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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
WESA: Gene study sheds light on puzzling link between schizophrenia and arthritis

Psychiatry professor Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD, has found 29 genetic markers that help explain why people with rheumatoid arthritis rarely develop schizophrenia. Learn More

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Pitt Med Q&A: How it feels to use brain-computer interfaces

The medical school magazine interviews Nathan Copeland about his role in a scientific "first": using a robotic arm that can sense touch. Learn More

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
NIH Director blogs about Brian Primack study of social media use

"Is social media making us lonelier?" Francis Collins asks, reacting to Pitt's national survey of young adults who are heavy users of platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Learn More

Monday, March 13, 2017
Round 2 in #statmadness features Pitt neuroscience

Pitt's brain-controlled robotic arm vies against Northwestern's hyperelastic bone in STAT's sports-style bracket to name the “best innovation in science and medicine” of 2016. You can vote. Learn More

Monday, March 13, 2017
Richardson named to board of directors of local Parkinson's foundation

Watch a man with severe Parkinson's disease dance at his daughter's wedding after deep-brain stimulation surgery by Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurological surgery.   Learn More

Sunday, March 12, 2017
NYT Sunday: Life with Zika babies a daily struggle punctuated by seizures and scares

“They’re going to live very long lives," says Zika expert Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, of Pitt's Center for Vaccine Research, "and they will need assistance from someone 24 hours a day.” Learn More

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Engineers on track to create safer exoskeleton for walking

The Neuromuscular Control and Robotics Laboratory is developing an ultrasound sensor system for a device that uses nerve stimulation and external motors to help immobilized people walk again. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
Pitt center to study neural diseases linked to misshapen proteins

The Center for Protein Conformational Diseases, set to launch in April, will study protein breakdown in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as cystic fibrosis, organ disease and cancer. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
Book chronicles William Klunk's dementia research with North Dakota family

Simon & Schuster releases "The Inheritance,” about a family susceptible to early-onset Alzheimer's and the Pitt researchers they’ve bonded with over a decade of work together. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
NPR: Heavy social media use linked to feelings of isolation

In young adults, making lots of virtual contacts is tied to a sense of lower social connection, according to findings by Brian Primack, MD, PhD, and colleagues. Learn More

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Maltreated children have trouble as teens in predicting likely rewards

Jamie Hanson, PhD, and colleagues found these teens were more likely to be mistaken about consequences of their choice-based behavior, even after repeated feedback.  Learn More

Friday, February 24, 2017
Computational analysis sheds light on genetic links between schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis

The study of genetic variants and certain proteins helps explain an apparent inverse relationship in the prevalence and risk for the two disorders, as reported in a new publication by Nature. Learn More

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Pitt Med surveys labs using optogenetics

The sample includes scientists who are applying the technique in hopes of interrupting debilitating pain, and restoring sight to the blind and arm movement to the paralyzed. Learn More

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Scientists track how networks of neurons affect organ function, pancreatic cancer

Pitt Med features the brain-body research of neurogastroenterologist David Levinthal, MD, PhD, psychology professor Peter Gianaros, PhD, and neurobiologist Brian Davis, PhD. Learn More

Saturday, February 18, 2017
SCIENCE Editorial: On autism and data analysis in public health

Pitt's Jeremy Berg, the editor of Science, lauds current examinations of rising autism prevalence, where data can highlight potential factors while ruling out others, such as childhood vaccines. Learn More

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pitt Med podcast: How wisdom teeth might be used to treat corneal damage

Listen to scientists in the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration talk about their quest to grow corneal tissue with stem cells. An unlikely but promising source: a patient's own dental pulp. Learn More

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
CNN: Harsh parenting pushes kids to risky behavior, poor school performance

Learning Research & Development Center researcher Ming-Te Wang, PhD, and postdoc Rochelle Hentges, PhD, followed 1,500 students for a decade, starting at seventh grade. Learn More

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Addiction research shows "cocaine memories" not stored where once thought

Oliver Schluter, MD, PhD, led a study in the EMBO Journal that appears to rule out the nucleus accumbens as the prime site for storage of memories associated with feeling high. Learn More

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Trib-Review: Salk's son to speak Wednesday about polio eradication

Jonas Salk's injectable vaccine, developed at Pitt and tested on his son Peter, may finally wipe out the paralyzing disease in polio holdouts, but shortages have complicated the effort. Learn More

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Post-Gazette: New memory center helps seniors stay active

Neurologist Oscar Lopez, MD, says nearly a quarter of people over age 65 have mild cognitive impairment, yet this center appears to be the first in the country to focus on it. Learn More

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