Perelman School of Medicine

Defining neural ‘representation’

Neuroscientists frequently say that neural activity ‘represents’ certain phenomena, PIK Professor Konrad Kording and postdoc Ben Baker led a study that took a philosophical approach to tease out what the term means.

Marilyn Perkins

Exploring what it means to be curious

In a new book “Curious Minds: The Power of Connection,” Penn’s Dani S. Bassett and twin sibling Perry Zurn weave together history, linguistics, network science, neuroscience, and philosophy to unpack the concept of curiosity.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News


Biogen’s next Alzheimer drug feeds push for FDA approval revamp

Emily Largent and Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about the clinical uncertainty of new Alzheimer’s drug findings and the FDA’s need to have post-approval trials underway.



How health systems can truly value Black lives: Help close the racial wealth gap

In an op-ed, the Perelman School of Medicine’s Atheendar Venkataramani, Eugenia C. South, and George Dalembert, also of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, write that health systems are uniquely positioned as economic engines to address the racial wealth gap.


Scientific American

Giraffes vs. blue whales vs. dinosaurs: Contest reveals which one builds its nervous system fastest to evade predators

Douglas H. Smith and Jean-Pierre Dollé of the Perelman School of Medicine compare the speed at which different species of megafauna extend their nerve fibers.



Early data suggest vaccine protects against monkeypox, but questions remain

Stuart Isaacs of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the CDC’s findings on the effectiveness of the monkeypox vaccine are encouraging.



$50 million gift to University of Pennsylvania for autoimmune disease research

A $50 million gift from Wharton School alumni Judy and Stewart Colton will further develop the work of the Colton Center for Autoimmunity at the Perelman School of Medicine, with a statement from President Liz Magill.