School of Veterinary Medicine

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 24, 2015

World Water Week at Penn

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Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 14, 2015

Penn/Baylor Med Study Describes Underlying Cause of Diabetes in Dogs

In a new effort, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine have used advanced imaging technology to fill in details about the underlying cause of canine diabetes, which until now has been little understood.

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World Water Week, Aug. 23-28, 2015

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

David Galligan Professor of Animal Health Economics and Director of the Center for Animal Health and Productivity at New Bolton Center

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Galligan's research focuses on the economic value of veterinary issues in animal production. He can discuss the preservation of water as a resource and the importance of water in animal agriculture. Through his work with the Center for Animal Health and Productivity, he has illustrated how increasing the amount of milk produced by each cow has dramatically cut the amount of water needed by a dairy operation. 

Media Contact
Louisa Shepherd, 610-925-6241 or lshepard@vet.upenn.edu

Deborah Mandell Staff Veterinarian at Ryan Veterinary Hospital

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to her role at Penn Vet, Dr. Mandell serves as the American Red Cross Pet Care Advisor. She can discuss hydration recommendations and emergency care information for pets. 

Media Contact
Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475 or berke@vet.upenn.edu

Deborah Silverstein Associate Professor in Emergency and Critical Care

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Silverstein is an expert in emergency and critical care medicine. She can discuss microcirculation and the effects of IV fluid on circulation during surgery in pets. 

Media Contact
Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475 or berke@vet.upenn.edu

Alexander Reiter Associate Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Reiter's areas of expertise include periodontal and dental disease, jaw fracture healing and palate defect repair as well as tissue regeneration. He can discuss the benefits and risks of fluoride use in pets. 

Media Contact
Ashley Berke, 215-898-1475 or berke@vet.upenn.edu

Trevor Penning Professor of Pharmacology

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Penning is the director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, which focuses on the mechanistic links between environmental exposures and human disease. CEET translates its findings into action to improve the health of vulnerable individuals and local, national and global communities. He can discuss how water resources relate to fracking and environmental health.

Media Contact
Karen Kreeger, 215-349-5658 or Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu

Man’s Best Friend: How Veterinary Research Could Save Human Lives

August 12, 2015

 

Dean Joan Hendricks and Nicola Mason of the School of Veterinary Medicine are quoted about health solutions originally developed for pets that could help humans.

Article Source: Guardian (U.K.)

Audio: The Science of Dog Fur and Why Cutting Is Not Cool

July 23, 2015

 

Deborah Mandell of the School of Veterinary Medicine talks about dog fur and how shaving their fur can make a dog hotter.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 28, 2015

Penn Vet Study Shows Immune Cells in the Skin Remember and Defend Against Parasites

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Now, research led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine shows that resident memory T cells form in response to parasite infection. The new study found that, after infection with the parasitic disease leishmaniasis, a population of T cells with a memory for the parasite remained in the skin.

Just as the brain forms memories of familiar faces, the immune system remembers pathogens it has encountered in the past. T cells with these memories circulate in the blood stream looking for sites of new infection.

Children Facing Surgeries Are Cheered by Dogs Who’ve Been There, Done That [Photos]

July 23, 2015

Photos from the Best Friends Bash sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are highlighted.

Teens Interested in Pursuing Career in Veterinary Medicine Participate in Program on Univ. of Pennsylvania’s Campus

July 16, 2015

Nicole Wyre of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Summer Vets summer camp for high school students are highlighted.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 15, 2015

Penn Vet Team Shows a Protein Modification Determines Enzyme’s Fate

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For the first time, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine show how an amino acid tag on a protein has the power to greatly influence the function of an enzyme called PRPS2, which is required for human life and can become hyperactive in cancer.

The human genome encodes roughly 20,000 genes, only a few thousand more than fruit flies. The complexity of the human body, therefore, comes from far more than just the sequence of nucleotides that comprise our DNA, it arises from modifications that occur at the level of gene, RNA and protein.

Think Like a Doctor: Limping Along Solved!

July 2, 2015

Doctoral candidate Jonathan Madara of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited.

Article Source: New York Times