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Archive for October, 2015

Pitt Schools of Pharmacy, Dental Medicine Commit to Future with New Pavilion

ribbon cuttingIn front of a distinguished group of faculty, alumni and guests, officials from the University of Pittsburgh proudly cut a blue ribbon adorned with gold flowers to mark the official opening of the new Commons and Research Pavilion, located on Pitt’s campus near Salk Hall, on September 15.

The new building will provide four additional floors of laboratory space for use by the Pitt School of Pharmacy and School of Dental Medicine, while also serving as a gathering place for students and faculty. In the works since 2008, both schools are thrilled to finally utilize their new space.

The pavilion houses the School of Pharmacy’s Center for Pharmacogenetics and the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Drug Discovery and Development, as well as the School of Dental Medicine’s Center for Craniofacial Regeneration. All of these programs are making great strides in their research, which is funded by various organizations and grants. (more…)

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Former Cancer Patient Gives Back, Known as Hillman Cancer Center’s ‘Hat Lady’

KathyDalbo4A Hillman Cancer Center volunteer and former patient, Kathy Dalbo, has made hundreds and hundreds of hats for patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and some who just want to look pretty and cover the bedhead that inevitably occurs during hospital stays.

Dalbo’s bright blue eyes sparkle as she talks about her “little hat project” and how she chooses her fabrics to ensure warmth and comfort. In addition to the halls of Hillman, Dalbo’s hats get around, having been shipped all over the Eastern seaboard. The self-taught seamstress takes special care ensuring high-quality workmanship and detail more akin to something you’d see on a 1920s flapper, not on a CancerCenter unit. (more…)

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UPMC Radiation Oncologist Fitting Cancer Patients With Activity Trackers During Treatment

medfr04727Colin Champ, M.D., pulls a Misfit Shine out of the cabinet above his desk. He’s also wearing one of the watch-shaped activity trackers on his left wrist. He has a mini basketball hoop hanging on his door, and a black kettlebell peeks out from beneath his desk. His interests are evident:

“I’ve always been into nutrition and fitness,” said the radiation oncologist at UPMC St. Margaret. And now, he wants to get a very specific group of people into fitness too.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, Dr. Champ thinks exercise could be one of the most important factors when going through radiation treatment. According to Dr. Champ, studies suggest that increasing activity levels during radiation treatment can actually lessen side effects, and decrease the chance of cancer returning in some patients. (more…)

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