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  • New Penn Medicine center will advance diversity in cardiovascular disease clinical trials

    Penn Medicine has formed the BETTER Center (Behavioral Economics to Transform Trial Enrollment Representativeness), designed to foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion among people who participate in clinical trials designed to improve the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The BETTER Center will seek to more actively engage and recruit individuals from historically underserved racial and ethnic groups, women, and people of low socioeconomic status, among other historically underrepresented groups.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Michael Glick named ADI International Dentist of the Year for 2021

    The Executive Director of Penn Dental Medicine’s Center for Integrative Global Oral Health, has been recognized for his leadership by the Academy of Dentistry International for 2021. The award honors career contributions to dentistry, international education, and service.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • Positive neighborhood social perceptions linked to lower parental stress

    Prior research linked a more positive social environment—one where people feel connected to each other and are willing to help one another and where community members feel safe—to better health outcomes. A Penn LDI team surveyed 300 low-income mothers and caregivers of preschool-aged children in Philadelphia on their stress levels and their views of their neighborhood social environment, and found that mothers who perceived their neighborhoods as safer had lower stress, as did mothers who perceived their neighborhood as having higher collective efficacy.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Racial disparities in endometrial cancer mortality

    A study co-written by Penn Medicine’s Emily Ko finds that Black women with endometrial cancer have an increased risk of death directly related to their endometrial cancer compared to white women, regardless of the stage and type of the cancer.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announce partnership with Costa Rica for CAR T cell therapy

    Penn Medicine and CHOP together pioneered the research and development of the world’s first personalized cellular therapy for cancer—CAR T cell therapy. They will collaborate with Costa Rica’s Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Social Security Program) to facilitate CAR T research in Costa Rica.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • APPC welcomes 19 distinguished research fellows

    This latest group of distinguished research fellows is largely based within the Penn community, bringing the group to a total of 58 eminent scholars whose work complements the research and engagement being conducted by the policy center.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Prominent appointments for Penn Nursing’s Diane Spatz

    Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition in Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health has two new appointments. Domestically, Spatz has joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine work group titled Inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating Persons in Clinical Trials. Internationally, Spatz has been elected to the Board of Directors for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Jonathan Zimmerman wins the 34th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award

    The Penn GSE professor’s book, “Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn,” co-written with editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, has been honored with a gold prize in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program’s “Political & Current Events” category.

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education

  • Diversity in the Stacks: North African books in French

    The Libraries has acquired French language novels, and works on politics, Islam, art, and culture. Their publication in French reflects transnational networks of scholarly communication. A full picture of North African history and culture must take into account its multilingual reality. Collecting to support teaching and research can present a challenge, as materials in French and in Arabic are often artificially separated.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • How do resources for nurses in maternity units vary?

    The U.S. has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world, and most of these maternal deaths are preventable. In a recent study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing, Penn Nursing’s Rebecca Clark and Eileen Lake examined differences in nursing resources across three different types of maternity units, and found that the work environment—meaning teamwork, resources, and managerial support—did not vary much across unit types. However, staffing, education, and specialty certification did vary significantly. 

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute