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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 2, 2012

Penn Vet Added to United Way's List of Approved Charities

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been added to the list of United Way charities to which individuals in the Philadelphia area may donate as part of a workplace campaign.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 2, 2012

Penn Study Finds Control of Pituitary Hormone Outside of Brain Has Implications for Breast Cancer

PHILADELPHIA — The hormone prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and then travels via the bloodstream to cells throughout the body, where it exerts multiple reproductive and metabolic effects, most notably on the breast where it is the master regulator of lactation. In recent years researchers have found that prolactin is also produced by some tissues outside the brain, however little is known about the functions of extra-pituitary prolactin or how its production is regulated in these tissues.

Check Up: Studying Women’s Mood Disorders

October 1, 2012

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the new Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2012

Penn Researchers Connect Baboon Personalities to Social Success and Health Benefits

PHILADELPHIA — Whether human or baboon, it helps to have friends. For both species, studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has helped show that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes, and, like people, some baboons’ personalities are better suited to making and keeping friends than others.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 28, 2012

Penn Immunologists Find a Molecule That Puts the Brakes on Inflammation

PHILADELPHIA — We couldn’t live without our immune systems, always tuned to detect and eradicate invading pathogens and particles. But sometimes the immune response goes overboard, triggering autoimmune diseases like lupus, asthma or inflammatory bowel disease.

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has now identified a crucial signaling molecule involved in counterbalancing the immune system attack.

How to Use Optimism to Defeat Adversity

September 26, 2012

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research about optimism.

Article Source: Forbes
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 26, 2012

Penn Researcher Part of $1.5 Million Grant to Reduce Gene Sequencing Costs

PHILADELPHIA — A collaboration between researchers at Columbia University and Marija Drndić of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant for a project aimed at reducing the cost of genome sequencing. The grant was made by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 26, 2012

Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research Hosts Annual Field of Dreams Luncheon

PHILADELPHIA –- The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host its second annual Field of Dreams Luncheon Friday, Oct. 12, at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369September 26, 2012

Penn Medicine Receives NIH Grant to Launch New Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a new translational interdisciplinary research center to explore the role of sex and gender in behavioral health.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369September 25, 2012

Penn Medicine Receives $7.7 Million Grant From Department of Defense to Study PTSD

PHILADELPHIA – A team of researchers led by Edna Foa PhD, professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania , has received a $7.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study the most effective way to implement Prolonged Exposure ther