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  • 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 researchers will study intersection of mechanics and chemistry as part of new NSF center

    Penn scientists and engineers are joining a multi-institution team of researchers to bring new knowledge to the field known as mechanochemistry. The team has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to establish the NSF Center for the Mechanical Control of Chemistry, one of three new Phase I Centers for Chemical Innovation funded through the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Blog

  • 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

  • Jennifer Wilcox named Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy

    Wilcox is the first faculty research appointment at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, based at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Her professorial appointment is in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her research focuses on innovative ways to avoid new CO2 emissions from entering the air as well as the removal of old emissions in order to mitigate the accumulating effects of fossil fuels on our planet.

    FULL STORY AT Kleinman Center

  • 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

  • Quattrone Center’s John Hollway named to Prosecutor Wellbeing Task Force

    Associate dean and executive director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice John Hollway has been named to the Prosecutor Wellbeing Task Force of the National District Attorneys Association. The task force is designed to develop and disseminate resources, training, and peer-to-peer exchanges for prosecutors across the country to promote their health and wellbeing.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • $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