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Elizabeth Cameron, PhD, discussed the Obama administration's new global health security agenda at the "New Avian Influenzas in East Asia: Global Health Security and Policy" symposium last week, followed by a panel discussion featuring Georgetown experts.

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Students from the School of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies trained together in simulated emergency scenarios, thanks to a unique pilot education project that emphasizes interprofessional education.

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More than 400 of Washington's top business women gathered at the ninth Annual Women & Wine event, benefitting Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The sold-out event raised an estimated $259,000.

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Last week marked the Undergraduate Research Conference, an annual event sponsored by NHS that celebrates research, mentorship and leadership. Eric D. Green, MD, PhD, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, delivered the keynote address.

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Kathryn Taylor, PhD, is launching a study she hopes will provide an opportunity for health care providers to connect with long-term smokers by pairing smoking cessation counseling with lung cancer screening.

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About 60 women Georgetown medical students joined 400 other students, physicians and other health professionals at the AMWA annual conference, learning valuable lessons in leadership and networking. 

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The 14th annual IronMed Charity Triathlon and 5K Run at Georgetown raised more than $10,000. All proceeds benefit the Hoya Clinic, a student-driven clinic that provides free primary health care to Washington's homeless and uninsured population.

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NBC interviewed Dr. Janice Krupnick about PTSD after the recent Ft. Hood shootings. 

CBS News Radio talks to Dr. Gayle Balba about encouraging news in the treatment of hepatitis C. 


The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Sally Joo Bailey about expectations for this year's allergy season. She was also interviewed by WTOP about the relationship between stress and allergies.


A story on ABC featured a Georgetown patient who is responding well to an immunotherapy study led by Dr. Michael Atkins.


WTOP covered Dr. Sonia deAssis' study about the impact of mouse obesity on offspring, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research.


More than 25,000 people from 155 countries have enrolled in Georgetown'sIntroduction to Bioethics massive open online course (MOOC), offered through edX and beginning April 15.

Designed by Georgetown's Kennedy Institute for Ethics (KIE), the six-week course tackles many of the issues people deal with on an everyday basis.


We've heard the warnings about this year's allergy season, and now it's here. You're in the midst of a pollen allergy attack! Your eyes are red, watery and itchy; your nose is clogged; and you can't stop scratching. Left untreated, symptoms can evolve from being a nuisance into something more serious such as a sinus infection, eye infection or bronchitis. What can you do?

Given omega 6 fatty acid's reputation for promoting cancer-- at least in animal studies--researchers are examining the role that antioxidants play in blocking the harmful effects of this culprit, found in many cooking oils. After all, antioxidants are supposed to prevent DNA damage. But employing antioxidants could backfire, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Obese male mice and normal weight female mice produce female pups that are overweight at birth and in childhood, and have increased number of "terminal end buds" in their breast tissue--the site where cancer often develops in rodents. 
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Monday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Pre-Clinical Sciences Building
Please bring a photo ID
Sponsor code: 05315389 



Thursday, April 17. 1:00-2:00 p.m., 
Med-Dent Building, SW107 
Featuring Susan Rogers, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine, Chicago
Tuesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m.
Med-Dent Building, Harvey Amphitheater
Featuring Carlo Tornatore, MD, associate professor and vice chairman, department of neurology
Friday, April 18. 12:00-1:30 p.m.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Featuring Michael Zasloff, MD, professor, surgery and pediatrics, scientific director, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute


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