Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Scientists Reprogram Gut Cells to Produce Insulin

March 17, 2014

Ben Stanger of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about researching how to make insulin-producing cells from gut cells.

Twin Astronauts (One in Space, One on Land) To Be Studied for Impact of Space Travel

March 14, 2014

Mathias Basner, David Dinges and Ruben Gur of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for examining cognitive impact of space flight as a part of NASA’s twin astronaut study.

Africans’ Ability to Digest Milk Co-evolved With Livestock Domestication

March 13, 2014

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences and postdoc student Alessia Ranciaro are featured for their research that ties Africans’ lactose tolerance to the spread of cattle raising.

Article Source: Smithsonian.com
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 13, 2014

27th Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards Luncheon to be Held March 21

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Women of Color at Penn, WOCAP, will honor three current and one former member of the University community and a Philadelphia community member at the 2014 Women of Color at Penn Awards Luncheon.

WHO:             Women of Color at Penn

                      University of Pennsylvania

Smoking Withdrawal Changes Brain Network Connectivity, Penn Team Finds

March 12, 2014

Research led by Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine is highlighted.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 13, 2014

Penn Team Links Africans’ Ability to Digest Milk to Spread of Cattle Raising

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A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers — constituting the largest examination ever of lactase persistence in geographically diverse populations of Africans — investigated the genetic origins of this lactose tolerance and offers support to the idea that the ability to digest milk was a powerful selective force in a variety of African populations which raised cattle and consumed the animals’ fresh milk.

Babies are born with the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, but most humans lose this ability after infancy because of declining levels of the lactose-digesting enzyme lactase.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653March 12, 2014

Nicotine Withdrawal Weakens Brain Connections Tied to Self-Control Over Cigarette Cravings, Penn Study Finds

People who try to quit smoking often say that kicking the habit makes the voice inside telling them to light up even louder, but why people succumb to those cravings so often has never been fully understood.  Now, a new brain imaging study in this week’s JAMA Psychiatry from scientists in Penn Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Pro

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 12, 2014

Penn Study: Protein Key to Cell Motility Has Implications for Stopping Cancer Metastasis

“Cell movement is the basic recipe of life, and all cells have the capacity to move,” says Roberto Dominguez, PhD, professor of Physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Regulate E-cigarettes

March 12, 2014

Frank Leone of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authors an article about regulating e-cigarettes.

Article Source: Philly.com

Study Finds Veterans Use Opioids for Long-term Pain Management

March 10, 2014

Michael Ashburn of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that more physician training is needed on how to properly use medication to treat pain.