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15th Annual Disability Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 15:02

WHO:            Weingarten Learning Resources Center
                      University of Pennsylvania

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Penn’s Matthew Fink: Still Playing Baseball After All These Years

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:17
blurb:  Senior Matthew Fink, a biological basis of behavior major from Lafayette Hill, Pa., started playing baseball at age 6. Now, 16 years later, he's a catcher on the club baseball team and serves as its co-president.

Matthew Fink started playing baseball at age 6.  

Sixteen years later, he is still out on the field, now as a catcher on the club baseball team at the University of Pennsylvania.  

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Theater in the Galleries: ‘The Eumenides’ at Penn Museum

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 16:41

WHO:            Marcia Ferguson
                      Program Director

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Penn Biochemist Receives Protein Society Award

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:43

Benjamin Aaron Garcia, PhD, a Presidential Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to receive the 2016Protein Science Young Investigator Award.

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Penn Researchers Identify a New Cause of Inherited Neuropathy

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:29

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) is a family of inherited disorders of the peripheral nervous system, affecting approximately one in 2,500 Americans. Its most common iteration, CMT1, comes in many forms, most of which have to date been linked to a small set of causative genes.

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Penn Study Adapts Proven Community Health Worker Model for Outpatient Setting

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:28

Penn's Innovative Community Health Worker (CHW) model, shown to reduce admissions and lead to better health outcomes for hospitalized patients, can now be used in outpatient settings, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine in the journalPopulation Health Management.

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Penn, University of Michigan VA-led Study: Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Increased Mortality Among Parkinson's Disease Patients

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:27

At least half of Parkinson’s disease patients experience psychosis at some point during the course of their illness, and physicians commonly prescribe antipsychotic drugs, such as quetiapine, to treat the condition. However, a new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvaniathe University of Michigan Medical School, and the Philadelphia and Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers and suggests that these drugs may do significantly more harm in a subset of patients. The findings will be published in the March 21 issue of JAMA Neurology.

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Genomes of Chimpanzee Parasite Species Reveal Evolution of Human Malaria, According to Penn-led Study

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:25

Understanding the origins of emerging diseases – as well as more established disease agents -- is critical to gauge future human infection risks and find new treatment and prevention approaches. This holds true for malaria, which kills more than 500,000 people a year. Symptoms, including severe anemia, pregnancy-associated malaria, and cerebral malaria, have been linked to the parasite’s ability to cause infected red blood cells to bind to the inner lining of blood vessels.

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Penn Chemists Lay Groundwork for Countless New, Cleaner Uses of Methane

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:44
blurb:  With a new method, a research team led by chemists at the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated the potential to use methane not as a fossil fuel but as a versatile chemical building block with which to make more complex molecules, such as pharmaceuticals and other value-added substances.

Methane is the world’s most abundant hydrocarbon. It’s the major component of natural gas and shale gas and, when burned, is an effective fuel. But it’s also a major contributor to climate change, with 24 times greater potency as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

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Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities Is Shaping a New Normal

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:38
blurb:  Steven Fluharty, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Bethany Wiggin, Penn Program in Environmental Studies director host Sverker Sörlin, professor of environmental history at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, at a public lecture on"The Future of Humanity — and the Future of Humanities: Planetary Transformation Agendas and the University in the Anthropocene.” The talk will take place on March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Houston Hall’s Ben Franklin Room. Fluharty and Sörlin will address the topic "Knowledge Infrastructures for the Anthropocene” in a moderated discussion to follow.

There’s no doubt about it. Philadelphia weather is getting hotter and wetter each year influencing public concern about climate change.

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2016 President’s Engagement Prize Winners Announced at Penn

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 10:31

Seniors Vaishak Kumar, Melanie Mariano and Kriya Patel have been named recipients of the 2016 President’s Engagement Prizes at the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann.

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Proactively Treating HIV Patients at Risk for Tuberculosis with Multi-Drug TB Regimens Doesn't Save More Lives

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:39

The number one killer of HIV patients in resource-limited areas, including parts of Africa and India, is tuberculosis (TB), underscoring the need for optimal treatments and effective strategies to address this deadly co-infection.

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Penn Researchers Show Rising Opioid Prescriptions Following Low-Risk Surgeries

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:37

Physicians are prescribing more opioid painkillers than ever before to patients undergoing common surgeries, according to new research from the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Study: In-Car Breathalyzers for DUI Offenders Curb Drunk-Driving Deaths by 15 Percent

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:35

State laws that require drivers who’ve been convicted of drunk driving to pass a breathalyzer-type test before starting their cars saved an estimated 915 lives between 2004 and 2013, according to a study published in the American Journ

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Researcher at Penn Serves as a Thought Leader on Russian Foreign Policy

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:28
blurb:  Mitchell Orenstein's research sits at the intersection of comparative politics and global public policy, using a problem-driven research approach to ask –- and carefully answer -– big, policy-relevant questions when it comes to the happenings in and around Central and Eastern Europe. Mainly, his work focuses on international affairs and political economy.

Mitchell Orenstein walks along an interdisciplinary line between political science and Slavic studies at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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To Increase Group Exercise, Penn Study Suggests Rewarding the Individual and the Team

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 14:09

Financial incentives aimed at increasing physical activity among teams are most effective when the incentives are rewarded for a combination of individual and team performance, according to new research from the read more

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Penn Study Suggests Reduced Immunosuppression Drug Dose May Be Best for Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 14:07

The kidney is the most commonly transplanted organ in the United States, with more than 17,000 transplants performed each year.

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Penn Vet Study Identifies Mechanism Explaining Female Bias in Autoimmunity

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 16:34

Possessing two X chromosomes is a double-edged sword, immunologically speaking. Females are better at fighting off infection than males, but they are also more susceptible to many autoimmune conditions, such as lupus.

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Before Retinal Cells Die, They Regenerate, Penn Vet Blindness Study Finds

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 14:53
blurb:  In a new study, Penn researchers have shown that three distinct forms of canine early-onset blindness possess an unexpected feature: retinal cells temporarily rejuvenate. Further investigation into the reasons for this period of retinal neuron proliferation could lead to molecular targets for intervening in cell death and maintaining functional photoreceptor cells and a working retina.

Until relatively recently, the dogma in neuroscience was that neurons, including the eye’s photoreceptor cells, rods and cones, do not regenerate. This is the reason that nerve damage is thought to be so grave. More recent studies have poked holes in this belief by showing that, in some vertebrate species, neurons can be stimulated to divide.

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