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$4.35 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Establishes Penn Prevention Research Center

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:34

A five-year, $ 4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Penn Medicine Receives Superfund Research Program Award of $10 Million to Study the Adverse Health Effects and Remediation of Asbestos

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:07

Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) over the n

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In Penn’s Stouffer College House, Students Get a Touch of Home

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:05
blurb:  In the first of a series on families living in Penn's College Houses, at Stouffer, residents say, "Nothing comes closer to home."

This is the first in a series of articles about families living in the University of Pennsylvania’s College House system.

 

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Demographics Drive Fitness Partner Decisions Online, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:07
blurb:  According to a new study led by University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola, participants in an online fitness program ignored the fitness aptitude of their potential partners, instead paying attention to age, gender and body mass index.

Who would you rather have as a fitness partner: a paragon of athleticism and dedication who could motivate you to exceed your current level of fitness or an equal, with whom you could exchange tips and encouragement on the road to better health?

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2012 Portfolio by Penn’s Terry Adkins Reconsidered Through Exhibition

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:25

Following the death in February of the University of Pennsylvania’s Terry Adkins, a fine arts professor in the School of Design, Matt Neff, found a way to pay tribute his former colleague in a special way.
 

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Penn Libraries to Host Digital Humanities Conference

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:15


WHO:      University of Pennsylvania Libraries and PhillyDH

WHAT:    PhillyDH@Penn, a digital humanities, participant-led conference

WHEN:    Friday, June 20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE:  Van Pelt Library

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Penn Medicine Researchers Investigate Worry and Behavior Among Teens at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:31

Teenage girls with a familial or genetic risk for breast cancer worry more about getting the disease, even when their mother has no history, compared to girls their age with no known high risks, according to new data presented today by researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center at th

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Quality Control: Penn Study Shows How Misfolded Proteins are Selected for Disposal

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:27

It’s almost axiomatic that misfolded proteins compromise how cells normally function and cause debilitating human disease, but how these proteins are detected and degraded within the body is not well understood.

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Penn Medicine Research Reveals Suicides Are Far More Likely to Occur After Midnight

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:22

A new study by researchers at Penn Medicine is the first to reveal that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Marijuana Use May Impair Sleep Quality

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:21

A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that marijuana use may be associated with impaired sleep quality, especially in people who have been using the drug since their teenage years.

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Practicing What She Teaches, Penn Alum Is Award-winning Film Editor

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:50

When the winners of the 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting were announced late last month, Nancy Novack, a University of Pennsylvania alum and adjunct faculty member in the School of Design, had cause to celebrate.

A film series she edited, the PBS TV documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” won a Peabody.

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Penn Study: Massive Open Online Courses Not a Threat to Traditional Business Schools

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:29
blurb:  Data from a University of Pennsylvania study of massive open online courses offered by Penn’s Wharton School suggest that MOOCs aren’t a threat to traditional business programs, but rather an opportunity to expand to underserved markets. The findings were published today in the Harvard Business Review.

Data from a University of Pennsylvania study of massive open online courses offered by Penn’s Wharton School suggest that MOOCs aren’t a threat to traditional business programs, but rather an opportunity to expand to underserved markets. The findings were published today in the Harvard Business Review.

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Penn Study Highlights Significant Side Effects Experienced by BRCA Mutation Carriers Following Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgical Procedure

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:55

The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries - a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) - according to results of a new study from the Abram

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University of Pennsylvania Establishes Penn Center for Innovation

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:16

President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.   

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Penn Study Shows Longest-lasting Cardiology Guidelines Built on Findings of Randomized Controlled Trials

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 14:57

Clinical practice guideline recommendations related to screening and treatment can change markedly over time as new evidence about best practices and clinical outcomes of various treatments emerges.

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Penn Student-run Club Sails into National Championships

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:33
blurb:  Penn Sailing is cruising full speed ahead toward the national championships, thanks to the team's leadership and its captain, Wharton student Jack Swikart from Rumson, N.J.

It’s smooth sailing ahead for one student-run club at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Medicine: Sex-Specific Changes in Cerebral Blood Flow Begin at Puberty, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 14:58

Puberty is the defining process of adolescent development, beginning a cascade of changes throughout the body, including the brain.

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Penn Medicine: Clinical Trials Designed to Block Autophagy in Multiple Cancers Show Promise

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:50

In the largest group of results to date, researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center and other institutions have shown in clinical trials that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) blocked autophagy in a host of aggressive cancers—glioblastoma, melanoma, lymphoma and myeloma, renal and colon cancers—and in some cases helped stabiliz

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Penn Medicine's Innovation Grant Program Announces Second Round Winners

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:33

The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation will fund three new initiatives in the second round of its  Innovation Grant Program. The program encourages Penn employees and students to submit their ideas for advancing health and health care delivery.

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