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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 23, 2012

Penn-based Report Reflects Rise of Think Tanks in Underrepresented Regions of the World

PHILADELPHIA –- Launched in 2006, the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings” annual report has become an authoritative source for the top public policy research institutes in the world.  James McGann, assistant director of Penn’s International Relations Program, directs the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at Penn.  The report is available at www.gotothinktank.com or www.sas.upenn.edu/irp/.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 23, 2012

Gene Therapy Research Team From Penn Vet and Scheie Eye Institute Cures Retinitis Pigmentosa in Dogs

PHILADELPHIA -- Members of a University of Pennsylvania research team have shown that they can prevent, or even reverse, a blinding retinal disease, X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, or XLRP, in dogs.

The disease in humans and dogs is caused by defects in the RPGR gene and results in early, severe and progressive vision loss. It is one of the most common inherited forms of retinal degeneration in man.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 23, 2012

Executive Doctorate in Higher Ed Management Celebrates 10th Year

PHILADELPHIA -- The Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is celebrating 10 years of developing leaders in higher education.

University of Pennsylvania Getting $2.5M to Study Lung Regeneration

January 19, 2012

Edward Morrisey of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for working to identify and characterize cells that affect lung repair and regeneration.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 20, 2012

Penn GSE Researcher Scores a Publishing Hat Trick

PHILADELPHIA – Writing one book is a daunting task, but writing three – simultaneously – might seem near impossible.  But not for Marybeth Gasman.

Gasman, an education historian and professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, has just finished three books – all of which she was writing and researching at the same time.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 20, 2012

Sleep Problems Increase Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Obesity, Penn Study Shows

People who suffer from sleep disturbances are at major risk for obesity, diabetes, and coronary artery disease, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact: | | January 19, 2012

Penn Researcher Examines Public-Health Issues Concerning Firearms and Senior Citizens

PHILADELPHIA — More than 17 million Americans 65 or older have at least one firearm.  Based on the current patterns of gun ownership and population growth, the number of elderly people who own a firearm is expected to increase.  In an article released by the American Journal of Public Health, Susan B.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 18, 2012

Penn Lung Biologists to Receive $2.5 Million to Study Repair and Regeneration

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is one of six institutions to be named part of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Lung Repair and Regeneration Consortium (LRRC). Each of the institutions will receive $2.5 million over five years.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 20, 2012

Penn Researchers Help Solve Questions About Ethiopians’ High-Altitude Adaptations

PHILADELPHIA --  Over many generations, people living in the high-altitude regions of the Andes or on the Tibetan Plateau have adapted to life in low-oxygen conditions. Living with such a distinct and powerful selective pressure has made these populations a textbook example of evolution in action, but exactly how their genes convey a survival advantage remains an open question.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 12, 2012

Cindy Christian of Penn’s Field Center Named to Task Force on Child Protection

PHILADELPHIA — Cindy Christian, a faculty co-director at the University of Pennsylvania Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research, has been named to a new 11-member Task Force on Child Protection.  The appointment was made by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.