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

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

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

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

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

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

Of Mice & Manduca

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