Engaging Globally

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

A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

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Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 18, 2014

Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

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A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660December 10, 2014

Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

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Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151November 11, 2014

Senior Cait Breslin Complements Penn Education With Study Abroad

For University of Pennsylvania senior Cait Breslin, studying abroad in Buenos Aires and in Kolkata has been an important part of her college experience. And she says it is good preparation toward her long-term goal of becoming a physician.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 1, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine Welcomes Its First Thouron Scholar

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This year, the Thouron Scholars, a community of 700-plus whose disciplines range from geology to English literature, welcomed their very first dentist to the ranks.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 11, 2014

Collaborative Penn-Dresden Study Blocks Multiple Sclerosis Relapses in Mice

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and co-investigators have identified a key protein that is able to reduce the severity of a disease equivalent to multiple sclerosis in mice.

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system goes rogue, improperly attacking the body’s own central nervous system. Mobility problems and cognitive impairments may arise as the nerve cells become damaged.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 22, 2014

Want to Change the World? Penn Has a Prize for That

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The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway. As many as three seniors who design and undertake local, national or global engagement projects for the first year following their graduation will be selected for the President’s Engagement Prizes, which consist of $50,000 for living expenses and as much as $100,000 for project implementation expenses.

The big banner on the ARCH on Locust Walk and the emails from President Gutmann to the senior class have gotten the message out: The search for entries in the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize competition is underway.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573=8151October 19, 2014

Enriching Internship Could Lead to a Career for Penn Student

Jane Wu is getting an early start at the University of Pennsylvania on a possible future career in research to help save the environment and preserve human health.