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  • Paying patients can improve engagement in mental health treatment

    Financial incentives are known to increase patient engagement in a wide range of health programs, but they have rarely been used for mental health care beyond treating substance use disorders. Showing up and being involved in mental health treatment is half the battle for patients, and a new study from Penn LDI shows that financial incentives can help.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Public knowledge of monkeypox increases but over 1 in 4 unlikely to get vaccinated if exposed

    According to a new Annenberg Public Policy Center survey, the public’s knowledge about monkeypox has increased rapidly in recent weeks though misconceptions and uncertainty persist, and over a quarter of Americans say they are not likely to get vaccinated against monkeypox if they’re exposed to it.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Jolyon Thomas appointed to Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission

    The associate professor of religious studies is appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, with joint appointment to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Penn study identifies new prognostic biomarker for heart failure

    A new study co-led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine finds that bloodstream levels of a protein fragment called endotrophin can be used to predict outcomes in patients with a common form of heart failure.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Amber Wiley to join Weitzman faculty and lead civil rights initiative

    The architectural and urban historian whose teaching and research center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities, will join the Weitzman School as Presidential Associate Professor and the inaugural Matt and Erika Nord Director of the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Penn LDI launches $2.5M kidney disease research initiative

    A new research initiative from Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute focuses on a longstanding disparity in the rate of chronic kidney disease that is almost four times higher among Black Americans than white Americans. The Penn LDI Research Initiative on Improving Management of Chronic Kidney Disease, the effort will involve Penn LDI senior fellows and research teams.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Perelman School of Medicine launches leading palliative care curriculum

    The new four-year curriculum aims is innovative approach to teaching students how to effectively communicate with, support, and care for patients with serious illness through simulation-based learning.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • 2022 CAREER Award recipient: Lukasz Bugaj

    The assistant professor in bioengineering has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for researching therapies that use engineered cells to treat diseases, infections and chronic illnesses.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Anthea Butler receives 2022 Marty Award from the American Academy of Religion

    The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought has received the 2022 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion from the American Academy of Religion.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Konrad Kording’s CENTER is part of a new NIH education initiative on scientific rigor

    To address the discrepancy in scientific rigor—such as poor study design, small sample sizes and improper assessment of the significance of data—the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has launched the Initiative to Improve Education in the Principles of Rigorous Research. Konrad Kording, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering and Computer and Information Science in Penn Engineering and the Department of Neuroscience in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, has been awarded one of the initiative’s first five grants.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today