Doctors Can Help Patients Boost Their Weight Loss

November 15, 2011

Thomas Wadden of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for his research about weight management for obese patients.

Article Source: USA Today

Penn Researcher Helps Develop Flexible, Implantable Brain-Imaging Device

November 14, 2011

Brian Litt of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses research he led about developing a microelectronic device to help map brain activity.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820November 15, 2011

In New Study, Penn Researchers Unveil Decline of Higher Education Opportunity and Affordability in Illinois

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education have found a decade-long decline of higher education opportunity and affordability in Illinois.  They also found that state leaders have abandoned effective policies that once resulted in outstanding performance in higher education.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658November 11, 2011

Tales from the Crypt: Penn Study on Gut Cell Regeneration Reconciles Long-Standing Research Controversy

PHILADELPHIA - The lining of the intestine regenerates itself every few days as compared to say red blood cells that turn over every four months. The cells that help to absorb food and liquid that humans consume are constantly being produced. The various cell types that do this come from stem cells that reside deep in the inner recesses of the accordion-like folds of the intestines, called villi and crypts.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604November 10, 2011

Penn and Rutgers Psychologists Increase Understanding of How the Brain Perceives Shades of Gray

PHILADELPHIA — Vision is amazing because it seems so mundane. Peoples’ eyes, nerves and brains translate light into electrochemical signals and then into an experience of the world around them. A close look at the physics of just the first part of this process shows that even seemingly simple tasks, like keeping a stable perception of an object’s color in different lighting conditions or distinguishing black and white objects, is, in fact, very challenging. 

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460November 9, 2011

Nov. 16 Penn Lightbulb Café to Focus on Restoring Religious Monuments in War-torn Pakistan

WHO:             Michael Meister, professor of South Asia Studies in the Department of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania

WHAT:           Penn Lightbulb Café lecture on “Conducting Research in Pakistan: Restoring Religious Monuments in Swat”

Video: More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study

November 8, 2011

Keith Hampton of the Annenberg School for Communication comments on how Facebook might bebeneficial to users’ relationships.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658November 4, 2011

Penn Study Describes First Proof of Principle for Treating Rare Bone Disease

PHILADELPHIA - Scientists at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine Center for Research in FOP and Related Disorders have developed a new genetic approach to specifically block the damaged copy of the gene for a rare bone disease, while leaving the normal copy untouched.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820November 3, 2011

Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Wharton Will Host ‘Saving Philanthropy’ Screening

PHILADELPHIA —The documentary “Saving Philanthropy” will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., in 1206 Steinberg Dietrich-Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, on the University of Pennsylvania campus.  The event is hosted by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the School of Social Policy & Practice, the Wharton Program for Social Impact and the Wharton Leadership Program.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658October 31, 2011

Linking Fragile X Syndrome Proteins and RNA Editing Mistakes at Nerve-Muscle Junction

PHILADELPHIA - The most common form of heritable cognitive impairment is Fragile X Syndrome, caused by mutation or malfunction of the FMR1 gene. Loss of FMR1 function is also the most common genetic cause of autism. Understanding how this gene works is vital to finding new treatments to help Fragile X patients and others.