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Archive for June, 2014

Landmark Pitt Study Wins 5 More Years of NIH funding

One of the longest-running studies of type 1 diabetes isn’t stopping anytime soon.

The Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study was recently renewed by the National Institutes of Health for another five years.

The study, led by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, has produced 157 research papers on discoveries made in people with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. (more…)

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Building Customer Service That Reflects Clinical Excellence

The restaurant analogy fit perfectly as Verlon Salley discussed the three-year Radiology renovation project at UPMC Presbyterian and how the work has involved more than equipment installations, bricks and mortar.

“A restaurant that remodels and reopens with a new kitchen and décor will ultimately fail if the staff provides subpar customer service,” said  Salley, executive director of Imaging, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

“We can’t be that restaurant. Our customer service has to be excellent and reflect the state-of-the-art equipment, new procedure suites, renovated work areas, and other outstanding improvements we have made to our department,” Salley explained. (more…)

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UPMC Sports Medicine Specialists Named Among Best in Country

It’s a different, and more specific, poll this time around. But the result stays the same: UPMC Sports Medicine carries a distinct national reputation for clinical and educational excellence.

One year ago, Orthopedics This Week surveyed the industry’s thought leaders to name the 19 top sports-medicine specialists in the United States, and nine of them either practiced or trained at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Sports Medicine. (more…)

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UPMC, Pitt Experts Participate in White House Summit

Micky Collins, Ph.D., clinical and executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and assistant research director Anthony Kontos, Ph.D., were among the few academics, researchers and clinicians who took part in the White House’s Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit last week.

“It was an honor for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program to be invited to the White House for the summit,” Dr. Collins said. “There was some encouraging discussion about the subject — one that is very familiar to us in our program, and to people in Pittsburgh, around western Pennsylvania and across sports America. The focus was on sports being a good thing, let’s continue to make progress in treating and studying concussions in addition to working to improve safety in all sports.” (more…)

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