University Communications Staff

Katherine Unger Baillie

Science News Officer

Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Dental Medicine, Earth and Environmental Science, History and Sociology of Science, Penn Museum, Penn Science Café, Science, Technology, Veterinary Medicine


Animal shelters are often pressed for resources as they work to find homes for as many pets as possible. That means when a shelter animal has a medical problem that requires specialty care, the facility might not have the time, money, or staff to address that need—putting the animal’s life in danger.
Each year in the United States, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer, and more than 8,000 will die from the disease.
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.
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.
WHO:       Megan Kassabaum                Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Scientific research can be a competitive enterprise, with researchers vying to win grants and keeping their findings secret, lest their articles get “scooped.” But this antagonistic approach is not the norm for a small cadre of scientists, including a key group at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, who are focused on a rare disease called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC).
Genetic research has advanced our understanding of how and why cancer occurs by identifying mutations that are associated with an increased risk of getting the disease or with more aggressive forms of cancer. But mutations in the DNA code are not the only explanation for why cancer occurs. In a new study, researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine point to an RNA-binding protein as a significant contributor to driving colorectal cancers, a leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.
Lizeng Gao, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, has won a 2015 International Association for Dental Research Innovation in Oral Ca
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.
Despite a growing number of people covered by health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act, routine health care remains difficult to access for many individuals in the United States, including right here in Philadelphia. An alliance of Penn graduate students from across the University are hoping to make a dent in the problem by providing health services to West Philadelphia adults and children who are underserved by medical care.