By Victoria Silvis Since the first successful kidney transplant in 1954, organ transplantation has become an increasingly common procedure with over 39,000 occurring in the United States in 2020.1,2 While the pancreas, heart, and liver were the next organs to be transplanted in the 1960’s, organ procurement was a challenge, as the United Network for … Continue reading Getting to the Heart of the Problem: The Penn State Heart Legacy
By Rebecca Fleeman As the sweet potato casserole gets passed down the table and you scoot your green beans over to make room, this Thanksgiving you may think “will I be able to finish all the food on my plate?”. By the end of the meal, you are absolutely stuffed, eating more than twice what … Continue reading How to Grow a 4th Stomach for Your Thanksgiving Feast
By Elizabeth Lesko Frankenstein at work in his laboratory, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein1 Most people are familiar with the concept of donating your body to science – the cadavers used to teach medical students must come from somewhere after all – yet few have given much thought to exactly how one goes about donating their … Continue reading From Blood to Bone: What it Means to Donate Your Body to Science
By Elizabeth Lesko (Paris Catacombs – By Vlastula at the English language Wikipedia) If you’re anything like me, you love a good museum. Most cities in the world have at least a local history museum to their name, and an afternoon spent wandering through one can be a great way to learn about a culture. … Continue reading Morbid Museums: The Ethics of Displaying Human Remains
By Elizabeth Lesko The history of medical science is long and strenuous, full of great leaps followed by dark ages, brilliant minds tempered by the mores of their time. While we would all like to believe that we live in an enlightened time, full of people who trust the best practices of medical professionals, the … Continue reading A Brief History of Anatomy as Told Through Art
By Joseph Cirilo From the alarm clock in the morning, conversations with co-workers, to the timer in lab informing you that your incubation is finished, sound dominates how we act each and every day. Unfortunately, there is a large population in the US that suffers from hearing loss. According to the National Institute of Deafness … Continue reading Hear Ye, Hear Ye, How Do I Hear Thee?
By: Jordan Gaines Lewis, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Program During my first year at Penn State College of Medicine, I participated in an MRI research study. I laid in an MRI machine for 45 minutes and looked at pictures of chocolate while smelling chocolate odors. Tough life, right? (Hershey really is the sweetest place … Continue reading What’s it like to get an MRI?
By: Kristy Pugh, 1st year graduate student in the Anatomy Program We sometimes hear people talk about “donating their bodies to science.” But what happens to these bodies, and why would anyone choose to give their body away? This past year, as a first-year graduate student, I had the opportunity to find the answers to these … Continue reading Donate Your Body, Donate Knowledge