Editor's Note - Fall 2021

Welcome to our brand-new site. Your favorite hub of healing and discovery now has a fresh new platform for serving up stories.

Since October 1999, Pitt Med magazine has been sharing the intellectual adventures of this medical school; now we’re integrating the contributions of more of our colleagues across the health sciences.

Sometimes we cover astonishing advances, like our fall cover story about restoring vision to the blind using lessons learned from bioluminescent algae. (Elaine Vitone’s report gives us the perspective of a man enrolled in the Pittsburgh arm of this international clinical trial.) Sometimes the stories are matters of the heart—like the essays by Kortni Ferguson (MD ’21) and Priya Roy (MD ’21). These young doctors’ chronicles about losing parents during med school may help others navigate complicated grief.

I encourage you to visit us often. We’ll be posting new stories regularly. And on this page, we’ll offer the occasional behind-the-scenes peek at how the words or images came together. Our award-winning (70 at last count) crew is small but mighty-creative. Elaine Vitone, senior editor, was included in Open Notebook’s On the Origins of Science Writers earlier this year and was the first recipient of the National Association of Science Writers’ Institutional Writing Award. Her Pitt Medcasts are picked up by the National Science Foundation’s streaming service and radio stations across the United States. Elena Cerri, daughter of an artist and pathologist, was born to art direct us—and we are so glad. It’s worth a look back at our 20th anniversary cover story to get a sense of how she makes the magic happen.

Take care,

Erica Lloyd
Editor in Chief

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