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Pitt partners with UPMC to hire new vice chancellor for new position

Pitt partners with UPMC to hire new vice chancellor for new position

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017

In partnership with UPMC, Pitt hired Kristin Davitt Tuesday as the University’s inaugural vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and president of UPMC’s Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. Davitt’s position will have her acting as leader of the Medical and Health Sciences Foun...

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

By John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2017

Three Pitt students are OK after one dropped a vial containing a cyanide derivative in a Chevron lab Thursday morning. The 5 ml vial shattered on the 11th floor of the building at around 10:15 this morning, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. Three students were treated by paramedics after...

Pitt lab investigation ends on mixed note

Pitt lab investigation ends on mixed note

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 30, 2017

A new report from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has declared an end to the investigation into alleged animal cruelty in laboratories affiliated with Pitt. The report, cited in a letter last Monday from Axel Wolff — OLAW’s director of compliance oversight — to George Huber, Pitt’s vice provost for research conduct and complianc...

Pitt researchers develop HIV detector

Pitt researchers develop HIV detector

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017

Pitt researchers have moved the world one step closer to finally fully curing HIV. Scientists in the University’s Graduate School of Public Health announced Monday in the medical journal “Nature Medicine” that they’ve created a more accurate, quicker and less costly test for detecting how much of t...

Pitt researchers identify new cancer risks in chromosomes

Pitt researchers identify new cancer risks in chromosomes

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 20, 2017

Scientists have identified a new cancer risk associated with chromosomes, according to a 22-year-long study from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Jian-Min Yuan — a professor in Pitt’s School of Public Health, a physician and researcher — conducted research indicating that the length of telomeres ...

Pitt researchers link immune system to cancer treatment

Pitt researchers link immune system to cancer treatment

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2017

Doctors already fight cancer by stimulating patients’ immune systems, but after a recent Pitt-led study, researchers may have a better idea of how to target specific immune cells to improve their treatment. According to recent findings by Pitt researcher Robert Ferris, doctors will now be able to...

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Elias Rappaport / The Pitt News Staff

March 31, 2017

A Pitt Pantry representative pointed to an audience member in the William Pitt Union ballroom Thursday night and asked her to imagine that for the rest of night, she was no longer a Pitt student. Instead, the student would assume the fictional role of a part-time nurse with four children. Suddenly, ...

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 26, 2017

Following the instructor’s lead Saturday, a group of students on yoga mats on the second floor of the University Club breathed deeply as they assumed happy baby and downward facing dog poses in unison. The assembled yogis transitioned into tree pose, poised with one foot rooted on the ground and the othe...

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2017

After months of long waits and few available psychiatrists, Pitt announced more on-call counselors to schedule same-day appointments and a new full-time psychiatrist Wednesday. Pelin Duzenli, who will begin in April, currently practices as a licensed psychiatrist and behavior scientist at the Tid...

Pitt remembers Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Pitt remembers Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

March 17, 2017

Although Dr. Thomas E. Starzl is known in the Pitt medical community for his contributions to the organ transplant field, his grandson Ravi Starzl knows him as an ice cream connoisseur. The elder Starzl was such a fan of ice cream that he would frequently eat it for dinner, his grandson said. He was ...

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