Health Sciences

Two Penn faculty named 2020 AAAS Fellows

Qi Long and E. Michael Ostap of the Perelman School of Medicine are among a cohort of 489 distinguished scientists recognized with the honor from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Melissa Moody , Michele W. Berger

Embracing digital dentistry

The School of Dental Medicine is enhancing and integrating its digital capabilities, opening up new possibilities for training students, conducting research, and delivering seamless and cutting-edge patient care.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News


COVID vaccines: An opportunity for science?

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. “It looks like right now about half of adults, in the U.S. at least, say they are likely to get the vaccine—this moves around a bit—but another 20-30% either say they’re maybe unlikely or might want to wait,” she says.



Can dogs smell COVID? Here’s what the science says

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about training dogs to identify COVID-19 infections by scent. “The dogs can do it. The challenge is the ignorance that we have as humans as to what can confuse the dogs,” she says.


Los Angeles Times

At-home health tests are booming amid coronavirus. Experts warn about their safety

Perelman School of Medicine researchers, led by Louiza Kalokairinou, studied the pros and cons of at-home COVID-19 testing and found an increased risk of consumers misinterpreting test results.



The weirdest sign of COVID-19 fatigue? More Americans are grinding their teeth

Thomas Sollecito of the School of Dental Medicine spoke about the increase in patients experiencing pain from grinding or clenching their teeth. He recommended meditation and physical exercise to reduce stress but encouraged patients with persistent pain and tension to call their dentists.


WBUR Radio (Boston)

Pfizer concludes coronavirus vaccine trial and will seek FDA approval

Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. “I think there is every reason to be enormously optimistic,” he said.