Health Sciences

Penn Medicine launches new Colton Center for Autoimmunity

The Center, made possible through a $10 million gift from alumni Stewart and Judy Colton, unites game-changing research and patient care programs across the University, and connects Penn’s efforts to two other world-renowned institutions.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Like blood pressure and temperature, sleep should be an important vital sign for every patient

Jason Han, a cardiac surgery resident at Penn Medicine, wrote an opinion piece about the importance of sleep to patients’ recovery and providers’ wellness. “I consider sleep as another vital sign for them—and for me,” he wrote.



I’m fully vaccinated and I also had COVID. Do I need a booster?

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said the COVID-19 booster shot is safe for those with hybrid immunity, which occurs when someone who has already had the virus gets vaccinated. However, he said, hybrid immunity is already powerful on its own.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Telemedicine is here to stay, but how it will be covered by insurance is still being debated

Rolando Vega, a graduate student at the School of Nursing, wrote an opinion piece about the future of telemedicine. If signed by the governor, a Pennsylvania State Sensate Bill would mandate full insurance reimbursement for these services going forward. “This bill is essential and there is a sense of urgency as many patients, as well as health care providers are counting on its final approval,” Vega wrote.


BBC News

Could mRNA make us superhuman?

Research by Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine laid the groundwork for mRNA vaccines.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

What COVID-19 precautions should I take over the holidays?

Richard Wender of the Perelman School of Medicine said COVID-19 precautions are still needed this holiday season. “When you’re dealing with something like a global pandemic, you just gotta take life day-by-day and not act as if the ending has already arrived, because it hasn’t, and in many parts of the country, COVID rates are quite high right now,” he said.