School of Veterinary Medicine

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 21, 2010

Gene Therapy Cures Canines of Inherited Form of Day Blindness, Penn Veterinary Researchers Say

PHILADELPHIA –- Veterinary ophthalmology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of congenital achromatopsia, also called rod monochromacy or total color blindness.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 11, 2010

Double Agents: Penn Researchers Identify Immune Cells That Fight Parasites May Promote Allergies and Asthma

PHILADELPHIA –- Millions of people in both the developing and developed world may benefit from new immune-system research findings from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Penn Vet researchers, studying how the immune system operates, have discovered a previously unidentified cell population that may be the body’s double-edged sword, fighting off parasitic infections but also causing the harmful immune responses that can lead to allergies and asthma.

IL25 Elicits a Multipotent Progenitor Cell Population That Promotes TH2 Cytokine Responses

March 3, 2010
Researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine are cited for their study of immune-system responses.
Article Source: Nature

Severe Eye Injuries From Pets Are Not Rare at All

March 1, 2010
School of Veterinary Medicine researchers are cited for their work on analyzing dog bites.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Is It Ever Right for Animals to Suffer?

February 3, 2010
Adrian Morrison of the School of Veterinary Medicine debates animal-cruelty standards.
Article Source: Washington Post

When It's Time to Kick the Dog Out of Bed

January 26, 2010
James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses the pet-owner dynamic.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal

The Rise of Dog Identity Politics

January 24, 2010
James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine says dogs have evolved to be acutely aware of human interactions.
Article Source: New York Magazine

Fleas…the Pests Persist

January 4, 2010
Greg Griffeth of the School of Veterinary Medicine says weather greatly affects pest control.
Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Mascot Saved

December 19, 2009
School of Veterinary Medicine surgeons are credited with saving the life of Duke, mascot for the Lancaster city police mounted unit.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Univ. of Pa. Veterinary Hospital Workers Forego Party in Favor of Troop Comforts

December 17, 2009
Amy Guldin of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses the School's efforts to support the troops during the holidays.
Article Source: KYW Radio (Philadelphia)