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Bioethics Commission Chaired by Penn’s Gutmann Focuses on Critical Neuroscience Issues

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:04

Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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Penn Dental Medicine to Host 7th Annual Oral Cancer Walk and 5K

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:39
blurb:  This Saturday, March 28, Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty will host the 7th annual Philadelphia Oral Cancer Walk and 5K in an effort to raise awareness about the disease, both for health-care professionals and the general public.

WHO:             Penn Dental Medicine

                       University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Senior Investigates the State of Airport Security

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:17
blurb:  As part of his honors thesis project, University of Pennsylvania senior Hillel Neumark has been investigating the history of airport security and reflecting on what can be done in the future to ensure that security measures are effective and trustworthy.

By Sarah Welsh

Ever since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, airport security has been at the forefront of national concern. The United States has since taken numerous measures to tighten security in airports, hoping to prevent similar attacks.

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President Gutmann Announces 2015 President’s Engagement Prize Winners at Penn

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:00

President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of five undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania as the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize recipients. Awarded annually to Penn students to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate, the President’s Engagement Prizes underscore the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind. 

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New Penn Program Studies the Body’s Cells, One By One

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 09:52
blurb:  The Penn Program in Single Cell Biology is a new effort by faculty members James Eberwine and Junhyong Kim to understand biology as it happens in each individual cell.

By Sarah Welsh

Cancer starts with a single cell going haywire. What is it about that one cell that makes it different from the rest, setting it on a path of destruction? A new program at the University of Pennsylvania may help find an answer to that and many other questions.

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Jay Kaufman to Speak in Penn Program on Race, Science & Society Lecture

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:54
blurb:  Professor Kaufman will be the inaugural visiting scholar delivering a public lecture, on March 25, and presenting his research on the causes of racial health disparities at a workshop the next day.

WHAT:           University of Pennsylvania Program on Race, Science & Society, “How Do We Study Racial Disparities in Health and What Have We Learned?” Public Lecture

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Penn Medicine Experts Offer Suggestions for Nudging Children toward Healthier Food Choices

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:01

Strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity should acknowledge individuals’ rational taste preferences and apply insights from behavioral economics to design choice architecture that increases their likelihood of success, say two physician-scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Penn Medicine: Genomewide Screen of Learning in Zebrafish Identifies Enzyme Important in Neural Circuit

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:00

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvaniadescribe the first set of genes important in learning in a zebrafish model in the journal Neuron this week. “Using an in-depth analysis of one of these genes, we have already revealed an important relevant signaling pathway,” says senior author Michael Granato, PhD, a professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. “The proteins in this pathway could provide new insights into the development of novel pharmacological targets.”

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Penn Medicine Researchers Pinpoint Potential New Drug Target for Protection against Certain Neurodegenerative Diseases

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:57

Penn Medicine researchers have discovered that hypermethylation - the epigenetic ability to turn down or turn off a bad gene implicated in 10 to 30 percent of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) - serves as a protective barrier inhibiting the development of these diseases.  Their work, published this month in Neurology, may suggest a neuroprotective target for drug discovery efforts.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Being Near Greened Vacant Lots Lowers Heart Rates

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:54

Greening vacant lots may be associated with biologic reductions in stress, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Residents who walked near newly greened vacant lots had significantly lower heart rates compared to walking near a blighted, or neglected, vacant lot.

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Investigating the Origins of America’s First City’

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 16:38
blurb:  The ancient city of Cahokia thrived from 1050 to 1300 and was home to more than 20,000 people. Among many other activities, these people built massive earthen mounds that served a variety of functions. However, the history of mound building begins nearly 5,000 years before the mounds at Cahokia were constructed. In this talk, Dr. Kassabaum investigates the origins of America's first city by considering these precursors.

WHO:       Megan Kassabaum

                Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

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Penn’s Fels Institute Hosts National Public Policy Challenge March 22

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 17:17

The Final round and announcement of the winner of the 4th Annual National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, will be held March 22 at the National Constitution Center.

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Penn Researchers Describe New Approach to Promote Regeneration of Heart Tissue

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:42

The heart tissue of mammals has limited capacity to regenerate after an injury such as a heart attack, in part due to the inability to reactivate a cardiac muscle cell and proliferation program. Recent studies have indicated a low level of cardiac muscle cell (cardiomyocytes) proliferation in adult mammals, but it is insufficient to repair damaged hearts.

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Founders of Russian Art Collective Pussy Riot to Speak at Penn

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 17:24

WHO:            Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Russian conceptual artists and founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot

WHAT:          “A Conversation With Pussy Riot”
 

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Penn Senior and SOCEANA Founder Finds Open Doors

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 17:18
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania senior Tess Michaels, of Dallas, is the founder of SOCEANA, an enterprise that helps volunteers earn and donate Philas, a new form of social currency, towards causes they care about. Using social media and gamification, the motivational tool is designed to help companies and nonprofits build a community of volunteers and philanthropists.

By Julie McWilliams


University of Pennsylvania senior Tess Michaels has found herself in an enviable situation not unlike game show contestants who must pick Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3.

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Penn Vet Team Points to New Colon Cancer Culprit

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:37
blurb:  Colon cancer is a heavily studied disease — and for good reason. It is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and its numbers are on the rise, from 500,00 deaths in 1990 to 700,000 in 2010. This growth comes despite scientists’ ever-increasing knowledge of the genetic mutations that initiate and drive this disease. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has found evidence of a new culprit in the disease, a protein called MSI2.

Colon cancer is a heavily studied disease — and for good reason. It is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and its numbers are on the rise, from 500,000 deaths in 1990 to 700,000 in 2010.

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Botswana-UPenn Partnership Teams up with Microsoft and Partners to Launch Telemedicine Service over TV White Spaces Network

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:53

The Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) is collaborating with Microsoft, the Botswana Innovation Hub, and other global partners to launch the first telemedicine service in Africa using TV white spaces to bring internet connectivity to hospitals and clinics across rural areas of Botswana.

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University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School 2015 Lipman Finalist Announcement

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:39

Now in its fourth year, the Lipman Family Prize received applications from 75+ organizations dedicated to a range of global causes including economic development, education, environmental sustainability, gender equality, healthcare, human rights, food security, legal aid, safe water, poverty alleviation and workers rights.

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Two Penn Medicine Gene Therapy Researchers Receive Pennsylvania Bio Awards

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:28

Two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvaniawill be honored for their contributions for the burgeoning field of gene therapy by Pennsylvania Bio at their annual dinner this week. Pennsylvania Bio is the statewide bioscience trade organization which works to make the Keystone State a life sciences hub by creating an environment which cultivates progress and success.

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