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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 9, 2014

Penn Study Finds Living Kidney Donation Does Not Increase Risk of Death or Heart Disease for Older Adult Donors

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults.

Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

July 9, 2014

Michael J. Kahana of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured in a front-page article for leading a $22.5 million project on restoring memory loss.

Article Source: New York Times

Study: Small Percentage of Hepatitis C Patients Got Through Past Treatments

July 8, 2014

Baligh Yehia of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on studying hepatitis C treatment in the U.S.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 9, 2014

Penn to Lead $22.5 Million Project on Restoring Memory Loss

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Penn scientists and physicians will conduct fundamental research on the brain with the aim of developing "neuroprosthetic" devices for treating memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania will lead a four-year effort worth as much as $22.5 million to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in people who suffer from memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659July 7, 2014

Penn's Personalized Cellular Therapy for Leukemia Receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy Designation

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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

Penn Researchers: Consider the ‘Anticrystal’

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Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials.

For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 30, 2014

Penn Immunologist to Co-direct $12 Million Grant to Study Hepatitis

John Wherry, PhD, an associate professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are co-directing a $12 million grant to study immune responses in people who have been effectively cured of hepatitis C viral infection with new, high-potency antiviral drugs.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 3, 2014

Penn Study: Computer-Automated, Time-Lapse Embryo Photography May Increase Success of In-Vitro Fertilization

Using computer-automated, time-lapse photography of embryos in the laboratory during in-vitro fertilization may improve embryo selection, potentially increasing the chances of pregnancy among women undergoing the procedure, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and five other fertility centers.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653July 2, 2014

Major Gaps in Hepatitis C Care Identified As New Drugs and Screening Efforts Emerge, Penn Study Finds

A new meta-analysis published online in PLOS ONE by infectious disease and epidemiology specialists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care that will prove useful as the U.S. health care system continues to see an influx of patients with the disease because of improved screening efforts and new, promising drugs.

Lead in Kids’ Blood Linked to Behavioral Problems

July 2, 2014

Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing writes, “Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead, because lead can affect children’s developing nerves and brains.”

Article Source: Delhi Daily News (India)