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More than 20,000 people will be introduced to GUMC's first massive open online course when it launches June 4. The eight-session, 16-hour-plus course, called "Genomic Medicine Gets Personal," convenes experts from Georgetown and beyond. 

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The more time a child is exposed to a parent addicted to smoking, the more likely the youth will not only take up cigarettes but also become a heavy smoker, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi. The study raises important questions about the power of social learning on children. 

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Nady Golestaneh, PhD, has a theory about the origins of age-related macular degeneration. She is employing a new grant and a unique human model of the disease to test her ideas. Stakes are high - there is no way to prevent blindness in this common disorder.



Georgetown celebrated the establishment of the Philip L. Calcagno, MD, and Jeane and James Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. The chair fulfills a gift made by the late Jeane Dixon, best known as an astrologer and psychic. 

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A group of medical students have formed the Medical Spanish Interest Group in an effort to promote Spanish-language skills in medicine.

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This summer, Delores Emele (NHS'15) will take part in the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency Program, which helps participants develop skills in several areas, including clinical nursing, at a VA health care facility.

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The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers is teaming up with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for the annual PurpleStride 5K on Saturday, June 14, at Freedom Plaza in Washington.

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In a National story, Dr. Gerard Ahern talks about the links between metabolism, pain and aging.  


Dr. Claudine Isaacs talked to the New Jersey Star Ledger about disparities related to triple-negative breast cancer.


The Huffington Post turned to Dr. Robert Nay for tips for controlling rage. 


The New York Times blog Motherlode featured Dr.Guinevere Eden and Dr. Olumide Olulade's research on reading's impact on dyslexia. Their work was also featured by the Dana Foundation.


Hundreds of TV stations nationwide aired stories about Dr. Darren Mays study on the impact of nicotine-addicted adults on their children.  The story was also covered by Fox News, NBCNews.comUS News & World Report and Medscape.


In the wake of the second diagnosed case of MERS in the U.S., Dr. Daniel Lucey was interviewed for a story on NPR All Things ConsideredCNN's The Situation Room and

by CBS News Radio for stories that aired nationwide including in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.


Dr. Howard Federoff was interviewed by Bloomberg News about bioethics in neuroscience research.


WBUR (NPR station in Boston) aired a story about stem cell donation by tracking a donor to Georgetown who had the procedure done by Dr. Corina Gonzalez.


A Canadian wire service distributed a story about tanning addiction research conducted by Dr. Darren Mays, which was published by dozens of outlets including the Toronto Sun and Winnipeg Sun.


The New York Times interviewed Dr. Kathryn Sandberg about the NIH policy to use female animals in preclinical studies.


Bloomberg News interviewed Dr. Princy Kumar about the CDC's direction for administering a daily pill to those at risk of HIV infection.


Dr. James Giordano was interviewed by International Business Times about claims of dementia made about Clippers' owner Donald Sterling by his wife.


Dr. Michael Zasloff was interviewed by WTOP about a product in soap that has been banned in Minnesota and why.


Dr. Kevin Donovan joined a panel on The Diane Rehm Show to debate the sharing of doctors' notes with patients.


A global human development scholarship to honor Carol Lancaster, dean emerita of the School of Foreign Service (SFS), has been created by the school's board of visitors. The board's initial commitment of more than $100,000 will allow the first scholarship to go to a student entering SFS's Global Human Development master's degree program in the fall 2014 semester.


Young people from Baltimore to Richmond impacted by Huntington Disease - a hereditary, progressively degenerative brain disorder that leads to death and has no cure -- now have easy access to a broad range of support services, thanks to a pioneering international partnership spearheaded by the Huntington Disease Care, Education and Research Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

A new technique that allows the growth of both normal and cancer cells and keeps them alive indefinitely is transforming and expediting basic cancer research, say investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The more time a child is exposed to a parent addicted to smoking, the more likely the youth will not only take up cigarettes but also become a heavy smoker, warns a team of researchers led by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists.

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Tuesday, May 27, 12:00 p.m.
5 Pasquerilla Healthcare Center Jeghers Library
Research Highlights: Health Economics, Finance and Organization



Saturday, May 31, 5:00 p.m.
The Bullpen, 1299 Half Street, SE
Saturday, June 14, 8:30 a.m.
Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave.



Friday, May 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Hariri Building, Case Room 240


Monday, June 2, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Georgetown University Hotel and 
Conference Center  
Monday, June 30, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Raspberry Falls Golf Club
School of Medicine Golf Tournament 

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