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April 13, 2021

Chasing Covid

CHASING COVID takes us inside the lab of Pitt's Center for Vaccine Research, where Dr. Paul Duprex, Director and Jonas Salk Chair, and his team work to defeat COVID-19 — and where they continue to...

April 12, 2021

Pittsburgh vaccine heroes then and now

On April 12, 1955, church bells rang, factory whistles blew, and children were let out of school as newspapers around the world declared “Victory over polio.” That day, the new polio vaccine...

February 4, 2021

How coronavirus variants could outsmart vaccines

In a recurring pattern of evolution, SARS-CoV-2 evades immune responses by selectively deleting small bits of its genetic sequence, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh...

November 18, 2020

Lethal brain infections in mice thwarted by decoy molecule

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a molecule that protects mice from brain infections caused by Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), a...

November 6, 2020

Pitt researchers discover llama ‘nanobodies’ are powerful new coronavirus treatment

Llamas could be the new key to helping humans fight the coronavirus. According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, medical researchers have discovered a way to extract “tiny but...

September 22, 2020

How do vaccines get approved for mass distribution? Doctors explain

NBC News medical contributor Dr. John Torres pulls back the curtain on the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine and gives an in-depth look into the vaccine development process. He also talks...

September 14, 2020

How You Will Know if a Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and Effective

For people around the world whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, one major development could help make gathering in crowded locations okay again: a safe and effective vaccine...

June 1, 2020

Emergency Response: A vaccine developed at Pitt could come to the rescue once again.

Before America’s first stay-at-home orders, before school and business closings, before overwhelmed hospitals and the confirmation that the world is facing a deadly pandemic,...

May 27, 2020

Coronavirus Webinar Series: The Microbial Sciences respond to COVID-19

In May and June 2020, the American Society for Microbiology hosted a 3-part virtual Congressional briefing series covering diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19.

May 3, 2020

How the fight against polio was won.

Sorrow, fear, hospitals overwhelmed, closures – all due to the deadly coronavirus.  And all hallmarks of another deadly and mysterious virus that terrified Americans, starting at the turn of the...

March 20, 2020

Pitt researchers attach coronavirus to genetically modified measles vaccine

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research has been on the cutting edge of work being done with coronavirus.

February 27, 2020

Researchers At Pitt working to safely and quickly develop COVID-19 Vaccine

Two weeks ago, coronavirus — specifically COVID-19 — arrived in Pittsburgh. Two tiny vials less than two inches tall and a quarter inch around contain roughly 50 million viruses. Now, researchers...

February 12, 2020

Pitt receives CDC approval to bring coronavirus to Pittsburgh to help develop a vaccine

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research could have a specimen from the deadly SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus within the week in an effort by the world-renowned research institution to...