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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 14, 2009

Antidepressants May Change Personality, Leading to Reduced Depression, Says Penn Collaboration

PHILADELPHIA –- Examining data obtained from a University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University psychology study, researchers at these universities and Northwestern University have reported the first placebo-controlled evidence that antidepressant medications—particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs—can substantially change patients’ personalities. The personality changes also appeared to be linked to long-term improvements in mood.

BBC Film Exposes Problems With Purebreds

December 11, 2009
James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine provides expert insight for the documentary film “Pedigree Dogs Exposed.”
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151December 11, 2009

Researchers Say Cooperation Is Key to Reducing Greenhouse Gases

 

PHILADELPHIA — A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Delaware shows that cooperation between local and regional governments and organizations is crucial to achieve carbon-reduction goals being negotiated in the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties, or COP15, summit.

The findings are presented in a new position paper presented at the summit, “An Urban Agenda for the New Climate,” from Penn’s T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies and the University of Delaware Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, or CEEP.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2009

Penn, Georgia Collaboration Awarded $14.6 Million to Expand Pathogen Database, Expedite Worldwide Research

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia have been awarded a five-year, $14.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the US National Institutes of Health, to expand and extend work on the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource, http://EuPathDB.org. This revolutionary open database enables scientists to examine genes, genomes, isolates, and other attributes related to a variety of important human pathogens.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2009
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