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Penn Chemists Develop Motion Capture-like Technology for Tracking Protein Shape
February 12, 2018
In many modern animated movies, the trick to achieving realistic movements for individual characters and objects lies in motion-capture technology. This process often involves someone wearing a tracking suit covered in small, colored balls while a camera captures the position of those colored balls, which is then used to represent how the person is moving.
Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel Named $1M 2018 Dan David Prize Laureate
February 7, 2018
Globally renowned bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, the University of Pennsylvania’s Vice Provost of Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn, has been named a 2018 Dan David Prize Laureate. Emanuel will receive the award at the Dan David Prize Award Ceremony May 6, at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Penn Researchers Prove That Precisely Timed Brain Stimulation Improves Memory
February 6, 2018
The Restoring Active Memory program, led by Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences, is one step closer to its goal of creating a fully implantable neural monitoring and stimulation system. The team, which includes researcher Youssef Ezzyat, has shown that precisely timed electrical stimulation to the left side of the brain can reliably and significantly enhance learning and memory performance by as much as 15 percent.
Penn Vet Study Uncovers Therapeutic Targets for Aggressive Triple-negative Breast Cancers
February 2, 2018
As part of a breast-cancer diagnosis, doctors analyze the tumor to determine which therapies might best attack the malignancy. But for patients whose cancer is triple-negative — that is, lacking receptors for estrogen, progesterone and Her2 — the options for treatment dwindle. Triple-negative cancers, or TNBC, also tend to be more aggressive than other cancer subtypes.
Penn-led Team Uncovers the Physiology Behind the Hour-long Mating Call of Midshipman Fish
January 12, 2018
According to the Guinness World Records, the longest any person has held a continuous vocal note is just shy of two minutes. That’s quite an achievement. Compared to the Pacific midshipman fish, however, the endurance of the human vocal cord is no match. Midshipman fish can generate a mating call that emits continuously from their bodies for a full hour.
Weekly Fish Consumption Linked to Better Sleep, Higher IQ, Penn Study Finds
December 21, 2017
Regular fish consumption has been shown to improve cognition. It’s also been known to help with sleep. A new study, conducted by Jianghong Liu, Jennifer Pinto-Martin and Alexandra Hanlon of the School of Nursing and PIK Professor Adrian Raine, connects all three for the first time. The research team found that children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQs by an average of 4 points.
FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Developed by Penn and CHOP
December 19, 2017
In a historic move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a gene therapy initially developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the treatment of a rare, inherited form of retinal blindness. The decision marks the nation’s first gene therapy approved for the treatment of a genetic disease, and the first in which a new, corrective gene is injected directly into a patient.
New Penn Method of Stabilizing Peptides Opens the Door to Better Therapeutic and Imaging Techniques
December 6, 2017
For many people with advanced Type 2 diabetes, taking insulin is a regular part of their routine, helping them control their blood sugar by signaling the metabolism of glucose. But recently, researchers have been investigating GLP-1, a peptide that gets activated when people eat, triggering insulin through a more natural pathway.
Mitchell and Margo Blutt Endow Professorships at Three Penn Schools
December 5, 2017
Mitchell J. Blutt, C’78, M’82, WG’87, and Margo Krody Blutt have made a gift of $4.5 million, including matching funds, to endow three Presidential Professorships across the University of Pennsylvania. The Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Professorships will be held by faculty members in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, and the Wharton School. Presidential Professorships are awarded to exceptional scholars, at any rank, who contribute to faculty eminence through diversity. 
Penn Researchers Develop an Injectable Gel that Helps Heart Muscle Regenerate after a Heart Attack
November 29, 2017
In mammals, including humans, the cells that contract the heart muscle and enable it to beat do not regenerate after injury. After a heart attack, there is a dramatic loss of these heart muscle cells and those that survive cannot effectively replicate. With fewer of these contractile cells, known as cardiomyocytes, the heart pumps less blood with each beat, leading to the increased mortality associated with heart disease.