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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475September 14, 2011

Penn Vet Announces Recipients of World Leadership in Animal Health Award, Student Inspiration Award

Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), announced that Dr. Ilaria Capua has been named the winner of the 2011 Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award and that Penn Vet student Dr. Jonathan Lustgarten has been named the 2011 Student Inspiration Award winner.

Both Dr. Capua and Dr. Lustgarten will receive a $100,000 unrestricted grant to use toward realizing their veterinary missions and proposed projects.

Check Up: Stress May Have Genesis in Womb

September 12, 2011

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for a new study.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | lerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 8, 2011

Heroic Dogs, a Decade Later

After the attacks of 9/11, the heroism of first responders — firefighters, police officers, EMTs, rescue workers and more — became a source of hope and inspiration in a trying time. But one group of responders has remained relatively unsung: 9/11’s working dogs.

Though they are mostly owned by volunteer handlers and privately trained, an estimated 900 dogs were involved in the 9/11 response. They searched for survivors and human remains, patrolled with police officers and comforted both victims and rescue workers. 

Study Finds “Minimal” Health Impacts on Canine 9/11 Rescuers

September 7, 2011

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the health of rescue dogs after 9/11.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475August 25, 2011

Penn Vet’s Michael R. Moyer Earns DelCo SPCA’s Animal Welfare Leadership Award

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Michael R. Moyer, VMD, has been named recipient of the 2011 Delaware County SPCA Animal Welfare Leadership Award. Presented annually by the Media, PA-based animal shelter, the award aims honor community leaders who are positively impacting shelter animal medicine in the region.

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475July 26, 2011

Penn Vet’s Kendra Bence Earns the 2011 Pfizer Award for Veterinary Research Excellence

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Kendra Bence, PhD has been named recipient of the 2011 Pfizer Award for VeterinaryResearch Excellence.
 
“I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Bence. “Because I was nominated by my colleagues at Penn Vet, I am humbled; there are so many great minds here and to be recognized with this honor is not taken lightly.”
 

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475
Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183July 14, 2011

Penn Vet’s Tracy Bale Earns Endocrine Society Award

Award presented annually to a young investigator in recognition of meritorious accomplishments in the field of endocrinology
 
Philadelphia, PA – University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Tracy Bale, PhD has been named recipient of the 2011 Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award. Presented annually by the Endocrine Society, the award aims to bring to light the work of a young researcher in the field.
 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 13, 2011

Penn Vet Research: Drug Shrinks Dog Tumors, Could Benefit Humans

PHILADELPHIA — There are many kinds of cancers of the immune system, but one, Activated B-Cell Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, or ABC-DLBCL, is particularly common and pernicious. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine have shown for the first time that dogs that develop this disease spontaneously share the same aberrant activation of a critical intracellular pathway with humans. They also found that a drug designed to disrupt this pathway helps to kill tumor cells in the dogs’ cancerous lymph nodes.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 30, 2011

Penn Paleontologists Contribute to X-Ray Technique for Determining Pigmentation Patterns in Fossils

PHILADELPHIA — An international team including University of Pennsylvania paleontologists is unearthing the appearance of ancient animals by using the world’s most powerful X-rays. New research shows how trace metals in fossils can be used to determine the pigmentation patterns of creatures dead for more than a hundred million years. 

Pet Insurance Surges as Vet Costs Rise

June 28, 2011

James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses pet insurance.

Article Source: Chicago Tribune