Health Sciences

Pushing medical science forward, with bioethics

Alongside Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel, Penn President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno discussed their new book “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die” at the Smilow Center for Translational Research.

Lauren Hertzler

Tweets from Twitter users could predict loneliness

By identifying similar themes across tweets, researchers are uncovering markers that could be used to predict loneliness, something that could lead to depression, heart disease, and dementia.

Penn Today Staff

Positive results in first-in-U.S. trial of CRISPR-edited immune cells

Genetically editing a cancer patient’s immune cells using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, then infusing those cells back into the patient appears safe and feasible based on early data from the first-ever clinical trial to test the approach in humans in the United States.

Penn Today Staff

An easier way of sneaking antibodies into cells

Penn Engineers have found a plug-and-play solution that makes antibodies compatible with the delivery vehicles commonly used to ferry nucleic acids through the membrane of a cell without damaging either.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

How the coronavirus ‘jumped’ to humans is a story as old as evolution

Sara Cherry of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the cross-species transmission of viruses throughout history. “We’re bad at predicting” how a virus will mutate and spread, she said. “We don’t know what the barriers are.”


Penn Nursing

What is self-care? How to cut through the marketing noise and actually practice it

Barbara Riegel of the School of Nursing spoke about the concept of self-care, which “goes all the way back to Hippocrates.” “Self-care centers upon the idea of being aware of yourself every single day and asking yourself questions like, ‘Did I get enough sleep? Did I eat right? Did I get in some exercise?’” she said.


All about the groundbreaking uterus transplant that helped this couple become parents

Kathleen O’Neill and Paige Porrett of the Perelman School of Medicine were interviewed about the uterine transplant trial they led, which ultimately resulted in the second-ever birth using a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.


Our phones can now detect health problems from Parkinson’s to depression. Is that a good thing?

A study led by Jeremy Asch, David Asch, and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine found that patients’ health-related internet searches doubled in the week before an emergency room visit.


Huffington Post

There’s so much we still don’t know about pain

Rosemary Polomano of the School of Nursing said the rise of doctors prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain in the late 20th century “was not based on strong science.”