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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 16, 2014

Penn Medicine: Unraveling Misfolded Molecules Using "Reprogrammed" Yeast Protein Could Lead to New Brain Disease Therapies

At the heart of brain diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease is protein misfolding, in which distorted proteins are unable to perform their normal functions. At present, there is no known way to reverse protein misfolding.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 16, 2014

Penn Medicine: Silencing Inhibitor of Cell Replication Spurs Insulin-producing Beta Cells to Reproduce

Klaus Kaestner, PhD, professor of Genetics and postdoctoral fellow Dana Avrahami, PhD, from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, published a study this week in the Journal of Clinical Inve

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 16, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Finds No Significant Differences Between Commonly Used Carotid Stenting Systems in U.S.

A study conducted by researchers from several institutions, including the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has found similarly low rates of complication and death among U.S. patients who are treated with the three most common systems for placing stents in blocked carotid arteries of the neck.

Early Gene Therapy Trial for Blindness Promising

January 15, 2014

Jean Bennett of the Perelman School of Medicine shares her thoughts on a new study using gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness.

Article Source: Associated Press

Penn Professor Overcomes Odds, Uses Community Research to Study HIV

January 15, 2014

Bridgette Brawner of the School of Nursing is featured for studying HIV.

Phila. Museum Samples Give Insight Into Modern-day Cholera Strains

January 15, 2014

Jun Zhu of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “We always suspected that the classical strain caused all those pandemics.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn’s Scheie Eye Institute Explores Treatment to Slow Degenerative Disorder

Right now, patients with keratoconus, a degenerative disease of the cornea that affects one in every 2,000 Americans, don’t have very many treatment options. 

Why Sleep Is More Important Than You Think

January 13, 2014

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the dangers of short-changing sleep.

Article Source: Boston Globe

Check Up: Penn Researchers Back Graphic Antismoking Labels

January 12, 2014

Daniel Langleben of the Perelman School of Medicine and Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center contribute their thoughts on the effect of graphic anti-smoking labels.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Goodnight. Sleep Clean.

January 11, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how “restless nights disturb the brain’s normal metabolism.”

Article Source: New York Times