School of Veterinary Medicine

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 9, 2012

A Comparative Medicine Study by Penn Vet Identifies a New Approach to Combat Viral Infections

PHILADELPHIA — When a virus such as influenza invades our bodies, interferon proteins are among the first immune molecules produced to fight off the attack. Interferon can also play a role in suppressing tumor growth and the effects of autoimmune diseases, and doctors may use an artificial form of interferon to treat patients with certain cancers or multiple sclerosis. But even this approach sometimes fails when patients’ bodies reject the foreign interferon or growing resistant to its effects.

Brits Rally for Badgers Overrunning Countryside

October 23, 2012

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on England’s wildlife.

Article Source: USA Today

Video: Life-saving Pups

October 14, 2012

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine is interviewed about the Working Dog Center.

Article Source: Fox News

Video: Super Search and Rescue Dogs

October 15, 2012

Cynthia Otto of the School of the Veterinary School is interviewed about the Working Dog Center.

Article Source: Fox News
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.Kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 15, 2012

Institute of Medicine Elects Six New Members From Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Six professors from the University of Pennsylvania, representing four schools, have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,732 and the number of foreign associates to 112. With an additional 84 members holding emeritus status, IOM's total membership is 1,928.

Penn Farrier Using New Technique to Prevent Lameness in Horses

October 8, 2012

Patrick T. Reilly of the School of Veterinary Medicine is featured for his work to prevent lameness in horses.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 4, 2012

Penn Researchers Show Relationship With Working Dogs Protect Handlers From PTSD

Anyone who has had a pet instinctively knows what several physical and mental health studies have shown: people who have a companion animal have lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression than the general population. But with love comes the possibility of loss; when pets fall ill, are hurt or die, their owners bear the psychological burden of increased risk of depression and other ailments.    

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 2, 2012

Penn Vet Added to United Way's List of Approved Charities

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been added to the list of United Way charities to which individuals in the Philadelphia area may donate as part of a workplace campaign.

Check Up: Studying Women’s Mood Disorders

October 1, 2012

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the new Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health.

Article Source: Philly.com

Animal Instincts

September 27, 2012

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted about how people react to dog runs.

Article Source: Business Week