A line illustration shows a brain with lines signifying electrodes and wires connecting to a matrix of dots in a rectangular shape, indicating data.

Brain Powered: How Neuroscience Research at Penn Medicine’s Pavilion Will Forge New Discoveries

Advanced treatment for epilepsy can offer a unique look at the human mind from inside. By bringing clinical care and neuroscience research closer together, Penn Medicine’s newest inpatient facility, the Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will help to forge fundamental neuroscience discoveries and new neurotechnologies faster and better than ever.

Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, director of the Abramson Cancer Center, and John Glick, MD, professor emeritus, sit facing each other in armchairs in Glick's office in March 2021.

The Cancer Fighters

The National Cancer Act passed 50 years ago, lighting a spark that would revolutionize cancer care. In time, the University of Pennsylvania and its Abramson Cancer Center came to fuel many of the transformational changes in oncology across the landscape. In advance of retirement, Dr. John Glick, the center’s longest-serving director, reflects on his lasting legacy in the extraordinary ensemble of cancer fighters he inspired through his career on the front line of that transformation.

A flat white paper surface is covered in raised curved paper pieces designed to portray flowers and stems in multiple colors.

Coping with Cancer and Cultivating Creative Clarity

As she underwent cancer treatment, artist Michele Tremblay needed light, color, and beauty — and if she needed these things, surely others in her situation did, too. She resolved that if she recovered and regained her strength, she would find a way to share her art with the patients who came after her, as well as the staff who not only kept her alive, but gave her hope.

An abstract illustration of a map shows urban and suburban road networks with various location markers for different destinations.

The Road to Advanced Community Cancer Care

Across a span of hundreds of miles from central Pennsylvania to central New Jersey, patients are increasingly gaining convenient access to cutting-edge cancer treatments and experts. Here’s how they’re getting there.

  • A model of a sculpture designed by artist Maya Lin appears like a branching vertical structure across two stories of an indoor space, populated by model people. The image is paired with a sketch version of the same sculpture.

    A Glittering Confluence of Science, Nature & Art

    With its hundreds of glass beads reflecting the sunlight, and its twisting steel arms calling to mind outstretched tree limbs, the structure of DNA, and the branches of the Schuylkill River, a new art installation is set to dazzle patients, visitors, and staff this fall.
  • A member of the PennFIRST construction team wearing a yellow vest and hard hat adds his signature to the final beam before it is placed atop the Pavilion structure.

    Development Matters: The Writing on the (Pavilion) Wall – Make Your Mark!

    Now is the time to make your mark in the Pavilion. When you make a naming gift, your name will be displayed in the space of your choosing according to your support
  • Mariam Olujide, a 2021 graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine, embraces her mother, as both women smile with their eyes closed.

    The Next Generation of Primary Care – Vital Signs

    Primary care today involves much more than one-on-one outpatient visits. The Measey Primary Care Pathway Program prepares the next generation of physicians to experience what makes these specialties special.
  • Mary Gwyn, 64, a woman with short red hair wearing a red winter coat, stands smiling in a grassy area with an office building in the background.

    Editor’s Note: A Changed World

    For the changed world we now see with the local abatement of the COVID-19 pandemic, we owe our thanks to decades of foundational research at Penn Medicine, to the many scientists who developed that technology into a COVID-19 vaccine, and to the thousands of individuals who volunteered from a simple will to help. Big, world-altering changes take a combination of discovery, investment, and collaboration.
  • James Demetriades, CEO of Princeton Health, stands in a circle with members of the Princeton Health dining services staff.

    CEOs for their Communities - Vital Signs

    Get to know the new CEOS of two of Penn Medicine’s regional entities who assumed their new roles in March 2021.
  • The marquee sign outside of the Theatre of the Living Arts in South Philadelphia reads: Penn Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine

    A Marquee Achievement: COVID-19 Vaccination – Vital Signs

    Half a million doses and counting, Penn Medicine has reached out across the region to extend COVID-19 vaccine access. Meanwhile, scientific experts provide clarity on the emergence of concerning variants and the long-term effectiveness of vaccination.
  • A sign posted on a door reads "Eviction Notice" in large red letters.

    Research Countdown – Vital Signs

    A numerical countdown of selected research highlights from Penn Medicine in recent months.
  • Deborah Culley, MD, chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, wears a white coat and smiles with her hands folded and resting atop a glass railing.

    ‘Whole and Well’: Q&A with Deborah J. Culley, MD – Vital Signs

    New Chair Deborah J. Culley, MD, shares her vision for the future of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Penn Medicine.
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