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  • Penn Dental Medicine among Wolf administration awardees to battle COVID-19

    Penn Dental Medicine is among the 23 state-wide awardees from the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolff to advance coronavirus research. The award to the lab of Henry Daniell is part of $10 million in grant funding through the state’s COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies program to support the rapid advancement of vaccines, treatments, and therapies.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • Penn Women in Cardiology: Breaking barriers and building support in cardiovascular medicine

    Cardiology has long been a male-dominated field, with women making up less than 20% of the board-certified cardiologists in the U.S. Nosheen Reza, an instructor in cardiovascular medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, has made it her mission to tackle these disparities and increase the representation of women in the field. In 2017, Reza launched Penn Women in Cardiology. Her goal was to break down the barriers that women have been facing nationally in the field by connecting them together as a supportive force. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn Medicine named LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader for 2020

    All six Penn Medicine hospitals recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for promoting equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families.

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  • Investigational drug stops toxic proteins tied to neurodegenerative diseases

    A Penn study finds that toxic proteins from mutated genes stimulate TDP-43 clumping, which can result in diseases like Lou Gehrig’s disease. Researchers also show that treatment with a pipeline drug known as an antisense oligonucleotide reduces the levels of such clumps, and the neurodegeneration that goes along with it.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • The UpLIFT Project guides the way toward equity in medical education

    After noticing—and experiencing—the stark differences in socioeconomic status between medical students and the populations they serve, three Perelman School of Medicine students created The UpLIFT Project to explore the barriers preventing first generation and/or low-income (FGLI) students from successfully applying to medical school. They created an all-inclusive guide to pursuing a career in medicine, with a focus on aiding FGLI applicants. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • ‘Vote like your health depends on it’: VotER initiative rolls out through Penn Medicine

    Penn Medicine is participating in an online voter registration initiative called VotER ahead of the November election to help patients, visitors, faculty, staff, and trainees become more civically engaged. VotER, a national, nonpartisan organization seeking to bring voter registration to health systems, helps patients and visitors easily register to vote and sign up for a mail-in ballot. The organization also provides automated reminders so that individuals are prepared to vote.

    FULL STORY AT Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

  • PARC kicks off new grant cycle

    The Population Aging Research Center launches its next five years of research with new leadership, activities, and research themes both domestic and global.

    FULL STORY AT Population Aging Research Center

  • $2.5 million grant supports Penn Medicine study of COVID Watch’s impact on health disparities

    Penn Medicine ’s COVID Watch team has received a $2.5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the program’s impact, particularly among Black and Latinx patients whose communities have endured significant disparities during the pandemic.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • American Academy of Nursing names Linda Aiken a Living Legend

    The American Academy of Nursing has named Linda Aiken the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, professor of sociology in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, a Living Legend. This honor is bestowed upon a person who has made significant contributions to nursing and health care over the course of their career.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • #BlackInNeuro builds connections and community around the world

    A new initiative hopes to address the disparities in diversity in neuroscience—Black in Neuro. Debuted on Twitter this summer, the initiative was organized by 22 graduate students, postdocs and professionals from universities and institutions around the world to highlight Black excellence in the field. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News