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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 3, 2013

Penn Medicine: Adding to the List of Disease-Causing Proteins in Brain Disorders

PHILADELPHIA — A multi-institution group of researchers has found new candidate disease proteins for neurodegenerative disorders. James Shorter, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Paul Taylor, M.D., PhD, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and colleagues describe in an advanced online publication of Nature that mutations in prion-like segments of two RNA-binding proteins are associated with a rare inherited degeneration disorder affecting muscle, brain, motor neurons and bone (called multisystem proteinopathy) and one case of the familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Sleep and Exercise: Vigorous Exercisers Report the Best Sleep, Poll Says

March 4, 2013

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how exercise can improve sleep quality.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

‘Contagious’ Explains Secret Behind Infectious Ideas

March 5, 2013

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School is interviewed about his new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

Article Source: USA Today

Experts Want More Studies of Diet’s Role for the Heart

March 2, 2013

J. Sanford Schwartz and Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about diets.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Stephen MacCarthy | smaccar@upenn.edu | 215-898-8722February 28, 2013

Penn Campaign Raises $4.3 Billion, Transforming the University

After seven years of widespread support and alumni participation, the University of Pennsylvania culminated its Making History Campaign, raising $4.3 billion, strengthening Penn’s position among the world’s foremost universities and making major breakthroughs in addressing society’s most complex challenges, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today.

Audio: Penn Researcher’s Discovery Could Lead to Better Cancer Treatment

February 27, 2013

Dennis Discher of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the development a protein that could lead to better cancer treatment.

Article Source: Newsworks
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658February 25, 2013

Penn Medicine: Tweaking Gene Expression to Repair Lungs

PHILADELPHIA — Lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are on the rise, according to the American Lung Association and the National Institutes of Health.

These ailments are chronic, affect the small airways of the lung, and are thought to involve an injury-repair cycle that leads to the breakdown of normal airway structure and function. For now, drugs for COPD treat only the symptoms.

Check Up: Study Seeks New Insight on Sleep and Diet

February 25, 2013

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for leading a study on sleep and diet.

Article Source: Philly.com

Penn Scientists Use Protein Fragments to ‘Fool’ the Immune System and Deliver Cancer Drugs

February 22, 2013

Dennis Discher of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted for leading a research team in developing a way to deliver cancer drugs.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151February 22, 2013

Paul Mitchell: At Penn, Four Years of Looking at the Past

Paul Mitchell’s deep interest in anthropology and in exploring human evolution and variation was sparked by his first course in the fall of 2009 during his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania.