Genes Hold the Key to Our Heart

August 5, 2010

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine discusses a breakthrough cardiac gene discovery.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Scientists Trumpet Discovery of Cholesterol Genes, but Hold the Champagne

August 6, 2010

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine says a genome scan revealing cholesterol genes is “a goldmine of new discovery.”

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 August 4, 2010

Penn’s Positive Psychology Center Awards $2.9 Million for Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology.

The winning projects explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369August 4, 2010

Gene for Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease Identified through Genome Scan

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., are some of the first to prove that a gene linked to a disease trait by genome wide association studies (GWAS) can be clinically relevant and an important determinant of disease risk.

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An Inconvenient Memory

August 4, 2010

Dick Polman, University writer in residence, authors an op-ed on Missouri opposition to national health-care reform.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Lying In at the Weekend Boosts Your Brain Power, Study Shows

August 3, 2010

David Dinges of the School of Medicine says additional sleep on the weekend helps one recover from sleep lost during the week.

Article Source: Telegraph (U.K.)

Pentagon Questions Drug Study on Troops

August 3, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses human medical testing ethics.

Article Source: Boston Globe

Study Finds Clues to Kidney Disease in African Americans

August 2, 2010

Lawrence Holzman of the School of Medicine discusses a study on kidney disease among African-Americans.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Scientists Finding How Crucial Bacteria Can Be to Health

August 2, 2010

Jeffrey Weiser of the School of Medicine says there is such a thing as good bacteria.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette