Sunday, December 16, 2012

Woman with Quadriplegia Feeds Herself Chocolate Using Mind-Controlled Robot Arm in Pitt/UPMC Study>

Jan Scheuermann and a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC demonstrated for the first time that a person with longstanding quadriplegia can maneuver a mind-controlled, human-like robot arm in seven dimensions.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pitt Cancer Institute Finds New Targets for Drugs to Defeat Aggressive Brain Tumor>

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) researchers have identified over 125 genetic components in a chemotherapy-resistant, brain tumor-derived cell line, which could offer new hope for drug treatment to destroy the cancer cells.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mitral Valve Repair Safe and Effective for Elderly Patients Once Considered Too High Risk Based on Age Alone>

Heart surgery to repair the mitral valve is safe and leads to a better quality of life for older patients long-suspected to be too high risk for the operation, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialty Physician Group Joins UPMC>

Five ear, nose & throat specialists who make up the Metropolitan ENT Associates physician practice will join UPMC on Jan. 1, 2013.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Conference Addresses Allegheny County’s Biggest Health Challenges, Seeks Solutions>

Public health researchers and practitioners will outline the state of the health of Allegheny County residents at the “Health Across the Lifespan: Allegheny County 2012” conference on Monday, Dec. 3.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pitt, Carnegie Mellon Launch New Effort to Improve Multi-scale Modeling of Biological Systems>

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Friday, November 30, 2012

UPMC Imaging Experts Explore Complexities Surrounding Procedures for Pregnant Patients>

Interventional radiology and women’s imaging experts from UPMC explored the complexities of how to minimize radiation exposure to a fetus while taking optimal care of women who must undergo imaging procedures while pregnant.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Four HIV Research Projects at Pitt Receive More than $11 Million in Grants>

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) have been recently awarded four grants totaling nearly $11.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stimulating Brain and Nerves at Synchronized Times Improves Hand Motor Function After Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury>

Timing is everything when it comes to inducing plasticity, or adaptation, in the spinal cord to improve voluntary movement, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pitt-Led Research Consortium Studies New Anti-AIDS Tool>

Women are more than twice as likely as men to contract HIV/AIDS through heterosexual contact. According to the Pittsburgh-based Microbicide Trials Network, between 70 and 90 percent of all HIV infections in women are due to unprotected sex. The Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), based at the University of Pittsburgh and Magee-Women's Research Institute, is trying to change that.