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Georgetown Lombardi has received the federal government's most powerful endorsement for its work in cancer prevention, research and treatment with the renewal of its Cancer Center Support Grant and comprehensive status. 


Katherine Conant, MD, says endowed support she received a few years ago has enabled her to gather enough data and momentum to secure federal funding. Now she is on her way to decoding a new molecular pathway underlying a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and HIV-induced dementia.





Alexander Dromerick, MD, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician-Scientist Award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation for his leadership in clinical research and in advancing knowledge about recovery after stroke and traumatic injury. 

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Fourth-year medical student Derek Rogalsky has received the American Medical Association's "Physicians of Tomorrow" Award, which recognizes high academic achievement through $10,000 scholarships. 




At an event convened Sept. 3 by Georgetown's O'Neill Institute of National and Global Health Law, GUMC's Dan Lucey, MD, MPH, and Kevin Donovan, MD, joined a panel of experts moderated by Georgetown Law Center Professor Lawrence Gostin on the Ebola epidemic.  



Research and innovation are core functions at GUMC. View an inspiring video story about lives that have been touched by groundbreaking research.

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The New York TimesReutersAssociated Press (published worldwide), Bloomberg  and CBS News Radio (two versions distributed nationwide) quoted Dr. Louis Weiner about the FDA's approval of a "game-changing" immunotherapy for melanoma.


The media continue to cover the worsening Ebola crisis in West Africa. C-SPAN

broadcasted a colloquium on Ebola hosted by the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law featuring Dr. Kevin Donovan and Dr. Daniel Lucey. Additional coverage included USA Today and LiveScience (wire service carried by Discovery News, FoxNewsHuffington Post, etc.) in which Dr. Lucey was quoted. Other: Mr. John Kraemer was featured prominently in a Washington Post article about Ebola. interviewed Dr. Lucey about the organizations involved in the Ebola fight.

 The BBC quoted Dr. Jesse Goodman following his participation in a WHO meeting on potential therapies for Ebola. USA Today quote Dr. Lucey in two articles about Ebola. 

The Associated Press featured Dr. Lucey in an article and video about his experience with safe practices in Sierra Leone.


The Georgetown Voice published a profile about NHS.


The UK Daily NewsGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology News and Catholic Online carried a story about Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky's publication calling for an investigation into cloud-like collections in cells.


Dr. Kevin Donovan was interviewed by Medical Ethics Advisor about end-of-life care (PDF available).


In the first known study of its kind, GUMC researchers have identified brain activity that links dyslexia to difficulty with math. The investigators say the finding has important ramifications for recognizing the wide spread repercussions of dyslexia.

The Memory Disorders Program at GUMC  is seeking volunteers to participate in a new treatment study for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The study, called "NOBLE," evaluates the potential benefits of adding an investigational drug, T-817MA, to donepezil (Aricept´┐Ż).

Federal designation as a comprehensive cancer center indicates that Georgetown Lombardi excels in laboratory science, clinical research and population-based programs, along with robust translational research that bridges these areas.

Georgetown celebrated the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art athletic facility on Friday with current and former student athletes, university leaders and special guests. The facility is named for legendary Hoyas men's basketball coach John Thompson Jr., who served as head coach of Georgetown's men's basketball team from 1972-1999.  

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"It is a powerful endorsement ... that the work we have done and continue to do is having high impact-both locally and globally," Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis Weiner said, upon receiving the news that his center's comprehensive status and its Cancer Center Support Grant have been renewed by the National Cancer Institute. Read more: 

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IH major Dana Drecksel presents at conference about her research on hydraulic fracturing and silica dust exposure. 

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M4 students-NOW is the time to promote your success in the Match. Read @TheNRMP's tips on what you need to know & do:

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More events >

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

Research Building Auditorium

BGE Student Research Day
 Sponsor: Biomedical Graduate Education


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

Georgetown University

NHS McAuley Lecture 

Featuring Christine Candio, MPA, RN, FACHE


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

Georgetown University Conference Center

Machines, Mind & Meaning Symposium 

  Seating is limited RSVP: [email protected] 

Friday, October 3, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Med-Dent, Room SW107 
RSVP Required

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

Washington Hilton
Tickets on sale now   

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

Research Building Auditorium

GUMC Faculty Convocation Ceremony

Save the date!


Sunday, September 21, 1:00 p.m.

Copley Lounge 

Memorial Service for Karen Gale, PhD

RSVP: [email protected] 


Tuesday, September 23, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ICC Auditorium

A Symposium: "The Ebola Crisis: Context, Systemic Challenges, Consequences"   


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

Georgetown University Conference Center

Third Annual Biomedical  

Informatics Symposium  



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

Research Building Auditorium
Registration is now open

Saturday, October 25, 9:30 a.m.

National Mall 

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Join Memory Disorders Program's team   


Thursday, November 13, to Friday, November 14

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Chairs: Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD

 and Joachim Sturmberg, MD


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