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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660October 30, 2014

Penn Medicine: Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania  has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. In their study receiving advance online publication in Molecular Psychiatry, the investigators find evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 30, 2014

Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining

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A team of researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice contributed to the 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, which says homelessness across the U.S. continues to decline.

Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report to Congress co-authored by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.

The 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report shows a decline in the number of homeless people in the U.S. across all groups, including women and children, veterans and the chronically homeless.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 29, 2014

Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

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A new study by Gary Smith, professor of population biology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the parasite.

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 27, 2014

Penn Medicine: First Atlas of Body Clock Gene Expression in Mammals Informs Timing of Drug Delivery and Emerging Field of Chronotherapy

A new effort mapping 24-hr patterns of expression for thousands of genes in 12 different mouse organs – five years in the making – provides important clues about how the role of timing may influence the way drugs work in the body.

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

October 26, 2014

Andrew Rappe of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for his collaborative research on the performance of ferroel

Article Source: MIT Technology Review
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2014

Penn and Berkeley Research: Path to New Kinds of Computers With Faster-switching Ferroelectrics

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A combination of theory and experiment has shown an easy way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials in a way that makes them viable candidates for low-power computing and electronics.

Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Gingivitis Bacteria Triggers a Tailspin in Your Mouth

October 14, 2014

George Hajishengallis of the School of Dental Medicine is cited for researching the “mechanism behind P.

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 27, 2014

Penn’s Celebration of Innovation Features Silfen Forum With Gutmann, Isaacson

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, celebrating innovation at Penn and showcasing Penn’s South Bank, a hub for innovation and new business ventures.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a series of events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 24, 2014

NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards

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The Nano/Bio Interface Center's NanoDay@Penn is a public education and outreach event and an opportunity to recognize student achievements, both in research and in creativity

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 10, 2014

Penn Medicine Researcher Receives New Innovator Award from National Institutes of Health

Roberto Bonasio, PhD, an assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology,