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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658July 11, 2011

A Change of Heart: Penn Researchers Reprogram Brain Cells to Become Heart Cells

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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Media Contact:Joy McIntyre | | 215-898-5074July 11, 2011

Two Penn Nursing Professors to Receive International Awards

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.

Fox Chase, Temple Health System Consider Affliation

July 11, 2011

Lawton Robert Burns of the Wharton School comments on freestanding hospitals, and Penn's Abramson Cancer Center is cited for its rise in stature.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Audio: Childhood Trauma Has Far-Reaching Effects

July 11, 2011

Steven Berkowitz of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the relationship between childhood trauma and behavioral and physical problems later in life.

Trial Puts Niacin –- and Cholesterol Dogma –- in the Line of Fire

July 7, 2011

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on HDL cholesterol.

Article Source: Nature Medicine

Eating Disorders Stalk Women Into Adulthood

July 6, 2011

David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on adults with eating disorders.

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Stars of David

July 6, 2011

President Amy Gutmann is featured for a New York Times profile, and Arthur Rubenstein is also mentioned for his retirement from the Perelman School of Medicine deanship.

Article Source: Jewish Exponent

The Then and Now of Memory

July 4, 2011

Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences and Gordon Baltuch, Brian Litt and Jeremy Manning of the Perelman School of Medicine are featured for their research on memory.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604July 7, 2011

Penn Researchers Show Single Drug and Soft Environment Can Increase Platelet Production

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.

Video: Penn Doctor’s Disabilities a Springboard to Helping Others

July 6, 2011

Margaret Stineman and Joel Streim of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how Dr. Stineman uses her personal disabilities to help others.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer