University Of Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Pitt Researchers Working to Build Better Regrowing Arteries http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-working-build-better-regrowing-arteries <p>University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering researchers are developing a way to help arteries regrow with less risk of an aneurysm after a coronary bypass surgery.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arturo </span>Valentin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his team are attempting to use new polymers in artery replacements as a way to prevent aneurysm formation.</span></p><p>He said they are working to create an “in host remodeled graft.”</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 26196 at http://wesa.fm Researchers Conclude That For Sepsis Treatment, It's Not How Agressive, It's How Soon http://wesa.fm/post/researchers-conclude-sepsis-treatment-its-not-how-agressive-its-how-soon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have concluded that a standardized approach to diagnosing and treating sepsis in its early stages does not affect survival rates.</span></p><p>The five-year, $8.4 million study examined 1,351 patients with septic shock in 31 hospitals across the U.S. and found no difference in treatment effectiveness.</p><p>Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine, was one of the lead researchers in the study. He said it doesn’t matter what type of treatment a patient receives, as long as it’s early.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:36:20 +0000 Michael Lynch 25980 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Entrepreneur Institute Celebrates 2013 Successes, Looks to Future http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-entrepreneur-institute-celebrates-2013-successes-looks-future <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh has been working with businesses in the region for 20 years. Its annual report was released Wednesday at Turner Dairy Farms, one of the members of the institute.</p><p>Founder and Executive Director Ann Dugan said in 2013 the institute helped about 900 entrepreneurs.</p><p>“We had 47 startup businesses,” Dugan said. “That was where they came through the door with an idea, today their door is open, the lights are on, music is on, they have sales.”</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:42:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25045 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Entrepreneur Institute Celebrates 2013 Successes, Looks to Future Pitt Looks To DC For Its Next Chancellor http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-looks-dc-its-next-chancellor <p>The University of Pittsburgh has tapped a U.S. Commerce Department official to be its next chancellor.</p><p>Patrick Gallagher, the acting deputy secretary of the agency, is set to start at Pitt in August. He succeeds Mark Nordenberg, who spent 19 years as chancellor.</p><p>The 50-year-old Gallagher currently serves as chief operating officer of the Commerce Department. The agency has 40,000 employees and a $10 billion budget.</p><p>The announcement follows a board of trustees vote on Saturday.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 12:29:35 +0000 The Associated Press 24135 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Researchers Testing New Method To Better 'See' Concussions http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-testing-new-method-better-see-concussions <p>From major league athletes to children, more than 1.7 million Americans sustain concussions each year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why the University of Pittsburgh and </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received a $300,000 grant from General Electric and the NFL for a project to find a better way to “see” concussions.</span></p><p>The Pitt researchers are testing high definition fiber-tracking (HDFT) to determine if it can accurately and consistently aid in determining a diagnosis of concussion and injury prognosis.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:15:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 23247 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Researchers Make Discovery About Deadly Mosquito-Borne Virus http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-make-discovery-about-deadly-mosquito-borne-virus <p>You might not have ever heard of eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) — it only affects five to 30 people in the United States annually — but it kills about half the people it infects, doesn’t have a cure and is becoming more common.</p><p>That’s according to William Klimstra, who, along with other University of Pittsburgh researchers, has made a major discovery that could lead to possible treatment for and prevention against the mosquito-borne virus.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 22459 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Lab to Help Build Power System of the Future http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-lab-help-build-power-system-future <p>What is the best way to build an AC/DC hybrid power system? What does the power grid control system of the future look like?</p><p>Those are the types of questions researchers and students at the University of Pittsburgh are hoping to answer with Thursday’s opening of a new electric power systems lab.</p><p>The lab was created with the support of the Dublin, Ireland-based power management company EATON, which has offices in the Pittsburgh area.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:05:27 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22601 at http://wesa.fm Could Your Broken Cell Phone Regenerate Itself? Pitt Researchers Explore How http://wesa.fm/post/could-your-broken-cell-phone-regenerate-itself-pitt-researchers-explore-how <p>What do an iPhone and a salamander have in common?</p><p>Not much now, but University of Pittsburgh researchers think they have created a way for objects like cell phones to regenerate themselves when broken the way amphibians do.</p><p>Pitt researchers have developed a computational model to create a new polymer gel that could simulate regeneration in complex materials.</p><p>Principal investigator Anna Balazs, a Pitt chemical engineering professor, said they were inspired by amphibians’ ability to grow back parts of their bodies.