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Penn’s Quiz Bowl Club Answers Life’s Toughest Questions, Takes Home Championship

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:05
blurb:  The Quiz Bowl team traveled to a national championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the unmatched brainpower of four students brought a new trophy home to Penn.

Trivia is not trivial for one club at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Penn to Host the First U.S.-India Think Tank Summit in New Delhi April 27-29

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:03
blurb:  The U.S.-India Think Tank Summit will be the first and largest meeting of think tanks and policymakers ever held in India with more than 70 participating institutions from throughout the country. The summit is designed to forge closer ties between think tanks in India and in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

WHO:           James McGann, director, University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, and senior lecturer, Lauder Institute                

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Penn Pioneer in Personalized Medicine Advocates that National Translational Medicine Consortia is Best Equipped to Drive Human Phenotyping for the Clinic

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 16:32

President Barack Obama launched the "Precision Medicine Initiative” this past winter during the State of the Union address, and politicians on both sides of the aisle applauded the announcement. Broadly, precision medicine is meant to help diagnose individuals more accurately and better tailor treatment according to their physiology.

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Two Researchers from Penn's Perelman School of Medicine Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:49

Two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been elected as new members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

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University of Pennsylvania Team Receive Prestigious National Clinical Research Award for HIV Breakthrough

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:39

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are among the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Clinical Research Achievement Award for their personalized gene therapy work in HIV.

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Penn IUR’s Eugenie Birch Elected President of the U.N.’s General Assembly of Partners

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:23

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, has been elected as the first president of the new General Assembly of Partners (GAP), a special initiative of the United Nation’s World Urban Campaign. Birch was elected at the GAP’s inaugural meeting, held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid-April.

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Penn Study Identifies Molecular Link Between DNA Damage and Premature Aging

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:10
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania researchers found that inactivating interferon signaling in a mouse model of progeria, or premature aging, extended the animals’ lives.

Like a beloved pair of jeans, human DNA accumulates damage over time, and older people’s bodies can’t repair it as well. Many scientists believe a build up of damage can cause cells to enter an irreversible dormant state known as senescence.

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Two Penn Medicine Studies Examine Diabetes Severity in Parkinson's, Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Caregiving

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:19

A pair of studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate a correlation between diabetes severity and parkinsonism, or parkinsonian tremors; and examine the caregiving differences between men and women with PD.

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Penn Study Shows Computer-Assisted Diagnosis Tool Helps Physicians Assess Skin Conditions Without Aid from Dermatologists

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 15:16

In the first major study to examine the use of a computer-assisted, photo-driven differential diagnosis generator for skin conditions, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University

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A ‘Lone Hurdler’ Becomes a Part of a Family Affair at the Penn Relays

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:44

Sally Willig vividly recalls the intensity of her first experience competing at the Penn Relays, back in 1980.

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Penn Vet, Montreal and McGill Researchers Show How Blood-Brain Barrier Is Maintained

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:24
blurb:  In a new study, researchers have made insights into how the blood-brain barrier, or BBB, is maintained, identifying a protein key to the process. Delivering this protein to mice with the rodent equivalent of MS improved their symptoms.

The brain is a privileged organ in the body. So vital to life, the brain is protected from alterations elsewhere in the body by a highly regulated gateway known as the blood-brain barrier, which allows only selected molecules to pass through.

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Penn Senior Jodi Feinberg to Launch Cardiac Patient In-home Rehab Program

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:29
blurb:  (This is the fourth in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.) Jodi Feinberg, a Penn Nursing senior from Short Hills., N.J., will implement and evaluate a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation model for home care.

(This is the fourth in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)  

One in five patients discharged from the hospital experience an adverse event at home within three weeks. They may fall or mix up their medications, placing an extreme burden on their caregivers. Ultimately they’re readmitted to the hospital.

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Plasma Ap0A1 Associates with Age at Onset and Motor Severity in Early Parkinson’s Disease Patients, Penn Medicine Researchers Find

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:47

Building on previous research showing that plasma Apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1) may be a useful biomarker for Parkinson’s disease, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the Universit

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Immunotherapy Drug Pembrolizumab Shows Early Promise for Mesothelioma Patients, Penn Medicine Researchers Find

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:43

The PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, a cancer immunotherapy drug, shrank or halted growth of tumors in 76 percent of patients with pleural mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that arises in the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall, according to a new study from researchers in the 

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New Combination of Immunotherapy Drugs is Safe, Shrinks Tumors in Metastatic Melanoma Patients, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:42

Once again, researchers at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center have extended the reach of the immune system in the fight against metastatic melanoma, this time by combining the checkpoint inhibitor tremelimumab with an anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody drug.

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Penn Medicine: Investigational Personalized Cellular Therapy Tolerated Well by Patients with Advanced Mesothelioma, Ovarian and Pancreatic Cancers

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:39

Genetically modified versions of patients’ own immune cells successfully traveled to tumors they were designed to attack in an early-stage trial for mesothelioma and pancreatic and ovarian cancers at the Per

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Messenger RNA-associated Protein Drives Multiple Paths in T-cell Development, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:37

RNA is both the bridge between DNA and the production of proteins that carry out the functions of life and what guides which and how much protein gets made.

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Two Different Carotid Artery Stenting Procedures Show Little Difference in Effectiveness, According to Penn Medicine Study

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:34

Use of either proximal embolic protection devices (P-EPDs) or distal filter embolic protection devices (F-EPDs) during elective carotid artery stenting results in low rates of in-hospital stroke and death, according to a new study from researchers at the 

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