Greg Richter

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News Manager, University Communications

Greg Richter is the news manager who covers Medicine, Public Health, Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. He graduated from Rowan University, where he also worked in its Office of Media and Public Relations. Since then, he has lived in Philadelphia for eight years and worked in Penn Medicine’s Office of Communications, most recently as a senior medical communications officer. Follow him on twitter @DrexelGreg.


COVID-19 Can Doctors Predict The Severity of COVID-19 in Their Patients?
Scientists have now made substantial progress in predicting the path that COVID-19 will take in patients, finding sets of biological features that are associated with the course and severity of COVID-19. The findings were recently published in Cell Reports Medicine by researchers from Drexel University’s College of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Yale, and other institutions nationwide.
Food shopping Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Insecurity and Inability to Pay Rent Hit Immigrant Families Hardest
Although families with immigrant mothers experienced higher rates of food insecurity and inability to pay rent during the pandemic than other groups, they reported less participation in economic impact payments (EIP) in the form of stimulus checks and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – two programs designed to provide stopgap financial support, according to a new study in JAMA Health Forum from researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health and Children’s HealthWatch.
Mechanism of mRNA Vaccines Why Do mRNA Vaccines Cause Strongest Immune Response in Younger Individuals? Lipid Nanoparticles Offer Some Answers.
Although the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are safe and effective at preventing severe illness in adults and children, including immunocompromised individuals, researchers have noticed that these shots continue to be the most efficient and effective in younger individuals than in older adults.
Preterm births Proactive Policing May Contribute to the Racial Gap in Preterm Births
Proactive policing, such as pedestrian and traffic stops, is a crime prevention tactic that relies on police officer discretion to stop and search individuals they consider suspicious. A recently published study in the journal of the American Public Health Association, looking at proactive policing and preterm birth rates in New Orleans, shows that Black residents living in neighborhoods experiencing high levels of proactive policing were about three times as likely to give birth preterm (before 37 weeks) as their white neighbors.
Telemedicine Removing Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Shows Success During Pandemic
Pandemic-era changes to prescribing guidelines for the lifesaving drug buprenorphine led to improved treatment outcomes for patients with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia, according to a recently published study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.
Sarah Long, MD Infectious Disease Expert Sarah Long, MD, to Address Graduates at Drexel’s College of Medicine Commencement
Sarah Long, MD, an internationally renowned expert in infectious disease treatment in children, will address graduates of Drexel University’s College of Medicine during its 2022 commencement on May 13.
Drexel Announces Cape Fear Valley Health System as Regional Medical Campus
University’s College of Medicine announced Cape Fear Valley Health System as a new regional medical campus option for students, starting in May 2022. Through an affiliation agreement, Drexel medical students will have the opportunity to select the health system for their required clinical rotations in the third and fourth years of their education.
Parent child play time Screen Time for Babies Linked to Higher Risk of Autism-Like Symptoms Later in Childhood
Sitting a baby in front of a tablet or television, as well as less parent-child play time, are associated with developing greater autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like symptoms later in childhood. These findings, from the first prospective study on the subject, are published today in JAMA Pediatrics from researchers at Drexel University’s College of Medicine and Dornsife School of Public Health.

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Virtual Reality May Enhance Learning Efficiency Over Real-World Environments, Says Drexel Study
In the first study to consider brain activity during visuospatial problem-solving across immersive virtual reality (VR), 2-D computer screens and physical environments, researchers from Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering uncovered a surprising revelation – VR-based learning exhibited optimal neural efficiency, a measure that gauges the brain activity required to complete a unit task.
Renowned Geneticist Vicki L. Chandler, PhD, to Address Drexel College of Medicine Class of 2024 During Commencement
Vicki L. Chandler, PhD, chief academic officer and provost at Minerva University, will address the Drexel University College of Medicine class of 2024 at its commencement ceremony on May 9.
No Link Between Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy and Children’s Risk of Autism, ADHD, and Intellectual Disability, Says Large Sibling Study from Drexel University and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet
In the largest study to date on the subject, researchers found no evidence to support a causal link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children. The findings, using data from a nationwide cohort of over 2.4 million children born in Sweden, including siblings not exposed to the drug before birth, were published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from researchers at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health and Karolinska Institutet of Sweden.
Climate Change Linked to Rise in Mental Distress Among Teens, according to Drexel Study
Worsening human-induced climate change may have effects beyond the widely reported rising sea levels, higher temperatures, and impacts on food supply and migration – and may also extend to influencing mental distress among high schoolers in the United States.
COVID-19 Drexel Researchers Find Possible Predictor of COVID-19 Severity
Looking closely at one of the antibodies produced to fight COVID-19, researchers at Drexel University’s College of Medicine have uncovered a trait that could be used to predict severity of a COVID-19 case.
Screen time and atypical sensory processing Putting Your Toddler in Front of the TV? You Might Hurt Their Ability to Process the World Around Them, New Data Suggests
Babies and toddlers exposed to television or video viewing may be more likely to exhibit atypical sensory behaviors, such as being disengaged and disinterested in activities, seeking more intense stimulation in an environment, or being overwhelmed by sensations like loud sounds or bright lights, according to data from researchers at Drexel’s College of Medicine published today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Want to Keep Gen-Z Off Vaping? Teach Them about the Industry’s Marketing Tactics, Drexel Study Says
Young adults who are more familiar with e-cigarette marketing practices are more likely to have attitudes against vaping than those unaware of the industry’s marketing, according to a study led by Drexel University public health researchers published this month in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control.
Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health to Serve as National Coordinating Center for New NIH Community-led Health Equity Research Program
Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health received a $20 million award to be disbursed over five years from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Common Fund through the agency’s Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) program to study health equity solutions nationwide.