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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 August 26, 2015

Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 24, 2015

World Water Week at Penn

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Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Robert Sanders | rlsanders@berkeley.edu | 510-643-6998 August 20, 2015

Experiment Attempts to Snare Penn Astrophysicist’s Dark Energy ‘Chameleons’

If dark energy is hiding in the form of hypothetical particles called “chameleons,” a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, plans to flush them out.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 19, 2015

Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERS Induces Immunity in Animal Study, Penn Researchers Find

A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 18, 2015

Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making, Penn Medicine Experts Find

Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, experts from the 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 18, 2015

Penn Medicine: Targeting HIV in Semen to Shut Down AIDS

There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule – to attack fibrils in semen associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the initial phases of infection, according to new research from the 

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660August 13, 2015

Fears Of Potentially Blinding Complication From Avastin Eye Injections Are Overblown, According to Penn Study

Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug Lucentis made by the same company, according to new research from the 

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.eduAugust 13, 2015

Health Care Innovation Isn't About Smart Phone Apps, Penn Medicine Researchers Say

Health care has much to learn from innovative high-tech companies, but not in the way most people think, according to a Perspective published today in the New England Journal of Me

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 12, 2015

Spread of Cancer from Pancreas Arises from the Interactions of Multiple Types of Wayward Cells

Tumor cells associated with pancreatic cancer often behave like communities by working with each other to increase tumor spread and growth to different organs.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653August 10, 2015

Penn Study Finds Important Gaps in Evidence for Best Methods for Cleaning Hospital Rooms to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections

Tray tables, bed rails, light switches, and toilets: All are common vectors for swapping germs between patients and health care workers.