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  • Colgate-Palmolive $1M gift to support care center for persons with disabilities, establish innovation laboratory

    Through the Innovation Laboratory, to be embedded within the Center, Colgate experts will work side by side with Penn Dental Medicine faculty, students, and researchers to assess needs and develop and refine new dental products that facilitate optimal dental care for patients with disabilities.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • When we talk about dying

    Penn Medicine’s Serious Illness Care Program teaches nurses and doctors how to have frank conversations with patients who have serious illnesses, not to map out specific treatment plans or advanced directives, but to focus on a patient’s personal end-of-life priorities and plans.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Potential new methods for Duchenne muscular dystrophy therapies discovered

    Researchers identified a group of small molecules that ease repression of a specific gene, utrophin, in mouse muscle cells, allowing the body to produce more utrophin protein, which can be subbed in for dystrophin, a protein whose absence causes DMD. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Lisa Servon to direct Center of Excellence for Consumer Financial Lives in Transition

    Lisa Servon, the Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School, has been named research fellow at the Madison, Wisconsin-based Filene Research Institute, where she’ll lead the new Center of Excellence for Consumer Financial Lives in Transition. 

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • The curious case of preterm birth: Is environment to blame?

    Spontaneous preterm birth is also the number one cause of neonatal death around the world, and doctors admit they’re not entirely sure why some babies come early. New research from experts at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine is adding key data that may steer future investigations toward the elusive answer—starting with microbiota.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Krystal Strong urges U.S. House subcommittee to support leadership initiatives for African youth

    Penn GSE’s Krystal Strong, an expert in youth leadership in African countries, told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, that this “youth bulge” of Africans under the age of 30 represents a huge opportunity for African societies and the U.S., but only if a path to leadership can be opened for them.

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education

  • David Amponsah named Presidential Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

    The assistant professor of Africana Studies is a scholar of religion and society in Africa and its diaspora. The Presidential Professorships are five-year term chairs, awarded to outstanding scholars, whose appointments to the standing faculty are approved by the Provost and who demonstrably contribute excellence and diversity to Penn’s inclusive community.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts and Sciences

  • Helping diabetic women have healthy babies

    The Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Diabetes & Endocrinology practices as a team help pregnant women gain better control of their diabetes while reducing the risk of complications to both mother and baby.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • New Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies

    This month, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice announced the launch of a new training institute, the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies, designed for scholars from underrepresented backgrounds as well as for scholars doing critical research on communities of color. 

    FULL STORY AT School of Social Policy & Practice

  • PPEH announces 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Amy Balkin

    Balkin’s solo and collaborative work explores and re-imagines humans’ relationships to the natural world and how planetary resources have been used and valued. She will be in residence in Philadelphia for two short-term stays in the spring and fall of 2020. The two residency periods coincide with major public events organized by PPEH which Balkin will also participate in and will include at least one public workshop for the Penn community.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts and Sciences