Perelman School of Medicine

CAR T cell therapy may be harnessed to treat heart disease

Penn Med researchers used genetically modified T cells to improve heart function in an animal model after cardiac injury, a step forward in expanding the use of the technology to treating, or even reversing, heart failure.

Penn Today Staff

A molecular ‘atlas’ of animal development

Scientists have studied the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans for decades, making essential contributions to basic science. In the latest milestone, a team uses cutting-edge technology to individually profile the genes expressed in more than 80,000 cells in a developing C. elegans embryo.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News


CRISPR gene-editing may offer path to cure for HIV, first published report shows

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on new efforts by Chinese scientists to treat HIV using CRISPR technology. “This says there will be blue skies ahead,” he said. “We’re going to see many, many applications now since they got to first base here on this one.”


Fast Company

Buying prescription drugs online is easier than ever. But there are side effects

Matthew McCoy of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on direct-to-consumer drug companies, which some fear may lead to transactional relationships between doctors and patients. “The idea of requiring a prescription is that you talk to a doctor—somebody who’s an expert in these issues—and they help advise you based on particular needs you have,” said McCoy. “So it’s concerning that companies might be moving the physician to the back of this process.”


Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (WHYY-FM)

‘Chasing my cure’

David Fajgenbaum of the Perelman School of Medicine was interviewed about his memoir and his research on Castleman’s disease.


The Washington Post

We need the travel pillow. But we hate the travel pillow

Harvey Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine expressed skepticism about the usefulness of the travel pillow. While he said there isn’t much research in support of the pillows, they are “not necessarily bad. They’re not going to cause any harm.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Alzheimer’s pioneer Virginia Lee wins $3 million Breakthrough Prize for work at Penn

Virginia Man-Yee Lee of the Perelman School of Medicine won a Breakthrough Prize for her research on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.