A microscopic worm may shed light on how we perceive gravity

C. elegans shares more than half of its genes with humans, allowing genetic studies to give insight into which genes are responsible for similar traits in humans, such as pinpointing molecular pathways responsible for gravitaxis, the ability to move in response to gravity.

From Penn Engineering

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.

From Penn Medicine News

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Can a digital reality be jacked directly into your brain?

Researchers led by Daniel Yoshor of the Perelman School of Medicine are developing better electrode arrays, which are used to induce neural activity. Current arrays approved for human use are bulky and contain around 1,000 electrodes, whereas the arrays Yoshor and colleagues are working on would have 64,000 electrodes, and eventually 1,000,000 electrodes.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Who was the man with the uneven gait? Mystery medical photos come to life with discovery of long-lost Penn archives

Penn Archivists J.J. Ahern and J.M. Duffin collaborated with Geoffrey Aguirre of the Perelman School of Medicine and Geoffrey Noble, a former PSOM resident, to learn more about a group of neurological patients photographed in the Victorian era.



Neuroaesthetics: Mental health facilities of the future

Anjan Chatterjee of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on what often happens in facilities for people with dementia illnesses.


The New York Times

Trump true believers have their reasons

Clifford Workman, a postdoctoral fellow in the Perelman School of Medicine, co-authored research about the neuroscience of morality. “People are motivated by shared social values that, when held with moral conviction, can serve as compelling mandates capable of facilitating support for ideological violence,” Workman and colleagues wrote.


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.”