Before Retinal Cells Die, They Regenerate, Penn Vet Blindness Study Finds

In a new study, Penn researchers have shown that three distinct forms of canine early-onset blindness possess an unexpected feature: retinal cells temporarily rejuvenate. Further investigation into the reasons for this period of retinal neuron proliferation could lead to molecular targets for intervening in cell death and maintaining functional photoreceptor cells and a working retina.

Inaugural President’s Innovation Prize Winners Announced at Penn

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of four undergraduates as the inaugural President’s Innovation Prize recipients.

Quieting Cells' Low-Oxygen Alarm Stops Flare-ups in Rare Bone Disorder, Penn Animal Study Finds

The cellular response to the lack of oxygen fans the flames of flare-ups in a rare bone disorder. In fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a mutation triggers bone growth in muscles, which limits motion, breathing, and swallowing, among a host of progressive symptoms. 

Penn’s Melanie Mariano to Turn Public Libraries Into Hubs of Health Information

During the next year, with leadership from University of Pennsylvania student Melanie Mariano, Philadelphia’s public libraries will also become hubs of health information and preventive health for the city’s residents.



  • Training China’s Next Generation of Dentists

    Training China’s Next Generation of Dentists

    China’s growing need for dentists has given rise to a fruitful partnership between experts and practitioners in that country and researchers and students at Penn Dental School.

  • Narrowing the Gender Gap in Orthopedic Surgery

    In a field where women constitute approximately 5 percent of the practitioners in the country, Kristy Weber’s position as Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine makes her something of a trailblazer.

  • Visualizing a Parasite Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier

    Using powerful microscopy, Penn Vet Postdoc Christoph Konradt and Professor Christopher Hunter showed how the Toxoplasma parasite breaches the blood-brain barrier.

  • A Perfect Pair: Bedtime and Brushing

    Students, staff, faculty, and residents from Penn’s School of Dental Medicine are part of an effort to ensure that good literacy and oral hygiene habits start early.

  • Unlocking the Criminal Mind Using Biological Keys

    Researchers seeking to comprehend criminal behavior have long relied on social and sociological models. Penn Professor Adrian Raine says biology is critical to understanding violent behavior, too.

  • Mother’s Stress Alters Babies’ Gut and Brain

    Penn Vet researcher Tracy Bale has found that stress during pregnancy can impact offspring development through changes in the microbiota that are passed along during birth.

  • Puppies Bring Cuteness and Pedigree to Working Dog Center

    Five Labrador retriever puppies have reported to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center to start qualified training. These puppies, while undeniably adorable, also represent the different facets of the Center’s serious mission of optimizing the production of valuable working dogs, which involves research, breeding, training, and education.

  • Diving Deep for Alternative Energy

    The coral reefs under the tiny island nation of Palau are a laboratory unlike anywhere else on the planet, housing creatures with traits that rival the best of human ingenuity.

  • A Bash Between Friends

    The Best Friends Bash brings together patients from CHOP with craniofacial differences and dogs from Penn Vet with similar conditions. Nurses, doctors, and family members are also invited to attend the celebratory event.

  • President's Engagement Prize-Winners Launch Social Impact Projects

    Though they graduated mere weeks ago, five members of Penn’s Class of 2015 have already begun projects destined to make a profound impact on individuals and communities around the world, with support from the President’s Engagement Prizes.

Penn in the news

Just Out of the Gate: A CT Scanner Fit for a Horse April 28, 2016 | Philly.com

Dean Richardson, Barbara Dallap Schaer and Thomas Schaer of the School of Veterinary Medicine are quoted about a new robotic system for taking CT scans of animals while standing.

Locating Language Within the Brain April 27, 2016 | The-Scientist.com

Anjan Chatterjee of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “In cognitive neuroscience in general, we’re in a transition period between hypothesis- or theory-driven investigations and data-driven investigations.”

Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study April 26, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Ronac Mamtani of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about leading a study that suggests cholesterol levels, not statins, influence colorectal cancer risk.

Audio: Pain and Addiction April 26, 2016 | “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Michael Ashburn and Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss treating pain while opioid addiction rates rise.

Can ‘Dirty Mice’ Save Animal Research? April 20, 2016 | Science

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research that investigates whether sterile laboratory mice are good models for the human immune system.