November 2013 Archive - Penn Medicine News Blog

Renaissance Biochemist

By Karen Kreeger // November 15, 2013 // Comments Dutton head shot sketch Nov 13

Les Dutton, Ph.D., will be awarded the 2013 John Scott Award next week. He will be honored with a medal, certificate, and $12,000 for his "work on the elementary processes of oxidation-reduction and the diverse biological events coupled to it." Dutton is the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, the director of the Johnson Foundation for Molecular Biophysics, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and former chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. And an accomplished artist, but more on that later. Read more

Finding Antitumor T cells in a Patient’s Own Cancer for Personalized Therapy

By Karen Kreeger // November 12, 2013 // Comments Powell Clinical Cancer Research schematic Nov 13

Patients with tumors that contain increased numbers of T lymphocytes generally survive longer than those with tumors without T-cell involvement, suggesting that T cells with potent antitumor function naturally exist in cancer and control tumor progression. With the exception of melanoma, it has been difficult to identify and isolate the tumor-reactive T cells from common cancers, however, the ability to do so could be used to fight a patient’s own cancer. Read more

Penn Medicine News Blog Remembers Veterans Day

By Greg Richter // November 11, 2013 // Comments IMG_2061

As our Nation takes a moment to salute and recognize the courageous men and women who served in our armed forces, the News Blog looks at Penn Medicine’s continuing support to one Philadelphia institution making a difference. On November 11, 1918, an armistice between Allied nations and Germany went into... Read more

Postdocs Building Community, and Experience

By Karen Kreeger // November 8, 2013 // Comments Postdoc Symposium poster session Nov 13

Clearly, interest in career issues for postdocs is not new, but ways to expand the postdoc experience to ready for budding careers takes constant creativity and communication. To that end, the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, held its 12th annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium last week. Read more

Penn Medicine and Monaco’s Princess Grace Hospital Forge Partnership for Academic and Scientific Advancement

By Kim Menard // November 8, 2013 // Comments image from

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Attend Ceremonial Signing Event at Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine Researchers Turn to Twitter for Helpful Revelations on an Emerging Addiction Crisis

By Jessica Mikulski // November 1, 2013 // Comments image from

Over the past several years, sales of prescription opioid pain medications have more than tripled in the United States. At the same time, researchers have noticed a parallel rise in opioid addiction, overdose, emergency department (ED) visits, and death from these drugs. Despite these rising figures, addiction to prescription opioids... Read more

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