Pregnancy, childbirth, the pandemic, and stress

For two years, the interdisciplinary Project IGNITE has followed 1,000 pregnant individuals and their children to learn more about what role environmental factors play in preterm birth, poor pregnancy outcomes, and social and emotional development.

Michele W. Berger

Chewing to curb COVID

Penn Medicine will conduct a new clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a chewing gum designed by School of Dental Medicine researchers to trap SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn scientists are honored for mRNA research used in COVID vaccines

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine have been named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their research on mRNA vaccines.


National Geographic

COVID-19 is more widespread in animals than we thought

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that many mammalian ACE-2 receptors are proving susceptible to COVID, even if they aren’t a perfect match.


Philadelphia Inquirer

New COVID variant drives increase in Pa. and N.J. infections

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the new XBB.1.5 COVID variant is more immune-evasive and is sharply increasing in Pennsylvania as a proportion of all infections.


Masks to temporarily return in Philadelphia and Camden school districts

Terri Lipman of the School of Nursing says that masking remains one of the best ways to mitigate the high risk of COVID transmission in schools.


The New York Times

As COVID-19 continues to spread, so does misinformation about it

Anish Agarwal of the Perelman School of Medicine says that online and offline discussions and impressions of the coronavirus are constantly shifting.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Years after hospitalization, those who got sickest from the pandemic still struggle with long COVID

Michael Harhay and Benjamin Abramoff of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on the severity and prevalence of long COVID cases.