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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 18, 2010

Penn Study Gives Hope for New Class of Alzheimer’s Disease Drugs

Finding a drug that can cross the blood-brain barrier is the bane of drug development for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders of the brain. A new Penn study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, has found and tested in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease a class of drug that is able to enter the brain, where it stabilizes degenerating neurons and improves memory and learning.

The Unreal World: 'House' Stretches the Truth With Fiction Writer

October 18, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on reality in a medical-sitcom script.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Rescued Miners May Be Trapped by Psychological Issues

October 13, 2010

Edna Foa of the School of Medicine discusses the mental trauma the rescued Chilean miners might face.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 15, 2010

Shifting Forms: Penn Study Shows How Variations of Same Protein Affect Immune Response

How a T cell decides to make protein X, Y, or Z can have profound effects for fighting foreign invaders or staving off dire autoimmune reactions. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified the steps that control how different forms of an immune cell protein called CD45, which is critical for activating the immune system when faced with pathogens, are controlled in the arc of a body’s immune response.  

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 October 13, 2010

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center Hailed as 'Exceptional' by the National Cancer Institute

The University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center has been rated as “exceptional” by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) during a competitive research funding review by the government agency.

Stimulus Money for Science

October 8, 2010

Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer Glen Gaulton of the School of Medicine discusses federal funding of the sciences.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 11, 2010

Charles O’Brien Receives Institute of Medicine's 2010 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health

The Institute of Medicine today awarded the 2010 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to two scientists — Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD, the Kenneth Appel Professor of Psychiatry and vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and Eric J.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 11, 2010

Institute of Medicine Elects Four New Members From Penn

Four professors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine. Three of the four new inductees are women.

The new members bring Penn's total to 76, out of a total active membership of 1,649.

Overall, the IOM named 65 new members this year and foreign associates.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 8, 2010

Penn’s Center for Tech Transfer Wins Award for Industry/University/Government Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer has been honored with a Deal of Distinction Award by the Licensing Executive Society (USA and Canada) Inc.

The award was given for a collaborative research agreement forged earlier this year by Penn and pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca that will make use of academic and private-industry resources to generate new Alzheimer’s disease drug candidates for clinical development.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 8, 2010

Penn Team: Three-Way Control of Fetal Heart-Cell Proliferation Could Help Regenerate Cardiac Cells

Heart muscle cells do not normally replicate in adult tissue, but multiply with abandon during development. This is why the loss of heart muscle after a heart attack is so dire—you can’t grow enough new heart muscle to make up for the loss.