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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-459-0544July 19, 2011

Penn Study Finds a Genetic Basis for Muscle Endurance in Animal Study

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a gene for endurance, or more precisely, a negative regulator of it. Not having the gene relates to greater endurance in the knockout mice that were studied. The investigators also showed that the gene is linked to Olympic-level athletes in endurance sports such as swimming compared to athletes in sprint sports such as the 100-meter dash. The study appears online this week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183July 19, 2011

Penn Study: A Single Traumatic Brain Injury May Prompt Long-Term Neurodegeneration

Years after a single traumatic brain injury (TBI), survivors still show changes in their brains. In a new study, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest that Alzheimer's disease-like neurodegeneration may be initiated or accelerated following a single traumatic brain injury, even in young adults.

New Global Model of Alzheimer’s Risk Suggests a 25 Percent Reduction in Presumed Risk Factors Could Lower Alzheimer’s Cases by 3 Million Worldwide

July 19, 2011

Susanne Steinberg of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for her research on Alzheimer’s risk factors.

Stem Cell Clinics Ripping Off Patients, Bully Scientists

July 18, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine contributes his views on scientists being bullied by stem cell clinics.

Article Source: MSNBC.com

Rejected Blood Donor Wants to Sue Over Faulty ‘Gaydar’

July 18, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “I think the policy about homosexuality [and blood donations] is not grounded in science but remains grounded in bias.”

Article Source: ABC News

Kids Safer With Grandparents Behind the Wheel

July 18, 2011

Fred Henretig of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about children being safer while driven by grandparents.

Article Source: CNN

Audio: Philly Jazz Saxophonist Odean Pope

July 15, 2011

Christos Ballas of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses bipolar disorder treatment.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Botswana-UPenn Partnership Celebrating 10 Years

Ten years ago, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership began as a program training doctors and nurses treating HIV/AIDS patients. Now it also includes research, additional academic opportunities and telemedicine.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 14, 2011

Penn Researchers Find Neural Signature of ‘Mental Time Travel’

PHILADELPHIA — Almost everyone has experienced one memory triggering another, but explanations for that phenomenon have proved elusive. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have provided the first neurobiological evidence that memories formed in the same context become linked, the foundation of the theory of episodic memory.

Health-Reform Efforts Are Overlooking Fraud

July 14, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his views on electronic medical records.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer