Perelman School of Medicine

Getting gene therapy to the brain

Using a large animal model of genetic brain disease, researchers led by John H. Wolfe of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia delivered an effective treatment across the blood-brain barrier to correct the whole brain.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Interning virtually

The Translational Research Internship Program, offered by the Perelman School of Medicine’s Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Education Programs, provides mentorship for undergraduates as they complete a translational research project.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


The New York Times

Scientists uncover biological signatures of the worst COVID-19 cases

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his research on the distinct immune signatures of severe COVID-19 infections, which can cause the typical immune response to go awry.

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The New York Times

‘Like a horror movie’: A small border hospital battles the coronavirus

Genevieve Kanter of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a study she co-authored that warned of disparities in access to critical care facilities amid the pandemic. “Unfortunately, there will be a lot of unnecessary suffering and deaths from COVID-19 because of the lack of I.C.U. capacity in these low-income areas,” she said.

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The New York Times

Contact tracing is failing in many states. Here’s why

Carolyn Cannuscio of the Perelman School of Medicine says contact tracing is broken due to larger failures in the prevention system. “We have to start by supporting people in getting tested, which means making it easy enough for those exposed to someone or has symptoms to just show up and not worry about a doctor’s order,” she said.

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Bloomberg

#MedBikini backlash exposes research ethics boards’ digital gaps

Emily Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on a retracted study that claimed it was unprofessional for early-career surgeons to post photos of themselves in bathing suits on social media. “This is just proof that when it comes to social media research, in general, we don’t have good guidance,” said Largent.

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The New York Times

In era of sickness, doctors prescribe unusual cure: Voting

Aliza Narva, director of ethics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, commented on efforts to help hospital patients register to vote. “I would guess that people really saw the implication that policy can have on the actual care that we are able to deliver,” she said.

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