Research

Immunology: Oral Solutions

November 26, 2014

Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine is featured for developing plant-based capsules.

Article Source: Nature.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 1, 2014

Penn Research Suggests That Men Have Accurate Perception of Women’s Sexual Interest, Overconfidence Is Not Adaptive

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A new study shows men are generally accurate when estimating a woman’s interest in sex, contradicting earlier theories that suggested overconfidence was preferable.

Overconfidence sounds like an inherently bad trait to have, but when it comes to natural selection, some evolutionary psychologists have suggested it could be advantageous in finding a mate.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 1, 2014

Penn Study Points to New Therapeutic Strategy in Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects at least one in four Americans who are older than 60 and can significantly shorten lifespan. Yet the few available drugs for CKD can only modestly delay the disease’s progress towards kidney failure.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937November 26, 2014

Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts’ Brain Function

Space is one of the most demanding and unforgiving environments. Human exploration of space requires astronauts to maintain consistently high levels of cognitive performance to ensure mission safety and success, and prevent potential errors and accidents.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | Leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660November 25, 2014

Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spe

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 20, 2014

Penn Researchers Unwind the Mysteries of the Cellular Clock

Human existence is basically circadian. Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. Body temperature, metabolism, and hormone levels all fluctuate throughout the day, and it is increasingly clear that disruption of those cycles can lead to metabolic disease.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 24, 2014

Penn Team’s Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation’s Collapse

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With a new analysis of the Prisoner’s Dilemma played in a large, evolving population, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that adding more flexibility to the game can allow selfish strategies to be more successful. The work paints a dimmer but likely more realistic view of how cooperation and selfishness balance one another in nature.

Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B.

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

Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

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Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create the unusual properties of metamaterials is a challenge but new research, borrowing concepts from binary computing, presents a way of simplifying things.

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 1, 2014

Penn Senior, a Future Doctor, Looks to Medicine’s Past for Insights

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Through the lens of architecture, senior Ellen Kim, of Lexington, Mass., a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, is exploring the history of 19th century medicine in the United States.

By Christina Cook