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.

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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

Penn Medicine’s virtual bridge to opioid recovery

When COVID-19 shifted most outreach and programs to online platforms, recovery specialist Nicole O’Donnell had to restructure her approach to establishing a relationship with patient’s in need of opioid addiction intervention.

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What scientists are learning about how long COVID-19 immunity lasts

Nuala Meyer of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a study that explored how a dysfunctional immune response might shape a person’s physical reaction to COVID-19. “There was no perfect correlation between immunotype and severe disease,” she said.


The industry pros campaigning to end systemic racism in dermatology

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts spoke about how race is misused in medical diagnostics and treatments. “The reason I'm so passionate about ending race medicine isn't just because it's bad medicine,” she said. “I’m also on this mission because the way doctors practice medicine continues to promote a false and toxic view of humanity.”


The New York Times

The wilderness of rare genetic diseases and the parents navigating it

Jim Wilson of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his research at Penn’s Orphan Disease Center. “When I was practicing clinical genetics, it was limited to diagnosis and prognosis,” he said. “Now, in a limited number of diseases, there are potential treatments, if not cures.”



For cancer patients, anguish grows over deferred surgery as risk rises

Ravi Parikh of the Perelman School of Medicine said the consequences of deferred medical treatments will play out of the next few months and years. “The No. 1 thing that I'm concerned about is the backlog of cases,” he said. “When there's this onslaught of appointments, surgeries, colonoscopies, chemotherapy appointments, it's not going to be at a slow pace.”


Yahoo! News

In coronavirus pandemic, for health care workers, despair is only human

PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno and Stephen N. Xenakis of the Law School wrote about health care workers facing burnout and moral injury while working through the pandemic. “The health care workers fighting the ‘war on the virus’ deserve unqualified and public acknowledgment for their selfless service,” they wrote. “It is especially tough for them, and they should not be forgotten.”



Life-or-death hospital decisions come with threat of lawsuits

Allison Hoffman of the Law School said hospitals should apply consistent standards when triaging patients and rationing resources in order to avoid legal troubles down the line. Health care providers are “trying to look at what is reasonable and customary in uncharted territory,” she said.