Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Personalized Medicine

Drug Pricing Debate Once Again Ignited

By Steve Graff | October 6, 2015 | Comments Earnings-on-drugs-1362499408_53

A few weeks ago, news broke that the founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, bought the 62-year-old drug daraprim, only to turn around and up the cost by 5,000 percent. The move by Shkreli, who said the revenue would fund research to develop better treatments for toxoplasmosis, the parasitic infection... Read more

A Mutation, a New Drug, and a New Life

By Steve Graff | July 10, 2015 | Comments IMG_2462_large

Lois Hahn couldn’t have been happier on Tuesday. The 71-year-old wife and grandmother was back at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, with her son and husband by her side, for a follow-up visit with her medical oncologist, Alexander Perl, MD, an assistant professor of Hematology/Oncology in the ACC. She’s feeling and... Read more

Buzz Around Immunotherapy Continues at ASCO

By Steve Graff | June 5, 2015 | Comments Twitter

I read a very witty and apt tweet at this week’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting—the medical conference attended by over 30,000 oncologists and others in the field from all over the world: “Immunotherapy is like the hashtag—it’s here to stay.” The pithy 100 or so characters—replete... Read more

The New Avengers: Lab-Coated Heroes Honored for Behind-the-Scenes Contributions

By Karen Kreeger | May 5, 2015 | Comments Lab week 2015 logo

Late last month Penn Medicine observed the fortieth Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, a time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 600-plus lab professionals in more than 30 laboratories across the health system. Read more

Focus on Rare Diseases is Common at Penn Medicine

By Karen Kreeger | February 6, 2015 | Comments Rare Disease Day Logo 2015

Penn Medicine has been at the forefront of rare disease research for decades, and these efforts – as well as many of its other research and clinical milestones -- are being honored this year as part of the Perelman School of Medicine’s 250th anniversary celebration. Read more

Beyond Cancer: When Both Parents Hold BRCA, a New Risk Can Emerge

By Karen Kreeger | January 14, 2015 | Comments Greenberg Cancer Discovery blog post image

Greenberg Cancer Discovery blog post imageMany families are acutely aware that BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the most important breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes. But recently a team including researchers at Penn Medicine discovered another risk it can pose in cancer patients when both parents carry the mutation. Read more

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2014!

By Steve Graff | December 31, 2014 | Comments

Before we ring in the New Year, the Penn Medicine department of Communications is taking a look back at 2014, a year filled with more breakthroughs in medical research, growth at the Penn Medicine campus, and philanthropic support. This year, we took a different approach and put together a year...

Using Collaboration and Innovation to Counteract Flat Federal Research Funding

By Karen Kreeger | December 18, 2014 | Comments Light bulb by shuttermonkey via Flickr

With such astounding shortfalls in funding for biomedical research, Penn Medicine, a key stakeholder of the new Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), is looking for fresh ways to fund research and partner with the private sector. The PCI consolidates and unifies the enterprise previously known as the Penn Center for Technology Transfer with other campus entities charged with commercializing Penn research and Development into license agreements, sponsored research agreements, startup companies and other collaborative relationships. Read more

Making Better Sense of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

By Steve Graff | December 10, 2014 | Comments AML-M1

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of those cancers so genetically complex, with its many chromosomal abnormalities and mutations, that it has been hard for doctors to find clinically meaningful information to sort out this diversity. So when three gene sequencing studies from Penn Medicine show patterns that may help... Read more

Whole Genome Sequencing of Amish Families Reveals Complexity of Bipolar Disorder

By Karen Kreeger | September 16, 2014 | Comments Lonestar

Perelman School genetics professor Maja Bucan, PhD, told me of her deep appreciation for the work going on at the clinic: “From my first visit to the clinic [Clinic for Special Children], I knew I wanted to be part of their team as a collaborator.” Read more

Lab Week 2014

By Karen Kreeger | May 8, 2014 | Comments Lab Week 2014 Rock Your Pride logo

Late last month Penn Med observed Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, a time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the 600-plus lab professionals in more than 30 laboratories across the health system.

Cycling for Rare Diseases

By Karen Kreeger | May 1, 2014 | Comments image from

The first annual Million Dollar Bike Ride is finally here. On Saturday, May 3, 2014, close to 500 riders and many other volunteers and family members will gather at Highline Park on Penn’s campus to raise funds for and awareness about rare diseases. Read more

Another Wound Bites the Dust - All-Star Team Treats Chronic and Complex Wounds

By Kim Menard | March 7, 2014 | Comments

The new Penn Center for Wound Healing and Reconstruction – to treat people dealing with unrelenting wounds – aims to simplify the process by bringing a cadre of specialists together, centering around patient needs.

A Rare-fied Friday at the End of Every February

By Karen Kreeger | February 27, 2014 | Comments image from

Rare Disease Day is an annual event to raise awareness with the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. Read more

To The Newly Insured: Now What?

By Katie Delach | January 16, 2014 | Comments Visits-a-country-doctor-1947.jpg!Large

Since the official launch of the Affordable Care Act in late 2013, millions of previously uninsured or underinsured Americans have selected plans affording them better access to health care. With all the controversy around the new legislation and questions surrounding the launch of the enrollment web site, little attention was... Read more

Penn Medicine Year in Review 2013

By Jessica Mikulski | December 30, 2013 | Comments

With 2014 just around the corner, the Penn Medicine Department of Communications is taking a look back at the many highlights and achievements of our faculty, staff, and students in 2013. From landmark breakthroughs in medical research to system-wide growth, moving forward with new leadership to celebrating milestone accomplishments in...

Cancer Hitchhikers

By Karen Kreeger | October 7, 2013 | Comments Simon Cancer Discovery image cancer hitchhiker no label Oct 13 take 2

With this zoomed-in view, the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute (AFCRI) lab of Celeste Simon, PhD, and postdoctoral fellow, T.S. Karin Eisinger-Mathason PhD, report in Cancer Discovery about the potential of the collagen-modifying enzyme PLOD2 as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of metastatic undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma. Read more

Hanging Cancer on the Fulcrum of the Acidic Hinge

By Karen Kreeger | September 17, 2013 | Comments Roth Cell Reports Acidic Hinge blog post image genomic instability Sept 13

Converging lines of evidence just go to show that there are many types of cancer associated with chromosomal translocations, and likely more to be found. Read more

Science Communications, One White-Board Video at a Time

By Karen Kreeger | May 1, 2013 | Comments FitzGerald Nat Med mouse side by side image Nov 12

In an online video series, Florie Charles, a doctoral student at the University of California at San Francisco, and founder of Youreka Science, simply uses a white board and colored markers (and occasionally a small cut out mouse -- animal, not computer peripheral) to explain findings from recent papers in an accessible, fresh, and engaging way. One of her newest videos happens to feature a recent publication from the lab of Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS, director of Penn Medicine's Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. Read more

Celebrating the Work of Medical Laboratory Professionals

By Karen Kreeger | April 30, 2013 | Comments Lab Week 2013 Poster Winner

To show its gratitude to all laboratory professionals, the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 22-26, with a host of activities, such as Phillies Night, in appreciation of all the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of staff and faculty members working in more than 30 different laboratories across the Penn campus. Read more

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