Perelman School of Medicine

100 years of insulin

On July 27, 1921, Canadian doctors Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolated the hormone insulin, one of the most important breakthroughs in treating diabetes. Experts from around the University share their thoughts on the medical triumph on the 100th anniversary.

Kristen de Groot

A COVID vaccine for kids

Jeff Gerber, who is heading the clinical trial of the Moderna vaccine in kids under 12 at CHOP, speaks with Penn Today about the trial and why getting children vaccinated is so essential.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Getting to the heart of genetic cardiovascular diseases

Day, a physician-scientist and cardiologist works to unlock the mysteries of genetic heart disease, integrating translational and clinical science to understand the full spectrum of genetic heart disease evolution and progression.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Penn researching ways to avoid side effects of key treatment for serious COVID cases

To improve outcomes for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, researchers led by Mitchell Lazar of the Perelman School of Medicine are exploring which populations are most prone to side effects when treated with glucocorticoids, a type of steroid.



Olympians face 'overwhelming' mental pressure—especially this year

Jeremy Tyler of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the pressure faced by Olympic athletes. “Imagine going into the most important moment of your present lifetime, the world watching, having the knowledge that everyone expects you to live up to your reputation of being the best … and you’ve got go into it completely alone, without any social or emotional support,” he said. “I can’t think of a higher pressure or more daunting task to go through.”


The Hill

Masks and vaccines: What would you do to save a child?

Susan Coffin and Sage Myers of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia wrote an opinion piece about unvaccinated children’s vulnerability to the COVID-19 delta variant. They called for adults to continue wearing masks in risky environments, saying, “allowing even one child to become severely ill is too many if it can be prevented with simple measures.”


PBS NewsHour

Should your doctor be vaccinated? Frontline workers face calls for mandatory inoculation

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about vaccine mandates for health care workers. “Patients come first. It's our obligation to promote their health and well-being,” he said.


USA Today

Private companies must require vaccines for workers. It's the only way to get past COVID

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel and research coordinators Matthew Guido and Amaya Diana wrote an opinion piece calling for vaccine mandates in the private sector. “The mandates are ethical, providing huge benefits that outweigh risks, and higher immunization rates maximize the vaccine’s benefits in the workplace and community,” they wrote.