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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 11, 2010

Charles O’Brien Receives Institute of Medicine's 2010 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health

The Institute of Medicine today awarded the 2010 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to two scientists — Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD, the Kenneth Appel Professor of Psychiatry and vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and Eric J.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 11, 2010

Institute of Medicine Elects Four New Members From Penn

Four professors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine. Three of the four new inductees are women.

The new members bring Penn's total to 76, out of a total active membership of 1,649.

Overall, the IOM named 65 new members this year and foreign associates.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 8, 2010

Penn’s Center for Tech Transfer Wins Award for Industry/University/Government Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer has been honored with a Deal of Distinction Award by the Licensing Executive Society (USA and Canada) Inc.

The award was given for a collaborative research agreement forged earlier this year by Penn and pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca that will make use of academic and private-industry resources to generate new Alzheimer’s disease drug candidates for clinical development.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 8, 2010

Penn Team: Three-Way Control of Fetal Heart-Cell Proliferation Could Help Regenerate Cardiac Cells

Heart muscle cells do not normally replicate in adult tissue, but multiply with abandon during development. This is why the loss of heart muscle after a heart attack is so dire—you can’t grow enough new heart muscle to make up for the loss.

Computerizing Care Can Have Unexpected Consequences

October 4, 2010

Brian Strom of the School of Medicine leads a study on electronic medical record implementation.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Gene Test Aims for Better Heart Disease Detection

October 5, 2010

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine comments on new heart disease detection technology.

Article Source: Associated Press

Developer of In Vitro Fertilization Wins Nobel

October 5, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses the implications of in vitro fertilization in light of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards's Nobel Prize win.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 6, 2010

Penn Study: Following Traumatic Event, Early Intervention Reduces Children's PTSD Odds by 73 Percent

After experiencing a potentially traumatic event – a car accident, a physical or sexual assault, a sports injury, witnessing violence – as many as 1 in 5 children will develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 6, 2010

First Clinical Trial Exploring Effects of a New, Immune System-Based Agent in Advanced Melanoma

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Immunocore Limited, Oxford, UK, today announced that a targeted agent that may have a role in treating advanced metastatic melanoma in the future has received Investigational New Drug (IND) approval and is opening enrollment for clinical trials in the UK and USA.

Click here to view the full release.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 5, 2010

National Institutes of Health Honors Two Penn Researchers With 2010 New Innovator Awards

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania researchers Ritesh Agarwal and Patrick Seale have been honored with the New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health, providing each with $1.5 million to support their research for five years.