Opioids, such as morphine, are still the most effective class of painkillers, but they come with unwanted side effects and can also be addictive and deadly at high doses. Designing new pain-killing drugs of this type involves testing them on their corresponding receptors, but access to meaningful quantities of these receptors that can work in experimental conditions has always been a limiting factor.
Dawn A. Bonnell has been named vice provost for research at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1.
Mark G. Allen has been named the inaugural scientific director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.
When there’s a medical emergency on the University of Pennsylvania campus or in the surrounding West Philadelphia community, the emergency medical technicians who respond are often Penn students. And one of them may well be Max Presser.
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Gustavo D. Aguirre and Karina E. Guziewicz of the School of Veterinary Medicine are conducting research to treat human blindness.
Patrick McGovern of the Penn Museum says, “Of different people who do fermented beverages, microbrewers are the most willing to experiment.”
Jonah Berger of the Wharton School comments on social influence among teens.
Camille Charles of the School of Arts and Sciences shares her thoughts about affirmative action.
Matthew Stern of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses how dancing is a helpful adjunct to Parkinson’s-disease care.