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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 23, 2015

Four Finalists Compete for the Rights to Commercialize Penn Nanotech in Third Annual Y-Prize

The University of Pennsylvania Y-Prize Competition has announced the four finalists who will battle for $5,000 and rights to commercialize their application of Penn nanotechnology at the third annual Y-Prize Grand Finale.

WHO:

 Penn students presenting business plans for commercializing three different nanotechnology inventions.     

WHAT:

Grand Finale of the Y-Prize, which will award $5,000 and non-exclusive commercialization rights to the winning team.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology
3205 Walnut St.
University of Pennsylvania

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 20, 2015

Penn Medicine Bioethicists Call for Return to Asylums for Long-Term Psychiatric Care

As the United States population has doubled since 1955, the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States has been cut by nearly 95 percent to just 45,000, a wholly inadequate equation when considering that there are currently 10 million U.S. residents with serious mental illness.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660January 20, 2015

Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Possible New General Anesthetics

Penn Medicine researchers, in a continuation of their groundbreaking work to better understand how anesthesia works in the body, have found the first new class of novel anesthetics since the 1970s. Their findings, published in February issue of Anesthesiology, detail the processes through which the group uncovered these compounds.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 21, 2015

Medicaid "Fee Bump" to Primary Care Doctors Associated with Better Access to Appointments, According to Penn Study

The increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage points increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times, according to results of a new 10-state study — co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — published online-first by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 22, 2015

Penn Study Uncovers Secrets of a Clump-Dissolving Protein

Workhorse molecules called heat-shock proteins contribute to refolding proteins that were once misfolded and clumped, causing such disorders as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease. James Shorter, PhD, an associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been developing ways to "reprogram" one such protein – a yeast protein called Hsp104 -- to improve its therapeutic properties.

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January 16, 2015

Ruben Gur of the Perelman School of Medicine says 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 16, 2015

Penn Research Shows Relationship Critical for How Cells Ingest Matter

To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 16, 2015

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Open Doors for Penn Students

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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 14, 2015

Life at Higher Elevation Linked to Lower Incidence of Lung Cancer, Penn Study Suggests

Here’s another potential reason to live up in the mountains. Lung cancer rates in both smokers and non-smokers are lower in higher-elevation counties in the western part of the United States, suggesting that oxygen may promote the incidence of lung cancer, according to a new study co-authored by a student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.