Penn Researchers Model the Mechanics of Cells’ Long-range Communication

Latest Penn News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:47

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Pennsylvania is showing how cells interact over long distances within fibrous tissue, like that associated with many diseases of the liver, lungs and other organs.

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Penn Study Demonstrates Effective Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Patients with Severe Hypoglycemia

Latest Penn News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led by researchers at the 

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Doing Good and Learning Leadership Skills at Penn

Latest Penn News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:11

When University of Pennsylvania student Amy Phillips learned about the Girl Scouts at Penn program, she immediately joined.

Having been a Scout from kindergarten through high school, Phillips was thrilled to be able to continue her involvement at Penn.

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Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

Latest Penn News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:28
blurb:  A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis

Latest Penn News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:12

Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States.

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Penn Medicine Study: U.S. Workers Sacrifice Sleep for Work Hours and Long Commutes

Latest Penn News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:09

An increasing number of studies show that chronically restricted sleep to less than seven hours per day impairs performance, increases the risk for errors and accidents, and is associated with negative health consequences like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Penn Senior Studies the Past to Understand the Future

Latest Penn News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:18
blurb:  A double major in science, technology and society and philosophy, Paul Marett’s interest in the historical figures, who both predicted and influenced their futures, has led him down a unique path. For his senior thesis, he’s researching a collection of largely forgotten books published in Britain between World War I and II.

Science fiction is often said to reflect human culture: who we are today and what we dream to be in the future. But those who write on the future also have a hand in shaping it. Indeed, many future thinkers of the past have predicted technologies of the present with uncanny accuracy.

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‘Writing Out Loud’ at Penn Explores History Through Conversations

Latest Penn News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:44
blurb:  "The Ground on Which We Stand," a performance of original undergraduate student monologues based on the personal histories of West Philadelphia residents, took place Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

An academically-based community service course at the University of Pennsylvania hosted an end-of-the-semester performance, “The Ground on Which We Stand,” Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Platt Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St.

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Philadelphia City Council Honors Penn as Academic Partner Supporting City Schools

Latest Penn News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:24

Philadelphia City Council today honored the University of Pennsylvania among more than a dozen local universities and colleges with an official citation of City Council acknowledging their vital support and services to the School District of Philadelphia.

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Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation

Latest Penn News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:23

Two-thirds of women treated for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. receive longer radiation therapy than necessary, according to a new study published in JAMA this week from Penn Medicineresearchers Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, and Justin E. Bekelman, MD.

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Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:44
blurb:  Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

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Comedy and Learning Can Go Hand-in-hand at Penn

Latest Penn News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:46

For the all-female musical sketch comedy group, Bloomers, making people laugh is another benefit of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn’s 2015-16 Theme Year is Discovery with Penn Reading Project: The Big Sea

Latest Penn News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:50

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price, Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives today announced that the 2015-16 academic theme will be the Year of Discovery and that The Big Sea by Langston Hughes will be the Penn Reading Project.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Announce Latest Results of Investigational Cellular Therapy CTL019

Latest Penn News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:55
blurb:  Findings Include Response Rates Over 90 Percent in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and First Results of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Trial

The latest results of clinical trials of more than 125 patients testing an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL019 will be presented by a University of Pennsylvania research team at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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Penn Researchers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail

Latest Penn News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:47
blurb:  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown an important commonality that seems to extend through the range of glassy materials.

Glass is mysterious. It is a broad class of materials that extends well beyond the everyday window pane, but one thing that these disparate glasses seem to have in common is that they have nothing in common when it comes to their internal structures, especially in contrast with highly ordered and patterned crystals.

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Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn Releases Year-End Giving Guide

Latest Penn News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:25
blurb:  Whether a donor has $10 or $1 million to contribute, a free, online guide from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy helps donors who want to know that their year-end giving will make the biggest difference in the lives of others.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has released a free online guide for donors who want to know that their year-end giving will make the bi

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Penn Senior Rutendo Chigora Awarded non-U.S. Rhodes Scholarship

Latest Penn News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:05

Rutendo Chigora, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of Zimbabwe’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship which will fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. At Oxford, Chigora will pursue a master's degree in public policy.

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Penn Vet-Berkeley Study: New Therapy Holds Promise for Restoring Vision

Latest Penn News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:04

A new chemical-genetic therapy restores light responses to the retinas of blind mice and dogs and enables the mice to guide their behavior according to visual cues, setting the stage for clinical trial in humans.

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