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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.

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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.

In Vitro Pioneer Wins Nobel

October 5, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the pioneer of in vitro fertilization.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Researchers Seek New Tools to Flag Concussions

October 5, 2010

Douglas Smith and Kristin Hamann of the School of Medicine and Center for Brain Injury and Repair and Shu Yang and Kacy Cullen of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are cited for research on concussions.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer