Blacklegged Tick Populations Have Expanded Via Migration, Penn Biologists Show

In a new study, biologists from the University of Pennsylvania found that blacklegged ticks moved into new areas of the Northeast from established populations, mainly through short-distance, local moves. The results shed light on patterns of disease spread and could have implications for strategies to control ticks in order to reduce disease.

Researchers at Penn Develop Scar-like Culture Systems to Understand and Treat Fibrosis

A scar might be a reminder of an accident or surgery, but the fibrous tissue that makes up a scar also forms after a heart attack and arises in solid tumors as well as in chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis and muscular dystrophy. Implanted medical devices and materials are similarly surrounded by fibrous capsules that impede their function.  

Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity.

Remediating Abandoned, Inner City Buildings Reduces Crime and Violence in Surrounding Areas, Penn Study Finds

Fixing up abandoned buildings in the inner city doesn’t just eliminate eyesores, it can also significantly reduce crime and violence, including gun assaults, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine report in the first study to demonstrate the direct impact of building remediation efforts on crime.

World Water Week at Penn

August 24, 2015



Penn in the news

Stroke Prevention Starts Now August 18, 2015 | Self


Brett Cucchiara of the Perelman School of Medicine recommends a Mediterranean-like diet to help prevent strokes.

Does Your Personality Affect Your Dog? Here’s How You Can Find Out August 31, 2015 | Phys.org


James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine is mentioned for collaborating on a study about how canine behavior could be caused by an owner’s personality and psychological status.

The Science of … Aging (AKA Why My Body’s Breaking Down) July 28, 2015 | PhillyVoice.com


Bradley Johnson of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on aging.

F.D.A. Approves Repatha, a Second Drug for Cholesterol in a Potent New Class August 27, 2015 | New York Times


Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about lowering levels of LDL.

Philly420: Penn Doctor’s Convincing Case for Medical Marijuana August 27, 2015 | Philly.com


David Casarett of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for his new book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana.

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