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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 8, 2012

Block Its Recycling System, and Cancer Kicks the Can, According to New Penn Study

All cells have the ability to recycle unwanted or damaged proteins and reuse the building blocks as food. But cancer cells have ramped up the system, called autophagy, and rely on it to escape damage in the face of chemotherapy and other treatments.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659May 8, 2012

Penn Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Basser Research Center for Inherited Cancers

PHILADELPHIA — A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary BRCA mutations.

The Basser Research Center — BRC for BRCA — will support research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.

Scavenger Hunt and Good Deed Pays Off for Contestants

May 4, 2012

Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the My Heart Map Challenge.

Article Source: Newsworks

Q&A With Garret FitzGerald, Univ. of Pennsylvania Expert on Drugs and Heart Risks

May 7, 2012

Garret FitzGerald of the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed.

Article Source: Philly.com

Gene Therapy Safe in Decade-Long HIV Study That May Widen Use

May 2, 2012

Bruce Levine and Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for their gene therapy research.

Article Source: Business Week

200 Years of Surgery: Cutting to Cure Has Come a Long Way

May 3, 2012

Bert O’Malley of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on using a miniature robotic arm to assist in minimally invasive surgeries.

Article Source: ABC News

How Do Controversial Revisions in Psychiatry’s Guidebook Make You Feel?

May 4, 2012

Mahendra Bhati of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for leading the Penn field trial of the DSM-5.

Article Source: Philly.com

Video: The Tanning Mom: A Case of ‘Tanorexia’?

May 3, 2012

David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that the mother accused of allowing her young daughter to use tanning beds might have body dismorphic disorder.

Article Source: 6ABC

UPenn Contest Winners Relied on Shoe Leather to Find Defibrillators

May 4, 2012

Winners of Penn’s MyHeartMap Challenge, led by Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine, are featured.

Article Source: Philly.com

Science in Court: Arrested Development

April 18, 2012

Stephen Morse of the Law School and the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the hazards of misusing scientific terms in court that might have different meanings.

Article Source: Nature.com