School of Dental Medicine

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 7, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine Welcomes Its First Thouron Scholar

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This year, the Thouron Scholars, a community of 700-plus whose disciplines range from geology to English literature, welcomed their very first dentist to the ranks.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 27, 2014

Penn’s Celebration of Innovation Features Silfen Forum With Amy Gutmann and Walter Isaacson

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, celebrating innovation at Penn and showcasing Penn’s South Bank, a hub for innovation and new business ventures.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 13, 2014

Penn-University of Florida Team Treats Pulmonary Hypertension Through the Leaves of Plants

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida have identified a drug that can be used to treat pulmonary hypertension, a disease for which few therapy options exist.

Plant Cells May Help Treat Hemophilia

September 6, 2014

Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine says, “Our technique, which uses plant-based capsules, has the potential to be a cost-effective and safe alternative.”

Article Source: Times of India
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 4, 2014

Plant-based Research at Penn Prevents Complication of Hemophilia Treatment in Mice

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine teamed up to develop a strategy to prevent a common complication of hemophilia treatment.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 3, 2014

Tenth PennApps Hackathon Ready to Award $30,000 in Prizes to World’s Top Coders

In a hackathon, teams of coders compete against each other and the clock, working night and day to produce the best possible software and hardware applications under a tight deadline.

WHO

1,200 Top Collegiate Hackers

Massimo Banzi
Co-Founder, Arduino

David Pakman
Partner, Venrock

WHAT

The 10th edition of 48-hour PennApps Hackathon, the largest and most prestigious student-run hackathon in the world, with more than $30,000 in prizes for best software and hardware applications

Public expo of projects created during the weekend

Awards ceremony

WHERE

Hacking begins: Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Expo: Sunday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Awards ceremony: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m.

WHERE

University of Pennsylvania

Hacking:
Engineering Quad
220 S. 33rd St.

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Education Commons
233 S. 33rd St.

Expo:
The Palestra
235 S. 33rd St.

Award Ceremony:
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce St. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 28, 2014

Penn-NIH Team Discovers New Type of Cell Movement in 3D Matrix

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In a new study from the University of Pennsylvania and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists used an innovative technique to study how cells move in a three-dimensional matrix, similar to the structure of certain tissues, such as the skin. They discovered an entirely new type of cell movement whereby the nucleus helps propel cells through the matrix like a piston in an engine, generating pressure that thrusts the cell’s plasma membrane forward.

For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make in a human body.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 19, 2014

Penn President Amy Gutmann to Welcome Incoming Freshmen

WHO:            Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and incoming freshmen

WHAT:          Move-in for Penn's Class of 2018

WHEN:          Aug. 22, 2014, 11am

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 11, 2014

Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds

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In a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers show that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause an imbalance in the microbial community in the gums, with a sophisticated, two-prong manipulation of the human immune system.

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 2, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Establishes Penn Center for Innovation

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.