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Pitt Research Yields Insight into the Mystery of Smell

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have uncovered the mechanism underlying a phenomenon in how we smell that has puzzled researchers for decades. In an article appearing online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team reports that, surprisingly, the mechanism follows a simple physics principle called cooperativity. […]

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Pitt-Developed Drug Works Against ‘Superbug’ Biofilms and Respiratory Virus

A potential drug therapy developed at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) has proven effective against tough bacterial biofilms and a deadly respiratory virus simultaneously. The drug outperforms traditional therapies in the laboratory setting. The results, reported in the journal mSphere, build on a recent discovery from Pitt’s School of Medicine showing […]

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Pitt Nursing Earns Worldwide Recognition

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s outstanding reputation for excellence has been confirmed again with recent recognition as 12th in the world on the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject, based on academic reputation, employer evaluation and research impact. This international recognition is the most recent of accolades bestowed on Pitt Nursing with […]

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Women with Cystic Fibrosis May Benefit from Specialized Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Education, UPMC Study Shows

  For female cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and providers, individual CF health care specialists have a significant role in helping patients gain access to educational resources that can help them improve sexual and   reproductive health, according to a study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Women with CF face important disease-specific sexual […]

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UPMC Eye Center Faculty Present at ARVO 2016

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s (ARVO) Annual Meeting is taking place in Seattle from May 1-5, 2016. A number of UPMC Eye Center faculty members will be presenting, including: May 1, 2016 1:30 pm Morgan Fedorchak, PhD,  Development of a semi-permanent, controlled release antibiotic eye drop May 2, 2016 11:30 am James […]

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Jameson Health System and UPMC Merge to Officially Form UPMC Jameson

• As of May 1, 2016, UPMC Jameson is officially established. • UPMC will invest $75 million to develop services and facilities in Lawrence County with an additional $10 million earmarked for strategic physician recruitment. • Lawrence County will advance on the cutting edge in health care technology and quality assurance with local access to […]

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Pitt Computational Model Finds New Protein-Protein Interactions in Schizophrenia

Approach Can Shed New Light on Biological Processes Affected by the Mental Illness Using a computational model they developed, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered more than 500 new protein-protein interactions (PPIs) associated with genes linked to schizophrenia. The findings, published online today in npj Schizophrenia, a Nature Publishing Group […]

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Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD, Named Chair of Pitt’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has chosen one of its own renowned faculty members to be the next chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD, who will assume her new role July 1, also holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery […]

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Pre-Surgical Exposure to Blue Light Reduces Organ Damage in Mice

A 24-hour exposure to bright blue light before surgery reduces inflammation and organ damage at the cellular level in a mouse model, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The finding, reported in today’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests a potential pre-treatment light therapy […]

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Cholesterol Control and other Highlights from ACC 2016

The 2016 American College of Cardiology Conference was recently held in Chicago. One of the topics at this year’s conference was cholesterol control. For many years, high cholesterol has been viewed as a potentially fatal condition. Now it may be slowly becoming a condition that is easier for doctors to manage thanks to new advances […]

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