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Penn Fruitfly Study Identifies Brain Circuit that Drives Daily Cycles of Rest, Activity

24 Apr 2014 – Amita Sehgal, PhD, a professor of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, describes in Cell a circuit in the brain of fruit flies that controls their daily, rhythmic behavior of rest and activity. Read more

Sorafenib Shows Success in Advanced Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Patients

24 Apr 2014 – The kidney and liver cancer drug sorafenib holds metastatic thyroid cancer at bay for nearly twice as long as a placebo, according to a new study from researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania published in the journal Lancet. Read more

Two Commonly Used Medications Equally Effective in Treating Seizures in Children

23 Apr 2014 – The sedative drugs diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) are equally effective in treating the prolonged seizures known as status epilepticus in children, according to a randomized, controlled study by a multi-institution team of researchers with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research... Read more

Three Researchers from Penn Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

23 Apr 2014 – Three researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been elected as new members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Read more

Penn Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies a New Mammalian Clock Gene

22 Apr 2014 – Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more. A team from the Perelman... Read more

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