Drug for Rare Blood Disorder Developed at Penn Receives Orphan Drug Status from European Union

Latest Penn News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:04

A Penn Medicine-developed drug has received orphan status in Europe this week for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, life-threatening disease that causes anemia due to destruction of red blood cells and thrombosis.

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Penn Medicine Study: Attacking a Rare Disease at its Source With Gene Therapy

Latest Penn News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:56

Treating the rare disease MPS I is a challenge. MPS I, caused by the deficiency of a key enzyme called IDUA, eventually leads to the abnormal accumulation of certain molecules and cell death. 

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Penn-NIH Team Discovers New Type of Cell Movement in 3D Matrix

Latest Penn News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:54
blurb:  In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists used an innovative technique to study how cells move in a three-dimensional matrix, similar to the structure of certain tissues, such as the skin. They discovered an entirely new type of cell movement whereby the nucleus helps propel cells through the matrix like a piston in an engine, generating pressure that thrusts the cell’s plasma membrane forward.

For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body.

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Veterans Upward Bound at Penn Prepares Former Soldier for Engineering Success

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:34
blurb:  Tyrell McCurbin can whip up a crème brûlée with the greatest of ease, served for four years in the U.S. Army and, thanks to the Veterans Upward Bound program, is now studying at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Tyrell McCurbin is a man with determination.

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Penn Announces Launch of President’s Engagement Prizes

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:26
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President’s Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President’s Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

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Penn Paleontologists Describe a Possible Dinosaur Nest and Young ‘Babysitter’

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:20
blurb:  A new examination of a rock slab containing fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older individual is suggestive of a group of hatchlings overseen by a caretaker, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

Dinosaurs are often depicted as giant, frightening beasts. But every creature is a baby once.

A new examination of a rock slab containing fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older individual is suggestive of a group of hatchlings overseen by a caretaker, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

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For Penn’s Tanner Frank, Dinosaur Digs in Utah Offer a Desk Job Alternative

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:00
blurb:  This summer, Frank, now a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, spent time pursuing his childhood passion on dinosaur digs in the Utah desert. Working side by side with experts, he uncovered fossils, footprints and a confirmation that he’s on the right academic path.

Like a lot of little kids, Tanner Frank went through a “dinosaur phase.” Unlike most, however, he says, “I never grew out of it.”

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Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:30

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain.

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Behind the Scenes of Penn’s 2014 New Student Orientation

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:31

New Student Orientation at the University of Pennsylvania is not just about newcomers learning about Penn. It is also about current-student volunteers getting better acquainted with themselves.

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Penn Undergrad Researches Cross-cultural Implications of the ‘Gangnam Phenomenon’

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53
blurb:  University Scholar Sheryl Li, a senior from Plano, Texas, spent two summers researching the impact of Korean Wave and K-pop and its influence in China and then Japan.

By Christina Cook

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New Students Volunteer in West Philadelphia as Part of Penn Community Teamworks

Latest Penn News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:11
blurb:  Incoming graduate students from the School of Social Policy & Practice spent the day volunteering and making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

Sixteen incoming graduate students and one alumna of the University of Pennsylvania spent the day making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

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Senior Leads Penn Women’s Ice Hockey Club Into the 2014-15 Season

Latest Penn News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:17
blurb:  She's only been on the ice for three years, but senior Alyssa Johncola from Northeast Philadelphia is leading the pack as the president of the women's ice hockey club at Penn.

Alyssa Johncola is an unstoppable force at the University of Pennsylvania.

She’s the president, right winger and former substitute goalie of the women’s ice hockey team, a club made up of both graduate and undergraduate students at Penn.

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Penn Study: Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Latest Penn News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:03

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

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Penn Student Assists in Developing an Economic Growth Plan in Guatemala

Latest Penn News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:48

In a very poor but picturesque region of Guatemala, Seth Amos spent the summer working to help a town to develop an economic growth strategy.  

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Penn Sophomore Speaks at U.N. Human Rights Session in Geneva

Latest Penn News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:17

In testimony before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Benjamin Fogel spoke out against the repression of political freedom, false imprisonment and the absence of an independent judiciary in Belarus. But Fogel isn’t a world leader or foreign-policy expert.

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Taking ‘The Condom Pledge’: Penn Student’s Project Leads to Global Changes

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:12
blurb:  A graduate student at the Perelman School of Medicine created The Condom Pledge, a social media and lifestyle campaign that calls for young people around the world to promise to use condoms and share their oaths to do so.

Jason Parad is changing lives, and he’s doing it with condoms.

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Penn Prof Al Filreis to Host N.Y. Public Library Inaugural ‘ModPo’ MOOC Meet-up

Latest Penn News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:15

In the New York City area, online students in a University of Pennsylvania massive open online course on modern poetry are getting the chance to meet offline.

The venue is the New York Public Library where learners in Penn English professor Al Filreis’Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” MOOC can gather for weekly in-person discussions.

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Penn President Amy Gutmann to Welcome Incoming Freshmen

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:35

WHO:            Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and incoming freshmen

WHAT:          Move-in for Penn's Class of 2018

WHEN:          Aug. 22, 2014, 11am

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Penn Sophomore Seeks to Improve Pneumonia Vaccines

Latest Penn News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:10
blurb:  University Scholar sophomore Ivan Ye from Iowa City, Iowa, has spent the summer conducting research focused on identifying a vaccine for pneumonia in the lab of Hao Shen, associate professor of microbiology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

By Christina Cook

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Penn Engineering Postdoc Duygu Kuzum Is One of ‘Innovators Under 35’

Latest Penn News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:22
blurb:  The process of information flow in the brain is fundamentally different from that in a silicon chip, but Duygu Kuzum aims to bridge that gap through transparent, graphene-based electrodes.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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