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  • Cell Home Movies, Take 2

    October 17, 2016

    Scientists in the lab of Erika Holzbaur, PhD, William Maul Measey Professor of Physiology, use live-cell imaging to study molecular dynamics within neurons. For the last few years, Holzbaur and members of her lab have been making connections between cellular autophagy, literally, “self eating,” and neurodegenerative disease. In fact, my...

  • New Penn Medicine Cherry Hill Celebrates Grand Opening

    October 14, 2016

    Penn Medicine Cherry Hill, a new 150,000 square foot outpatient facility, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting last night at its location at 1865 Route 70 East in Cherry Hill, NJ. With 28 specialties and expanded radiology and laboratory offerings in one building, the new facility allows patients to...

  • The Fracture Heard Down Broad Street

    October 12, 2016

    Heading into the weekend of October 1st, the Philadelphia Eagles were on a “bye,” which meant there wouldn’t be a big game for fans to watch on Sunday. Philly sports fans were left wondering, “what will we talk about over the weekend or over coffee on Monday morning?” But before...

  • Jim Armstrong: A PennSTAR Lifer

    October 10, 2016

    Back in 1991, the declaration of war in the Middle East affected people and organizations across the country, and HUP was no exception. At least a dozen employees who were military reservists were placed on active duty. One of them was Jim Armstrong, RN, the trauma coordinator for PennSTAR. He...

  • Autophagy Is the New Black

    October 07, 2016

    Autophagy is having a moment. At least that’s the clickbait headline that would likely be jamming up your Twitter feed if science news was covered like celebrity news. But while it may not involve celebrity sightings or Kardashians, make no mistake: For the people who have been working for years...

  • When a Coworker Dies, How Do We Grieve?

    October 05, 2016

    In today’s work environment, it’s not unusual for people to spend more time with coworkers than at home with families. Our colleagues become our “work family” – we share stories, we joke around, we look to them for understanding. But when a coworker dies – especially unexpectedly - we feel...

  • A History of Harm Reduction in Philadelphia

    October 03, 2016

    How many clean syringes were handed out last year by Prevention Point Philadelphia, a local harm reduction nonprofit that provides a wide array of social services to addicts? That question was posed to the audience gathered at Presby’s PHI building to listen to Brian Work, MD, MPH, an assistant professor...

  • Stomping out the Superbugs

    September 30, 2016

    Since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin nearly 100 years ago in 1928, antibiotics have been used to help treat infections and save millions of lives around the world. But recently, overuse of antibiotics in everything from prescriptions to livestock to agricultural products has taken what was once seen as a...

  • On the Road with Data Science

    September 28, 2016

    Randy Olson, PhD, a senior data scientist with Penn’s Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI), started publishing optimized road trip maps -- a modern Trip Tik of sorts -- while still a graduate student at Michigan State University in 2014. They’ve remain a big hit on social media and in the...

  • Postal Worker Delivers Life-Saving CPR

    September 28, 2016

    “They didn’t think I was going to make it at first, and they said it was only because of Gary Booz and his quick actions that I’m alive right now and am doing as well as I am.” That was Lynette Wimer, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service,...

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