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MXene textile

That New Yarn?! — Wearable, Washable Textile Devices Are Possible With MXene-Coated Yarns

Drexel University researchers have figured out how to add more conductivity into functional fabric devices, by coating yarns with a two-dimensional carbon-based material called MXene, to make conductive threads. The group has developed a dip-coating method, similar to the dyeing process, that can produce a conductive yarn strong enough for use in industrial knitting machines and durable enough to make it through wash cycles without degrading.
Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

Read all about the sponsored research, major gifts and recognition that were recently received by faculty at Drexel — like the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Alex Ortega, PhD, who was awarded a $3.2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study psychiatric and substance use disorders among island Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricane Maria.
Nurse assisting elderly man with book

Drexel to Receive Part of National $53.4 Million Grant for Dementia Care Interventions

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions is one of 30 top research institutions benefiting from a $53.4 million National Institute on Aging grant to Brown University and Harvard University to improve health care and quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their caregivers.
The official ribbon cutting kicks off the Grand Opening of the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center.

Drexel Opens New Center to Study Fabrics of the Future

The new Center for Functional Fabrics and the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center is set to become a cornerstone of the Schuylkill Yards innovation hub.
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$4 Million National Institute on Aging Grant to Drexel Will Test Platform Aimed at Helping Caregivers Manage Dementia Symptoms

Laura N. Gitlin, Distinguished Professor and dean of Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Helen Kales, MD, chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, were awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the impact of an easy to use, online platform, called the WeCareAdvisor to help caregivers manage dementia symptoms.
parklet

Philly Community Groups Face Significant Barriers to Creating Public Amenities Like Parklets and Pedestrian Plazas

Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation today released Catalyzing Community Capacity: How Philadelphia Can Create Equitable Right-of-Way Stewardship, a report on how to improve the city’s current processes for communities to create parklets, pedestrian plazas and bike corrals.
oxidized MXene

A Dash of Salt Could Fortify MXene 'Super Materials' Against Oxidation

Researchers at Drexel University have removed one of the final barriers blocking new two-dimensional “super materials,” called MXenes, from widespread use in batteries, electronics devices, water treatment and health care technology. With the discovery that a common food additive, polyphosphate salt, can ward off oxidation and stabilize the materials, MXenes could be one step closer to commercial development.

Cystic Fibrosis model

Can Talk Therapy Via Telemedicine Be the Answer for Cystic Fibrosis Patients Suffering from Mental Health Problems?

Drexel University researchers are exploring how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a type of talk therapy, delivered via telemedicine, may alleviate the anxiety and depression common among cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The multi-site nationwide trial led by C. Virginia O’Hayer, PhD, a clinical associate professor of Psychiatry in the Drexel University College of Medicine, is supported by a three-year, $960,000 grant from the Boomer Esiason Foundation. 
Taking Someone's Heart Rate

196,000 Youth Lose Health Insurance Coverage in Past 3 Years; Yet Some Upsides Remain, Drexel Study Says

The national implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014 was associated with gains in health insurance coverage for youth, but some of those gains have reversed during the past three years, according to findings published this month in Academic Pediatrics from researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.
Cows Graze by the Delaware Watershed

Are We Really Protecting Rivers and Streams From Pollution? It’s Hard to Say, And That’s a Problem. 

More public and private resources than ever are being directed to protecting and preserving aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Whether mandated for land development, farming or in response to the growing severity and number of natural disasters – scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found evidence that decades of watershed restoration and mitigation projects have taken place, but their impact is mostly perceived; data is relatively undocumented — or simply missing.


Kidneys

Kidney Transplants Covered by Medicaid Increased in States After Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid expansion has helped more young, low-income adults with advanced kidney disease to avoid the costs and poor quality-of-life associated with dialysis, reports a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine from researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel.

EMS equipment

Assaults to EMS First Responders are Felonies in Pennsylvania, So Why Do Many Victims Feel They Do Not Receive Justice?

Violence toward first responders is widespread and can face a felony charge in Pennsylvania, yet new research shows that victims often feel they do not receive legal justice.