Cut Off

Cut Off

Someone once told Eve, a teen with severe intractable depression, “You just aren’t working hard enough in therapy.” And then her doctor, Lisa Pan, learned that she can’t seem to make critical neurotransmitters. * Pitt Med, Summer 2017

Mind is Matter

Mind is Matter

We’ve known for millennia that when our mental health suffers, the rest of our health follows suit. Pitt neuroscientists are mapping the wiring within us that’s behind the mind-body connection—a prospect with the power to change how doctors diagnose, treat, and track illness throughout the body. * Pitt Med Fall 2016

The No-Nonsense Pathologist

The No-Nonsense Pathologist

In the ’60s, Emmanuel Farber’s studies in chemical carcinogenesis landed him on the committee that would pen perhaps the most important public health document of the century. The fiery Pitt pathology chair called “Bull!” on Big Tobacco (and a lot more). * Pitt Med, Spring 2016

Corneacopia: A Pitt Medcast

Corneacopia: A Pitt Medcast

Corneal blindness affects millions worldwide. To date, the only treatment available is a corneal transplant. But potential new cures are coming from unexpected places—including wisdom teeth!

The Ecology Within: Taxonomy of the Human Microbiome

The Ecology Within: Taxonomy of the Human Microbiome

Pitt scientists tackle the human microbiome, trillions of bitty bugs that outnumber our own cells tenfold. This teeming mass of microorganisms seems to hold the power to tame our immune systems. * Pitt Med, Spring 2015

Second Lives: A Pitt Medcast

Second Lives: A Pitt Medcast

A narrated slideshow of nontraditional med students at the University of Pittsburgh sharing “past life” experiences.

Don’t Spare the Horses

Don’t Spare the Horses

The Trojan horse tactics of HIV have stumped investigators for decades. Peijun Zhang and her collaborators have spied a chance to turn the tables. * Pitt Med, Winter 2013/14

Promethean Effort

Promethean Effort

An epic tale of injury and renewal, featuring Pitt’s George Michalopoulos and your liver. * Pitt Med, Fall 2013

Itch: A Pitt Medcast

Itch: A Pitt Medcast

A multilayered soundscape on the emerging neurobiology of itch, the least understood of our somatic senses. This Pitt Medcast was inspired by “Scratching the Surface,” a story from the Summer 2013 issue of Pitt Med magazine. Special thanks to Will Simmons for the music.

Works In Progress

Works In Progress

David Kupfer wants the DSM-5 to help his field come of age. Meet the man behind the manual. * Pitt Med, Summer 2013

Tinnitus: A Pitt Medcast

Tinnitus: A Pitt Medcast

This dramatic soundscape uses interviews, narration, sound effects, and music to explain the emerging neuroscience of tinnitus–a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other noise that afflicts people who’ve been exposed to loud sounds.  

Mars and Venus, Revisited

Mars and Venus, Revisited

Pitt scientists are sorting out sex-based disparities in the nervous, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and immune systems and elsewhere that have important implications for health. Men and women seem to be more different than we’d imagined—even at the cellular level. * Pitt Med, Fall 2010

The Surgical Curmudgeon

The Surgical Curmudgeon

Mark Ravitch introduced America to the surgical stapler, he put Pitt surgeons through trying times at morbidity and mortality conferences, and he left an eternal mark on the art of operating. * Pitt Med, Spring 2013

Sleeping’s Beauty

Sleeping’s Beauty

Every single aspect of our health that’s been measured so far has been directly linked to sleep. Lucky for us, it is a modifiable behavior. * Pitt Med, Summer 2012

What Possessed You?

What Possessed You?

Why do they jump from tire swings into shallow water? Why do they drive recklessly? Why do they do that to their hair? In short, why do teens do “teenage” things? Oh, if only they were fully myelinated. * Pitt Med, Fall 2007

Living with Head Trauma

Living with Head Trauma

Three people who’ve seen firsthand the damage concussions can cause, whether as a single career-ending blow or as a deterioration in health years after a player retires. * GQ, October 2009

Visual Thinker

Visual Thinker

Kyongtae Bae pushes the art and application of computer-aided diagnosis. * Pitt Med, Winter 2012/13

Put a Band-Aid on That Incision

Put a Band-Aid on That Incision

Just another minimally invasive liver resection. * Pitt Med, Spring 2008

The Modern Deathbed

The Modern Deathbed

The modern death ritual centers on the pounding of chests and other heroic measures. But that’s not what we say we want. Where do doctors fall short of offering “the good death?” * Pitt Med, Summer 2007

Stops Along Western Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad

Stops Along Western Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad

Hands-on history. See how African Americans contributed to the legacy of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania countryside. * Pennsylvania Pursuits, Spring/Summer 2011

A Matter of Some Urgency

A Matter of Some Urgency

Chet de Groat has discovered much of what we know about a critical organ system. * Pitt Med, Winter 2008/09

Among My Souvenirs

Among My Souvenirs

A polio scrapbook. * Pitt Med, August 2005

Test My Blood. I’m Not a Drinker.

Test My Blood. I’m Not a Drinker.

It’s time to get over the idea that patients suffering from pancreatitis also are alcoholics, say Pitt doctors. They are opening up new ways of thinking about the organ and its diseases—notably, pancreatic cancer. * Pitt Med, Summer 2008

Have Heart, Will Travel

Have Heart, Will Travel

What one couple did when their dog became paralyzed. * Ladies’ Home Journal, October 2008

Smart Drive

Smart Drive

Tanya Groover attracted attention as a budding entrepreneur when she was still a teenager. Now, as a Pitt alumnus and computer scientist, she’s addressing a growing national problem with help from today’s teens. * Pitt Magazine, Fall 2007

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Review of the true story of the Warsaw zoo that harbored Jewish refugees during WWII. * San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2007

Pittsburgh Power Shopping

Pittsburgh Power Shopping

Holiday shopping handled, no mall-crawl required. * Pittsburgh magazine, December 2006

Of Mice & Manduca

How a little green caterpillar could revolutionize the way science is taught. * Barnard magazine, Fall 2007

Left Behind

Left Behind

When they lose their houses to foreclosure, some cruel pet owners walk out on their four-legged friends. Fortunately, in one of the hardest-hit areas of the country, there’s Cecily Tippery * Ladies’ Home Journal, June 2009

Family Lines

Family Lines

Q&A with Edwidge Danticat * Publishers Weekly, July 30, 2007

Raise Your Glass to Women’s History Month

Learning about history has never been quite so intoxicating. * Pittsburgh magazine, March 2007

Wrestle Mania

Wrestle Mania

It’s mayhem at the Lawrenceville Moose! * Pittsburgh magazine, May 2007

Annie, Get Your Glue Gun

Annie, Get Your Glue Gun

Handmade Arcade indie craft fair: where the outrageous meets the ingenious. * Pittsburgh magazine, November 2006

Next of Kin

Next of Kin

In the world of organ donation, tens of thousands of second chances begin with a tragic loss. Families of deceased organ donors let us into their lives. * Pitt Med, Fall 2006

Act Naturally

Act Naturally

An acting class … for MBAs? * Pitt Magazine, Spring 2006

Tie-Dyed Science

Tie-Dyed Science

Students across the region fight crime, save a city in distress, and celebrate with a brilliant fireworks display— all without ever leaving school. * Carnegie magazine, Spring 2006

Fresh Air Flicks

Drive-in movies are date-friendly, kid-friendly, and wallet-friendly. * US Airways Magazine, May 2008