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- Penn's Garret FitzGerald Elected to the Royal Irish Academy
31 May 2016
Garret A. FitzGerald, MD, FRS, director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and chair of the department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to the Royal Irish Academy.
- Penn Study Shows Female Smokers More Likely to Kick the Habit by 'Timing' their Quit Date with their Menstrual Cycle
31 May 2016
Women who want to quit smoking may have better success by carefully timing their quit date with optimal days within their menstrual cycle, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Identifying How Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection can Cause a Lethal Carcinoma
27 May 2016
A benign virus normally found in the skin can lead to a type of rare, lethal skin cancer. Specifically, infection by the Merkel cell polyomavirus can lead to Merkel cell carcinoma in immune-compromised individuals. Researchers have now identified a type of skin cell as the target of the virus in humans.
- Penn Receives "Grand Challenges Explorations" Grant to Study a More Comprehensive Diagnostic Tool for Tuberculosis
26 May 2016
The University of Pennsylvania has been named a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Penn Cell Biologist Awarded Genetics Society Medal
25 May 2016
Marisa Bartolomei, PhD, a professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and co-director of the Epigenetics Program in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2017 Genetics Society Medal. The award recognizes outstanding research contributions to genetics.
- Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center at ASCO
25 May 2016
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 2016 Annual Meeting from June 3 through June 7 in Chicago.
- Penn Medicine's Lynn Schuchter, MD, Part of International, Women-led Research Team Funded by Melanoma Research Alliance
25 May 2016
A global, multi-institutional research team that includes Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and program leader for the Abramson Cancer Center’s Melanoma Research Program, has received the L’Oreal Paris–MRA Team Science Award for Women in Scientific Research from the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research worldwide.
- Two Penn Medicine Pathologists Named to Society's "40 under Forty" List
24 May 2016
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has named two faculty members in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Kevin Alby, PhD and Roseann Wu, MD, to the society’s 2016 “40 under Forty” list.
- Rhythm of "Detox" and Feeding Genes in Fruitflies and Mice Coordinated by Neuropeptide, According to Penn Study
17 May 2016
A 24-hour rhythm of cellular detoxification in flies and mammals is coordinated by a neuropeptide that also drives feeding in both organisms, found a team led by Amita Sehgal, PhD, a professor of Neuroscience and director of the Chronobiology Program, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Perelman School of Medicine Graduation: From One Journey to the Next
13 May 2016
Medical students in the 2016 graduating class of the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) yet again stand out as the some of the most accomplished and well-rounded graduates in the country.
- Penn Medicine Hospitals Named "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by Human Rights Campaign
12 May 2016
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital were announced among the 2016 class of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality Index 2016” list.
- Penn Medicine Experts at the 2016 ACOG Annual Meeting
10 May 2016
Experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania will be presenting data on the latest advances in obstetrics and gynecology research and treatment at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting from May 14 – 17 in Washington, DC.
- Changing Default Prescription Settings in Electronic Medical Records Increased Prescribing Rates of Generic Drugs, Penn Medicine Study Finds
9 May 2016
A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, found that a simple change to prescription default options in electronic medical records immediately increased generic prescribing rates from 75 percent to 98 percent.
- Blood Thinners on "As Needed" Basis is Safe and Effective for Lowering Stroke Risk as Compared to Long-Term Use
6 May 2016
A new study shows the use of novel anticoagulants for AF prescribed on an "as-needed basis" guided by diligent pulse monitoring, can be a safe and effective alternative to lowering overall risk of stroke.
- Penn Researcher Calls for Changes to Increase Access to Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screening
6 May 2016
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aimed to increase access to CRC screening by not holding patients responsible for all costs of the procedure, yet current Medicare insurance beneficiaries lacking supplemental insurance may not be able to afford colon cancer screening and treatment. This policy disproportionally puts low-income Americans at risk and adds unnecessary strains on overall health care costs, according to a commentary in the May issue of the journal Gastroenterology.
- Penn Study Finds Moderate Sedation More Effective than General Anesthesia for TAVR Patients
6 May 2016
A new study finds the use of moderate sedation, in which patients do not need a breathing tube, leads to better clinical outcomes as compared to general anesthesia for patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
- Three Penn Students Named HHMI Medical Research Fellows
6 May 2016
Three graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania have been selected as Medical Research Fellows by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
- Next-Gen Electrodes: Proof-of-Concept Animal Study Shows that Flexible, Dissolvable Silicon Electronic Device Holds Promise for Brain Monitoring
5 May 2016
An implantable brain device that literally melts away at a pre-determined rate minimizes injury to tissue normally associated with standard electrode implantation, according to research led by a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Testing Non-Breast/Ovarian Cancer Genes in High-Risk Women Leaves More Questions than Answers, Penn Study Finds
5 May 2016
In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, a team led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) found that expanding the panel beyond the known breast/ovarian cancer-specific genes in these patients does not add any clinical benefit.
- Penn Medicine Dedicates the John Paul Pryor, MD, Shock Trauma and Resuscitation Unit in the Trauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
4 May 2016
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Penn leaders will welcome Pryor's family, friends – including military and congressional dignitaries – to celebrate the dedication of the John Paul Pryor, MD, Shock Trauma and Resuscitation Unit in the Trauma Center at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
- Penn Medicine Information Services Ranks Fourth in InformationWeek's Elite 100
3 May 2016
For the second year in a row, Penn Medicine has been ranked in the top 10 in this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100, an annual list of U.S. businesses from all industries that use innovative and leading information technologies to run their business.
- HIV Infections Drop, but U.S. Falls Short of National Goals
3 May 2016
The number of new HIV infections and the transmission rate in the United States dropped by 11 and 17 percent, respectively, between 2010 and 2015, but fell short of the goals put forth by President Obama’s U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported this week in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
- Penn-Coordinated Study Confirms Long-Term Benefit of Anti-VEGF Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
2 May 2016
Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of major vision loss in older people, still show benefits from a new class of therapy -- originally developed to treat cancer -- after long-term treatment.
- Quieting Cells' Low-Oxygen Alarm Stops Flare-ups in Rare Bone Disorder, Penn Animal Study Finds
2 May 2016
Scientists from the Center for Research in FOP and Related Disorders at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues examined the critical role of tissue hypoxia, or oxygen starvation, in the induction and amplification of FOP lesions, also called flare-ups.