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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 19, 2012

Penn Study Describes Molecular Machinery that Pulls Apart Protein Clumps

Amyloid fibers are protein aggregates associated with numerous neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, for which there are no effective treatments.

How to Save Research Universities

June 18, 2012

Steven Fluharty, senior vice provost for research, comments on the release of a report by the National Research Council about research universities.

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Could Psoriasis Increase Odds for Type 2 Diabetes?

June 18, 2012

Joel Gelfand of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research that links psoriasis and diabetes.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 21, 2012

Penn Researchers’ Study of Phase Change Materials Could Lead to Better Computer Memory

PHILADELPHIA -- Memory devices for computers require a large collection of components that can switch between two states, which represent the 1’s and 0’s of binary language. Engineers hope to make next-generation chips with materials that distinguish between these states by physically rearranging their atoms into different phases.

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

Brothers in Arms: Commensal Bacteria Help Fight Viruses, According to Penn Study

Healthy humans harbor an enormous and diverse group of bacteria and other bugs that live within their intestines. These microbial partners provide beneficial aid in multiple ways – from helping digest food to the development of a healthy immune system.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183June 19, 2012

Psoriasis Increases Risk of Diabetes, Penn Study Shows

Psoriasis is an independent risk for Type 2 Diabetes, according to a new study by researchers with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, with the greatest risk seen in patients with severe psoriasis. Researchers estimate that an additional 115,500 people will develop diabetes each year due to the risk posed by psoriasis above and beyond conventional risk factors. The research is published in the latest issue of the Archives of Dermatology, a JAMA Network publication.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 15, 2012

Penn Researcher Looks at Infertility’s Impact on Women

PHILADELPHIA –- For a woman who is unable to bear children, the pain of infertility extends far into her everyday life and can impact her relationships with family and friends for years.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 12, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer Can Run but Not Hide From the Immune System, According to Penn Study

A study published this week in Cancer Cell from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania describes how pancreatic cancer cells produce a protein that attracts immune cells and tricks them into helping cancer cells grow. Blocking the protein may be also prove to be a new way to treat pancreatic cancer.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 11, 2012

Penn Welcomes African Visitors Through a State Department Program, Grassroots Democracy in the U.S.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education hosted 15 leaders from more than nine African countries for a conversation on public deliberation in the United States and how it can apply to communities in Africa.

The leaders came to learn more about U.S. organizations that increase civic engagement and citizen participation in democratic governance.

Audio: New Developments in DNA Sequencing

June 7, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses recent developments in DNA sequencing.

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