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Diabetes Susceptibility Gene Regulates Health of Cell's Powerhouse, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:43

A team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that a susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of the cell’s energy factory. They report their findings this week in Cell.

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Penn Study: Genomic "Dark Matter" of Embryonic Lungs Controls Proper Development of Airways

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:39

It’s a long way from DNA to RNA to protein, and only about two percent of a person’s genome is eventually converted into proteins.

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Penn Biologist Daniel Janzen Selected to Receive Blue Planet Prize

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:08
blurb:  Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology was chosen to receive a 2014 Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation.

Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences was chosen to receive a 2014 Blue Planet Prize,

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Penn’s Student Body President Bridges Cultures Through Dialogue

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:58

University of Pennsylvania student Joyce Kim is on a mission to spur intercultural dialogue across campus and halfway around the world in North and South Korea.

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West Philadelphia Graduates Receive Supplemental Scholarships, Courtesy of Penn

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:54
blurb:  Penn has awarded five $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who have made a difference through community service.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers in Public Service Scholarship Program has awarded five $1,000 supplemental scholarships to local college-bound students who have made a difference in West Philadelphia and beyond.

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Penn Medicine Study Shows "Clot-Busting" Drugs Reduce Deaths from Pulmonary Embolism by Nearly Half

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 16:00

Bringing clarity to a decades-long debate, a national team of researchers led by experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that adding clot-busting medications known as thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating sudden-onset pulmonary embolism patients is associated with 47

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Penn Anesthesiologists Identify Top Five Practices that Could be Avoided

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:54

A team of researchers led by Penn Medicine anesthesiologists have pinpointed the “top five” most common perioperative procedures that are supported by the least amount of clinical evidence, in an effort to direct providers to make more cost-effective treatment decisions.

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Penn Team Links Placental Marker of Prenatal Stress to Neurodevelopmental Problems

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:54
blurb:  New findings by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine scientists suggest that an enzyme found in the placenta is likely playing an important role in translating stress experienced by a mother early in pregnancy into a reprogramming of her developing baby's brain.

When a woman experiences a stressful event early in pregnancy, the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorders or schizophrenia increases. Yet how maternal stress is transmitted to the brain of the developing fetus, leading to these problems in neurodevelopment, is poorly understood. 

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Penn Lends Support to National ‘Maker Movement’

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:27

In conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire being held today, the University of Pennsylvania signed a joint letter along with more than 150 other institutions, pledging support to foster a “generation of makers.” The letter details the need for young tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs to bring life to future innovations.

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Penn’s Margaret Bruchac Uses Unique Approach to Identify Native American Objects

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:54
blurb:  Anthropology professor Margaret Bruchac's approach to research, which she refers to as “restorative methodologies,” involves tapping into multiple data streams, including oral tradition, university archives, anthropological publications, physical evidence, craft technologies and social memory.

Early American history is marked by multiple displacements of Native American peoples due to multiple removals from their original Indigenous territories. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, anthropologists participated in other forms of removal by collecting Indigenous narratives and objects for museums.

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Interest in Building a Strong Vocabulary Pays Off for Student at Penn

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 17:00
blurb:  Wharton graduate Betty Hsu found that strengthening one’s vocabulary can be rewarding – in 20,000 ways. She took home a $20,000 prize from the 2014 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition.

For Betty Hsu an idea about how to strengthening one’s vocabulary became a rewarding lesson. While at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, she created ProfessorWord, an online application that helps to boost vocabulary development.

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Penn Study Also Suggests Adding CPAP Therapy May Help with High Blood Pressure

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:48

Obesity and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) tend to co-exist and are associated with a variety of cardiovascular risk factors, including inflammation, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

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Penn Study Describes New Models for Testing Parkinson's Disease Immune-based Drugs

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:45

Using powerful, newly developed cell culture and mouse  models of sporadic Parkinson’s disease (PD), a team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated that immunotherapy with specifically targeted antibodies may block the development and spread of PD pathology in the brain.

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Penn Lightbulb Café: Emily Owens on ‘Immigration Policy, Informality and Criminal Behavior’

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:49
blurb:  Penn criminology professor Emily Owens will discuss the impact of immigration policy on underground markets and criminal behavior at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe on June 17, 2014.

WHO:            Emily Owens

                     Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology

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'Shared Vision' Opens at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:54
blurb:  "Shared Vision: The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection" features 63 works and opens to the public at the Arthur Ross Gallery on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents Shared Vision: The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection. It opens to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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Morris Arboretum’s Executive Director, Paul W. Meyer, Wins Prestigious National Award

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:08

Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum, received the prestigious Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the American Horticultural Society (AHS) at its June 5th Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. 

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Marilyn Jordan Taylor’s Term as Dean of Penn’s School of Design Is Extended

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:01

Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the School of Design and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has agreed to an extension of her appointment as dean until June 30, 2016.

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Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:44
blurb:  In a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers show that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause an imbalance in the microbial community in the gums, with a sophisticated, two-prong manipulation of the human immune system.

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example.

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Lifetime Costs for Autism Spectrum Disorder May Reach $2.4 Million Per Patient, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:41

Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Penn Research Develops ‘Onion’ Vesicles for Drug Delivery

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:34
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that a certain kind of molecule that has tree-like branches can self-assemble into drug delivery vehicles that have multiple with concentric layers of membranes.

One of the defining features of cells is their membranes. Each cell’s repository of DNA and protein-making machinery must be kept stable and secure from invaders and toxins. Scientists have attempted to replicate these properties, but, despite decades of research, even the most basic membrane structures, known as vesicles, still face many problems when made in the lab.

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