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Penn Researchers Join Two NSF Projects on Medical Cyber-physical Systems

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:03

The University of Pennsylvania is participating in two National Science Foundation projects designed to advance cyber­physical systems with medical applications. Cyber­physical systems are built from and depend upon the seamless integration of computation and physical components.

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Beth Winkelstein Appointed Penn Vice Provost for Education

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:00

Beth Winkelstein has been named vice provost for education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a professor of bioengineering and the associate dean for undergraduate education in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Penn’s Netter Center, Leadership Honored in City Council Proclamation

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:29
blurb:  Philadelphia's City Council will honor Ira Harkavy and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships with an official proclamation, May 14.

Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, will be recognized by the Philadelphia City Council on Thursday, May 14. 

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New Dinosaur’s Keen Nose Made it a Formidable Predator, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:59

A researcher from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a species of dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor, the group of creatures made infamous by the movie "Jurassic Park.” The newly named species likely possessed a keen sense of smell that would have made it a formidable predator.

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Penn Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 16:06
blurb:  Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, Penn researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques.

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Female Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need More Contraceptive Guidance, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:45

nly half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at t

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Plant Toxin Causes Biliary Atresia in Animal Model, According to Penn Study

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:44

A study in this week’s Science Translational Medicine is a classic example of how seemingly unlikely collaborators can come together to make surprising discoveries.

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Penn Medicine Study Reveals Why Almost Half of At-Risk Patients Opt Out of Comprehensive Multiplex Cancer Screening

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:41

Some at-risk patients opted out of comprehensive cancer gene screening when presented with the opportunity to be tested for the presence of genes linked to various cancers, according to a recent study led by researchers at the 

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Penn Team Finds Protein "Cement" that Stabilizes the Crossroad of Chromosomes

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:38

Cell division is the basis of life and requires that each daughter cell receive the proper complement of chromosomes. In most organisms, this process is mediated at the familiar constricted intersection of X-shaped chromosomes.

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Most Women are Unaware of New Guidelines for Pap Test Frequency, Penn Medicine Study Reveals

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 13:36

Women know that Pap tests are a useful screening test for cervical cancer, but according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, most of those surveyed are unaware of the updated screening guidelines for

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Penn Students Receive State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:59

Seven University of Pennsylvania students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for study during the summer of 2015:

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Penn Research Points to Omega-3 as a Nutritional Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 13:33

At the forefront of a field known as “neurocriminology,” Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania has long studied the interplay between biology and environment when it comes to antisocial and criminal behavior.

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Penn Researchers Develop Custom Artificial Membranes to Study the Molecular Basis of Disease

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:30
blurb:  Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

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Two Penn Professors, Three Doctoral Students Awarded American Council of Learned Societies 2015 Fellowships

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:38

The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded 2015 ACLS Fellowships to two University of Pennsylvania faculty members and 2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships to three Penn doctoral students.

The ACLS Fellowship program provides funds to scholars in the humanities and social sciences to allow them to devote themselves full time to research and to write a major piece of scholarship.

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Penn-Michigan State Team Develops Novel Gene Therapy for Achromatopsia

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:44
blurb:  Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University tested a gene therapy in dogs with achromatopsia and found that the treatment demonstrated a functional rescue of cone cells in nearly 100 percent of treated eyes.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University presented new preclinical data this week that evaluates the efficacy of a gene therapy treatment for achromatopsia, a rare inherited retinal disease that involves cone cells. The disease affects humans as well as dogs.

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NIH Awards $8 Million Renewal to Penn Medicine's Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:36

The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed its funding to the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, for the next five years.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Receive $7.5 Million to Expand HIV Gene Therapy Work

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:34

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) have been awarded $7.5 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to initiate a multi-project HIV study investigating a new gene therapy approach to render immune cells of HIV positive patients resistant to the virus.

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Medical Education Risks Becoming Two-Tiered Unless Strong Research Focus is Preserved, Argue Philadelphia Medical Leaders

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:32

For more than 100 years, exposing students to basic and clinical research has been an essential component of a medical school education in the United States. However, today, new models of medical education in which research plays a minimal role are likely to create a two-tiered system of education, decrease the physician-scientist pipeline and diminish the application of scientific advances to patient care.

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Penn Study Indicates that Gene Therapy Efficacy for LCA is Dynamic: Improvement is Followed by Decline in Vision

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:29

Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes loss of night- and day-vision starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight within weeks of treatment in a clinical trial of 15 children and adults at the Scheie Eye Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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