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20495 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh-Based Microbicide Trials Network Creates HIV Prevention Products http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-based-microbicide-trials-network-creates-hiv-prevention-products <p>What if HIV was not only preventable, but also if sexually active individuals had a list of options to prevent the disease that newly infects an estimated 50,000 people a year in the United States?</p><p>The Pittsburgh-based Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) has been awarded $70 million for use over seven years to develop and test HIV prevention products.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MTN has completed 13 trials since 2006 from its base at the University of Pittsburgh and Magee-Women’s Research Institute.</span></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 21870 at http://wesa.fm Are Pittsburghers More Civic-Minded Than The Average American? http://wesa.fm/post/are-pittsburghers-more-civic-minded-average-american <p>People living in the Pittsburgh&nbsp;metropolitan area are significantly more likely to contact their public officials, attend public meetings, volunteer and join community groups than the average American.</p><p>That’s according to a new report, called the <a href="http://www.ncoc.net/PittsburghCHI">Pittsburgh Civic Health Index</a> from the <a href="http://www.metrostudies.pitt.edu/">University of Pittsburgh</a>, <a href="http://hss.cmu.edu/pdd/about/index.html">Carnegie Mellon University</a> and the <a href="http://www.ncoc.net/">National Conference on Citizenship</a>.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:11:09 +0000 Liz Reid 20702 at http://wesa.fm Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness http://wesa.fm/post/fifth-pittsburghred-celebrates-aids-awareness <p>County officials, HIV/AIDS advocates, and survivors gathered in downtown Pittsburgh Monday to mark International World AIDS Day and to blow up a 30-foot balloon ribbon onto Fifth Ave. Place.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald noted it’s been more than 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 20694 at http://wesa.fm Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods http://wesa.fm/post/racial-inequality-america-s-neighborhoods <p>In the new book, <em>Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality</em>, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, an associate professor of sociology at New York University, explores what he calls some of the most persistent forms of racial inequality.</p><p>From gaps in income to academic test scores, he looks at race and neighborhoods over multiple generations. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:44:12 +0000 Nick Frost 20680 at http://wesa.fm Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods Study: Teens Who Drink Alone More Likely to Develop Drinking Problems in Adulthood http://wesa.fm/post/study-teens-who-drink-alone-more-likely-develop-drinking-problems-adulthood <p>The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21, but as many people who’ve gone through high school and who are familiar with pop culture know, kids finds ways around that all the time.</p><p>A new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh finds that teens that do their drinking alone may be at greater risk for alcohol problems later in life.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20209 at http://wesa.fm Heinz Chapel to Celebrate 75 Years with Group Wedding Vow Renewal http://wesa.fm/post/heinz-chapel-celebrate-75-years-group-wedding-vow-renewal <p>Nearly 200 couples from as far away as California will be renewing their wedding vows at <a href="http://www.heinzchapel.pitt.edu/">Heinz Chapel</a>’s 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration on Saturday.</p><p>Pat Gibbons is the director of Heinz Chapel, located on the University of Pittsburgh campus. She said the response to this weekend’s festivities has far exceeded her expectations. Including 196 married couples, she is anticipating around 560 guests for the vow-renewal ceremony.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:53:07 +0000 Liz Reid 20152 at http://wesa.fm Heinz Chapel to Celebrate 75 Years with Group Wedding Vow Renewal Building 'Optimus Prime' with Light-Sensitive Polymers http://wesa.fm/post/building-optimus-prime-light-sensitive-polymers <p>For well over a decade, scientists have known about a class of polymers that would react to and move toward light with no other power source.</p><p>While certainly fascinating, the technology was limited in its application in the real world, because the movement was so slow.</p><p>“So we asked ourselves, can we make these materials move faster and increase the mechanical power that they generate?”</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:15:58 +0000 Liz Reid 19643 at http://wesa.fm Innovation Institute Intends to Spur Startups in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/innovation-institute-intends-spur-startups-pittsburgh <p>The University of Pittsburgh is combining resources to spark innovation and increase support for entrepreneurial initiatives on and off campus.</p><p>Pitt Thursday launched the Innovation Institute, which consolidates the existing offices of Technology Management and Enterprise Development as well as the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:24:53 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19822 at http://wesa.fm University of Pittsburgh Regional Campuses to Share Classes http://wesa.fm/post/university-pittsburgh-regional-campuses-share-classes <p>Beginning January, students at the University of Pittsburgh’s regional campuses will be able to attend classes at different campuses without the commute.</p><p>The newly launched Video Learning Initiative will allow students at regional campuses to take classes from other University of Pittsburgh campuses using video conferencing.</p><p>Wesley Jamison, vice president of academic affairs at Pitt Greensburg, said the initiative’s goal is to allow Pitt’s regional campuses, and eventually all of Pitt’s campuses, to share courses.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 19070 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Researchers Find New Approach to Treating Gum Disease by Mimicking Cancer http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-find-new-approach-treating-gum-disease-mimicking-cancer <p>One out of every three people in the United States feels the painful inflammation of periodontal disease, or gum disease.