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Four mental health specialists, with expertise in psychiatry, traumatic brain injury and concussion, and psychiatric genetics, joined the May 8 "Doctors Speak Out" panel discussion hosted by GUMC. The event marked the five-year anniversary of the popular series. 

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Nearly 150 guests joined Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, and Music for the Mind's leadership committee at their fourth annual fundraiser. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and performance of "Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller" at Arena Stage. 

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Georgetown's 57-member Avon Walk for Breast Cancer team was the top fundraising team this year at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, bringing in more than $186,000. The team walked 39.3 miles over two days during the annual event.


Christopher Loffredo, PhD, a Georgetown Lombardi researcher known for his international work on the environmental links to cancer, is investigating the impacts of radiation in Russia through a U.S. Department of Energy grant. 

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Ronit I. Yarden (G'96), PhD, assistant professor of human science at NHS, has a new study looking at how a novel class of plant hormones may inhibit growth and survival of various types of cancer.

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Leonel Ampie (M'16) is beginning a year-long Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. His research will focus on glioma tumors, a type of tumor that arises in the supportive tissue of the brain or spine.

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Adeeb Barqawi (G'12), a Georgetown alumn teaching 11th- and 12th-grade physics in Houston, was honored recently by the mayor and City Council for his students' successes.

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Forbes interviewed Dr. Louis Weiner for its cover story on cancer immunotherapy.


ABC World News Tonight interviewed Dr. Daniel Lucey about MERS in the U.S.  He was also interviewed by ABC News Radio, Al Jazeera English, MedPage Today, AFP and South Korean radio broadcast (tbs eFM This Morning) and participated in a live interview on WUSA9.


PharmTech story about vaccine supply chain security mentioned the development of Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship by Dr. Jesse Goodman.


Bloomberg News interviewed Dr. Allen Taylor about the FDA's statement on aspirin for primary prevention of heart attacks and stroke.


The Washington Post reported on Dr. Norman Rosenthal's research involving the use of Botox to treat depression.


Aerospace America interviewed Dr. Albert Fornace and Dr. Kamal Datta about their research on astronauts, space travel and cancer. 


The speakers for the 2014 commencement ceremonies have been announced. George Thibault, MD, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, will address School of Medicine graduates and Alan Leshner, PhD, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will speak at the School Nursing & Health Studies ceremony.


Dozens of volunteers and patients representing Capital Breast Care Center, part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, took to the streets of Washington for the two-day, 39.3-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The Georgetown Lombardi/Capital Breast Care Center team was the top fundraising team this year, bringing in more than $186,000.

A research team at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center reports that inhibiting a single protein completely shuts down growth of pancreatic cancer, a highly lethal disease with no effective therapy.

More events >
Monday, May 12, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 15, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Martin Marietta Conference Room, MGUH
Promotion Workshops for Clinicians at MGUH


Thursday, May 15, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Med-Dent Building, NE201C
CENTILE Workshop on Qualitative Methods 


Friday, May 16, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
CTEC Theater, Washington Hospital Center
Sponsors: MHRI and GHUCCTS
Saturday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium


Wednesday, May 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Med-Dent Building, SW107
Faculty Leave & Stop Clock Policies
Thursday, May 15, 5:00 p.m.
Gorman Auditorium, MGUH
Sponsor: GUMC

Sunday, May 18, 11:00 a.m.

Warner Theater

School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony

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