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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.
With the upcoming Nov. 22 release of the film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Pittwire Health is celebrating the values that Fred Rogers and his mentor, Pitt child psychologist and associate professor Margaret B. McFarland, contributed to the fields of education, culture, media and child psychology.
A healthcare professional using a tablet
It can take 100 clicks for a doctor to order the right test and check a patient’s health history using a typical electronic health record. Yalini Senathirajah has designed a program that could reduce that digital burden and improve patient care.
Pitt researchers Jennifer Silk and Bambang Parmantohave developed a tool that helps kids and adolescents better manage their anxiety. And now, they’re working with Pitt’s Innovation Institute, local pediatrics offices and schools to make it widely available to the public.
 Bennett Van Houten, professor of pharmacology and chemical biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Bennett Van Houten and a team of researchers at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center provide the first concrete evidence for the long-held belief that sick mitochondria pollute the cells they’re supposed to be supplying with power. It's a process Van Houten calls "the Chernobyl effect."
Headshot of Ruslan Medzhitov
Ruslan Medzhitov, a Yale University researcher who transformed the understanding of how the immune system detects infections, which paved the way for therapies for a wide range of diseases, received the 2019 Dickson Prize in Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s highest honor.
Pitt Professor of Social Work Daniel Rosen and his colleagues have secured a $1.25 million federal grant to not only strengthen opioid abuse training for 70 master of social work students, but to put them in some of Allegheny and Beaver County’s highest areas of overdose deaths and also to train the staff manning the School of Social Work’s community partner organizations.
This flu season, scientists want the public to see the virus through the lens of creativity—and hopefully learn something in the process. Seema Lakdawala, assistant professor in the School of Medicine, teamed up with a virus researcher and an artist in England to develop scientifically accurate worksheets, coloring book pages and games that explain new discoveries involving influenza.
Garrett Coyan at the 2019 Pitt Innovation Challenge
To address the critical need for long-lasting heart valve replacements, a team of Pitt researchers created a mesh that harnesses the body’s own healing power.
Dr. Bernard Fisher
Dr. Bernard Fisher, Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a true pioneer in the field of breast cancer research, died on Wednesday evening at the age of 101.
Brandon Thomas standing outside with a colorful background of the surroundings -- greenery, signs, buildings, flowers -- blurred in the background
Emergency room professionals often see patients with mental health issues. School of Social work senior Brandon Thomas has developed a training module to address stigma and bias among medical professionals toward these patients. His research is showing some promising early results.
The HIV Detective is a solution being developed for early, rapid diagnosis of HIV. The handheld testing platform would allow health care workers to gather a few drops of blood onto a sensor and provide results in one minute instead of the 24 hours currently required. This leap forward in testing is possible due to another recently developed Pitt technology — a THC breath test.
J.T. Borofka
Pitt's Michael Palladino is the only researcher actively pursuing a cure for triosephosphate isomerase deficiency. Eleven-month old J.T. Borofka has this severe metabolic disorder, which is characterized by a shortage of red blood cells (anemia), neurological problems, infections and muscle weakness that can affect breathing and heart function. It is so rare that only eight known cases exist around the world — four of which have been identified in the United States.
Gelsy Torres-Oviedo in white jacket over blue shirt, standing on a rooftop overlooking Pitt campus with Cathedral of Learning prominently in the background
For stroke survivors whose ability to walk has been impaired by neurological damage, rehabilitation using robotics has proven to be an effective therapy to improve their gait. However, one of the major issues with this type of rehabilitation is that following training with a robotic device, motor improvements are not maintained in the patient’s daily life. Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, of Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, is applying a novel approach to improve locomotor learning in stroke patients.
The question for regenerative medicine research is “‘What can we do in space that we can't do on Earth that makes a difference?’" said William Wagner, director of the McGowan Institute, which has joined with the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory to look for answers. "That's a pretty exciting question, because it's currently unanswered."