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GUMC convened an expert panel to discuss the challenges of creating and maintaining a culture of patient safety at the latest installment of the Doctors Speak Out series.


Researchers Lakshmi Goparaju, PhD, and Mary Young, MD, of Georgetown's Infectious Diseases Division, are studying women's experiences with HIV as they age.




Capital Breast Care Center hosted its 7th annual Gift of Life Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Jennifer Griffin, a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel and breast cancer survivor. 


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Leaders from dozens of organizations devoted to integrative health and medicine convened at Georgetown at a recent event to celebrate the contributions to their field of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.




The Oct. 2 event drew more than 300 people to Georgetown for a day devoted to exploring implications of big data in biomedicine, cloud computing, data visualization, cancer immunotherapy and related subjects. 


Odianosen Eigbire-molen (M'17) was one of 12 medical students from the U.S. and Canada selected to participate in the American Society of Hematology's eight-week Minority Medical Student Award Program, designed to foster minority medical students' interest in the field of hematology. 




A junior human science major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies designed the winning logo for Bulldog Tavern in the new Healey Family Student Center in New South residence hall.




In response to the ongoing 2014 Ebola crisis, Georgetown University has compiled a university-wide resource, including experts from GUMC, to highlight faculty expertise in one central hub through blog posts, publications and events. 

Media coverage of the Ebola crisis continues. Dr. Jesse Goodman was on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (three segments). He also was interviewed by BBC World News and Associated Press television, and quoted in multiple stories from USA Today (story 1, story 2, story 3, story 4), National Geographic, WTOP, AFP, Washington Post (Wonk Blog), Post and Courier (editorial), MedPage TodayDr. Kevin Donovan was interviewed by Reuters

Dr. James Giordano joined The Diane Rehm Show to discuss the use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental disorders.

WTOP interviewed Dr. Claudine Isaacs for a web story and two audio stories about breast cancer awareness month.

CBS News Radio interviewed Dr. Kevin Donovan about preventing Celiac disease in children.

MedScape covered the newest guidelines for hypothyroidism in a paper authored by Dr. Jacqueline Jonklass.

ESPN's SportsCenter and NFL Live, and ProPlayer Inside covered the announcement of Stuart Scott as the 2014 recipient of the NFLPA Georgetown Lombardi Award. The Charlotte Observer and the Patriot Ledger carried stories about NFL players taking part in "One Team for the Cure" that benefits Georgetown Lombardi. Georgetown Patch previewed the upcoming Lombardi Gala.

Dr. Talal M. Nsouli was interviewed for the story on The Weather Channel about foods that help stop seasonal allergies.

Dr. Kenneth Lin discussed the importance of health literacy for Costco's member newsletter, CostcoConnection.

Physicians News Digest quoted Dr. Kathryn Taylor about prostate cancer screening.

Dr. Ranit Mishori explains new guidelines involving pelvic exams in EmpowerHer.

WTOP mentions an Alzheimer's prevention study (A4) at Georgetown.

Finally, The Hoya published a story about the recent passing of Dr. Karen Gale.

Dr. Kenneth Tercyak was interviewed by US News & World Report about sharing genetic test results with children.


The 28th Annual Lombardi Gala benefiting Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Washington Hilton. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Gala will go directly to Georgetown Lombardi for cancer research, education and treatment. 

Georgetown Lombardi and the NFL Players Association have selected ESPN sports anchor Stuart Scott as the recipient of its annual award. Scott will receive the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award during the 28th Annual Lombardi Gala on Sat., Oct. 18, in Washington.

Levothyroxine is considered the gold standard therapy for an underactive thyroid gland, and a new review of therapies for the condition has not altered that assessment, say a team of investigators.

Legislation passed in 2003 to slow the spiraling costs of drugs paid for by the federal government to treat Medicare patients has had no meaningful impact on cancer chemotherapy drug costs, say a team of researchers in the Journal of Clinical Oncology published online Sept. 29.

The Baker Center for Leadership & Governance, a new nonpartisan center devoted to respectful policy dialogue and original research, is being created within Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy, thanks to a $10 million gift from Patricia and Jon M. Baker Sr. (C'64). 

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Getting smart about your health: @kennylinafp tells #CostcoConnection why #healthliteracy matters 

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Michael Stoto, PhD, professor of health systems administration, will be speaking Nov. 20 in Boston at the Big Data Healthcare Analytics Forum. He will address, "Population Health in the Era of Accountable Care: Implications for Healthcare Providers." Learn more:

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Students participating in the Dean's Summer Research Scholars and MedStar Health Scholars Programs recently presented their findings at the 2014 Student Research Day. Congratulations on a job well done! Read more:  

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More events >

 Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.
Harvey Amphitheater 
Featuring Michael Adams, MD
RSVP Required

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

Research Building Auditorium

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

Washington Hilton
Tickets on sale now   

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

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Pre-clinical Science, Room GA 2/4
Living with BRCA1/2: Screening and Panel Discussion of "In the Family" Documentary


Friday, October 17, 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Research Building Auditorium

American Cancer Society Mini Symposium


Thursday, October 23, 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Copley Formal Lounge 

Georgetown Women in Medicine 20th Anniversary

RSVP Required    


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

Research Building Auditorium

GUMC Faculty Convocation Ceremony

Save the date!


Friday, November 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Gorman Auditorium
Afternoon Tea with the Memory
Disorders Program
RSVP Required

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