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Penn Medicine and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Welcome to Penn Medicine’s information site for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This site provides information on both the continuing opportunities within the ARRA and our performance to date. The site incorporates specific funding announcements and other opportunities, as well as outcomes for grants we have obtained through the ARRA, including selected profiles of our grantees.

Federal stimulus dollars represent a significant new way for our physicians and scientists to develop their innovative ideas. In addition to creating leading edge biomedical knowledge, this additional funding provides much needed support for the creation of jobs and support for trainees in the biomedical research field.

Despite shortened deadlines and turn-around times for ARRA grant submissions, Penn faculty have and continue to develop numerous collaborations across traditional lines of specialization through these awards. Penn’s ARRA projects create new foundations of basic science and address the essential translation of these observations to clinical applications and therapies.

Thus, the ARRA funds allocated through NIH will play a pivotal role in advancing new therapies and, hopefully, cures for diseases and ailments that touch the lives of millions of Americans.  We are grateful and honored to be at the forefront of this effort.

Thank you for your interest in Penn Medicine and our role in both the ARRA and advancing biomedical research.

Glen N. Gaulton, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer


Bruce Sachais, MD, PhD Discusses His Lab's Research at Penn Medicine

Understanding platelet proteins' role in heart disease with Bruce Sachais, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Director of Transfusion Services, HUP. When the body is bruised or cut, blood platelets take over to help repair vessels, skin, and other tissues. But there is increasing evidence that this activation of platelets plays a role in the build up of fatty deposits on blood vessel walls called atherosclerosis, which leads to heart attacks and strokes. A platelet protein called PF4 has been implicated in this process. The team aims to find out how PF4 promotes atherosclerosis and suggest potential ways to intervene.

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