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Coronavirus
Pitt virologists answer questions concerning coronavirus and how the recent outbreak started.
Lindsay Sabik
After Massachusetts’ 2006 expansion of health insurance coverage, advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services, found a team led by Pitt Public Health’s Lindsay Sabik.
The immune system
In a collaborative study, Pitt researchers discovered that global sepsis deaths are twice as high as previously believed. Most of the cases occur in children in poor areas.
Youths sitting on stairs together
A study of more than 2,000 adolescents across the United States showed that those who identified as transgender have a higher risk for suicidality.
A physician holding a bottle of pills
For decades, opioid pain relievers have been routinely prescribed for dental procedures. Pitt's School of Dental Medicine is the first to establish opioid-free prescribing guidelines.
Anantha Shekhar
Anantha Shekhar has been named senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. His start date is set for June 2020.
Carla Chugani headshot
Carla Chugani will be studying the effectiveness of her new course, which will incorporate skills from dialectical behavior therapy to help students manage negative emotions, cope with adversity and learn interpersonal skills.
Illustration in blue and black duotone of young boy in wearing leg braces and using crutches
 In "Polio Pioneers," the latest episode of Pitt Medcast, the audience will hear from people who grew up in the shadow of a crippling disease—among them, schoolkids from the clinical trials of Jonas Salk’s killed-virus polio vaccine. Their accounts tell the story of how ordinary people helped win the struggle against one of the most crippling diseases in history.  
Matt Shilling sitting in a chair in a hospital room, connected to various medical equipment, while Amy Harvey kneels, holding his hands, and their pastor looks over them during a wedding ceremony
When a seemingly healthy Erie man learned he was in heart failure, he was life-flighted to UPMC Presbyterian. There, a specialized care team of cardiothoracic doctors and nurses evaluated him for a heart transplant—and threw him a wedding.
Jariatu Stallone
Applying for scholarships can be intimidating, but Pitt-Bradford biology and pre-med student Jariatu Stallone found a perfect opportunity, thanks to her background with HIV/AIDS work in Sierra Leone and a tip from a resident advisor. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship will support her future efforts to combat the disease.
a sketch of the backpack in stretcher mode, with a person/dummy lying on it
A multidisciplinary team led by Ron Poropatich is working on a specialized medical backpack for the U.S. Army that could help injured patients in the field survive until they reach a fully staffed hospital.
Illustration of a human head with a headgear/eyewear device. Blue and dark blue colors with white dots and lines reminiscent of stars in the sky with constellation drawings
Imagine struggling to see, listen or make movements in half of your environment. For 29% of stroke survivors, rehabilitation means addressing a condition called unilateral spatial neglect. With a $1.18 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Northeastern University are developing a brain-computer interface using augmented reality to better detect, assess and rehabilitate those patients.
Dennis Stark, in light blue Pitt T-shirt sitting in a plaid yellow armchair, placing pills into a pill counter placed on a white table. A prescription pill bottle is on the table.
The goal of the new center is to use the best in modern medical research to improve the care, health and quality of life of all persons with disabilities and the families and caregivers who support them.
Portrait of Tagbo Niepa, wearing safety glasses, with lab equipment on shelves in background
Tagbo Niepa of the Swanson School of Engineering researched a process that would send a weak electrical current through an implant, such as a dental implant used in his study. The current does not harm the patient or healthy tissue surrounding the implant, but is shown to weaken bacteria and other microorganisms to the point that antibiotics would eradicate them with ease.
Marci Lee Nilsen and Jonas Johnson
The human papillomavirus (HPV) epidemic has led to a sharp increase in HPV-related head and neck cancer. Many patients survive, but then face new obstacles related to the treatment of their condition.