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Penn's Personalized Cellular Therapy for Leukemia Receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy Designation

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:58

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Field Center at Penn Hosts First International Program on Child Welfare

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:47
blurb:  In an inaugural three-week program, the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research welcomed 20 students from South Korea's Namseoul University, who are learning about child welfare in the U.S.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania welcomed a group of students from South Korea’s Namseoul University to campus for an inaugural three-week summer program illustrating how child welfare is practiced in the United States.

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Penn Researchers: Consider the ‘Anticrystal’

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:54
blurb:  Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials.

For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make.

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Penn Immunologist to Co-direct $12 Million Grant to Study Hepatitis

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:01

John Wherry, PhD, an associate professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are co-directing a $12 million grant to study immune responses in people who have been effectively cured of hepatitis C viral infection with new, high-potency antiviral drugs.

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Penn Study: Computer-Automated, Time-Lapse Embryo Photography May Increase Success of In-Vitro Fertilization

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:54

Using computer-automated, time-lapse photography of embryos in the laboratory during in-vitro fertilization may improve embryo selection, potentially increasing the chances of pregnancy among women undergoing the procedure, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and five other fertility centers.

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Major Gaps in Hepatitis C Care Identified As New Drugs and Screening Efforts Emerge, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:49

A new meta-analysis published online in PLOS ONE by infectious disease and epidemiology specialists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care that will prove useful as the U.S. health care system continues to see an influx of patients with the disease because of improved screening efforts and new, promising drugs.

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UTRC Gift Establishes Robotics Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:25

United Technologies Research Center, the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp., has given $250,000 gift to the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science to establish a fellowship in robotics.

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HIV-infected People with Early-Stage Cancers are up to Four Times More Likely to Go Untreated for Cancer, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:01

HIV-infected people diagnosed with cancer are two to four times more likely to go untreated for their cancer compared to uninfected cancer patients, according to a new, large retrospective study from researchers in Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Penn’s Open Learning Opens Doors on Campus and Around the World

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:55
blurb:  Through its Open Learning initiative, the University of Pennsylvania is dramatically transforming the who, what, when and where of learning, making the resources of higher education accessible to millions more people than ever before.

By Christina Cook

Through its Open Learning initiative, the University of Pennsylvania is dramatically transforming the who, what, when and where of learning, making the resources of higher education accessible to millions more people than ever before.

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Honoring Artists and a History Lesson at Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:38
blurb:  As one of the 18 commissioned works on display during the Institute of Contemporary Art's 50th anniversary, "Woe Be Gone" honors the late Margaret Kilgallen, an artist who mixed traditional folk art, carnival-like fonts, murals, hobo graffiti and urban scenes from San Francisco.

It’s not graffiti, and it’s not a traditional memorial mural.

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Goal of Breaking Down Barriers Leads Nancy Minyanou to Penn Abroad

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:07

Nancy Minyanou’s interest in Argentina was sparked in high school, and now this summer the rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania is fulfilling a vision for breaking down barriers and expanding her knowledge about the country in the Penn Summer Abroad program in Buenos Aires.
 

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Penn Undergraduate Re-envisions Chicago Study of Urban Schools’ Built Environment

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:33

University of Pennsylvania student Ashlin Oglesby-Neal knows that reforming education policy and improving the internal dynamics of schools can be difficult, but that’s not stopping her from trying.

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PennSound Transforms How Poetry Is Taught the World Over

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:03

PennSound, a University of Pennsylvania-based online audio poetry website, is revolutionizing the way that educators teach poetry.

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Penn Experts Urge Focus on Reducing Preventable Hospital Readmissions

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:48

Experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University suggest that the reporting of hospital readmission rates should be based exclusively on preventable or potentially preventable readmissions, in a review published online in the

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Penn Study Shows Changing Roles of Physicians with MBAs

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:46

According to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, physician graduates from the MBA program in heath care management at Penn’s Wharton School report that their dual training had a positive effect on their individual careers and professional lives.

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Penn Medicine: Study Finds 3D Mammography Detects More Invasive Cancers

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:13

Reporting in the June 25 issue of JAMA, researchers from Penn Medicine and other institutions found that 3D mammography—known as digital breast tomosynthesis— found significantly more invasive, or potentially lethal, cancers than a traditional mammogram alone and reduced call-backs for additional imaging.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Show Regional Anesthesia Reduces Length of Hospital Stay Compared

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:00

Patients who received regional anesthesia during hip fracture surgery had moderately lower mortality and a significantly lower length of stay than those who received general anesthesia, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Plays a Major Role at a Global Forum on Education, Innovation and Democracy

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:20
blurb:  Penn's International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy will play a major role in the "Higher Education for Democratic Innovation" global forum this week in Belfast.

Hosted within the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy will play a major role in a global forum focused on democracy June 25-27 in Belfast, Nor

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Penn Dental Medicine’s Dana Graves to Receive IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Award

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:06
blurb:  Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease.

Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguis

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Valerie De Cruz: Championing Interculturalism at Penn

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:48

As director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Greenfield Intercultural Center for 17 years, Valerie De Cruz has had a guiding hand in the creation of cultural resource centers that many Penn student see as homes away from home: MakuuLa Casa Latina and the Pan-Asian American Community House.

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