Research

Study Finds Incentives to Quit Smoking Are About the How, Not How Much

May 14, 2015

Scott Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Incentives are not a panacea…We have yet to come up with a pana

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 15, 2015

Making Friends of Friends Benefits Hyenas, Penn Biologist Finds

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The spotted hyena seems to instinctively know the benefits of bonding with friends of friends, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and Michigan State University that considers the structural factors affecting the social network of these animals.

Bonding with a friend of a friend is something most humans gravitate toward naturally, or at least Facebook likes to think so every time it suggests friends for you to “friend.”

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 18, 2015

Penn Researchers Show That Mental ‘Map’ and ‘Compass’ Are Two Separate Systems

If you have a map, you can know where you are without knowing which way you are facing. If you have a compass, you can know which way you're facing without knowing where you are. Animals from ants to mice to humans use both kinds of information to reorient themselves in familiar places, but how they determine this information from environmental cues is not well understood.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660May 11, 2015

Two Penn Medicine Physicians Receive American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Awards

Two physicians in the division of Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be presented Crystal Awards by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 14, 2015

Giving HOPE: U.S. Has Nearly 400 HIV-Positive Potential Organ Donors, Penn Study Finds

In the first-of-its-kind study since the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act), which lifted the ban on organ donations from one HIV-positive person to another, Penn Medicine researchers report on the quality of these organs and how their use might impact the country’s organ shortage. 

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369May 13, 2015

Penn Study Finds that Various Financial Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Four different financial incentive programs, each worth roughly $800 over six months, all help more smokers kick the habit than providing free access to behavioral counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

Bribery Is the Best Way to Quit Smoking, Study Shows

May 14, 2015

Scott Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about the results of a study that reveals how the threat of losi

Article Source: Time.com

‘This Was Not a Dinosaur You Would Want to Mess With’

May 12, 2015

Doctoral candidate Steven Jasinski of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on identifying a new dinosaur species with a keen sense of smell.

Article Source: CBS News

Mentors Help Patients With Rehab and Offer Insider Tips Along the Way

May 11, 2015

Judith Long of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for studying the effect of peer mentorship of veterans who are

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 14, 2015

Penn Researchers Join Two NSF Projects on Medical Cyber-physical Systems

The University of Pennsylvania is participating in two National Science Foundation projects designed to advance cyber­physical systems with medical applications. Cyber­physical systems are built from and depend upon the seamless integration of computation and physical components.