School of Veterinary Medicine

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 18, 2011

Penn Researchers Demonstrate Efficacy of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Vaccine

PHILADELPHIA — An experimental vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is the first veterinary cancer vaccine of its kind that shows an increase in survival time for dogs with spontaneous non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The work shows for the first time the feasibility and therapeutic efficacy of this alternative cell-based vaccine, which could be employed in the treatment of a number of different cancer types.

Study Confirms Puppy Mills Leave Long Term Scars on Dogs

October 12, 2011

James Serpell and Deborah Duffy of the School of Veterinary Medicine are cited fortheir collaborative study about puppy mills.

Article Source: Philly.com

Snow Leopards at Philly Zoo Undergo Eye Surgery

October 13, 2011

András Komáromy of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited for treating snow leopards at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 3, 2011

Penn Researchers Find a New Twist in a Blindness-causing Disease Gene

PHILADELPHIA — After more than three decades of research, University of Pennsylvania veterinarians and vision-research scientists, with associates at Cornell University, have identified a gene responsible for a blindness-inducing disease that afflicts dogs. In the process, the Penn scientists may have discovered clues about how retinal cells, and perhaps even neurons, can be regenerated.

Penn Veterinary Scientist to Receive National Medal

September 28, 2011

Ralph Brinster of the School of Veterinary Medicine is highlighted for being honored with the National Medal of Science.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Penn Veterinarian Ralph Brinster Awarded National Medal of Science

PHILADELPHIA — Ralph Brinster of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded the National Medal of Science, according to an announcement today from the White House. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 22, 2011

Penn Researchers Find a New Twist in a Blindness-causing Disease Gene

PHILADELPHIA — After more than three decades of research, University of Pennsylvania veterinarians and vision-research scientists, with associates at Cornell University, have identified a gene responsible for a blindness-inducing disease that afflicts dogs. In the process, the Penn scientists may have discovered clues about how retinal cells, and perhaps even neurons, can be regenerated.

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475September 20, 2011

Penn Vet Professor Gustavo D. Aguirre Receives Grant from Foundation Fighting Blindness

Philadelphia, PA – Foundation Fighting Blindness has awarded Penn Vet Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology Gustavo D. Aguirre, VMD, PhD with a $230,000 grant to continue the Penn Translational and Research Facility.
 
“The main goal of the Translational and Research Facility is to accelerate the development and the pre-clinical testing of new and effective approaches to treat several forms of retinal degeneration (RD) in humans,” said Dr. Aguirre.
 

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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