Research

Restored Sight Fades After Gene Therapy

May 5, 2015

Samuel Jacobson and Jean Bennett of the Perelman School of M

Article Source: The Scientist
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 5, 2015

Penn and UC Merced Researchers Match Physical and Virtual Atomic Friction Experiments

Technological limitations have made studying friction on the atomic scale difficult, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Merced, have now made advances in that quest on two fronts.

Penn Study Questions Lariat Device to Prevent Stroke in Heart Patients

May 5, 2015

Jay Giri of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The Lariat is an absolutely ingenious piece of engineering… However,

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 4, 2015

National Academy of Sciences Elects Penn Professor and Incoming Professor

Dorothy Cheney, a biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Abraham Nitzan, a chemist who will join Penn’s faculty in July, have been elected members of the National Academy of Scien

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 30, 2015

Penn Senior Matthew Lisle: Adapting to Climate Change Through Water Security

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One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be meeting the world’s growing water needs in the face of a changing climate. Like other environmental challenges, achieving water security will require innovation on many fronts.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

(This is the fifth and last in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President’s Engagement Prize winners.)  

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

Penn Pioneer in Personalized Medicine Advocates that National Translational Medicine Consortia is Best Equipped to Drive Human Phenotyping for the Clinic

President Barack Obama launched the "Precision Medicine Initiative” this past winter during the State of the Union address, and politicians on both sides of the aisle applauded the announcement. Broadly, precision medicine is meant to help diagnose individuals more accurately and better tailor treatment according to their physiology.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 21, 2015

University of Pennsylvania Team Receive Prestigious National Clinical Research Award for HIV Breakthrough

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are among the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Clinical Research Achievement Award for their personalized gene therapy work in HIV.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194 April 23, 2015

Penn Study Identifies Molecular Link Between DNA Damage and Premature Aging

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University of Pennsylvania researchers found that inactivating interferon signaling in a mouse model of progeria, or premature aging, extended the animals’ lives.

Like a beloved pair of jeans, human DNA accumulates damage over time, and older people’s bodies can’t repair it as well. Many scientists believe a build up of damage can cause cells to enter an irreversible dormant state known as senescence.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660April 21, 2015

Two Penn Medicine Studies Examine Diabetes Severity in Parkinson's, Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Caregiving

A pair of studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate a correlation between diabetes severity and parkinsonism, or parkinsonian tremors; and examine the caregiving differences between men and women with PD.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 22, 2015

Penn Study Shows Computer-Assisted Diagnosis Tool Helps Physicians Assess Skin Conditions Without Aid from Dermatologists

In the first major study to examine the use of a computer-assisted, photo-driven differential diagnosis generator for skin conditions, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University