Pitt Connection


Pitt Physicians Devise Emergency and Trauma Care Referral Map for U.S.

In response to repeated calls for an integrated and coordinated emergency and trauma care system in the U.S., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists and UPMC physicians rose to the challenge and divided the nation into hundreds of referral regions that describe how patients access advanced care, in a way that respects geopolitical borders.


Pitt Announces New Director of the Center for Vaccine Research

A distinguished molecular virologist and vaccine designer will lead the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research, which facilitates and conducts studies focused on the development of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases that pose risks to global public health and security. The announcement follows a nearly two-year, international search. W. Paul Duprex, Ph.D., who also will hold the Jonas Salk Chair for Vaccine Research at Pitt, is an expert in measles and mumps viruses, and studies barriers that stop viruses jumping from animals to humans.


Pitt Launches Innovation Center for Advanced Surgical Technologies

The University of Pittsburgh opened a unique high-tech research, training and innovation center yesterday for industry partners focused on advancing surgical techniques.


Researchers Revise How Americans Get Healthy

Department of Psychology Professor Kirk I. Erickson and John M. Jakicic, chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity in the School of Education, are helping rewrite the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Revised once every 10 years, the guidelines serve as the primary authoritative voice of the federal government on physical activity, fitness and health for Americans.


Research on Blood Clots Could Lead to Better Bleeding Control on the Battlefield and Beyond

Assistant Professor Matthew D. Neal is trying to figure out why platelets sometimes stay too sticky, causing potentially dangerous blood clots. Better understanding platelets’ role in inflammation should help researchers develop ways to stop harmful clots from forming in trauma patients.