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Penn Establishes Master of Science Genetic Counseling Program

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Arcadia University are launching a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program at Penn in 2019.
11-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Genetic Avatars: Penn Team Uses Gene Editing to Personalize Clinical Care for Family with Cardiomyopathy

More and more, through sequencing done for medical reasons or done by direct-to-consumer companies, people learn they have variants of disease genes with uncertain significance to their health. With a new assay, researchers have a way to determine...
7-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Penn Medicine Plastic Surgeons Perform World’s First Robotic Bilateral Breast Reconstruction

A team of surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are the first in the world to use a surgical robot to assist with a bilateral free flap breast reconstruction, allowing patients to recover and be discharged...
6-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


Penn’s Basser Center for BRCA Chooses Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cornell University Researcher Maria Jasin for 2018 Basser Global Prize

The Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, the world’s first comprehensive center aimed at advancing research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers, has announced Maria Jasin, PhD, as the recipient of the...
4-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Global Trial Shows CAR T Therapy Can Lead to Durable Remissions in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

In an update to a global clinical trial stretching from Philadelphia to four continents, the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy Kymriah® (tisagenlecleucel, formerly CTL019) led to long-lasting remissions in patients with...
30-Nov-2018 8:30 AM EST Add to Favorites


FDA Approves New Targeted Drug for Leukemia Tested at University of Pennsylvania

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first ever inhibitor drug specifically approved for treating patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a mutation in the Fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3)...
28-Nov-2018 3:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Researchers Discover Why Some Parts of the Body Have Hair and Others Don’t

Why do humans have hair on our arms and legs but not on the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet? It’s a fundamental question in human evolution that researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania say...
26-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Breaking Through The Medical Fake News Bubble

To combat "fake news" that undermines health information, a pair of health scientists explain what to think about when trying to break through people's spheres of influence when it comes to research.
27-Nov-2018 10:55 AM EST Add to Favorites

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