Perelman School of Medicine

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 12, 2011

Penn Study Shows New Measure Trumps HDL Levels in Protecting Against Heart Disease

(PHILADELPHIA) – The discovery that high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”) is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease has fostered intensive research to modify HDL levels for therapeutic gain. However, recent findings have called into question the notion that pharmacologic increases in HDL cholesterol levels are necessarily beneficial to patients.

Philly Doctor a Pioneer of Bloodless Treatment

January 11, 2011

Patricia Ford of the School of Medicine is highlighted for performing no-transfusion stem-cell transplants.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Coaxing New Hair

January 10, 2011

The male-balding research of George Cotsarelis of the School of Medicine is featured.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Hoarding May Become an Official Disorder

January 10, 2011

Mahendra Bhati and Albert Stunkard of the School of Medicine comment on hoarding’s potentially becoming an official psychiatric disorder.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 4, 2011

Malfunctioning Gene Associated With Lou Gehrig’s Disease Leads to Nerve-Cell Death in Mice

PHILADELPHIA – Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) are characterized by protein clumps in brain and spinal-cord cells that include an RNA-binding protein called TDP-43. This protein is the major building block of the lesions formed by these clumps.

New Alzheimer’s Law Aims to Coordinate Efforts, Strategy

January 5, 2011

John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine expresses his enthusiasm for President Obama’s signing the National Alzheimer’s Project Act into law.

Article Source: USA Today

Western Powers

December 23, 2010

President Amy Gutmann, Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli and Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of the School of Medicine Glen Gaulton are highlighted for their roles in improving the West Philadelphia area.

Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine

Experts Claim to Discover ‘Cause’ of Male Baldness

January 4, 2011

George Cotsarellis of the School of Medicine comments on the research he led regarding this new development.

Article Source: BBC News
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 4, 2011

Male Pattern Balding May Be Due to Stem Cell Inactivation, According to Penn Study

PHILADELPHIA – Given the amount of angst over male pattern balding, surprisingly little is known about its cause at the cellular level. In a new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, a team led by George Cotsarelis, MD, chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has found that stem cells play an unexpected role in explaining what happens in bald scalp.

Pro/Con: The Fairness of Health Insurance Incentives

January 3, 2011

Kevin Volpp of the School of Medicine and the Wharton School discusses testing new approaches to health-insurance incentives.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times