PHILADELPHIA — For the past decade, researchers have tried to reprogram the identity of all kinds of cell types. Heart cells are one of the most sought-after cells in regenerative medicine because researchers anticipate that they may help to repair injured hearts by replacing lost tissue. Now, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are the first to demonstrate the direct conversion of a non-heart cell type into a heart cell by RNA transfer.
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PHILADELPHIA – Eileen Sullivan-Marx will receive the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice and Martha Curley will receive the Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research. Both are faculty members in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Lawton Robert Burns of the Wharton School comments on freestanding hospitals, and Penn's Abramson Cancer Center is cited for its rise in stature.
Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on HDL cholesterol.
PHILADELPHIA — Humans produce billions of clot-forming platelets every day, but there are times when there aren’t enough of them, such as with certain diseases or during invasive surgery. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a single drug can induce bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes to quadruple the number of platelets they produce.
Margaret Stineman and Joel Streim of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how Dr. Stineman uses her personal disabilities to help others.