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Penn Researchers Identify New Target, Develop New Drug for Cancer Therapies
September 20, 2017
Opening up a new pathway to fight cancer, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a way to target an enzyme that is crucial to tumor growth while also blocking the mechanism that has made past attempts to target that enzyme resistant to treatment. Researchers were able to use this finding to develop a drug that successfully inhibits tumor growth of melanoma as well as pancreatic and colorectal cancer in mice. The journal Cancer Discovery published the findings online this month.
Penn Medicine Physiology Postdoctoral Researcher Named Hanna Gray Fellow
September 19, 2017
Chantell Evans, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as one of 15 early-career scientists in its first cohort of HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows.
New Coursera Offering From Penn Explores Ties Between Medicine and Dentistry
September 19, 2017
By Erica Andersen Dentists and physicians practice health care from different perspectives, however, the oral and general health of their patients are of primary importance to both types of providers. A new online course taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty seeks to highlight the inextricable connections between the two professions.
Penn’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter Awarded $22.6 Million NSF Grant
September 18, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has been awarded a six-year, $22.6 million center grant from the National Science Foundation to support LRSM’s work in cutting-edge materials.
Penn Researchers Focus on Optimizing Mental Health Treatments Using Big Data
September 15, 2017
What if with the click of a button, a clinician could improve and personalize a patient’s treatment for a mental illness like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or panic disorder? That’s the goal of a new data tournament created by Robert DeRubeis and Zachary Cohen of the University of Pennsylvania that will start in October and run through March.
Four Pennsylvania Higher-ed Institutions to Launch ‘Foster Care to College’ Programs Backed by Field Center at Penn
September 12, 2017
To help college-bound youth who have lived in foster care Cabrini University, Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University and West Chester University have partnered with the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania to launch the initial phases of “Foster Care to College” programs across the region.
Penn Experts Offer Advice Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma
September 12, 2017
Following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, two of the strongest in recent memory, experts from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Wharton Risk Management Center and others across the University offered advice on how to help from Philly, what risks people in affected areas still face and how cities might prevent dire consequences in the future.
George Demiris Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor
September 12, 2017
George Demiris has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 22nd Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor. The appointment, announced by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett, will be effective Jan. 1.  
Penn Undergrad Examines Borderline Personality Disorder, Impulsive Decision-Making
September 5, 2017
This summer, Christeen Samuel, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania from New York City, spent 10 weeks in western Germany using technology to observe how the brain changes when a person makes an impulsive, aggressive choice, such as road rage.
Penn Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Driven by Desire to ‘Make Someone Whole Again’
August 29, 2017
When he’s not busy in the clinic, Shanti, who joined Penn’s School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor last year, is devoting energy in the lab to better understand what drives oral cancers and to design new structures that will more effectively replace the tissues his patients lose during surgery, whether due to cancerous or benign tumors, trauma or inflammatory conditions.