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- Penn Study Finds Cell Division Sign Posts for Chromosomes Along Microtubule Highway
21 May 2015
A system within cells that guides how chromosomes move during cell division was discovered by researchers led by co-senior authors Ekaterina Grishchuk, PhD, an assistant professor of Physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Helder Maiato, from the Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
- Penn Women's Behavioral Health Physician Graduates from Prestigious Women in Medicine Leadership Program
21 May 2015
C. Neill Epperson, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, recently graduated from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University’s College of Medicine.
- Perelman School of Medicine Cuts Ribbon to Unveil New Henry A. Jordan Medical Education Center
15 May 2015
On Friday, alumni, donors, students, faculty, and leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman School of Medicine will gather at the Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially unveil the new medical education space.
- Penn Medicine's Howard Herrmann, MD Receives Top Designation from Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
15 May 2015
Howard Herrmann, MD, a professor of Medicine and Surgery, and director of the Interventional Cardiology Program and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named to the new class of Master Fellows of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (MSCAI), the professional medical society for adult and pediatric invasive/interventional cardiologists.
- Giving HOPE: U.S. Has Nearly 400 HIV-Positive Potential Organ Donors, Penn Study Finds
14 May 2015
In the first-of-its-kind study since the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act), which lifted the ban on organ donations from one HIV-positive person to another, Penn Medicine researchers report on the quality of these organs and how their use might impact the country’s organ shortage.
- Penn Study Finds that Various Financial Incentives Help Smokers Quit
13 May 2015
Four different financial incentive programs, each worth roughly 800 dollars over six months, all help more smokers kick the habit than providing free access to behavioral counseling and nicotine replacement therapy. Further, the way in which equally-sized payouts are structured influences their effectiveness.
- Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center at the American Society of Clinical Oncology
13 May 2015
Researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania will be presenting data on the latest advances in cancer research and treatment at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2015 Annual Meeting from May 29 through June 2 in Chicago.
- Two Penn Medicine Physicians Receive American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Awards
11 May 2015
Two physicians in the division of Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be presented Crystal Awards by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
- Most Women are Unaware of New Guidelines for Pap Test Frequency, Penn Medicine Study Reveals
8 May 2015
Women know that Pap tests are a useful screening test for cervical cancer, but according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, most of those surveyed are unaware of the updated screening guidelines for the appropriate frequency of Pap tests in low-risk women.
- Penn Team Finds Protein "Cement" that Stabilizes the Crossroad of Chromosomes
7 May 2015
A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published in Science this week describes how the centromere is stabilized during replication.
- Penn Medicine Study Reveals Why Almost Half of At-Risk Patients Opt Out of Comprehensive Multiplex Cancer Screening
7 May 2015
Some at-risk patients opted out of comprehensive cancer gene screening when presented with the opportunity to be tested for the presence of genes linked to various cancers, according to a recent study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Basser Center for BRCA in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.
- Female Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need More Contraceptive Guidance, Penn Medicine Study Finds
6 May 2015
Only half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Plant Toxin Causes Biliary Atresia in Animal Model, According to Penn Study
6 May 2015
A study in this week’s Science Translational Medicine is a classic example of how seemingly unlikely collaborators can come together to make surprising discoveries. An international team of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, natural products chemists, and veterinarians, working with zebrafish models and mouse cell cultures have discovered that a chemical found in Australian plants provides insights into the cause of a rare and debilitating disorder affecting newborns.
- Penn Study Indicates that Gene Therapy Efficacy for LCA is Dynamic: Improvement is Followed by Decline in Vision
4 May 2015
Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes loss of night- and day-vision starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight within weeks of treatment in a clinical trial of 15 children and adults at the Scheie Eye Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Off-Label Use of Device to Prevent Stroke in A-Fib Patients is Prevalent and Potentially Dangerous, According to Penn Medicine Study
4 May 2015
The Lariat device, which has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for soft tissue approximation (placement of a suture) during surgical procedures, is associated with a significant incidence of death and urgent cardiac surgery during its frequent off-label use to prevent stroke in patients with the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.
- Penn Medicine Researchers Receive 7.5 Million Dollars to Expand HIV Gene Therapy Work
4 May 2015
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) have been awarded 7.5 million dollars over five years from the National Institutes of Health to initiate a multi-project HIV study investigating a new gene therapy approach to render immune cells of HIV positive patients resistant to the virus.
- Penn Medicine at the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Meeting 2015
1 May 2015
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania clinicians and researchers will be presenting compelling talks and study results on emerging issues in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology during ACOG 2015, in San Francisco, May 2-6, 2015.
- Penn Medicine Information Services Ranks in Top 10 of InformationWeek's Elite 100
30 Apr 2015
Penn Medicine’s Information Services team has been ranked among the top 10 of all entries and first among health care entrants in this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100, an annual list of the best U.S.-based users of business technology for its implementation and use of PennSeek, a self-service, web-based data discovery platform.
- NIH Awards 8 Million Dollar Renewal to Penn Medicine's Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
30 Apr 2015
The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed its funding to the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, for the next five years.
- Medical Education Risks Becoming Two-Tiered Unless Strong Research Focus is Preserved, Argue Philadelphia Medical Leaders
29 Apr 2015
For more than 100 years, exposing students to basic and clinical research has been an essential component of a medical school education in the United States. However, today, new models of medical education in which research plays a minimal role are likely to create a two-tiered system of education, decrease the physician-scientist pipeline and diminish the application of scientific advances to patient care.
- Penn-Sponsored Million Dollar Bike Ride to Raise Awareness about Rare Diseases
28 Apr 2015
The second annual Million Dollar Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, to support research and raise awareness about rare diseases.
- Puentes de Salud Opens New Center on Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Campus
24 Apr 2015
Puentes de Salud – “Bridges of Health” – will open its doors on Saturday at a new Philadelphia facility that will be a permanent home for the program’s longstanding efforts to provide low-cost primary care and a range of educational and social services to the city’s Latino immigrants.
- Six Perelman School of Medicine Faculty Members Win PCORI Contracts for Comparative Effectiveness Studies
24 Apr 2015
Four researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be awarded a total of nearly 30 million dollars in research funding contracts by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
- Higher-level Occupations May Increase Survival in Patients with a Common Form of Early-onset Dementia, Finds New Penn Medicine Research
22 Apr 2015
Doctors, lawyers and other “high level” professionals may have a built-in survival edge if they’re diagnosed with the disease frontotemporal dementia (FTD), according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.