Talicia Williams, a 25-year-old Black woman, holds her baby daughter up close so they are face-to-face looking into each other’s eyes.

Helping Black families to grow and thrive

To reverse the nationwide trend of serious harm and death before, during, and after childbirth for Black and other parents from marginalized groups, Penn Medicine is taking bold action to improve maternal health and eliminate racial disparities.

An illustration of white dominoes as seen from above, standing up in curved lines that form the shape that evokes the idea of a brain.

A changing picture for dementia after decades of research

Decades of discoveries are finally creating a path to a cure for Alzheimer’s and related diseases of the brain. Foundational research at Penn Medicine was crucial to this moment where new drugs may slow and reverse the symptoms of these conditions.

Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, sits on a campus wooden bench, smiling and relaxed legs crossed, wearing blue pants and a multicolored shirt.

The scientific life of Virginia M.-Y. Lee

Numerous key discoveries in Alzheimer’s and related disorders trace back to one woman: Virginia M-Y Lee. Lee’s life in science together with her late partner, John Trojanowski, is a testament to her dedication to understanding the brain.

A donated brain specimen sits on a white table top in a lab. It has been sliced in half for a research autopsy.

The brain bank’s gift of knowledge

Patients and their families have empowered major discoveries through an important resource for research in neuropathology: The Penn Medicine Brain Bank.

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