Innovation & Research

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Pitt researcher Daniel Hall said as population ages, assessing risk is even more essential to ensure that surgery is offered to the right patients, consistent with their goals and values.
A depiction of nerves surrounding the eye.
Ian Sigal, founding director of the Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Ophthalmology, surveys the ever-changing landscape of the eye.
Kevin Crowley in a orange dress shirt and dark sweater.
A group of Pitt educators is joining forces with museums and community partners to make climate change more tangible—and inspire people to act.
Senior Sam Ressin standing in front of an array of solar panels, with a glowing object in his hands.
The student-led Pitt Green Fund helped launch the campus thrift store and bicycle co-op, but its board also tackles efforts related to equity and social justice.
Jeremy Levy in a striped blue dress shirt
Most people are familiar with solid, liquid, gas and plasma, but there are other states of matter too. Jeremy Levy and Patrick Irvin of Pitt recently uncovered an electronic state that adds to the field’s understanding of quantum physics.
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While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history demonstrates that doing so can harm the people who live there, contends Pitt historian Mari Webel.
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The immune system often stops itself from destroying cancer cells. In order to win against cancer, we need a deeper understanding about how our bodies work.
Liza Konnikova in a white coat and black shirt
Liza Konnikova from pediatrics and her colleagues discovered that the fetal gut possesses almost complete immune capacity as early as 14 weeks, challenging the ideas that most biology textbooks teach.
Tyler Bray (left) and Jacob Meadows (right) bioengineering seniors in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, in blue Pitt jackets, sitting at a table with their Posture Protect vest on top.
Posture Protect doesn’t just help users sit up straight—it could help people with Parkinson’s disease avoid falls. The student innovation effort that started in Joseph Samosky’s bioengineering course is nearing a pilot program in clinics.
Duprex in a suit and green tie in front of a University of Pittsburgh background
The University of Pittsburgh is among a select few institutions expected to receive samples of the coronavirus for study. In his remarks to the University Senate, Paul Duprex, director of the Center for Vaccine Research, highlighted the tremendous history the University has in working on vaccines and why this matters.