Perelman School of Medicine

Pitting Employees Against Each Other … for Health

May 1, 2012

Kevin Volpp of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School says, “There’s not a lot of peer-reviewed evidence that achieves sustained improvements in health behavior and health outcomes.”

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 1, 2012

Three Penn Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

PHILADELPHIA — Nancy Bonini, Gideon Dreyfuss and Beatrice H. Hahn of the University of Pennsylvania have been elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 1, 2012

Arthur H. Rubenstein, Former Dean of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, Receives Medal for Medical Service

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, was awarded the highest honor of the Association of American Physicians (AAP) the George M. Kober Medal, this week at the annual joint meeting of the AAP and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 30, 2012

Penn Scientists Develop Large-scale Simulation of Human Blood

PHILADELPHIA — Having a virtual copy of a patient’s blood in a computer would be a boon to researchers and doctors. They could examine a simulated heart attack caused by blood clotting in a diseased coronary artery and see if a drug like aspirin would be effective in reducing the size of such a clot.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964April 30, 2012

Penn Study Confirms 2 Treatments for Age-related Macular Degeneration Provide Equal Vision Improvements

Two drugs commonly used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) yield similar improvements in vision for patients receiving treatments on a monthly or as-needed basis, according to a study from researchers at the Center for Preventive Ophthalmology and Biostatistics (CPOB) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hospitals Rush to Provide Costly Proton Beam Therapy

April 29, 2012

Stephen Hahn of the Perelman School of Medicine, Ralph Muller of the Health System and Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman and the Wharton School comment on the increase of hospitals using proton therapy in cancer care.

Article Source: Philly.com

Accidental Shortness

April 30, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for her genetic analysis of Pygmies.

Article Source: Philly.com

For Pygmies, Size May Not Matter

April 26, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and Perelman School of Medicine discuss her research on Pygmies’ DNA.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 26, 2012

Penn Geneticists Identify Genes Linked to Western African Pygmies’ Small Stature

PHILADELPHIA — If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4’11” on average.  But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear.  Scientists have proposed various theories based on natural selection, including that Pygmies’ reduced size lowered nutritional requirements, helped them better handle hot climates, or allowed them to reach sexual maturity at an earlier age.

Would You Donate an Organ to Your Boss?

April 25, 2012

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the notion of organ donation to a boss.

Article Source: Boston.com