Research in Progress


Peter A. Clark, Alexander Martins, Sachin Kirtane, Colleen Carmody, Andrew Myers, and Kevin Cooney, "Interdisciplinary Death and Dying Education Curriculum for High School Seniors: A Practical Approach to Educating Students about Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives and the Corresponding Applications."

Peter A. Clark, Ahmad Sallhab, Andrew T. Myers, "To Treat or Not to Treat?: the Case of Methylmalonic Acidemia in Palestine"

Peter A. Clark, Marvin J. H. Lee, K. Reddy, J. Chowdhury, and E. Adjel-Danquah, “Legacy of Mistrust: African American’s Mistrust of the Medical Profession Regarding End-of-Life Treatments”

Aloysius Ochasi and Jenny Schadt. "Clinical Aspects of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Misdiagnosis, Over-Medication, and Under-Regulation."

Marvin J. H. Lee and Erin Rosenberg, “A Religious Metaphysical Background for the Fear of Becoming Cadaveric Organ Donors among Asian/Asian American Populations”

2017- 2018 Academic Year Research Projects


"The Ethics of In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG)" - To examine the ethics of researchers being able to create a baby from human skin cells that have been coaxed to grow into eggs and sperm and used to create embryos to implant in a womb. IVG may raise the specter of “embryo farming” on a scale currently unimagined. It appears reproductive technology is progressing faster than consideration of the legal and ethical questions it raises.

"To Treat of Not To Treat: The Case of Charlie Gard" - This paper will examine the medical, legal and ethical implications of Charlie Gard, an 11 moth old child at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, who suffered from Infantile Onset Encephalomyopathic Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome (MDDS).

"Slow-Sand Water Filter with Rusted Nails" - Filters out arsenic in the water. Is in the last stage of testing. Will be micro-financed through Xavier College in West Bengal, India.

"African Health Promoter" - This project offers medical and dental screening to the undocumented in West Philadelphia. The focus is on the Nigerian Community, French Speaking West African community, and the Liberian Community. We have two sites—St. Cyprian’s Parish on Cobbs Creek Parkway and Divine Mercy Parish.

"Hispanic Health Promoter" - This project targets the Hispanic community at St. Patrick’s Parish in Norristown. We offer medical screening, dental screening and hopefully eye screening. Received $65,000 grant from Mercy Suburban Hospital.

"Healthy Mother/Healthy Baby Program" - Part of the Hispanic Health Promoter Program and distributes pre-natal vitamins to pregnant women and children’s vitamins.

"Frames to Go" - A collection of over two thousand prescription eyeglass for adults and children. They are read by the Institute Fellows and to date we have distributed 150 to Uganda, 150 to Sierra Leone and 250 to Nicaragua.

"Chronic Kidney Disease: What Should Be The Next Steps?" - A Study of why 20,000 young Nicaraguan sugar cane workers are dying of chronic kidney disease. We have taken soil samples from the sugar cane fields in Nicaragua, interviewed family members and met with advocacy groups. The project has two Mercy Medical Residents and one Institute Fellow involved. Received a $1500 grant from the Jesuit Community.

"Methods to Increase Tissue Donation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Patients" - This project is in conjunction with the Swifty Foundation in Chicago. A team of 2 Institute Fellows and one Mercy Medical Resident are involved.

"Breast Feeding in the Third World: Best Practices" - This project will examine the best practices and determine how to best communicate these best practices worldwide. This project has two Institute Fellows and one Mercy Medical Resident involved. This project received a $2500 grant from the Gustafson Foundation.

"Fentanyl: Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin" - This project will examine how Fentanyl is the new Heroin on the streets. It is becoming deadlier than heroin and physicians need to become more aware of why this is happening.

"The Case of Methylmalonic Acidemia in Palestine: To Treat or Not To Treat?" - This genetic anomaly is one of the major conditions facing pediatricians at Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine. Pediatricians there have limited medical resources and social services are even more limited. The question being posed by the pediatricians is whether this condition is medically futile. Is genetic testing prenatally a viable option.

"Baby Box: Could This Decrease Infant Mortality Rates?" - Finland has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world-2.52 for every 1000 births. Many medical professionals are crediting the use of the Baby Box along with education sessions for the parents. The Baby Box could be used for the women in the Hispanic Health Promoter Program and the African Health Promoter Programs. Received a $5000 grant from the Office of Mission.

"Sanitary Pad Project in India" - This project is in coordination with the College of Fashion and Design at Drexel University. The project involves the design, implementation, accessibility and sustainability of a washable, anti-bacterial sanitary pad for young women in India so that they can remain in school and receive the necessary education to empower them as young professional women. The hope is to design this sanitary pad and then micro-finance it in India.

"Death Education" - This is a project that is modeled after a Sex Education curriculum. High School educators believe that they have a responsibility to educate teenagers to be responsible about their sexuality. We believe it is time to formally educate high school students also about dying and death, an important stage in life, and one for which the consequences of poor preparedness are as bad, arguably worse. We will design and implement a curriculum for high school students that will cover areas such as terminal conditions, Palliative Care/Hospice, Advance Directives, DNR Orders, Pastoral Care to the dying, Burial Instructions, etc. The idea would be to formulate a curriculum and then advocate for it with high school professionals. Institute fellows and Medical Residents will be involved in this project.

"Pacemaker Program" - This program is examining the feasibility of resterilizing used pacemakers from corpses to be sent to Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal to be reused for the most vulnerable in Developing Nations. There is a team of 4 Institute Fellows working on this project.