Health Sciences

Two Penn affiliates named 2022 Soros Fellows

Rishi Goel, a second-year Perelman School of Medicine student, and Kingson Lin, who graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2017, are among the 30 recipients of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Louisa Shepard

A new approach to nerve healing

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine developed an injectable microtissue that preserved muscle function in rodents with a severed nerve.  

From Penn Medicine News

Questioning what we know about dementia

Penn researchers are looking into moments of sudden, clear communication in someone with progressive neurodegenerative disease for a deeper understanding of both brain science and philosophy.

From Penn Memory Center

HUP Pavilion’s halo lights up: A beacon for awareness

The tops of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Pavilion is periodically lit up in colors to support causes that matter to Penn Medicine, like Rare Disease Day and relief efforts for Ukrainians.

From Penn Medicine News

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Want to know which COVID variant you have?

Frederick Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on COVID variant tracking: “If we know what variants are involved, what their properties are, we can tell what to expect by sort of forecasting by the experience of other places that are ahead of us, based on our sequence and knowledge of the different variants.”


Business Today

Omicron infection produces better immunity response than booster shots: Report

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine says COVID breakthrough infections should be thought of as essentially equivalent to another dose of vaccine and that, if someone had COVID recently, they could wait before getting another booster shot.


Wink News

Head injury: Higher risk of epilepsy later in life

Discussing traumatic brain injuries, Andrea Schneider of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “One head injury is associated with about 1.2 times increased risk, but having more than one head injury is associated with over two times increased risk.”



Burnt-out nurses push back as staff shortages strain hospitals

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing comments that there is pressure to cut hospital nursing staffs, but fewer nurses mean more deaths.


Penn Medical School holds first in-person commencement since pandemic

Graduates of The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine were honored during their 2022 commencement Sunday morning at The Kimmel Center. The graduating class of 169 people were able to receive their diplomas and take the Hippocratic Oath in person for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.