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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 14, 2014

Penn Vet’s Lisa Gretebeck Tackles Public Health Through Research and Outreach

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Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 14, 2014

Penn Researchers Successfully Alleviate Pulmonary Inflammation through Targeted Drug Delivery

Pulmonary inflammation can cause shallow breathing and the lungs to become brittle in patients who experience multiple blood transfusions, sepsis, lung surgery and acute lung trauma.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 10, 2014

New Penn Study Shows Drinking Alcohol, Even Light-to-Moderate Amounts, Provides No Heart Health Benefit

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 9, 2014

Penn Study Finds Living Kidney Donation Does Not Increase Risk of Death or Heart Disease for Older Adult Donors

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults.

Study: Small Percentage of Hepatitis C Patients Got Through Past Treatments

July 8, 2014

Baligh Yehia of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on studying hepatitis C treatment in the U.S.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 9, 2014

Penn to Lead $22.5 Million Project on Restoring Memory Loss

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Penn scientists and physicians will conduct fundamental research on the brain with the aim of developing "neuroprosthetic" devices for treating memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania will lead a four-year effort worth as much as $22.5 million to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in people who suffer from memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659July 7, 2014

Penn's Personalized Cellular Therapy for Leukemia Receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy Designation

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 30, 2014

Penn Immunologist to Co-direct $12 Million Grant to Study Hepatitis

John Wherry, PhD, an associate professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are co-directing a $12 million grant to study immune responses in people who have been effectively cured of hepatitis C viral infection with new, high-potency antiviral drugs.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 3, 2014

Penn Study: Computer-Automated, Time-Lapse Embryo Photography May Increase Success of In-Vitro Fertilization

Using computer-automated, time-lapse photography of embryos in the laboratory during in-vitro fertilization may improve embryo selection, potentially increasing the chances of pregnancy among women undergoing the procedure, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and five other fertility centers.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653July 2, 2014

Major Gaps in Hepatitis C Care Identified As New Drugs and Screening Efforts Emerge, Penn Study Finds

A new meta-analysis published online in PLOS ONE by infectious disease and epidemiology specialists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care that will prove useful as the U.S. health care system continues to see an influx of patients with the disease because of improved screening efforts and new, promising drugs.