Prion-like Proteins Cause Disease

March 3, 2013

James Shorter of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for co-leading a team of researchers studying prion-like proteins.

Article Source: The Scientist

Stress During Pregnancy Could Be Linked to Autism in Babies, Study Suggests (Pictures)

March 5, 2013

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on research on how stress during pregnancy could be linked to autism in babies.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658March 3, 2013

Penn Medicine: Adding to the List of Disease-Causing Proteins in Brain Disorders

PHILADELPHIA — A multi-institution group of researchers has found new candidate disease proteins for neurodegenerative disorders. James Shorter, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Paul Taylor, M.D., PhD, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and colleagues describe in an advanced online publication of Nature that mutations in prion-like segments of two RNA-binding proteins are associated with a rare inherited degeneration disorder affecting muscle, brain, motor neurons and bone (called multisystem proteinopathy) and one case of the familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Sleep and Exercise: Vigorous Exercisers Report the Best Sleep, Poll Says

March 4, 2013

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how exercise can improve sleep quality.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

‘Contagious’ Explains Secret Behind Infectious Ideas

March 5, 2013

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School is interviewed about his new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

Article Source: USA Today

Experts Want More Studies of Diet’s Role for the Heart

March 2, 2013

J. Sanford Schwartz and Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about diets.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Stephen MacCarthy | | 215-898-8722February 28, 2013

Penn Campaign Raises $4.3 Billion, Transforming the University

After seven years of widespread support and alumni participation, the University of Pennsylvania culminated its Making History Campaign, raising $4.3 billion, strengthening Penn’s position among the world’s foremost universities and making major breakthroughs in addressing society’s most complex challenges, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today.

Audio: Penn Researcher’s Discovery Could Lead to Better Cancer Treatment

February 27, 2013

Dennis Discher of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the development a protein that could lead to better cancer treatment.

Article Source: Newsworks
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658February 25, 2013

Penn Medicine: Tweaking Gene Expression to Repair Lungs

PHILADELPHIA — Lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are on the rise, according to the American Lung Association and the National Institutes of Health.

These ailments are chronic, affect the small airways of the lung, and are thought to involve an injury-repair cycle that leads to the breakdown of normal airway structure and function. For now, drugs for COPD treat only the symptoms.

Check Up: Study Seeks New Insight on Sleep and Diet

February 25, 2013

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for leading a study on sleep and diet.

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