Perelman School of Medicine

facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 11, 2011

A Change of Heart: Penn Researchers Reprogram Brain Cells to Become Heart Cells

PHILADELPHIA — For the past decade, researchers have tried to reprogram the identity of all kinds of cell types. Heart cells are one of the most sought-after cells in regenerative medicine because researchers anticipate that they may help to repair injured hearts by replacing lost tissue. Now, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are the first to demonstrate the direct conversion of a non-heart cell type into a heart cell by RNA transfer.

Audio: Childhood Trauma Has Far-Reaching Effects

July 11, 2011

Steven Berkowitz of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the relationship between childhood trauma and behavioral and physical problems later in life.

Trial Puts Niacin –- and Cholesterol Dogma –- in the Line of Fire

July 7, 2011

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on HDL cholesterol.

Article Source: Nature Medicine

Eating Disorders Stalk Women Into Adulthood

July 6, 2011

David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on adults with eating disorders.

Article Source: MSNBC.com

Stars of David

July 6, 2011

President Amy Gutmann is featured for a New York Times profile, and Arthur Rubenstein is also mentioned for his retirement from the Perelman School of Medicine deanship.

Article Source: Jewish Exponent
facebook twitter google print email
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 7, 2011

Penn Researchers Show Single Drug and Soft Environment Can Increase Platelet Production

PHILADELPHIA — Humans produce billions of clot-forming platelets every day, but there are times when there aren’t enough of them, such as with certain diseases or during invasive surgery. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a single drug can induce bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes to quadruple the number of platelets they produce.

Video: Penn Doctor’s Disabilities a Springboard to Helping Others

July 6, 2011

Margaret Stineman and Joel Streim of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how Dr. Stineman uses her personal disabilities to help others.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Cancer and Tasmanian Devils

July 4, 2011

Peter Nowell of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for his 1976 cancer research.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

New Rules Prescribe Shorter Hours for Young Doctors

July 1, 2011

Kevin Volpp, David Dinges and Lisa Bellini of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss reducing the number of consecutive work hours for first-year residents.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Surgery-Free Weight Loss Striking, but Short-Lived

June 30, 2011

Thomas Wadden of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Weight regain remains the Achilles’ heel of all weight loss therapies.”

Article Source: FOX News