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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422 February 19, 2014

Penn IUR Hosts Dialogue: Building Scholarship Critical to Building a Sustainable Urban Future

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A discussion hosted by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and HUD-sponsored dialogue in advance of the U.S. delegation to the World Urban Forum 7, will cover the role research plays in understanding the present challenges of urban development.
 
WHAT: “Research to Practice: Building Scholarship Critical to Building a Sustainable Urban Future,” a discussion hosted by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and HUD-sponsored dialogue in advance of the U.S.
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2014

Three Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660February 14, 2014

Penn Study Finds Topiramate Reduces Heavy Drinking Among Patients Seeking to Cut Down on Alcohol Consumption

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Researchers at Pereleman School of Penn Medicine have shown that topiramate can be helpful in treating problem drinkers whose aim is to curb their alcohol consumption – particularly among a specific group of patients whose genetic makeup appears to be linked to the efficacy of the therapy.

Heavy drinking is common in the United States and takes a personal and societal toll, with an annual estimated cost of $223.5 billion due to losses in workplace productivity, health care and criminal justice expenses.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653February 14, 2014

Mental Health Patients up to Four Times More Likely to Be Infected with HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds

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People receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, according to a new study published Feb. 13 in the American Journal of Public Health from researchers at Penn Medicine and other institutions who tested over 1,000 patients in care in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

People receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, according to a new study published Feb.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183February 11, 2014

Teledermatology App System Offers Efficiencies and Can Reliably Prioritize Inpatient Consults

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A new Penn Medicine study shows that remote consultations from dermatologists using a secure smart phone app are reliable at prioritizing care for hospitalized patients with skin conditions.

A new Penn Medicine study shows that remote consultations from dermatologists using a secure smart phone app are reliable at prioritizing care for hospitalized patients with skin conditions.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 12, 2014

Penn Geophysicist Teams With Mathematicians to Describe How River Rocks Round

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A new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Douglas Jerolmack, working with mathematicians at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, has found that rocks traveling down a riverbed follow a distinct pattern, first becoming rounder, and then smaller.

For centuries, geologists have recognized that the rocks that line riverbeds tend to be smaller and rounder further downstream. But these experts have not agreed on the reason these patterns exist. Abrasion causes rocks to grind down and become rounder as they are transported down the river.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964February 5, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Reveals Genetics Impact Risk of Early Menopause Among Some Female Smokers

New research is lighting up yet another reason for women to quit smoking.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660February 5, 2014

Some Patients Receive Unnecessary Prioritization for Liver Transplantation, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Patients waiting for liver transplants who develop hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS), a lung disorder associated with end-stage liver disease, are eligible to move up on the wait list.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 6, 2014

Penn Researchers ‘Design for Failure’ With Model Material

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method to study stress at the macro and micro scales at the same time, using a model system in which microscopic particles stand in for molecules.

When deciding what materials to use in building something, determining how those materials respond to stress and strain is often the first task. A material’s macroscopic, or bulk, properties in this area — whether it can spring back into shape, for example — is generally the product of what is happening on a microscopic scale.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658February 4, 2014

New Sleep Gene, Redeye, Discovered in Fruitflies Promotes the Need to Sleep, According to Penn Study

All creatures great and small, including fruitflies, need sleep. Researchers have surmised that sleep – in any species -- is necessary for repairing proteins, consolidating memories, and removing wastes from cells. But, really, sleep is still a great mystery.