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Minorities, Women Less Likely to Receive Life-Saving Stroke Treatment, Penn-led Study Suggests

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Minorities and women suffering from a stroke may be less likely to receive the clot-busting treatment tPA, known as tissue plasminogen activator, according to a new study from Penn Medicine and other institutions published today in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. 

Two Researchers from Penn's Perelman School of Medicine Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:15:00 GMT

Two researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been elected as new members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

National Academy of Medicine Elects Three New Members from Penn

Mon, 19 Sep 2015 15:45:00 GMT

Three professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been elected members to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

Penn Researchers Decode Microbial Signature of Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:30:00 GMT

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Erle S. Robertson, PhD and James C. Alwine, PhD, has identified, for the first time, an association between two microbial signatures and triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), the most aggressive form of the disease.

Two-Hit Therapy for Breast Cancer Tumors Using Approved Drugs Looks Promising in Animal Study, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:30:00 GMT

Disabling a cancer-causing pathway and administering an immune-molecule-based mop-up therapy eradicated a specific type of breast tumor in mice, according to researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Team Decodes Structure of Protein Complex Active in DNA Repair

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:00:00 GMT

A team led by Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Cancer Biology at Penn, and Frank Sicheri, PhD, in Toronto, report online in Molecular Cell ahead of print, the atomic structures of several BRCC36-containing complexes.

Palbociclib Shows Promise in Patients with Hormone-Resistant Breast Cancer, Penn Study Finds

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:15:00 GMT

Palbociclib, an investigational oral medication that works by blocking molecules responsible for cancer cell growth, is well tolerated and extends progression-free survival (PFS) in newly diagnosed, advanced breast cancer patients, including those whose disease has stopped responding to traditional endocrine treatments, Penn Medicine researchers found.

Penn Medicine Researcher to Receive National Award from the American College of Physicians

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:45:00 GMT

Beatrice H. Hahn, MD, a professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.

Penn Medicine Physician Given AAMC National Award for Teaching

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:00:00 GMT

Emma Meagher, MD, associate professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting in Chicago this week.

Invite to Cover: Celebrating Women in Science Symposium to be Held at Penn

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:00 GMT

An all-female panel of luminaries in fields including epigenetics and stem cell biology will come together at a Penn symposium entitled Celebrating Women in Science. The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, has organized the symposium, which will take place this week on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Penn Takes Part in NIH Initiative to Find Treatments for Menopause
Women troubled by hot flashes and night sweats during the years around menopause want safe, effective treatment options. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is part of a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative to conduct clinical trials of promising treatments for the most common symptoms of the menopausal transition.

New Method of Managing Risk in Pregnancy Leads to Healthier Newborns, Better Outcomes for Moms
An alternative method for obstetric care, known as Active Management of Risk in Pregnancy at Term (AMOR-IPAT), has led to lower neonatal intensive care unit admission rates, higher uncomplicated vaginal birth rates, and a lower mean Adverse Outcome Index score, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Hunting Down Cancer Susceptibility Genes: Breast Cancer Risk Amplified by Additional Genes in Combination With Damaged BRCA Genes
Many women with a faulty breast cancer gene could be at greater risk of the disease due to extra risk-amplifying genes, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

African Americans Less Likely to Choose Epidurals for Post-Operative Pain Relief, Penn Research Finds
Minority and low-income patients are less likely than those who are white or more well off to agree to post-surgery epidural pain relief, according to new research from physicians at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Older Americans Suffer Serious Access Limitations to Exercise Their Right to Vote
The US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing in Washington, DC, this morning on older Americans and the significant barriers they face in exercising their right to vote. Jason Karlawish, MD, associate professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, testified before the Committee, citing results from a series of his studies examining voting rights for the elderly.

Lower Cesarean Rates Associated With Preventive Labor Induction
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine reports that a cohort of women exposed to a safe, alternative method of maternity care had a 5.3 percent cesarean delivery rate compared to a 11.8 percent of women who received more traditional care.

Proceeds from Televised Fundraiser to Benefit the Fight Against Breast Cancer
With thousands of shoes at half the suggested retail price, shoe lovers had the opportunity to splurge in the name of charity at the 13th Annual QVC Presents 'FFANY Shoes on Sale' event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October. The Rena Rowan Breast Center of the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) was one of the beneficiaries of the televised fundraiser that supports breast cancer research and patient education.

Kevin R. Fox, MD, Receives First Professorship in Breast Cancer Care Excellence
Kevin R. Fox, MD, Medical Director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Mariann T. and Robert J. MacDonald Professorship in Breast Cancer Care Excellence

Possible New Breast Cancer Gene
Researchers at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute describe in this week’s issue of Science a new candidate breast-cancer susceptibility gene. The Rap80 gene is required for the normal DNA-repair function of the well-known breast cancer gene BRCA1.

COX Inhibitors May Weaken Protective Qualities of Hormone Therapy
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found in a database study of women heart patients that COX inhibitors such as traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may undermine any purported protection against heart disease in participants taking estrogen therapy. The results were described this week in PLoS Medicine.

History to Be Made at School of Medicine Commencement
2007 marks the first year that a University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine graduating class is comprised of more women (78) than men (77). Surgeon and writer, Dr. Atul Gawande, will provide the Graduation Address to these 155 graduating medical students, as they begin their journey as new doctors.

Standard Therapy More Effective than Diabetes Drug in Helping Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Achieve Pregnancy
Metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes and once thought to have great promise in overcoming the infertility associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is less effective than the standard fertility drug treatment, clomiphene, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Reproductive Medicine research network. This is the largest, most comprehensive effort yet to compare the two drugs in helping PCOS patients achieve successful pregnancy. The findings appear in the February 8th, 2007 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, of the University of Pennsylvania, Wins 2007 Red Dress Award From Woman's Day Magazine
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has won the 2007 Red Dress Award from Woman's Day magazine. It is presented annually (this year to three individuals nationwide) to those who have made an exceptional contribution to fighting heart disease in women, the nation's leading killer.

Researchers Make Progress Against Often Overlooked, Deadly Lung Disease Attacking Women in Their Childbearing Years
Vera Krymskaya, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has dedicated the last several years of her career to combating Lymphangioleimyomatosis (LAM), a rare, deadly lung disease (related to hormones) that no one had even heard of a decade ago. The disease targets only women, striking them down during their childbearing years. It can be triggered by pregnancy, progresses rapidly, and often results in death within ten years.

Targeting a Single Gene Could Inhibit Bone Decay and Stimulate Bone Growth
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found by targeting the function of a single gene that it is possible to inhibit bone decay while simultaneously stimulating bone formation. This concept may lead to drug treatments for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Senior author Yongwon Choi, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues report their findings in the December issue of Nature Medicine.

Marine in Iraq to Meet His Newborn Son Via Video Conference
Marine Lance Corporal Han C. Liang is stationed on the front lines in Iraq, but he will be seeing and interacting with his newborn son on Tuesday, October 31st, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania thanks to the Freedom Calls Foundation.

Aida Turturro to Tour the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center
The media is invited to join The Sopranos TV actress, Aida Turturro, as she tours the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center. After the tour, the media is also welcome to attend a discussion between Turturro and several Penn diabetes patients as they talk about the daily challenges of living with diabetes.

"Sjogren's Walkabout" To Raise Awareness About Debilitating Syndrome
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the second annual "Sjogren's Walkabout," which aims to increase awareness of the syndrome while helping to raise money to support the Foundation’s research and education programs.