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  • Penn Medicine researchers use artificial intelligence to ‘redefine’ Alzheimer’s disease

    With a $17.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine will collaborate with 11 research centers to determine more precise diagnostic biomarkers and drug targets for the disease.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Outside their bubbles

    The Undergraduate Data Science Hangout connects students and faculty across seemingly disparate disciplines.


  • $4.5 million NIH grant awarded to Penn to build a molecular model of the female reproductive system

    Junhyong Kim, Chair and Patricia M. Williams Professor of Biology, and Kate O'Neill, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine, have been awarded a Human BioMolecular Atlas Program grant to lead a multidisciplinary team in documenting the molecular characteristics of individual cells in the female reproductive system. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Health Communication & Equity Lab creates better public health messaging for LGBTQ+ populations

    Andy Tan’s newly-formed Health Communication & Equity Lab seeks to advance communication science to achieve health equity, focusing on examining inequalities in marketing, media, and message effects across diverse populations and designing culturally responsive communication interventions to advance the health and well-being of health disparity populations.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg School for Communication

  • Forcing a choice increased statin prescribing for heart disease patients

    Adding an “active choice” nudge to the electronic health record increased statin prescribing for patients with heart disease, but not for those “at-risk.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Eleni Katifori awarded the 2021 APS Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research

    This prestigious award was given “for the seminal use of physical principles in understanding living transport networks.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Paul Farber and Ken Lum receive $4M grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop art and justice initiatives across the nation

    The grant, “Beyond the Pedestal: Tracing and Transforming America’s Monuments,” will support the production of a definitive audit of the nation’s monuments, the opening of ten Monument Lab field research offices through $1 million of subgrants in 2021; and allow for Monument Lab to hire its first full-time staff and develop significant art and justice initiatives.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Penn Medicine researchers receive National Institutes of Health Director’s awards

    The NIH has selected two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine to receive its Director’s Awards, part of the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. Brian Litt, a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and bioengineering, was honored with a Pioneer Award for $5.6 million, supporting novel neurodevice research. Gregory Corder, an assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, was selected as a New Innovator Award winner, receiving $2.4 million for research investigating the mechanisms of chronic pain.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn Researchers receive grant to use AI to improve heart transplant outcomes

    A collaborative team, awarded a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, will utilize automated intelligence to determine likelihood of acceptance or rejection of donor hearts.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn GSE is the new home for two prestigious IES grants

    Rebecca Maynard and Brooks Bowden will lead the Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-Based Research in Education. The first grant project will prepare doctoral student fellows, drawn from across the Penn campus, to conduct research that informs education policy and practice. A separate grant will fund a series of training programs led by Bowden that will prepare researchers and analysts at state and local agencies to examine the cost effectiveness of education interventions. 

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education