Strain-specific Lyme Disease Immunity Lasts for Years, Penn Research Finds

A new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania shows that humans appear to develop immunity against specific strains of the Lyme disease that can last six to nine years.

Penn Dental Medicine-NIH Team Reverses Bone Loss in Immune Disorder

New research by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers has demonstrated a method of reversing bone loss and inflammation in patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency.

Penn Team Links Africans’ Ability to Digest Milk to Spread of Cattle Raising

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers — constituting the largest examination ever of lactase persistence in geographically diverse populations of Africans — investigated the genetic origins of this lactose tolerance and offers support to the idea that the ability to digest milk was a powerful selective force in a variety of African populations which raised cattle and consumed t

Penn Study Suggests Cause of Severe Tooth Decay in Toddlers

New research by the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine’s Hyun (Michel) Koo and colleagues suggests that early childhood caries, a painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, may result from an unhealthy partnership between a bacterium and a fungus.



  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    With the world watching, mare My Special Girl gave birth to a colt at 9:22 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. The grey foal weighed 104 pounds and measured 39.5 inches from crown to tail.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Penn is an academic powerhouse, with vast potential to create knowledge, connect it across all divides, and use it for the progress of humankind.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    The hippocampus in the brain is associated with remembering events and tracking locations. Researchers, however, had been unable to determine whether the same sets of neurons were involved in both of these processes.

  • Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Vice Provost for Research Dawn A. Bonnell is responsible for facilitating Penn’s sprawling research enterprise, which consists of 12 schools, more than 165 multidisciplinary centers and institutes, and a fully incorporated health system.

  • Cultivating Knowledge

    Cultivating Knowledge

    A stone’s throw from bustling 38th Street, just off Hamilton Walk, lies a carefully curated green oasis, and nearby, a soaring glass-walled structure where plants from the exotic to the mundane are cared for and studied.

  • Video Game Helps Identify Brain Cell

    Video Game Helps Identify Brain Cell

    A research team led by Penn psychology professor Michael Kahana used a video game to help identify a new brain cell involved in navigation. Participants in the study rode a virtual bike to find hidden objects while implanted electrodes monitored their brain activity.

Penn in the news

How Could She? Mother Accused in Death of Infants April 15, 2014 | NBC News

Neill Epperson of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about infanticide.

Video: Cancer Treatment Can Be Toxic to the Heart April 14, 2014 | KFSN-TV (Fresno)

Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how cancer treatment can affect a patient’s heart health.

Check Up: New Study Recalculates Weight’s Effect on Mortality Risk April 13, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Doctoral student Andrew Stokes of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Illness simultaneously reduces BMI and increases risk for mortality.”

It’s Time to Pay Attention to Sleep, the New Health Frontier April 9, 2014 | Time

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Sleep is probably easier to change than diet or exercise.”

Video: Coffee Dependence Could Be Sign of Mental Disorder April 9, 2014 | CBS News (New York)

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that more research is needed in order to categorize caffeine use disorder as a mental illness.

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