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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 6, 2014

$3.25 Million Gift Creates Penn Medicine/CHOP Friedreich's Ataxia Center of Excellence

Three longtime allies have joined forces to create the new Penn Medicine/CHOP Friedreich’s Ataxia Center of Excellence. The establishment of the center was catalyzed by a $3.25 million gift from the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), in partnership with the Hamilton and Finneran families.

In Health Care, Choice Is Overrated

March 5, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School contributes an op-ed on health care.

Article Source: New York Times

Penn Researchers ‘Edit’ Genes to Make Cells Resist HIV

March 6, 2014

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study that shows how personalized gene therapy locks out HIV.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

How Boomers Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep

March 6, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If you’re not sleeping well, you’re not living well.”

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653March 5, 2014

Penn Medicine: Personalized Gene Therapy Locks Out HIV, Paving the Way to Control Virus Without Antiretroviral Drugs

University of Pennsylvania researchers have successfully genetically engineered the immune cells of 12 HIV positive patients to resist infection, and decreased the viral loads of some patients taken off antiretroviral drug therapy (ADT) entirely—including one patient whose levels became undetectable.

Guidelines Will Help End-of-Life Oversight

March 5, 2014

David Casarett of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for collaborating on the development of ethical guidelines for hospice workers on when to report suspicions of assisted suicide.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Hospital Heave-ho: Home Births Continue to Rise

March 4, 2014

Ian Bennett of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the risks associated doctors agreeing to take on home births.

Article Source: Today
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 5, 2014

Penn Researchers Model a Key Breaking Point Involved in Traumatic Brain Injury

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An interdisciplinary team of researchers is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in traumatic brain injury, with an eye toward protecting against its long-term consequences.

Even the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury, better known as a concussion, can deal permanent, irreparable damage. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in this kind of injury, with an eye toward protecting the brain from its long-term consequences.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 5, 2014

Anatomical Discovery by Penn Team Gives Insight into Blinding Retinal Diseases

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University of Pennsylvania vision scientists report that dogs have an area of their retina that strongly resembles the human fovea. What’s more, this retinal region is susceptible to genetic blinding diseases in dogs just as it is in humans.

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How Can Teens Recover From Sexual Abuse?

March 4, 2014

A study about sexually-abused teenage girls led by Edna Foa of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited.

Article Source: Philly.com