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Penn Team Makes Cancer Glow to Improve Surgical Outcomes

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Penn Physics/Medicine Receives $2.8 Million Grant for Stroke Research

The National Institutes of Health have awarded University of Pennsylvania researchers a five-year, $2.8 million grant to further research on techniques for monitoring blood flow in the brain following strokes.


Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.


Penn Study: Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Most Common Type of Kidney Cancer

In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth.


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  • Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    On July 2, 2014, Penn’s School of Nursing conducted its second annual summer mass casualty emergency simulation exercise in Fagin Hall in the Helene Fuld Pavilion.

  • Veterinarians Will Help the World

    ‘Veterinarians Will Help the World’

    According to Joan Hendricks, dean of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, people go into veterinary medicine for a couple reasons. They love animals, probably first and foremost.

  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    With the world watching, mare My Special Girl gave birth to a colt at 9:22 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. The grey foal weighed 104 pounds and measured 39.5 inches from crown to tail.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Penn is an academic powerhouse, with vast potential to create knowledge, connect it across all divides, and use it for the progress of humankind.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    The hippocampus in the brain is associated with remembering events and tracking locations. Researchers, however, had been unable to determine whether the same sets of neurons were involved in both of these processes.

  • Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Vice Provost for Research Dawn A. Bonnell is responsible for facilitating Penn’s sprawling research enterprise, which consists of 12 schools, more than 165 multidisciplinary centers and institutes, and a fully incorporated health system.

Penn in the news

Research Examines Infection and a Method of Circumcision July 30, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Brian Leas and Craig Umscheid of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for researching the spread of infection through the use of “direct oral suction” used during a type of circumcision.

Audio: Studying How the Brain Gets Meaning From Sound July 24, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Maria Geffen of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about her interest in how the brain assigns meaning to sound.

Science Is Changing What It Means to Be Dead July 27, 2014 | New Republic

Lance Becker of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about the possibility of long-term cryogenic preservation.

Temple Scientists Edit Out HIV From Cultured Cells July 23, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Paul Bates of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on the results of an HIV research project.

For Rats, a Break from Stress Isn’t Worth the Relief July 22, 2014 | Science News

Seema Bhatnagar of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about habituation to a tough situation as a coping mechanism.

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