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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 25, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine’s Dana Graves to Receive IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Award

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Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease.

Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguis

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 24, 2014

Penn Research Lends New Insights on Conditions for New Blood Vessel Formation

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Researchers at Penn have uncovered the existence of a threshold above which fluid flowing through blood vessel walls causes new capillaries to sprout

Angiogenesis, the sprouting of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is essential to the body’s development. As organs grow, vascular networks must grow with them to feed new cells and remove their waste. The same process, however, also plays a critical role in the onset and progression of many cancers, as it allows the rapid growth of tumors.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151June 23, 2014

Penn Student Learns About Intercultural Communications Through Study Abroad

For Ingred Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, some of her most enriching experiences have occurred through opportunities to study and explore abroad.

Who’s Your Daddy? Study on Genetic Testing Says Parents Don’t Need to Know

June 23, 2014

Autumn Fiester of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about co-authoring research on genetic testing.

Article Source: Aljazeera America
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964June 19, 2014

Penn Study Reveals a Common Genetic Link in Fatal Autoimmune Skin Disease

Autoimmune disease occurs when the body's own natural defense system rebels against itself.  One example is pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a blistering skin disease in which autoantibodies attack desmoglein 3 (Dsg3), the protein that binds together skin cells. 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 19, 2014

Diabetes Susceptibility Gene Regulates Health of Cell's Powerhouse, Penn Study Finds

A team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that a susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of the cell’s energy factory. They report their findings this week in Cell.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 19, 2014

Penn Study: Genomic "Dark Matter" of Embryonic Lungs Controls Proper Development of Airways

It’s a long way from DNA to RNA to protein, and only about two percent of a person’s genome is eventually converted into proteins.

In Single Gene, a Path to Fight Heart Attacks

June 18, 2014

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about going beyond the use of statins in reducing heart attack risk.

Article Source: New York Times

Pros, Cons to Dissolving Lung Clots: Study

June 17, 2014

Jay Giri of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on patients who might be at less risk for bleeding from clot-busting drugs.

Article Source: HealthDay
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660June 17, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Shows "Clot-Busting" Drugs Reduce Deaths from Pulmonary Embolism by Nearly Half

Bringing clarity to a decades-long debate, a national team of researchers led by experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that adding clot-busting medications known as thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating sudden-onset pulmonary embolism patients is associated with 47