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Pitt Biomedical News: Military Medicine Research Center + VA Research Expansion

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Apr 14, 2016

(Original article from 2012 by Jaimee Saliba. Updated information added by Katey Rein.)

The University of Pittsburgh has strong ties with the Pittsburgh Veteran's Administration Medical Center located next door, and in the past few years those relations have been strengthened with the establishment of the UP School of Medicine Center for Military Medicine Research as well as a new research facility at the VA's University Drive campus.

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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, VA, Stem cell research, New research facilities, UPITT, 2012, Neuroscience, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, Pittsburgh, vet research

UPitt Researchers Use Gene Therapy to Treat Parkinson's Disease

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

A new strategy for combating the neurologically destructive effects of Parkinson's Disease has been developed jointly by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Parkinson's Disease Research, gene therapy, UPITT, PA, Pittsburgh, Parkinson's Disease

Thomas Jefferson Researchers Uncover Link Between Lung Cancer and Conserved Gene

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancers and is responsible for the most cancer deaths each year. Due to its prevalence, lung cancer is a point of study for many researchers around the world. Just this year, researchers from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have discovered that the gene Nitrilase 1 (Nit1) plays a large role in the proliferation of cancer cells. 

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Tags: Pennsylvania, Northeast, Thomas Jefferson University, cancer research, Philadelphia, PA, ThomJeff, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Nitrilase 1, lung cancer, Nit1

Philadelphia Researchers Identify Why Type 2 Diabetics Resist Insulin

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Type 2 Diabetes , the most common form of Diabetes, affects nearly twenty-nine million Americans. Sufferers' bodies resist any insulin being produced, causing blood glucose levels to rise above normal. This condition is associated not only with hyperglycemia, but also with excess fat in skeletal muscles, although the actual cause of insulin resistance has not previously been known.
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Tags: Northeast, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, Diabetes, insulin resistance, Philadelphia, PA, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Type 2 Diabetes

UPenn Opens Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is one of the top research institutions in the world and is continuously expanding its research potential. Last year, the university opened a new Prematurity Research Center with the support of a $10 million donation from the March of Dimes Foundation of Philadelphia. Earlier this year, the university teamed up with the pharmaceutical company Novartis to open a new center on campus dedicated to cancer research, called the Novartis-Penn Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics (CACT)

The Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, which is located on the University of Pennsylvania Medical Campus, is a $27 million project that will provide new laboratory and clinical space for physicians and scientists working to develop personalized cellular therapies for cancer treatments.

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Tags: Northeast, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, cancer research, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, 2016, Novartis, Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, Cell therapy

$1.7M Awarded to Pittsburgh Researcher to Study Causes of Alzheimer's

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

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Tags: University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northeast, UPITT, Alzheimer's Research, PA, new funding, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, amyloid-beta proteins

Philadelphia Researchers Produce GM1 Ganglioside to Treat Parkinson's

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Parkinson's Disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects people's motor functions. As of today, there are no cures for Parkinson's Disease, and treatments are only able to alleviate symptoms. Researchers across the nation are heavily studying the disease, with the goal of learning more about the onset and progress of the disease to help scientists develop treatment methods.

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Tags: Northeast, Thomas Jefferson University, Parkinson's Disease Research, Philadelphia, PA, ThomJeff, 2016, Parkinson's Disease, BioResearch Product Faire, GM1 ganglioside

UPitt Researchers Study Broccoli for Cancer Prevention

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, May 20, 2015

Apparently kids aren’t the only ones who should be eating their broccoli. According to recent research by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, broccoli sprout extract may hold the key to preventing oral cancer and a variety of other head and neck cancers.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, cancer research, UPITT, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, Pittsburgh

UPenn Study Reveals New Contributor to Colon Cancer

Posted by Robert Larkin on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

According to a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, one specific contributor to colon cancer may be a protein called MSI2.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, cancer research, 2015, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA

TJU Researchers Team Up with NIH on $9.8M MRSA Collaboration

Posted by Robert Larkin on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Imagine finally getting a knee replacement after dealing with years of crippling pain, only to develop a staph, or MRSA, infection at the surgery site. Not only is the pain still present, perhaps even worse, but rest of the body’s health is now at risk as well.

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Tags: Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, 2015, Philadelphia, BioResearch Product Faire Event, PA, NIH funding, NIH grants, ThomJeff

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