News Releases



New Leadership Team Named for The University of Pennsylvania Health System
February 17, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- A new leadership team has been named for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, according to an announcement today (Feb. 17) by University President Judith Rodin. She said that Peter G. Traber, M.D., chair of the department of medicine, has agreed to become the interim dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of the Medical Center and the Health System until "...we undertake a thorough, formal search for permanent leadership."
Institute for Human Gene Therapy Responds to FDA
February 14, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- The Institute for Human Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania today (Feb. 14) filed its response to Inspectional Observations made by the Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 18, 2000, as the result of its investigation into the death of Jesse Gelsinger, an 18-year-old with a rare metabolic disease who was participating in an experimental gene therapy trial for the disease known as ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, an inherited disorder that in its most common form causes death in affected newborn males due to a genetic defect in the liver.
Patrick T. Harker Named Dean of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania
February 7, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Patrick T. Harker, a distinguished member of the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 15 years, has been named dean of the school, according to an announcement today (Feb. 8) by University President Judith Rodin. The appointment will become effective upon confirmation by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania on Feb. 18, 2000.
William H. Danforth Will Chair Independent Review of Oversight and Monitoring of Clinical Trials at the Institute for Human Gene Therapy at The University of Pennsylvania
February 2, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- William H. Danforth, M.D., chancellor emeritus and vice chair of the board of trustees at Washington University in St. Louis, will serve as chair of an independent review panel that will conduct a comprehensive review of oversight and monitoring of clinical trials at the Institute for Human Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, according to President Judith Rodin.
Christopher H. Browne Makes $10 Million Gift to The University of Pennsylvania
January 28, 2000
PHILADELPHIA - Christopher H. Browne, chairman of the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, has made a gift of $10 million to the University, according to an announcement today by University President Judith Rodin. The gift will be used to fund five professorships to be known as the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professors in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Statement in Response to FDA Action
January 21, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- The Institute for Human Gene Therapy (IHGT) at the University of Pennsylvania was notified today (Jan. 21) by the FDA that the agency was suspending eight Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs) previously issued to IHGT and pursuant to which IHGT was conducting five active clinical trials in cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma, melanoma and breast cancer, muscular dystrophy and glioma. In its letter, the FDA said that it took this action in light of its recent inspection related to the OTC clinical trial.
Presidential Committee Will Review Research Using Human Subjects at The University of Pennsylvania
January 14, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania Provost Robert L. Barchi, M.D., Ph.D., will chair a 10-person committee of distinguished members of the Penn faculty named today (Jan. 14) by University President Judith Rodin to review "...carefully and completely..." all aspects of Penn's research using human subjects.
Penn Names New Vice President for Finance
January 11, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- Craig Carnaroli, Director of the Health Care Finance Department at Merrill Lynch & Co., has been named Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at the University of Pennsylvania by Executive Vice President John A. Fry.
University of Pennsylvania Professor Ian McHarg Awarded The Science and Technology Foundation's Japan Prize
December 20, 1999
PHILADELPHIA--Ian L. McHarg, an Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the Japan Prize in city planning. He and his wife will travel to Tokyo in April 2000 to receive the award.
Penn Police to Launch New Public Safety Institute
December 7, 1999
PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety is accepting applications for enrollment in the new Penn Public Safety Institute (PPSI), an intensive, 12-week course designed to introduce the University community to Penn's extensive public safety services and programs.