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Archive for October, 2014

New Breast Center in Kazakhstan Marks Milestone for UPMC/Nazarbayev Partnership

NAZARBAYEV_UNIVERSITY_KAZAKHSTAN_EXT_20140925_9140In a significant milestone for its partnership to improve cancer survival rates in Kazakhstan, UPMC, in collaboration with Nazarbayev University, recently opened a new Breast Center as part of the developing National Research Oncology Center (NROC) in Astana, the nation’s capital.

After overcoming a number of challenges, including getting medical equipment through customs and navigating cultural differences, the Breast Center began imaging patients in late October. More than 500 women quickly registered for appointments at the center, which houses the first tomosynthesis mammography unit in the country.  (more…)

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UPMC, Concussion Program Intend to Steer Discussion Toward Fact, Daily Treatments

The mere mention of a concussion evokes negativity nowadays, but UPMC and its Sports Medicine Concussion Program are teaming with a variety of professional athletes to send a message and change the concussion conversation: It is treatable, and it isn’t an untenable condition.

Launching today, their ReThink initiative brings stories from patients – among them NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Major League catcher David Ross – to educate the public that the research- and experience-proven treatments are helping people every day to return to sports, school, work, normal. (more…)

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UPMC Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer Honored for Commitment to Dignity, Respect

Savoy Magazine’s 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America includes one of UPMC’s own, Candi Castleberry Singleton, chief inclusion and diversity officer.

Castleberry Singleton’s accomplishments include launching the Dignity and Respect (D&R) Campaign at UPMC in November 2008. Now a national initiative, D&R focuses on 30 tips for inclusive behavior. To date, more than a quarter of a million people have taken the web-based D&R Pledge to treat others with dignity and respect. (more…)

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Pitt Team Works Toward a Regenerated Human Heart

452128839Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be taking the next steps toward regenerating a human heart, thanks to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund High-Risk High-Reward Program.

Lei Yang, Ph.D., assistant professor of developmental biology, received a 2014 New Innovator Award under the program, which is intended to support “exceptionally creative investigators who propose bold research ideas of unusually broad impact,” according to the NIH. Today, the NIH announced 85 grants to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. (more…)

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