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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 30, 2012

Penn Biologists Identify a Key Enzyme Involved in Protecting Nerves From Degeneration

PHILADELPHIA –- A new animal model of nerve injury has brought to light a critical role of an enzyme called Nmnat in nerve fiber maintenance and neuroprotection. Understanding biological pathways involved in maintaining healthy nerves and clearing away damaged ones may offer scientists targets for drugs to mitigate neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s, as well as aid in situations of acute nerve damage, such as spinal cord injury.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2012

Benjamin Garcia Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Benjamin Garcia has been named the first Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective June 1.  The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 23, 2012

Penn Research Points to New Way of Preserving Fertility for Boys Undergoing Cancer Treatment

PHILADELPHIA — Treatments for childhood cancers are increasingly successful with cure rates approaching 80%, but success often comes with a downside for the surviving men: the cancer treatments they received as boys can leave them sterile as adults.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2012

Penn Works With Columbia Engineers to Increase Speed of Single-molecule Measurements

PHILADELPHIA — As nanotechnology becomes ever more ubiquitous, researchers are using it to make medical diagnostics smaller, faster and cheaper in order to better diagnose diseases, learn more about inherited traits and more. But as sensors get smaller, measuring them becomes more difficult; there is always a tradeoff between how long any measurement takes to make and how precise it is. And when a signal is very weak, the tradeoff is especially big.

Tapping the History of Philly’s Trees

The Woodlands, a 54-acre historic site and cemetery in University City, is the final resting place for many prominent Philadelphians. Paul Philippe Cret, the architect, planner, and former professor in what was then called Penn’s School of Fine Arts is buried there, as are several members of the Drexel family, and renowned American painter Thomas Eakins.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 14, 2012

Owl Monkey Twins Give Penn's Eduardo Fernandez-Duque Insight Into Monogamy

PHILADELPHIA -- In 15 years of studying owl monkeys in Argentina, this was a first: Late last November, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, got news from his field assistants that they had spotted a set of newborn twins.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 12, 2012

Penn Researchers Find Epstein Barr-like Virus Infects and May Cause Cancer in Dogs

PHILADELPHIA -- More than 90 percent of humans have antibodies to the Epstein Barr virus.  Best known for causing mononucleosis, or “the kissing disease,” the virus has also been implicated in more serious conditions, including Hodgkin’s, non-Hodgkin’s and Burkitt’s lymphomas.  Yet little is known about exactly how EBV triggers these diseases.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 9, 2012

March 13 Penn Science Café to Explore the Life, Death and Rebirth of the Mississippi River Delta

PHILADELPHIA – At the Penn Science Café on Tuesday, March 13, Douglas Jerolmack, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his research on river patterns and what his findings mean for the future of the Mississippi Delta. 

March Madness Attracts Real Animals

March 7, 2012

Ray Sweeney, Marie-Eve Fecteau and School of Veterinary Medicine students at Penn’s New Bolton Center are highlighted for an animal-related March Madness program.

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475March 6, 2012

Mayo Clinic, Penn and Partners to Explore New Ways to Predict and Control Seizures

PHILADELPHIA Mayo Clinic and partners from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Pharmacy, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and NeuroVista Corporation have been awarded $7.5 million grant (U01) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institutes of Health