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Penn receives $10 million to create center for orphan disease research and therapy
Date:7/26/2011

and Chief Scientific Officer at the Perelman School. "Penn's new Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy will build not only strong collaborative relationships throughout Penn, but also with other leading academic medical centers, as well as public and private institutionsall designed to translate innovative research into the clinic. There's simply nothing else like it."

"This is a wonderful example of philanthropy in action," says J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Executive Vice President for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. "The Center will be a natural extension of Penn's expertise in orphan diseases, and this strategic investment will galvanize support for orphan disease research around the globe. I am proud that Penn Medicine is taking a clear leadership position in transforming the health of millions."

Jameson adds that he is delighted that his predecessor, former Perelman School Dean Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, has agreed to serve as Acting Director for the Center, while an international search is conducted for a permanent director.

The Center will be a nexus for connecting:

  • Researchers and clinicians at Penn with other public and private institutions to work on projects aimed at finding and testing treatments for orphan diseases;
  • Approaches to treatment that are common among various orphan diseases;
  • Researchers with organizations that fund biomedical research for orphan diseases; and
  • Investigators within small and large pharmaceutical firms to develop and test treatments for orphan diseases.

Working together with other academic institutions, the National Institutes of Health, Pharma, and private philanthropy, the Center aims to reduce dramatically the technological and financial burden of investigators working in isolation by supporting a range of collaborative approaches:

  • Robotics for large-scale drug screening,
  • Biospecimen repositories to store samples,
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Contact: Karen Kreeger
karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5658
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

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