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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Department Researchers Describe Previously Unknown Shape and Potential New Function for Red Blood Cells

January 08, 2014

The Blood publication caught the attention of the Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, who discusses the researchers' NIH-funded findings in his "Director's Blog" post "Cellular Shape-Shifters to the Rescue."  

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Excellence in Teaching Awards

December 14, 2013

Four department faculty members were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards at the Perelman School of Medicine Class of 2016 awards ceremony on December 12. The teaching awards are selected by the entire class of second-year medical students and represent what the students think are the ideals in teaching excellence. Among this year's recipients of the student teaching awards are:

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Findings from Research Study of Leukemia Patients Announced at ASH Annual Meeting

December 06, 2013

 The latest results of studies involving both adults and children with advanced blood cancers that have failed to respond to standard therapies.

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Robert W. Doms, MD, PhD, Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 24, 2013

Robert W. Doms, MD, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and pathologist-in-chief and chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is one of five faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania who have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Bhandoola Lab Publishes in Nature Immunology

November 21, 2013

The lab of Avinash Bhandoola, MBBS, PhD, recently published a paper in Nature Immunology "T cell development requires constraint of the myeloid regulator C/EBP-a by the Notch target and transcriptional repressor Hes1." Notch signaling induces expression of genes that promote the maturation of T cells and discourage alternative cell fates. Hematopoietic deficiency in the Notch target Hes1 results in severe T cell lineage defects, but the underlying mechanism is unknown.

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Gene Therapy Pioneers

November 19, 2013

The peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 by publishing a series of Perspectives by top researchers in the field of cell and gene therapy. Five "Pioneer" scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are among the 21 investigators who will be honored throughout the next 12 months.

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Dr. Donald Siegel Elected to Penn Medicine Inaugural Academy of Master Clinicians

November 13, 2013

The Academy of Master Clinicians was launched in 2013 to recognize those Penn Medicine clinicians who exemplify the highest standards of clinical excellence, humanism and professionalism.

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2013 Lady Barbara Colyton Award for Autoimmune Research for Dr. Nina Luning Prak

November 12, 2013

Nina Luning Prak, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, is the 2013 recipient of the Lady Barbara Colyton Award for Autoimmune Research, which recognizes outstanding research in the field of autoimmune diseases. Dr. Luning Prak, who works on the genetics of the antibody repertoire in autoimmunity, was selected as the sixteenth recipient of the 2013 Colyton Award as part of the annual Perelman School of Medicine Awards of Excellence.

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Nature Genetics Study Finds 11 New Genetic Areas of Interest that Contribute to Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

October 27, 2013

Gerard Schellenberg, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC) and professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the co-senior author of a global collaboration that has found 11 new genetic areas of interest that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's Disease (LOAD).

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