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World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition 2016

The 5th World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (WCPGHAN) was held October 5-8, 2016 in Montreal. This event showcased state of the art science and technology in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, as well as presentations and keynote speeches from experts who are leaders in their field. The conference encompassed […]

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Concussions are Treatable, More Research Needed, say Leading U.S. Experts in Published Paper

Concussions, often viewed by the public as dire and perplexing, can be effectively treated despite their complexity, according to experts from around the US in a Statement of Agreement available online and published in the December issue of the journal Neurosurgery. In October, 2015, leading concussion clinicians and researchers gathered at UPMC in Pittsburgh for […]

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In a First, Pitt-UPMC Team Help Paralyzed Man Feel Again Through a Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Imagine being in an accident that leaves you unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain. That is what 28-year-old Nathan Copeland experienced after he came out of brain surgery and was connected […]

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Pitt Cancer Researcher Takes Helm of Renamed Institute for Precision Medicine

Renowned breast cancer researcher Adrian Lee, PhD, has been named director of the Institute for Precision Medicine (IPM), a joint effort by UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh to move biomedical research into personalized well-being and clinical care. Dr. Lee, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at Pitt, and director of […]

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UPCI-Tested Immunotherapy Prolongs Life, Reduces Side Effects and Improves Quality of Life

The immunotherapy nivolumab significantly increases survival and causes fewer adverse side-effects in patients with recurrent head and neck cancer, according to a randomized trial co-led by investigators at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partners with UPMC CancerCenter. The results of the international CheckMate-141 phase III clinical trial were reported Sunday in the New […]

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UPMC’s Dr. Stanley Marks Honored with Endowed Chair in His Name to Recruit Cancer Leaders

Stanley Marks, MD, a leading UPMC oncologist and advocate for cancer patients throughout the western Pennsylvania region, was honored by UPMC and his medical partners at Oncology Hematology Association (OHA) through the establishment of the Stanley M. Marks – OHA Endowed Chair in Hematology/Oncology Leadership. Every one of his 48 partners at OHA, a UPMC-owned […]

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Altoona Native Tapped as New Director of Cardiac Surgery at UPMC Altoona

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute has named Louis Russo, MD, clinical assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as its new director of cardiac surgery at UPMC Altoona. The new role is a homecoming for Dr. Russo, who was raised in Altoona. “Altoona has always been the place […]

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Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies May Improve Depression Symptoms

Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. This research is funded through a 2014 Pitt Innovation Challenge Award from Pitt’s […]

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Pitt Receives $5.5M CDC Grant to Continue Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Evaluation

The high productivity of the University of Pittsburgh’s Vaccination Research Group (PittVax) earned the program a $5.5 million, five-year renewal from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue evaluation of the annual influenza vaccine and, once licensed, the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine. The PittVax team collaborates with investigators in Pitt’s […]

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UPCI Secures Federal Contract For Up To $10M in Preclinical Cancer Drug Development Work

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, secured a highly prestigious contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to perform preclinical research crucial to the development of new cancer drugs. This commitment could bring up to $10 million in research projects to UPCI over the next five years. The contract cements […]

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