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HuGen's Nimgaonkar sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis

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NEWS-MEDICAL - According to an in-depth computational analysis published in the JOURNAL OF SCHIZOPHRENIA and co-authored by VISHWAJIT NIMGAONKAR, professor of psychiatry and human genetics, variants in eight genes implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis may explain why susceptibility to one of the disorders could place individuals at lower risk for the other. "We wondered if individual genetic variants may exist that could have ... 

Why you could lose more weight WITHOUT using pedometers to hit your targets

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MIRROR - Pitt Public Health researchers Candy Kammerer (HUGEN), Ryan Minster (HUGEN), Trevor Orchard (EPI), Chip Reynolds (BCHS), Akira Sekikawa (EPI), and Jian-Min Yuan (EPI) have discovered that apps for weight loss may not be the dieting aid you were hoping for. 

Obituary: M. Michael Barmada of human genetics

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Faculty member M. MICHALE BARMADA (HUGEN) died December 2, 2016, of gastroesophageal cancer.... Barmada was among the first Pitt researchers to tackle next-generation sequencing. Colleagues remember not only his intellect and skills in computational genetics, but also his strong desire to mentor others and share what he knew, “When he wasn’t teaching and mentoring, he was always ready to just sit around and talk about research,... 

Mayo Clinic, Regeneron Genetics Center Join Accelerator in Sequencing Project for PSC

GENETIC ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS - … Dr. Boyette co-founded Curable in 2014 with younger brother Jon, who has PSC, and Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and former executive director of the Gene Partnership at Children’s Hospital Boston–Harvard Medical School. 

Meet Amanda Everman (HUGEN '18), Dean's Scholar

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“I don’t think I chose public health. Public health chose me....The more I learned about genetics, the more I knew it was what I wanted to focus on for my career,” she says. The Philadelphia native and Penn State grad says the short distance from her hometown and in-state tuition are nice bonuses, and she’s enjoying her new city. “I was surprised at how different Pittsburgh is from Philadelphia."  

Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies May Improve Depression Symptoms

Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. 

Most powerful obesity gene yet boosts risk by 40 per cent

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NEW SCIENTIST - It could be in your DNA. A gene variant that increases a person’s obesity risk by 30 to 40 per cent is the strongest genetic predictor of body weight discovered in humans so far. Having just one copy of a particular variant of a gene called CREBRF is associated with a 1.5 increase in BMI... The genetic variant was uncovered during a genomic analysis of more than 5000 people in Samoa, where obesity rates are among the highest in t... 

Slaugenhaupt, Recipient of Alumni Award for Research

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Susan Slaugenhaupt (HUGEN '88, '91) was honored with the Alumni Award for Research on May 20, 2016, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dorman Recognized with the 2016 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Janice Scully Dorman (HUGEN '81, EPI '83) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

PITT PUBLIC HEALTH PART OF INTERNATIONAL STUDY THAT REVEALS NEW GENETIC CLUES TO AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

Pitt Public Health recruited hundreds of local participants and analyzed data for an international study that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Supported by the National Eye Institute, part of the NIH, the findings may help improve our understanding of the biological processes that lead to AMD and i... 

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