Health Sciences

Relieving water scarcity, one home at a time

Due to a rapidly depleting underground aquifer, many residents of Mexico City are left with little-to-no easily accessible clean water for hours or days at a time. This summer, members of the Penn chapter of Isla Urbana helped install rainwater harvesting and filtration systems to provide residents of the Mexican capital with clean water year-round.

Gina Vitale

In the News

The New Yorker

The promise and price of cellular therapies

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine was profiled for his contributions to the field of CAR-T cellular therapy.


Philadelphia Inquirer

In surgical recovery—or any tough task—the key is to keep moving, cardiac resident learns

Jason Han, a surgical resident in the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote about the importance of movement to post-operative recovery. When patients get some momentum, “their mindset about recovery changes. They begin to believe their recovery is within their control and they challenge themselves to participate in their recovery.”


Reuters Health

Reduced work hours for trainee doctors not seen to compromise care

Krisda Chaiyachati of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on workday reforms that limited doctors in training to an 80-work week and 30-hour shifts. “I imagine it would be politically challenging to ask young physicians to routinely work, say, 100 hours a week.”



Trump calls for overhaul of costly kidney dialysis program

In response to President Trump’s push to reform the kidney dialysis program, which largely relies on clinic-based treatment, Jeffrey Berns of the Perelman School of Medicine said “there is under-utilization of home dialysis and under-exposure to it.”


The New York Times

Aid in dying soon will be available to more Americans. Few will choose it

Emily Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on a study about Alzheimer’s risk and the perception of aid-in-dying laws. While most participants would not choose the route for themselves, the majority of those surveyed supported the option’s legality for others.