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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 18, 2014

Penn Study: Exercise Boosts Tumor-fighting Ability of Chemotherapy

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Video: Health: Local Doctors Discover New Way to Light Up Hard to Find Cancer

September 17, 2014

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Sunil Singhal comments on studying how to make tumors glow in order to find cancer.

Article Source: CBS3 (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653September 17, 2014

Penn Medicine and Wistar Receive $12 Million NCI Melanoma Grant to Help Fast Track Lab Discoveries into Treatments

Penn Medicine and The Wistar Institute have been awarded a prestigious $12.1 million SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658September 17, 2014

Penn Muscle Institute Biologists Receive $9 Million to Research Cellular Motors

Researchers in the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute (PMI), based at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have received $9 million over the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the biology of cellular motors.

Risks of Twins, Triplets May Prompt IVF Patients to Opt for Singletons

September 16, 2014

Research from the Perelman School of Medicine’s Pooja Mehta and Mark Pauly of the Wharton School is cited.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 17, 2014

Penn Engineer Danielle Bassett Receives 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

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Bassett will receive a five-year, $625,000, no-strings-attached grant. She is being recognized for her research that uses network science to better understand on how the brain can learn and adapt.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday that the University of Pennsylvania’s Danielle S. Bassett has been selected as a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

Advances in Biology and the Web Are Radically Altering Cancer Trials

September 15, 2014

Amy Clark, Robert Vonderheide, Angela DeMichele and Martha Sweeney of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about new advances for cancer clinical trials.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Fears Rise of Medication Misuse by the Elderly

September 14, 2014

David Oslin of the Perelman School of Medicine says the misuse of medications “is a rising problem in seniors as the baby-boom generation ages.”

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658September 11, 2014

Penn Medicine: Zebrafish Model of a Learning and Memory Disorder Shows Better Way to Target Treatment

Using a zebrafish model of a human genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF1), a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that the learning and memory components of the disorder are distinct features that will likely need different treatment approaches.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937September 11, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Reveals Profile of Patients Most Likely to Delay Hospice Enrollment Until Final Days of Life

One in six cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.