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New Synthetic Biomarker Technology Differentiates Between Prior Zika and Dengue Infections

June 7, 2024

From left to right: Castanha, Burke, Marques

Pitt researchers developed a new synthetic biomarker technology to distinguish between prior Zika and dengue infections within individuals. By analyzing blood samples from infected individuals, the researchers were able to pinpoint specific biomarkers that accurately differentiate between the two viruses, which are cross-reactive,...

Blood Test Can Help Identify People Most At Risk for Developing Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

June 6, 2024

Pitt researchers have developed a blood test to identify individuals most at risk of developing neurological symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

“By using blood measures that define signs of amyloid pathology and neurodegeneration, we can identify who is going to decline fastest and should be prioritized for intervention,” said Thomas Karikari, assistant professor of...

A New Option for Recruiting Research Staff

May 31, 2024

The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences is partnering with Joulé, a national leader in life sciences workforce solutions, to recruit research staff for funded projects and research administration for both permanent and temporary roles across the schools of the health sciences.

This brings together the University of Pittsburgh's pursuit of health...

Elias Aizenman Wins Zinc Biology Prize

May 29, 2024

Elias Aizenman, professor of neurobiology, School of Medicine, has been selected for the 2024 International Society for Zinc Biology (ISZB) /Frederickson Prize.

It honors not only his pioneering research into zinc’s unique role in neurotoxic cell signaling pathways but also his creation of the “MetalZoom!” online seminar series for zinc and other metal researchers around...

Sylvia Owusu-Ansah Receives Health and Equity Leadership Award

May 28, 2024

Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, associate vice chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and assistant professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine, received the Health and Equity Leadership Award at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event on May 9.

Owusu-Ansah, a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency medicine physician, is...

Pitt Med and Social Work Students Team Up on Advance Care Planning

May 22, 2024

If you have pneumonia, would you take antibiotics to get better? What if you developed advanced dementia and had a “do not resuscitate” order—would you still want antibiotics for pneumonia?

Many people have opinions about such matters but may not have the paperwork in place to make their wishes known when the time comes. And if they do try to fill out the forms, they may...

Diploma Day 2024 Speakers Highlight Themes of Humility, Compassion and Connection

May 20, 2024

137th graduating class of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“When the start of your graduate or medical school career coincides with that of a deadly pandemic, and you make it to the other side able to articulate such hope and clarity, there's only one word to describe you, and that is ‘awesome,’” Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the National Institute of Allergy and...

3 Pitt Health Sciences Faculty Graduate as ELAM and ELH Fellows

May 20, 2024

By Megumi Barclay

Three University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences faculty members were among the graduates of the 29th class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) and Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH) fellows. The graduates are Jessica S. Merlin (middle) and Kristin Ray (left) from the School of Medicine and Tiffany Gary-Webb...