Aging Institute Translates Research to the Clinic

With new director Toren Finkel, Pitt's Aging Institute is expanding its approach to improving people's "health span" — the period of life during which a person remains free from serious illness. 
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Psychology Researcher Wants to Figure Out How Adults and Children Learn Math

Assistant professor of psychology Melissa Libertus has always loved math — and she's working to help more children and adults love it, too.

Report: Pittsburgh's Innovation Ecosystem Key to Next-generation Technology Leadership

The Brookings Institution reports that the University of Pittsburgh and neighboring entities form the core of a naturally occurring innovation district.
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Professor and Veterans Affairs Senior Research Scientist Wins 2017 Service to America Medal

Rory Cooper, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences professor and founding director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, has been honored with what's known as the "Oscar award for government service" for his innovative wheelchairs and assistive technologies.