News Release
  March 4, 2013


Karen Kreeger


Perelman School of Medicine

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Penn Medicine and Penn Nursing's Yvonne Paterson and Penn Vet's Nicola Mason Win One Health Award

PHILADELPHIA — Yvonne Paterson, PhD, and Nicola Mason, PhD, have been named this year’s recipients of the University of Pennsylvania One Health Award.

Paterson, professor of microbiology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and associate dean for research and professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Mason, assistant professor of pathobiology and clinical studies in Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, are collaborating on a project to further develop cancer immunotherapies that are already showing promise in both canine and human patients.

The One Health Award, a new Award for Excellence in promoting One Health Initiatives and Inter-professional Education, was established this year by the deans of the four health schools at Penn — Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. The award recognizes exemplary contributions toward expanding interdisciplinary education and improving health care and will be presented at the international “Feeding Cities” conference at Penn in March.

For more information on the award, see the Penn University Communications release.


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.