Dr. Arnold Rawson, former Chair of the Department, Dies at Age 99

April 21, 2014

Dr. Arnold J. Rawson, emeritus professor of pathology and former chair in the Perelman School of Medicine, died at his home in Sarasota, Florida, on January 28, 2014 at age 99. Born in 1914, he received his BS degree from Harvard University and his MD degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency in pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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New Penn Medicine/CHOP Friedreich’s Ataxia Center of Excellence

March 05, 2014

A generous $3.25 million gift, a donation from the nonprofit organization Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) in partnership with the Hamilton and Finneran families, has created the new Penn Medicine/CHOP Friedreich’s Ataxia Center of Excellence. The FA Center of Excellence will be co-directed by David Lynch, MD, PhD, FA program director at CHOP, and Robert B. Wilson, MD, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine.

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Penn Researchers Use "Zinc Finger" Technology to Safely Build Up Army of Modified T Cells to Repel HIV

March 04, 2014

Dr. Carl June: "I think we're on the threshold. We now know it's possible to do genetic editing with exquisite precision at levels with therapeutic relevance."

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NHLBI Innovation Research Grant for Assays to Measure Personal Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

February 28, 2014

CytoVas develops cellular assays that can be commercialized as in-vitro diagnostics for the measurement of the personal risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Lambris Lab Publishes in Blood

February 25, 2014

John Lambris, PhD, and Daniel Ricklin, PhD, are co-authors of a recent study describing a possible new way to fight a disease that is currently treatable only with the most expensive drug available for sale in the United States. The research team outlines a strategy based on the complement system, the oldest part of the human immune system, that could turn out to be less costly and more effective for the majority of patients with the rare but life-threatening hematological disorder paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).

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Coverage of Recent Department of Health and Human Services Decision on Access to Patient Test Results

February 12, 2014

The February 13, 2014, issue of Laboratory Industry Report covers a recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to require laboratories to send test results directly to patients if requested. The report notes that, while the ruling should not have a significant impact on laboratory test volumes, it could affect of the business model of clinical laboratories.

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Kevin Alby, PhD, Certified as Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology

January 31, 2014

Diplomate status certifies rigorous educational and experiential eligibility requirements and demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to direct laboratories that are engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.

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Daniel Powell, PhD, Receives American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Outstanding New Investigator Award

January 30, 2014

Daniel Powell, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of the Ovarian Cancer Research Center at the Abramson Cancer Center, has been selected by the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) as one of four recipients of the ASGCT's 2014 Outstanding New Investigator Award. The award recipients are newly independent researchers who are selected by the ASGCT Board of Directors based upon various significant contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy.

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Weiner Lab Publishes in Cancer Research

January 29, 2014

The lab of David Weiner, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and colleagues report in Cancer Research this week that the protein IL-33 boosts the immune system of a human papilloma virus animal model of cancer. IL-33 is a cytokine, a small protein that signals immune cells such as T cells to travel to a site of infection or injury.

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Xu Lab Devises Method for Converting Adult Cells into Epithelial Stem Cells

January 27, 2014

Xiaowei “George” Xu, MD, PhD, and colleagues have devised a method for converting adult cells into epithelial stem cells (EpSCs), the first time anyone has achieved this in either humans or mice.

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