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  • First of its kind blood test to measure immune response to COVID vaccine in immunocompromised patients

    The Penn Medicine-created test measures both antibody and T-cell response to COVID-19 vaccination among multiple sclerosis patients, then integrates results into the electronic health record to aid in clinician and patient decision-making.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • New gift creates the first named professorship in the historic preservation program at Weitzman

    Thanks to a gift from alums Dawn Brian Gonick, Frank Matero has assumed the first endowed professorship in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation—the first named full professorship created at the School since 2006.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Design professionals and modernism enthusiasts converge at Weitzman for Docomomo 2022

    The Weitzman School was one of three host sponsors for the 2022 Docomomo US National Symposium, marking the return of this annual event to an in-person program, called “Yo! Modernism! The View from Philadelphia.”

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Virtual kindergarten program keeps Philly kids smiling—and sets them up for success

    The Penn Child Research Center contributed to the Philadelphia School District’s summer program, with content pulled from the Center’s Conquering Kindergarten initiative, which focuses on 14 social-emotional learning skills shown to help children succeed in school and in life.

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education

  • New tool measures moral distress in pandemic nursing care

    COVID‐19 created novel patient care circumstances that may have increased nurses’ moral distress, including transmission risk and end-of-life care without family present. Moral distress is a growing concern in health care with implications for both provider and patient outcomes. However, until now, established moral distress instruments do not capture these novel aspects of pandemic nursing care.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Why are immigrants in detention facilities hospitalized?

    A recent study co-authored by LDI Fellows Judith A. Long and Nandita Mitra provides new evidence about hospitalizations from immigration detention facilities, finding higher rates of intensive care unit admissions than expected but lower overall rates of hospitalization. Data reveals infection and psychiatric diagnoses drive the majority of hospitalizations.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Two more startups join Penn Medicine—Wharton Fund for Health’s portfolio

    The Fund for Health has invested in Fabric Health and Stimulus to expand its investment portfolio of companies with the potential to make change in communities’ social determinants of health, its fifth and sixth investment since the fund started 11 months ago as a joint initiative of Penn Medicine and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Unexplained variation in firearm deaths points to opportunities

    Anew study in JAMA Network Open uses geospatial mapping and initial rates of firearm deaths to predict rates of firearm deaths in each U.S. county a few decades later.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Why the Fed is walking an inflation-recession tightrope

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is trying to stabilize prices while avoiding a prolonged economic downturn, says Wharton’s Peter Conti-Brown.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge at Wharton

  • Penn Nursing designated a WHO collaborating center for nursing and midwifery leadership

    Re-designated for another four years under the directorship of Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel; co-director Eileen Lake, PhD; and with Nancy Biller as associate director, Penn Nursing will work to increase workforce capacity to improve maternal health in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News