The Plan for Pitt: Engage in Research of Impact

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Pitt Researchers Perform University’s First In Utero Spina Bifida Surgery

Baby Emery Green Mullen, named after the lead surgeons who corrected a neural tube defect before her birth, is doing well as the first patient in Pitt history to receive in utero surgery for spina bifida.
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A Smart Solution for Thermostat Wars

Powered by Pitt innovation pathways, HiberSense is a smart heating and cooling system that collects data on temperature, humidity, occupancy and air-quality and “learns” using predictive analytics to anticipate the desired temperature room by room.
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CNN ‘Hero’ Raises the Bar on Social Entrepreneurship

In less than five years, Samir Lakhani (A&S ’15) has kept hundreds of tons of soap out of landfills and created jobs for disadvantaged women, all while saving lives. Now, this young social entrepreneur wants to do even more: Help 2.5 million people by the end of 2020.
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Pleasant Smells Can Help Smokers Reduce Cigarette Craving, New Study Finds

In a study that expands on previous work, a team led by psychology’s Michael Sayette found reduced urges to smoke in response to pleasant smells, as well as a connection to memory.
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National, County Research Partnerships Use AI to Better Predict Opioid Overdose Risk

Walid Gellad, associate professor of medicine and health policy and director of Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, is using machine-learning algorithms to predict who is at risk of opioid misuse and overdose.
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Researchers Teach Adults to Read Using Pictures of Houses

In a recent study, led by chair of psychology Julie Fiez, researchers taught adults “HouseFont” — a hieroglyphic-like language based on photos of homes — then scanned the language-learning areas of participants’ brains. What they found adds to a growing body of knowledge on how adults process written languages.
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University of Pittsburgh Library System Acquires George A. Romero Collection

Props, screenplays, script notes and more — Pitt now has more than 50 years’ worth of items from George A. Romero, the filmmaker who revolutionized the horror genre, beginning with “Night of the Living Dead.” The new collection marks a growth in horror studies resources available to scholars and the public.