Health Sciences

Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence

Featured below is information on the experts from the Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence as well as audio transcripts of the proceedings.  The Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence is one of a series of programs to which reporters, editors and producers from the news media are invited.  Featured panelists

Understanding Smooth Eye Pursuit - The Incredible Targeting System of Human Vision

PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shed new light on how the brain and eye team up to spot an object in motion and follow it, a classic question of human motor control.  The study shows that two distinctly different ways of seeing motion are used - one to catch up to a moving object with our eyes, a second to lock on and examine it.

Jordan Reese

Penn Vet Announces World Leadership and Student Inspiration Awards

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has launched the first veterinary medicine awards of its kind designed to recognize innovation, creativity and leadership in the veterinary profession anywhere in the world.  

Gail Luciani, Jennifer Rench



In the News


The New York Times

Who gets a vaccine first? U.S. considers race in coronavirus plans

Harald Schmidt of the Perelman School of Medicine said courts would likely strike down any vaccine prioritization model based on race and ethnicity, proposing instead an approach that considers socioeconomic status. “It’s imperative that we pay attention to how COVID has impacted the health of minorities differently; otherwise it compounds the inequalities we’ve seen,” he said.

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Axios

Fighting the coronavirus infodemic

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the spread of misinformation online. "In our hyper-polarized and politicized climate, many folks just inherently mistrust advice or evidence that comes from an opposing political party," she said.

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BBC News

Coronavirus: Wear masks in crowded public spaces, says science body

Paul Edelstein of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19. "There are people without symptoms going about their daily business who are unknowingly breathing out droplets that are carrying the virus," he said. "If they had their faces covered the majority of those droplets would be caught before they can infect other people. Wearing face coverings can help save lives and prevent disabling illnesses."

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NBC News

How blood type may affect your coronavirus risk

Lewis Kaplan of the Perelman School of Medicine said people with a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 according to their blood type shouldn’t get overly confident. "It might mean they have less risk, but if you engage in risky behavior, we don't know just how much risk you need to incur to overwhelm whatever potential protection you might have," he said. "We have no clue."

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The New York Times

The wilderness of rare genetic diseases and the parents navigating it

Jim Wilson of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his research at Penn’s Orphan Disease Center. “When I was practicing clinical genetics, it was limited to diagnosis and prognosis,” he said. “Now, in a limited number of diseases, there are potential treatments, if not cures.”

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