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Mitochondrial Stress and Cancer-related Metabolic Shifts

Mitochondrial stress alone can trigger metabolic shifts through a pathway that involves p53, a protein widely known to play multiple important roles in cancer.


China Research and Engagement Fund Awards

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced the first recipients of the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (CREF) awards.

Dr. Chakrabarti's Lab at Penn Vet is studying stem cell signaling and its relationship to breast cancer.

Resolving a Dispute About Stem Cell Populations

A Penn team has helped identify key characteristics that distinguish reserve stem cells from other stem cell populations that had been purported to have similar properties. 


Canine and Children Craniofacial Patients Meet

During the fourth annual Best Friends Bash, craniofacial patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) meet canines who have undergone similar procedures.


Identifying Animals at Risk of Blood Clots

Patients who are critically ill, be they dog, cat or human, have a tendency toward blood clotting disorders, whether the clotting time is too long or too short.


Fossil Dog Represents a New Species

A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new species of fossil dog, found in Maryland, approximately 12 million years old.


Placental RNA May Protect Embryo

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed by the embryo, sustains life and then is shed.


Antibiotic-free Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition and the most common form of eczema, is estimated to afflict as much as 10 percent of the population in the United States.

Dr. William Beltran

William Beltran Honored for Blindness Research

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology has recognized William Beltran with the 2016 Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award.


Bouncing Back: Clinical Trial Surgery Heals Husky

Electric blue eyes locked on the ball, the striking Husky sprints, then leaps and pounces, to catch the ball as it hits the pavement. Watching 11-year-old Bai Bai move with such agility and speed is surprising, as just a year ago she underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament.


Explaining Female Bias in Autoimmunity

Females are better at fighting off infection than males, but they are also more susceptible to many autoimmune conditions, such as lupus.


Before Retinal Cells Die, They Regenerate

Until relatively recently, the dogma in neuroscience was that neurons, including the eye’s photoreceptor cells, do not regenerate. But, in some species, neurons can be stimulated to divide.


Promoting One Health Concepts in Education

Two Penn Vet researchers are advancing the concept of One Health, the idea that the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.


Parasite Crossing the Blood Brain Barrier

Some 30 percent of the world’s population is chronically infected with Toxoplasma gondii, which can be life-threatening for people with suppressed immune systems.

Swine Production Facilities at New Bolton Center

Monitoring reduces illnesses on pig farms

Infectious disease can take a major toll on swine farms. Thanks to a monitoring effort at Penn Vet, the impact of these illnesses has been significantly reduced.


Zoobiquity Conference at Penn Vet

Experts in veterinary and human medicine present results and work in progress from collaborative studies in human and animal medicine during the Zoobiquity Conference. 


German Shepherd First to Graduate from Penn Vet Working Dog Center Patrol School for Law Enforcement K9s

German Shepherd Rookie, at 19 months of age, is the first dog to graduate from the new Penn Vet Working Dog Center Patrol School. Previously, all law enforcement K9s from the Center attended patrol school at other facilities.


Gene Pair Plays Crucial Role in Colon Cancer, Penn Vet Team Shows

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and researchers are hard at work to understand the disease’s complex molecular underpinnings. In a new study out this month in the journal Cell Reports, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania describe two related genes in the Musashi family that are required for colon cancer to develop, and that may be useful targets for effective treatment.


Mindy and Andrew Heyer Endow President’s Distinguished Professorship to Dr. Christopher Hunter

Dr. Christopher Hunter, BSc, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the inaugural Mindy Halikman Heyer President’s Distinguished Professor. Established by Penn alumni Mindy and Andrew Heyer, the $3 million endowment will advance Hunter’s research on how the immune system protects animals and humans from infectious disease.


Wiederhold Foundation Funds Challenge Match for Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine Program Mobile Unit

A $150,000 challenge match from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation will support a new mobile unit for the Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine Program. The medical-grade mobile clinical unit will significantly expand the program’s teaching capacity and elevate the quality and breadth of services offered to the Greater Philadelphia community. Through the generous support of the Wiederhold Foundation, all gifts made by December 31, 2015, toward the purchase of the mobile unit will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000. Click here to make a gift.