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Archive for January, 2015

Pitt Researcher Awarded for Parkinson’s Research

485672541Laurie Sanders, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology in the Pittsburgh Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurology, will receive the William N. & Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation Innovation Award, which provides support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high risk/high reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the understanding of the cause and prevention of Parkinson’s disease. (more…)

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Disney Measles Outbreak a Consequence of Low Vaccination Rates, Easy Travel

When it comes to measles, it’s a small world after all.

Our ability to hop aboard a plane and arrive a few hours later at “the happiest place on Earth,” coupled with low vaccination rates, has enabled a measles epidemic centered on Disneyland in California to spread thousands of miles from the theme park, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health epidemiologist explains. (more…)

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Pitt Researchers Develop Liver Preservation System to Aid in Transplants


Later this year, UPMC’s transplant team hopes to test a new organ preservation system that promises to optimize donor liver quality by pumping cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into the organ prior to surgery. The “machine perfusion” device was developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.


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