Developing new technologies to solve the mysteries of the brain

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Flavia Vitale is using her background in biomedical and chemical engineering to develop cutting edge materials and devices that will help clinicians diagnose and treat brain disorders.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The coming crisis in dementia care and why PA is woefully unprepared

Joel Streim and Alison Lynn of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how and why Pennsylvania is in a perilous position with dementia care.


U.S. News & World Report

What increases dementia risk?

Andrea Schneider of the Perelman School of Medicine said research shows that head injuries and genetics can increase a person’s risk of dementia. “One common misconception is that dementia is inevitable with aging. This is not true,” she said. “Dementia is not a normal part of aging; however, the risk of dementia does increase with age.”


Los Angeles Times

Why storytelling is an important tool for social change

Emily Falk of the Annenberg School for Communication explained the neuroscience behind how the brain processes and learns from stories. “Storytelling alone, of course, can’t produce structural changes in the justice system or create better policies aimed at health, the environment and other issues that affect our well-being,” she wrote. “But that said, changing systems large or small has to start with effective communication.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

These Penn scientists discovered how the brain engages in imagination

Joseph Kable of the School of Arts & Sciences and alumni Arthur Lee and Trishala Parthasarathi used MRI brain scans to study the neuroscience of imagination.


Science Daily

The immune link between a leaky blood-brain barrier and schizophrenia

For people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, a more permissive blood-brain barrier appears to allow the immune system to get improperly involved in the central nervous system. The inflammation that arises likely contributes to the clinical manifestations of neuropsychiatric conditions, according to new findings from a team led by researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).


The Conversation

Neuralink’s monkey can play Pong with its mind. Imagine what humans could do with the same technology

Anna Wexler of the Perelman School of Medicine expressed skepticism about Neuralink, a company developing brain-machine interfaces. “Neuroscience is far from understanding how the mind works, much less having the ability to decode it,” she said.