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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 4, 2014

Penn Students Vie for Grand Prize in PennVention Competition

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The Weiss Tech House holds an annual invention competition known as PennVention. The final round will see the distribution of more than $20,000 in prizes.

WHO:              Alan Greenberger
                         Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

New Penn-Designed Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

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Each patient responds to heart attacks differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another. Penn researchers have developed a way to address this variation via a material that can be applied directly to damaged heart tissue.

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments can’t be fine-tuned to deal with this variation. 

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2014

Penn-designed Device Shows Promise for Individualized Care in Stroke Patients

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Using a Penn-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow in acute stroke patients, researchers are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.

Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of

Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S

Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 5, 2014

Penn Researchers Model a Key Breaking Point Involved in Traumatic Brain Injury

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An interdisciplinary team of researchers is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in traumatic brain injury, with an eye toward protecting against its long-term consequences.

Even the mildest form of a traumatic brain injury, better known as a concussion, can deal permanent, irreparable damage. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in this kind of injury, with an eye toward protecting the brain from its long-term consequences.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 27, 2014

Penn Advances Plans for Innovation and Research Park With South Bank Master Plan

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The University of Pennsylvania has released its plans for developing a research park on the 23-acre former DuPont property, located along the Schuylkill River in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia. The master plan for Penn’s South Bank envisions a new University asset devoted to advancing research and innovation, and the commercialization of research into new products, services and entrepreneurial ventures.

The University of Pennsylvania has released its plans for developing a research park on the 23-acre former DuPont property, located along the Schuylkill River in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 24, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Nuclear Stiffness Keeps Stem Cells and Cancer Cells in Place

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that cell migration through micron-size pores is regulated by lamin-A, a nuclear protein that is very similar to the fibrous ones that make up hair.

Adult stem cells and cancer cells have many things in common, including an ability to migrate through tiny gaps in tissue. Both types of cells also experience a trade-off when it comes to this ability; having a flexible nucleus makes migration easier but is worse at protecting the nucleus’ DNA compared to a stiffer nucleus.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 18, 2014

Three Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 6, 2014

Penn Researchers ‘Design for Failure’ With Model Material

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method to study stress at the macro and micro scales at the same time, using a model system in which microscopic particles stand in for molecules.

When deciding what materials to use in building something, determining how those materials respond to stress and strain is often the first task. A material’s macroscopic, or bulk, properties in this area — whether it can spring back into shape, for example — is generally the product of what is happening on a microscopic scale.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 3, 2014

Penn Engineer Promotes Sustainability in Argentina

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For eight weeks last summer, University of Pennsylvania junior Doug Roman had the opportunity to share his sustainability philosophy at schools in Buenos Aires.

By Marjorie Ferrone

For eight weeks last summer, University of Pennsylvania junior Doug Roman had the opportunity to share his sustainability philosophy at schools in Buenos Aires.