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February 9, 2016 News Headlines

Brazilian studies aim to unravel Zika's link to birth defects
Source: Reuters
February 9, 2016
… In the northeastern city of Recife, Dr. Ernesto Marques, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh and Fiocruz Pernambuco, the state arm of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, is finalizing plans for a similar study in 12 hospitals. …

UPMC group try to demysticize clinical trials
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 9, 2016
With steady declines in patient enrollment for human clinical trials, UPMC and the Women’s Cancer Research Center are boosting promotion of a network founded in November 2013 to encourage participation in scientific studies. …

Well-known Pittsburgh surgeon operates in Erie
Source: Erie Times News
February 9, 2016
… It's surgery day. Three or four patients will be waiting at UPMC Hamot for Geller to remove tumors -- often cancerous -- from their livers. …

Concussion discussion
Source: The Republic (Columbus, IN)
February 8, 2016
… Thalls visited UPMC seven times between February and June of that year, but it was in the first five minutes of her first meeting that Dr. Michael “Mickey” Collins, the center’s director, that the problem was pinpointed. …

$5M Precision Medicine Grant Integrates Genomics, Big Data
Source: Health IT Analytics
February 8, 2016
… The grant will fund the discovery of potential breast cancer and lung cancer treatments as part of the Big Data For Better Health (BD4BH) project centered at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. …

Nivolumab Hailed as “Game Changer” in Head and Neck Cancer
Source: Onc Live
February 8, 2016
… I have dreamed about the potential for reversing the immunosuppression of cancer and stimulating the immune system as a fourth therapeutic modality,” says Ferris, professor and chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, vice chair for Clinical Operations, associate director for Translational Research, and coleader of the Cancer Immunology Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. …

Gatton students win prestigious honor
Source: WKU Herald
February 9, 2016
… Daniels will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to work with Dr. Shannon Puhalla, the director of the Breast Cancer Clinical Research program and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Wyland students collect toys to fill playrooms at Children's Hospital
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 8, 2016
Hampton fifth-grader Kendall Solkovy first talked about playing the piano at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as a way to help the hospital's young patients. …

Celebrate The Year Of The Monkey With Pittsburgh's Asian Community
Source: WESA-FM
February 8, 2016
… In Squirrel Hill, Lien said the community will sponsor a parade, featuring UPMC Orthopaedic Surgery Department chair Dr. Freddie Fu and City Chief Innovation and Performance Officer Debra Lam. …

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