Perelman School of Medicine

Calculus III for cells

Cells can sense and respond to surface curvature in very clever ways. The results, which revealed that curvature is a profound biological cue, could pave the way to new tools in the field.

Ali Sundermier

How to help children at risk for abuse

Resources are available to protect kids from systemic child abuse. The executive director at Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research has insight and advice for everyone to help keep kids and communities safe.

Jill DiSanto , Jill DiSanto

Running with heart: How the body handles a marathon

It’s go-time for everyone training for the 122nd Boston Marathon. With proper training, running a marathon is not exactly dangerous per se, but it does have a considerable impact on the heart and arteries.

In the News

The New York Times

Married People Less Likely to Die From Melanoma

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Giorgos C. Karakousis proposed that dermatologists might compensate for the disparity in skin cancer mortality rates by “suggesting more frequent visits for single people.”



How to Get Your FOMO Under Control

Seth J. Gillihan of the Perelman School of Medicine advised readers experiencing FOMO, or fear of missing out, to work on developing mindfulness and to take space from social media.


Foreign Affairs

Keep CRISPR Safe

President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences co-authored an article emphasizing the importance of letting “global scientific and biological ethics communities” lead the charge in facilitating the implementation of gene-editing technology.


Chicago Tribune

Ketamine, Notorious Club Drug, Shows Promise as a Treatment for Depression, Studies Indicate

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Dominic Sisti co-authored a paper on the possible hazards of using ketamine to treat depression but has since come to view the treatment as appropriate for some. Still, Sisti believes it would be beneficial for clinics to share more data on outcomes.


National Geographic

There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label

Paul Wolff Mitchell of the School of Arts and Sciences, PIK Professor Sarah Tishkoff and Yana Kamberov of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed race and genetics. Skulls from Samuel Morton collection in the Penn Museum are also featured.