News Releases



Penn Demographers Embark on Quest to Learn More About Families in Low- and Middle-income Countries
January 2, 2018
“We know a lot about families in the United States, Sweden, a lot of high-income countries,” said University of Pennsylvania demographer Hans-Peter Kohler. “But there is a huge gap in what we know about the family in middle- and low-income countries.”
Weekly Fish Consumption Linked to Better Sleep, Higher IQ, Penn Study Finds
December 21, 2017
Regular fish consumption has been shown to improve cognition. It’s also been known to help with sleep. A new study, conducted by Jianghong Liu, Jennifer Pinto-Martin and Alexandra Hanlon of the School of Nursing and PIK Professor Adrian Raine, connects all three for the first time. The research team found that children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQs by an average of 4 points.
Commonalities in Late Stages of Different Inherited Blinding Diseases Suggest Targets for Therapy
December 20, 2017
Gene therapy holds promise for treating a variety of diseases, including some inherited blinding conditions. But for a gene therapy to be effective, one must know the precise gene responsible for a given individual’s disorder and develop a tailored treatment. For diseases that may be caused by mutations in many different genes, developing individual gene therapy approaches can be prohibitively costly and time-intensive to pursue.
LGBQ Adolescents at Much Greater Risk of Suicide than Heterosexual Counterparts
December 19, 2017
In the Journal of the American Medical Association, May Wharton graduate Theodore L. Caputi published findings showing that adolescents who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning are much more likely to consider, plan or attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Though similar conclusions have been reported, Caputi and colleagues used a unique methodology that updates the findings in a new way.
FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Developed by Penn and CHOP
December 19, 2017
In a historic move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a gene therapy initially developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the treatment of a rare, inherited form of retinal blindness. The decision marks the nation’s first gene therapy approved for the treatment of a genetic disease, and the first in which a new, corrective gene is injected directly into a patient.
Coalition Seeks to Increase Transparency on Life Sciences Career Prospects
December 14, 2017
Nine American research universities and a major cancer institute today announced plans to give would-be life scientists clear, standardized data on graduate school admissions, education and training opportunities and career prospects. The institutions formed the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science in response to the focus of many new Ph.D.s. solely on a limited number of traditional faculty positions and to the lack of good marketplace information on training and career options for talented life scientists.
Penn Admits 1,312 Students Via Early Decision
December 13, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania has admitted 1,312 students to the Class of 2022 through the first-choice Early Decision program. Penn’s admitted Early Decision cohort was selected from a pool of 7,074 applications, the largest in the University’s history and a 15 percent increase over the prior year. Early Decision applicants commit to matriculate if admitted.
Dark Energy Survey Offers New View of Dark Matter Halos, Penn Physicists Report
December 13, 2017
Dark matter, a mysterious form of matter that makes up about 80 percent of the mass of the universe, has evaded detection for decades. Although it doesn’t interact with light, scientists believe it’s there because of its influence on galaxies and galaxy clusters.
Penn Students Take on Peace, Water and Climate, First in Norway and Next in Ghana
December 11, 2017
One way to learn about climate change is to read about it, exploring the scientific literature, perusing science news and combing through reams of relevant data. Another way is to experience it firsthand. A trio of University of Pennsylvania students elected for the latter approach during the International Youth Peace Conference, held this fall in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.
From Paris to Penn, Pursuing a Culinary Passion
December 8, 2017
Rachel Prokupek was rolling out pastry two years ago, pursuing a culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Now the University of Pennsylvania sophomore is rolling out the first cookbook, Whisk, for food magazine Penn Appétit.