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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 11, 2014

Collaborative Penn-Dresden Study Blocks Multiple Sclerosis Relapses in Mice

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and co-investigators have identified a key protein that is able to reduce the severity of a disease equivalent to multiple sclerosis in mice.

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system goes rogue, improperly attacking the body’s own central nervous system. Mobility problems and cognitive impairments may arise as the nerve cells become damaged.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 27, 2014

Penn’s Celebration of Innovation Features Silfen Forum With Amy Gutmann and Walter Isaacson

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, celebrating innovation at Penn and showcasing Penn’s South Bank, a hub for innovation and new business ventures.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 5, 2014

Readmission Rates Above Average for Survivors of Septic Shock, Penn Study Finds

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Penn Medicine researchers have now shown that while most patients now survive a hospital stay for septic shock, 23 percent will return to the hospital within 30 days, many with another life-threatening condition -- a rate substantially higher than the normal readmission rate at a large academic medical center.

A diagnosis of septic shock was once a near death sentence. At best, survivors suffered a substantially reduced quality of life.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964November 6, 2014

Penn Study: Olaparib Shows Promise As Treatment Option for Patients with BRCA-Related Cancers

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A Penn Medicine study Finds Olaparib shows success in tumor response rate for patients with BRCA-related cancers. The study's results provide promising treatment option and improved survival rates for patients with ovarian, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers

Olaparib, an experimental twice-daily oral cancer drug, produces an overall tumor response rate of 26 percent in several advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to new research co-led by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 10, 2014

Classification of Gene Mutations in a Children's Cancer May Point to Improved Treatments

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Penn Medicine and CHOP Experts Define Riskier Mutations in Neuroblastoma, Setting Stage for Clinical Trial

Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to drugs called ALK inhibitors that target such mutations. Removing some of the guesswork in diagnosis and treatment, the researchers say, may lead to more successful outcomes for children with this often-deadly cancer.

Tackling Cavities in India’s Slums with Xylitol Gum

November 7, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 14, 2014

Penn Graduate Student Attends Prestigious Meeting of Nobel Laureates

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It’s not every day that a graduate student gets to meet a Nobel Laureate in her field. But this summer Rianne Esquivel, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to meet not just one but 37 Nobel Laureates, all leaders in biomedical sciences.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660October 10, 2014

Penn Medicine Announces Naming of Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

A $10 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania to name the Paul F. Harron, Jr.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964October 14, 2014
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 14, 2014

Penn Medicine: New Gene Therapy for "Bubble Boy" Disease Appears to be Safe, Effective

A new form of gene therapy for boys with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID-X1), a life-threatening condition also known as “bubble boy” disease, appears to be both effective and safe, according to an international clinical trial with sites in Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, London, a