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Celebrating Our Impact

Discovery & Innovation

Jefferson employees, students and alumni are on the frontlines of change in many areas — including health care, industry and public policy. The passion for discovery and collaboration we foster at Jefferson, along with our diverse areas of expertise, have led to interesting partnerships resulting in real-world solutions. Jefferson continues to encourage new ways of thinking to promote further discovery and innovation.

2/6 Researching the Most Effective Cancer Treatments

Developing new strategies for fighting cancer is a long-term, multigenerational endeavor. Researchers build on discoveries that came before them and collaborate with their contemporaries to design, test and refine potential treatments.

Did You Know? 25%

of all cancer-related deaths (colorectal, esophageal, gastric and pancreatic cancers combined) in the U.S. result from cancers that express GUCY2C.

Fast Facts from the Prostate Cancer Foundation

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Nearly 165,000

men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and some 29,000 die from the disease

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of men do not get screened due to fear or worry about digital rectal exams and feeling uncomfortable – though the PSA test (prostate specific antigen) is the most widely used to detect prostate cancer

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of prostate cancer cases are found in men older than age 65

3/6 Innovative Climate Solutions

Climate change may affect everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone the same. Jefferson researchers are finding new ways to design and construct cities to be equitable, sustainable and energy efficient.

“It is urgent that we take action now, or the most vulnerable will continue to pay the price. Drawing on different areas of expertise and experiences, we can strive to build equitable climate resilience.”

A view from North Philadelphia shows a long city block lined with cars, buildings and power lines as the Philadelphia skyline towers in the background.

Did You Know? 50%

of the world’s population live in cities today, and it is projected that 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by the year 2050.

I firmly believe technology-driven urban design can help build more livable, equitable, resilient and efficient cities for our futures.

Dr. Peng Du Assistant professor in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment

Energy is our most precious global resource and buildings are the largest consumers of energy. As architects, we are at the center of decision-making in this arena and play a key role in saving energy and making buildings more efficient and even capable of generating energy.

Dr. Edgar Stach Professor of architecture and director of the Thomas Jefferson University Institute for Smart and Healthy Cities

4/6 Breakthroughs in Mobility

The Jefferson community is improving lives by creating innovative solutions to mobility challenges. Thomas Jefferson University researchers are exploring new treatments for stroke patients with mobility impairments, while some University alumni are building on the unique opportunities they received as students to create innovative mobility solutions of their own.

Stroke Statistics

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Every 40 seconds

it is estimated that someone has a stroke in the U.S.

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17 million

people worldwide have a stroke that leads to permanent disability every year

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of stroke cases cause permanent disabilities - more often than any other medical condition

We have a lot more to explore and are starting to do that through our Center for Neurorestoration. But we couldn’t have gotten here without Aaron’s altruism, his persistence and commitment to helping others.

Dr. Mijail Serruya Lead researcher of Jefferson’s Cortimo clinical trial
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Return of the Stoke

Also inspired to help others, 2020 Jefferson Industrial Design graduates Zachary Samalonis and Yuhan Zhang teamed up for their senior capstone project to get amputees their stoke back. They researched and designed Swell Surf Foot, an innovative prosthetic foot made specifically for surfing.

Waddles is the best. I don’t think anyone ever thinks they will create a prosthetic for a duck…but here we are. We definitely let out screams of joy when we got the video of him walking for the first time.

Alex Tholl Jefferson alum and co-founder of DiveDesign

Mobility Breakthroughs Expanding Reach and Passion

Their passion for innovation, design, and animals led Hecht and Tholl to create a subsidiary of DiveDesign called 3D Pets, which allows them to expand their reach to even more animals and to continually pioneer new advancements in animal prosthetics. The entrepreneurial spirit fostered by Jefferson when they were just friends and classmates continues to grow and serve them well in their professional lives.

More about 3D Pets

We love it when we get a call or tagged on an Instagram post of a dog—or a duck—walking on one of our prosthetics. We send it around to everyone. It’s a dream. In middle school, I wanted to have my own firm doing prosthetics. I couldn’t be happier.

Adam Hecht Jefferson alum and co-founder of DiveDesign

Creating Tomorrow Progress Never Sleeps

While we celebrate our past achievements, Jefferson understands the importance of constantly moving forward into new realms of discovery and innovation. We recognize the important changes we’ve helped to create in the past 200 years, and we embrace the challenge of collaborating for continued improvements into our next century and beyond.