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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 February 15, 2011

First International Collaboration on the Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Is Launched

The launch of the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project (IGAP) – a collaboration formed to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease – was announced Feb. 1 by a multi-national group of researchers. The collaborative effort, spanning universities from both Europe and the United States, will combine the knowledge, staff and resources of four consortia that conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease genetics.

The four groups are:

Gates Calls for a Final Push to Eradicate Polio

January 31, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine suggests that the “best we can achieve is control” in spreading the disease any further.

Article Source: New York Times

Those French Fries Can Harm Your Heart in Just 30 Minutes

January 27, 2011

Emile Mohler of the School of Medicine comments on the harmful effects of salty foods on the heart.

Article Source: MSNBC

Too Much Optimism May Be Bad for Cancer Patients

January 28, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the School of Medicine comments on the fears of terminally ill patients.

Article Source: MSNBC

Penn Researcher Finds Surprising Genetic Link to Heart Failure

January 24, 2011

Thomas Cappola of the School of Medicine comments on discovering that “defects in a gene linked to kidney function may predispose a person to heart failure.”

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Regimens: Antidepressant May Help Quench Hot Flashes

January 21, 2011

Ellen Freeman of the School of Medicine is featured for her research on the use of an antidepressant to treat hot flashes.

Article Source: New York Times

Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines

January 22, 2011

Garret FitzGerald of the School of Medicine says a new federal drug-development agency “could be a really good idea.”

Article Source: New York Times

FDA Weighs Alzheimer’s Test for Living Patients

January 20, 2011

Steven Arnold of the School of Medicine suggests that a new test for Alzheimer’s will be more helpful in the future.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Study: Antidepressants May Relieve Hot Flashes

January 18, 2011

Ellen Freeman of the School of Medicine is featured for her research on antidepressants and menopause.

Article Source: Time

Bill Would Make Coloradans Organ Donors by Default

January 19, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine shares his views on a proposal to make organ donation a default decision.

Article Source: Associated Press