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Research

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Talking to Kids about Weight: What the Internet Says and Why Researchers Are Wary

Researchers from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University systematically reviewed numerous independently published guidelines for having conversations with children about weight status to analyze their content, consistency, actionability and scientific support. They recommend future guidelines unify their messages for caregivers and health care professionals and be better supported by scholarly data.

Successful Pilot Integrates PrEP and Syringe Exchange Services to Increase Arsenal of HIV Prevention Tools for Women Who Inject Drugs

Successful Pilot Integrates PrEP and Syringe Exchange Services

A new study shows that implementing PrEP distribution within a community-based syringe services program gets the medication into the hands of women who inject drugs — a population disproportionately impacted by HIV. The results, from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, were recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

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SEPTA and Drexel Team up to Battle COVID-19

Researchers from Drexel University will be working with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on a partnership aimed at enhancing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation. Through a recently formed partnership, the institutions are pursuing a federal grant for research into risk assessment, mitigation and communication strategies that will help keep riders safe and healthy.

 

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Does Sharing Health Data Help Maintain Weight Loss?

Research from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University suggests that health counselors having access to self-monitored health data would improve a person’s weight loss maintenance.
The Spinal Cord Research Center of Drexel University College of Medicine was named in memory of Professor Marion Murray, PhD (1937-2018), the founder and director of the Center. Photo courtesy Itzhak Fischer, PhD.

Resiliency, Mentorship and $10 Million in Grants: Drexel Neurobiology & Anatomy in 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the department’s tried-and-true strategies remained strong enough to yield record-breaking levels of research funding.
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Faraday Fabric? MXene Coating Could Prevent Electromagnetic Interference in Wearable Devices

Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering have reported that fabric coated with a conductive, two-dimensional material called MXene, is highly effective at blocking electromagnetic waves and potentially harmful radiation. The discovery is a key development for efforts to weave technological capabilities into clothing and accessories.

Image of text: National Autism Indicators Report, Health and Health Care November 2020 including the logos for the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and the Life Course Outcomes Program

National Autism Indicators Report: The Complex Health and Health Care of Individuals with Autism

In the recently published sixth report in the National Autism Indicators Report series, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute highlight a holistic picture of what health and health care look like across the life course for people on the autism spectrum.
Sellers and Realtors Working Together May Make More Homes Smoke-free and Easier to Sell

Sellers and Realtors Working Together May Make More Homes Smoke-free and Easier to Sell, Drexel Study Says

Even in a strong market, tobacco smoke residue in a home may discourage buyers from considering a property, according to a survey of 329 realtors in four Philadelphia-area counties published this month in the journal Tobacco Regulatory Science.

5G MXene antenna

Ultrathin, Spray-Applied MXene Antennas Are Ready for 5G

New antennas so thin that they can be sprayed into place are also robust enough to provide a strong signal at bandwidths that will be used by fifth-generation (5G) mobile devices. Performance results for the antennas, which are made from a new type of two-dimensional material called MXene, were recently reported by researchers at Drexel University and could have rammifications for mobile, wearable and connected “internet of things” (IoT) technology.

 

One of the grants will help the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the Kline School of Law and School Education collaborate on the "West Philadelphia Community Dialogue Project."

Drexel-Funded Research Examines Racial Equity On and Off Campus

The University supported 22 projects focused on societal challenges in communities and within Drexel itself.
Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

This update offers a snapshot of recent activity, including the work of Janet Chen, MD, assistant professor in the College of Medicine, who is a principal investigator for the Gilead Sciences-sponsored clinical trial evaluating young COVID-19 patients treated with the drug remdesivir.
PES refinery site

Visioning the Future of the PES Refinery Complex

“Visioning the Future of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex,” is a report about  the potential long-term future of the former 1,400-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery site on the Lower Schuylkill. The report was designed to spark a conversation about how to ensure the long-term development of the site allows connectivity to the rest of the city and yields equitable economic and environmental benefits to the city and its residents. The report was created through a community visioning process funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.