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  • Cancer care in the time of COVID

    Don’t delay your medical care. It sounds like common sense, but in the era of COVID-19, people who normally wouldn’t hesitate to call a doctor when something doesn’t feel right, might avoid doing so out of concern about any kind of post-lockdown activity. But the medical community is urgently trying to advise the public that seeking health care is still essential. It’s particularly complicated in cancer care, where early detection is key.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • A new model for research review aims to address quality challenges

    Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Sherrod Brown recently raised concerns about the increasing use of for-profit Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to review research proposals, as opposed to boards typically housed at academic medical centers and health care institutions. A new paper highlights inherent challenges facing IRBs of all types and especially private equity-owned boards.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Hepatitis C and the layering of disease-related stigma

    In the U.S., hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects nearly 4.5 million people, is the leading cause of chronic liver disease, and was the leading cause of infectious disease-related deaths prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients with HCV face significant stigma associated with their diagnosis, but the prevalence and determinants of this stigma have not been examined. In a recent study, researchers explore demographic, clinical, and behavioral factors associated with patients’ experiences of HCV-related stigma.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Wharton researchers team with entrepreneurs and policy makers to help reopen Greek economy

    Hamsa Bastani from the Wharton School joined a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to announce an AI-based project, nicknamed “Eva,” that uses data to support decision making by the Greek government as it reopens the tourist industry vital to its economy amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton

  • A proposed framework for integrating chatbots and other conversational agents into health care

    While chatbots are becoming more widespread in health care, it’s important to implement them thoughtfully and constantly evaluate them in a variety of ways, Penn authors argue.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • A leadership gift for the future of veterinary education

    Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a leadership gift of $5 million from alums Gail P. Riepe and Jim Riepe to build a new clinical skills center on the New Bolton campus, located in Kennett Square, PA. The gift is part of The Power of Penn Campaign.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Vet

  • Phil Rea awarded a higher Doctorate of Science from Oxford

    Phil Rea, professor of biology and the Rebecka and Arie Belldegrun Distinguished Director of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, was awarded a higher doctorate, Doctor of Science by his alma mater, the University of Oxford, this month.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim appointed to NAM COVID vaccine committee

    Buttenheim, the Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and the Howard A. Silverstein Term Endowed Professorship in Global Women’s Health in the Department of Family & Community Health, and the committee will work to develop an overarching framework for vaccine allocation to assist policymakers in the domestic and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against COVID-19.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Nursing and COVID-19: Perspectives from the U.S. and Latin America

    2020 has become the year of COVID-19 - but long before that, it was the World Health Organization’s “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” Experts at the WHO are urging for massive global investments in nursing education and jobs, including in Latin America, which has become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic in recent months. Perry World House, Penn Nursing, and two renowned global experts on nursing policy—Penn’s Dean of Nursing Antonia M.

    FULL STORY AT Perry World House

  • One Book, One SP2: ‘Tell Me How It Ends’

    This summer, the entire School of Social Policy & Practice community is being asked to engage in a collective reading and continuous dialogue focused around the book “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions” by Valeria Luiselli.

    FULL STORY AT School of Social Policy & Practice