AAU Elects University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as New Chair

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:09

The Association of American Universities today elected University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as chair of its board of directors.  Her one-year term begins today, the final day of the association’s semiannual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Penn Researchers Untangle the Biological Effects of Blue Light

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:05

Blue light can both set the mood and set in motion important biological responses.

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Penn Launches Climate Action Plan 2.0

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:59

Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.

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Linda Aiken of Penn Nursing Has Received Lienhard Award From Institute of Medicine

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:22
blurb:  Linda Aiken has received this honor for her research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving patient-centered, affordable health care.

Linda Aiken, a professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the 2014 Gustav O.

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Penn Physician and Historian Robert Aronowitz Elected to Institute of Medicine

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:13

Robert Aronowitz, a physician and historian at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in the health-care field.

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Enriching Internship Could Lead to a Career for Penn Student

Latest Penn News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:35

Jane Wu is getting an early start at the University of Pennsylvania on a possible future career in research to help save the environment and preserve human health.

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T-Cell Therapy Achieves Extended Remission in Leukemia Patient Penn Study Shows

Latest Penn News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:27

Ninety percent of children and adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who had relapsed multiple times or failed to respond to standard therapies went into remission after receiving an investigational personalized cellular therapy, CTL019, developed at the 

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Penn Medicine Researchers Zero in on Psoriasis-Hypertension Link

Latest Penn News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:32

Patients with more severe psoriasis are also more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension, according to new research by a team at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Graduate Student Attends Prestigious Meeting of Nobel Laureates

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:57
blurb:  It’s not every day that a graduate student gets to meet a Nobel Laureate in her field. But this summer Rianne Esquivel, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to meet not just one but 37 Nobel Laureates, all leaders in biomedical sciences.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Penn Physicist Alison Sweeney Receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:53

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

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Penn Medicine Announces Naming of Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:41

A $10 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania to name the Paul F. Harron, Jr.

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Penn Medicine: New Gene Therapy for "Bubble Boy" Disease Appears to be Safe, Effective

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:28

A new form of gene therapy for boys with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID-X1), a life-threatening condition also known as “bubble boy” disease, appears to be both effective and safe, according to an international clinical trial with sites in Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, London, a

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Penn Study Evaluates Medical Resident Assessment Tool to Reduce Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

Latest Penn News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:36

A first-of-its-kind set of questions included in the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination (IM-ITE) illustrates the need to better evaluate resident proficiency in high-value care (HVC), according to a new study published in Annals of

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Penn’s Martin Seligman Honored With Inaugural TANG Prize for Lifetime of Work

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:43

Martin Seligman, the director of the Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences, will be honored with the inaugural

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Penn’s Field Center to Host Annual Field of Dreams Luncheon

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:39
blurb:  The Field Center will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, honoring four leaders who created the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, a groundbreaking facility that allows for the joint investigation of child abuse.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 24, at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia.

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Penn Vet Study Monitors Effects of IV Fluid on Circulation During Surgery

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:13
blurb:  That network of small vessels, collectively known as the microcirculation, was the focus of a recent study led by a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian. Using a video microscope to record the blood flow of dogs undergoing spay surgeries, the investigation found that increasing the amount of fluid delivered to the animal enhanced the total number of vessels receiving blood flow.

Almost anyone who has spent time in a hospital is familiar with the routine checks of blood pressure and oxygen levels that serve as signposts of a patient’s overall health.

But these measures only reflect the pulsing of blood through the large vessels, arteries and veins, not the smaller arterioles, venules and capillaries, which directly feed tissues and cells.

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Penn-University of Florida Team Treats Pulmonary Hypertension Through the Leaves of Plants

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:25

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida have identified a drug that can be used to treat pulmonary hypertension, a disease for which few therapy options exist.

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Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships, Say Penn Researchers

Latest Penn News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:22

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

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