The Plan for Pitt: Engage in Research of Impact

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Researchers Seek Clues to Celiac Disease

About half of us have the genetic variants for celiac disease, but only one in about 130 people will get it. Pitt’s Terence Dermody in the Department of Pediatrics is on his way to understanding why.
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Student Helps NASA Thwart Microbial Hitchhikers on Future Mars Missions

Emily Klonicki spent the summer in a NASA lab helping to develop filters to keep microbes from contaminating Mars.
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Physical Therapists Use Big Data to Increase Referrals, Decrease Hospital Readmissions

Physical therapy professor Janet Freburger and postdoctoral associate Samannaaz Khoja are analyzing a large national data set to improve care for patients after they leave the hospital.
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Study of How Brain Interprets Visual Cues Could Aid Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

Matt Smith, an associate professor of ophthalmology, is studying how the brain and visual stimuli interact in an effort to help people with conditions such as attention deficit disorder.
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Students Help Patients With Swallowing Disorders, One Drop of Water at a Time

Strokes, Parkinson’s disease and other issues can cause the ability to swallow to be lost. Graduate students studying speech-language pathology are learning to treat this debilitating condition at the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center.