Rita Balice-Gordon, PhD, professor of Neuroscience, and Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, professor of Neurology, both of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, have been awarded the McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award for 2010. Balice-Gordon and Dalmau discovered that some diseases, which patients have been told have no cure, can be attributed to disorders of the immune system. They were recognized for their research project, Cellular, Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms of Autoimmune anti-Glutamate Receptor Disorders of Memory and Cognition. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience provides grants to projects exploring the biology of neurological and psychiatric diseases.
For more information, view the McKnight Foundation News Release.
The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 16 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $398 million awarded in the 2012 fiscal year.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Penn Medicine also includes additional patient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region.
Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2012, Penn Medicine provided $827 million to benefit our community.