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Georgetown is hosting a pioneering international conference Nov.13-14 that aims to promote a new way to practice medicine-------- combining the ethos of early medical wisdom with advanced tools and knowledge of modern medicine. 


Virginia Steen, MD, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scleroderma Foundation for her work in advancing scleroderma research
and education. 




Jan LaRocque, PhD, assistant professor of human science in the School of Nursing & Health Studies, has received a $350,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support her research on genome stability.

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Georgetown University Medical Center continues to provide expert commentary to reporters on the ongoing Ebola crisis. Dr. Jesse Goodman was interviewed for Good Morning America for a story about the American doctor with Ebola. He participated in two live interviews with NPR's On Point and WTOP.  Also, Goodman was quoted in two stories and Medscape following his "Perspective" piece on Ebola in the New England Journal of Medicine. Also on Ebola, Dr. Kevin Donovan was quoted in ScienceNews and Mr. John Kraemer published an essay on PLOS blog.


Dr. Michael Zasloff was quoted in a story about the contributions by animals in treating human diseases.


WTOP interviewed Ms. Beth Peshkin live about a study defining risk for a relatively new breast cancer gene.


AFP carried comments from Dr. Nathan Cobb on e-cigarette policies proposed by the American Heart Association.  The story was picked up by newspapers throughout Europe, North Africa and the middle East.


Research on athletes and depression by Dr. Dan Merenstein was mentioned in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Dr. Guinevere Eden and colleagues were interviewed by WAMU's Metro Connection for a story about a brain study on language and deafness. 


Dr. Scott Turner was interviewed by HealthDay for a story manipulating brain cells to change negative emotions to positive ones.  


WTOP interviewed Dr. Tom Sherman about the Fountain of Youth offered by good nutrition and exercise. 


Former Georgetown University men's basketball All-American Patrick Ewing (C'85) and long-time sports agent David Falk, and his wife, Rhonda, have partnered to make a $3.3 million commitment toward the construction of the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center, a $62 million project supported solely through philanthropy.

GUMC accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown.

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What a fun day welcoming the undergraduate Class of 2018 in Copley Formal Lounge! As Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, told the students and families, "What we are fundamentally about is preparing men and women to live generously in service to others." 

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Don't miss this opportunity to connect with cancer experts and get your questions answered at this one-day MedStar Cancer Education Symposium on managing diagnosis, treatment options, and wellness on September 13, 2014.

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Have you always dreamed of driving off in a brand new Lexus while feeling great about supporting cancer research? Purchase a raffle ticket for the Lexus drawing at the Lombardi Gala and make that dream come true! You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $100. Call 202-687-2604 to purchase.  
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The 2014 Student Activities Fair! Stop by the Podium to see how you can #GetInvolved 

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More events >

Wednesday, September 3, 1:20-3:20 p.m.

Georgetown University Law Center

The West African Ebola Epidemic: How Can It be Contained and How Can We Prevent  

the Next One? 

Featuring Dan Lucey, MD, and 

G. Kevin Donovan, MD, MA


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


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

Georgetown University

NHS McAuley Lecture 

Featuring Christine Candio, MPA, RN, FACHE



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

Georgetown University Conference Center

Third Annual Biomedical  

Informatics Symposium 


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

Washington Hilton
Tickets on sale now 

Thursday November 13, to Friday, November 14

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Chairs: Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD

 and Joachim Sturmberg, MD 



Thursday, September 4, to Friday, September 5

W Hotel, Washington, DC

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





Thursday, September 18, 9:00 a.m.

Research Building Auditorium

BGE Student Research Day
 Sponsor: Biomedical Graduate Education



Wednesday, October 1, 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Georgetown University Conference Center

Machines, Mind & Meaning Symposium 

  Seating is limited, RSVP: [email protected]  


Tuesdays, October 14-December 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Research Building Auditorium
Registration is now open


Wednesday, November 5, 3:00 p.m.

Research Building Auditorium

GUMC Faculty Convocation Ceremony

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