Research History

In 2013/14, amid an extremely competitive environment, Penn State College of Medicine's research ranking by the National Institutes of Health increased from 57th to 55th.

Over the years

  • In 1974, we developed the long-life rechargeable heart pacemaker.

  • In 1976, we developed the first surgically implantable, seam-free, pulsatile blood pump to receive widespread clinical use.

  • Penn State research on ferroelectric materials led to new technologies like acoustic-based medical scanners.

  • We created a treatment for congenital coarctation of the aorta in infants, which has reduced disease recurrence from 30 to 0 percent.

  • Our researchers learned how the working heart uses sugar, the link between protein metabolism and damage to the heart muscle during a heart attack, and how an injured heart grows.

  • John W. Kreider discovered the only system known for the propagation of cancer-associated papillomaviruses in a controlled, experimental environment.

  • For the first time, researchers successfully grafted tissue from the uterus into mice and investigated the influence of hormones on cancer growth.


Community Health Focus

Significant research projects from this past year include:

  • A national clinical trial to treat vision loss due to blood vessel blockage in the retina

  • A reproductive life-planning project to reduce unintended pregnancies

  • A  Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science designation for innovation in tobacco research

  • A program to improve the health and eating habits of children in Pennsylvania schools

  • A program to help primary care practices improve the quality of their care