</p><p>That’s according to University of Pittsburgh researchers who believe they have discovered a way to treat the disease by mimicking a tumor.</p><p>Steve Little, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, said tumors have a way of hacking into the body’s immune system and convincing the system to accept it.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 19142 at http://wesa.fm Survey Says: Most Pittsburghers Favor Environment over Economy http://wesa.fm/post/survey-says-most-pittsburghers-favor-environment-over-economy <p>A new survey by the <a href="http://www.pitt.edu">University of Pittsburgh</a> and <a href="http://pittsburghtoday.org/">PittsburghTODAY</a> found that 65 percent of the region’s citizens view air quality as either a minor problem, or not a problem at all.</p><p>This is despite continually low air quality rankings by the <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html">American Lung Association</a>.</p><p>Doug Heuck, Director of PittsburghTODAY, said many people mistakenly think that because they can’t see the air pollution, it’s not there.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:05:31 +0000 Liz Reid 18934 at http://wesa.fm Pitt and UPMC Take Part in National Battlefield Medicine Research http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-and-upmc-take-part-national-battlefield-medicine-research <p>The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are taking part in the second phase of a national project to improve battlefield medicine.</p><p>The Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) is a consortium of 30 academic centers led by the Wake Forest Institute for Generative Medicine and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a joint effort of Pitt and UPMC.</p><p>Over a five-year period, AFIRM will have $75 million from the Department of Defense and five years to research how to best heal skin burns, arm and hand wounds, and transplant faces and hands of those wounded.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 17515 at http://wesa.fm Transgender Man Sues UPitt, Alleges Discrimination http://wesa.fm/post/transgender-man-sues-upitt-alleges-discrimination <p>A transgender man has filed a lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh, claiming he was expelled and subject to FBI scrutiny because of a dispute over locker room use.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed Monday by 24-year-old Seamus Johnston, of Johnstown. He was born a woman but filed a name change with Pitt in 2011 and enrolled in a men's weightlifting class. Officials told Johnston not to use the men's locker room, and later banned him from the school, according to the lawsuit.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:43:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16673 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Study: Elderly Patients with Infection Have Doubled Risk of Dementia http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-study-elderly-patients-infection-have-doubled-risk-dementia <p>Elderly patients hospitalized with an infection, like pneumonia, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those who were not.</p><p>That’s according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh that followed 5,888 patients over the age of 65 in four areas across the country: Winston-Salem, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Pittsburgh.</p><p>The study was done in conjunction with researchers from the University of Washington, University of California, University of Illinois, John Hopkins University and Columbia Medical Center.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 15951 at http://wesa.fm Increasing Need for Mental Health Professionals in College Counseling Centers http://wesa.fm/post/increasing-need-mental-health-professionals-college-counseling-centers <p>On college campuses across the country, mental health is becoming an increasing concern. In the past year, one in five students have received a psychiatric diagnosis or been treated for mental health issues.</p><p>As a result, there is a rising demand for mental health professionals to provide the proper treatment for students. According to Tevya Zukor, Director of the University of Pittsburgh <a href="http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/cchome">Counseling Center</a>, there's an increased need because of the de-stigmatization of mental health issues among the public.</p><p>He says students are seeking treatment at earlier ages and many come into college with a history of mental health treatment. A second reason is that in the past 10 to 15 years there have been huge advancements in psychotropic medicine. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:36:10 +0000 Kate Martin 15978 at http://wesa.fm Increasing Need for Mental Health Professionals in College Counseling Centers Using Brain Scans, Researchers Say They Can Diagnose Disorders More Precisely http://wesa.fm/post/using-brain-scans-researchers-say-they-can-diagnose-disorders-more-precisely <p>A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry used brain scans to measure blood flow to parts of the brain associated with emotion regulation to gauge if the subjects had unipolar depression or bipolar disorder.</p><p>The study hoped to identify brain function markers that identified the two types of depression.</p><p>The study used 44 Pittsburgh-area women and was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Kings College London, the University of South Florida and the University of Texas Southwestern.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:18:06 +0000 Erika Beras 15965 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Art Gallery Hosts Exhibit on Conservation http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-art-gallery-hosts-exhibit-conservation <p>Conservation and preservation is the theme of a new exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh’s Art Gallery.</p><p>The gallery was chosen by Heritage Preservation to take part in the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program. In June, a professional paper conservator spent two days examining the layout of the gallery as well as the site’s policies, procedures and environmental conditions.</p><p>An initial report points to issues in lighting, shelving and storage that could harm artwork over time.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:58:24 +0000 Michael Lynch 15733 at http://wesa.fm