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Demonstrating that community outreach and service to others can be fun as well as fulfilling, 20 first- and second-year Georgetown medical students hosted a weeklong sports camp last week for nearly 50 homeless children from Washington, D.C.

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Mindfulness---- being aware and "in the moment"---- has many positive effects but may impair implicit learning, according to a study by Georgetown researchers recently published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.

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Thanks to a recent grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, Jeffrey Toretsky, MD, is able to explore new avenues that he hopes will take his Ewing sarcoma research to a new level. 

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NHS alumna Elaine Tagliareni (NHS'70) calls her experience serving in leadership roles at the National League for Nursing the "gift of a lifetime."

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Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD, a leader in minority health and health disparities research, has a new policy role as a recent appointee to the the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Forum.

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Sarah Waye (C'15), a Georgetown undergraduate who has been researching one of the most common pediatric brain tumors under the tutelage of Georgetown Lombardi researcher Christopher Albanese, PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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WTOP interviewed Dr. Tina Alster about the uptake of cosmeceuticals.

WTOP interviewed Dr. Jesse Goodman about antibiotic resistance. In addition to the web story, there were two audio versions that aired. (Version oneVersion two.)


Dr. Michael Pishvaian was interviewed by ABC7 (local ABC station) about genetic testing of tumors to help treatment selection.


The Scientist examined two high-profiles studies this year on using blood to diagnose Alzheimer's disease.  Dr. Howard Federoff was interviewed about his team's work.


In a one-on-one interview, the ASCO Post interviewed Dr. Giuseppe Giaccone about the road ahead for lung cancer treatment.


TechTimes interviewed Dr. Bruce Cheson about the FDA approval of Zydelig for CLL.


The Cancer Letter covered Dr. Kevin FitzGerald's appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture.


Dr. Amrita Cheema was profiled for an article in Lab Manager on trends in mass spectrometry.


Dr. Daniel Lucey joined a panel on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss Ebola. He also was a guest on Al Jazeera America's Inside Story to discuss the virus. 


Georgetown College will begin offering a major in justice and peace studies this fall. It is designed to provide students with a unique perspective on the myriad branches of peace studies such as peace and conflict studies and peace and security studies.

A Georgetown University undergraduate student conducting research on one of the most common and devastating childhood brain tumors has received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Mindfulness - that quality of being aware and "in the moment" - is known to increase emotional wellbeing and improve focus. But the benefits of such "explicit" thought do not appear to extend to all cognitive functioning, say researchers at Georgetown University.

Kevin FitzGerald, PhD, SJ, a Jesuit priest, Georgetown bioethicist and cancer researcher, has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Elaine (Murray) Tagliareni (NHS'70), EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN, served as president of the National League for Nursing and is currently chief program officer there. About her nursing education at Georgetown and approach as an educator she says, "The faculty believed in us...If people believe in you, you begin to believe it yourself."

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Join us on October 18 for our premier fundraising event, the Lombardi Gala! #lombardigala #georgetownlombardi 

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A big congratulations to the Georgetown Chapter of the American Medical Association on a successful annual clothing drive (and one very full van)!
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Dr. Atkins from @LombardiCancer gives #Immunotherapy briefing at @uscapitol bldg with @IAmBiotech and @MelanomaReAlli 

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More events >

Monday, August 11, to Friday, August 15

MedStar Health Research Institute

Summer Intensive Workshop: Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Clinical Research


Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Hilton Rockville

MedStar Cancer Education Symposium 

Sponsors: MedStar Georgetown Cancer Network and The Ruesch Center


Thursday, October 2, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Georgetown University Conference Center

Third Annual Biomedical 

Informatics Symposium


  Thursday November 13, to Friday, November 14

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Chairs: Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD

 and Joachim Sturmberg, MD

Submit an abstract by August 15


Thursday, September 4, to Friday, September 5

W Hotel, Washington, DC

Why We Can't Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine


Monday, September 22, 4:30 p.m.

Georgetown University

NHS McAuley Lecture

Featuring Christine Candio, MPA, RN, FACHE 



Saturday, October 18, 6:00-11:30 p.m.

Washington Hilton
Tickets on sale now 




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