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Six biomedical devices gain pilot funding

The Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants to six biomedical devices including I-HITS that involves Ervin Sejdic, Intelligent System Programm (ISP) facutly.

Read more on University Times: http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=39908

Pitt to help lead million-person study

NIH will give $4.2 million to Pitt to build the foundational partnerships and infrastructure needed for PMI program that aims to engage more than 1 million U.S. participants to change how disease is prevented and treated based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics.

This project involves Shyam Visweswaran, Intelligent System Program (ISP) faculty along with Steven E. Reis and Oscar Marroquin.

Read more on University Times: http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=39908

New findings on schizophrenia’s biological processes by ISP faculty

Using a computational model they developed, researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered more than 500 new protein-protein interactions (PPIs) associated with genes linked to schizophrenia. The findings, published in npj Schizophrenia, could lead to greater understanding of the biological underpinnings of this mental illness, as well as point the way to treatments.

Senior investigator Madhavi Ganapathiraju, ISP and biomedical informatics faculty member in the School of Medicine, noted that there have been many genome-wide association studies (GWAS) that have identified gene variants associated with an increased risk for schizophrenia, but in most cases there is little known about the proteins that these genes make, what they do and how they interact.

Please visit University Times for complete article: http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=39314

Congratulations to ISP faculty Madhavi Ganapathiraju and ISP alumni Thahir Mohamed for their recent high visibility publication!

Their paper, "Schizophrenia interactome with 504 novel protein–protein interactions", published in npj Schizophrenia (Nature Partner Journals) has received tremendous attention and is continuing to grow in its Altmetric score

http://www.nature.com/articles/npjschz201612

https://www.altmetric.com/details/7022137#score

https://www.facebook.com/nature/posts/10153749335023167

First Call for Joining team ISP

Dear ISP friends,
As you may know there is a "Race for the Cure" event every year at Pittsburgh that is happening at May 8th this year. Last year we formed the team ISP to attend the event and we had a lot of fun in a shiny day with some of you (You can find a picture below in which Jeya is asking where are the others?!). This year we renewed the registration for our team to attend the race again and encourage those who are fighting cancer by spreading the story of Michele's victory.
Please join us:  http://pittsburgh.info-komen.org/goto/isp2016
Best,Mahdi

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