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Georgetown Women in Medicine marked its 20th anniversary Thursday at an event that captured the struggles, triumphs and milestones of women in medical professions to attain equity in leadership roles, compensation and career development opportunities. 

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Karen Gale, PhD, who passed away in August, was honored posthumously for her significant contributions to epilepsy research and interdisciplinary scholarship at the University's Fall Faculty Convocation. 

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Watch a video highlighting Dr. Gale's accomplishments>  



The 28th Annual Lombardi Gala took place Oct.18, drawing more than 800 people to the Washington Hilton for an evening of raising funds and awareness for cancer treatment and research.

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Research projects in pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular risk were selected for funding this round through GUMC's Partners in Research program, a novel community-driven philanthropy initiative.   

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Sascha Meijers, an international health graduate of NHS who is now a technical officer with the WHO, is several weeks into her work to provide support for the Ebola response at the organization's headquarters in Geneva.


John Marshall, MD, director of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointesintal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi, was honored by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation at its recent Blue Hope Bash fundraising event for his tireless work on behalf of colon cancer patients. 

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The Lombardi Gala and the 2014 NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award were covered by ESPNESPN Front RowThe Hoya, and DC Hotspots.


A New England Journal of Medicine Perspective by Dr. Nathan Cobb on e-cigarettes was covered by Huffington Post and Fox News (via LiveScience) and the Fix.


Dr. Karen Anderson was interviewed by Fox 5 about a Huntington Disease youth program.

Dr. Carole Gresenz was interviewed by Bloomberg about shopping for health care services.


Wired interviewed Dr. Michael Ullman about a study on the origins of language.


Dr. Tom Sherman talked to JNCI about a link between colon cancer and resistant starch.


Reader's Digest interviewed Dr. Kenneth Lin about thoughts doctors have when seeing patients.


Media coverage of the 2014 Ebola crisis continues with GUMC faculty including Dr. Jesse Goodman, Dr. Daniel Lucey, Dr. Paul Roepe, Dr. Jesse Bump, Dr. Kevin Donovan, Prof. John Kraemer and Dr. Michael Stoto:


Dr. Goodman took part in a WTOP Town Hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci. Multiple stories were generated: WTOP (web recap), WTOP (airborne v. aerosolized), WTOP (vaccine development), CSPAN 2 (full event), WTOP (full event), WRC Ch. 4, NewsChannel 8 and Radio WorldOther stories involving Dr. Goodman: CNNLive ScienceVoice of AmericaVoice of AmericaAFPUS News & World ReportBloomberg radioPolitico, CNN and Reuters.


Dr. Lucey (via Doctors Without Borders): CBS Evening NewsNew York TimesWall Street JournalBloomberg and Face the Nation.


Dr. Roepe: The HillThe New York Times and Huffington Post


Dr. Bump: Boston HeraldWTOP (web), WTOP (audio) and National Geographic


Dr. Donovan: Reuters


Prof. Kraemer: Time


Dr. Stoto: Hoya


Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer, has teamed up with Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of Sharsheret's culturally relevant breast cancer support programs.

Georgetown University Medical Center researchers believe the popularity of e-cigarettes could lead to the "demise" of cigarette smoking and save thousands of lives, but not until they are proven safe and are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Colleagues, alumni, friends and family are mourning the loss of a former dean at the School of Foreign Service. Carol Lancaster, PhD, (SFS'64), who spent more than three decades at Georgetown and became SFS dean in 2010, passed away after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2013. 

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About to get started at @Newseum @wtop #Ebola town hall. @JesseGoodmanMD joins expert panel w/ Fauci. #WTOP  

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Michael Stoto, PhD, professor of health systems administration, keynoted European CDC event on preparedness. ... 

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Click on the link below to see ESPN's coverage of the Lombardi Gala!     

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More events >

Wednesday, October 29,1:20-3:20 p.m.

Georgetown University Law Center

Faculty Dining Room

 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Sponsor: O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law


Monday, November 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Med-Dent Building NE201C 

Challenges for Biomedical Scientists in Curricular Revision: Embracing the Journey

Sponsor: CENTILE 


Wednesday, November 5 

10:00 a.m. Colloquium; 3:00 p.m. Convocation

Research Building Auditorium

Annual GUMC Faculty Convocation 

Featuring Cura Personalis Awardee 

Helen S. Mayberg, MD

Thursday, November 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Warwick Evans 

Center for Cell Reprogramming 

Seminar Series

Featuring Jeffrey Karp, PhD

Thursday, October 30, 12:00 p.m.
Preclinical Science, GA 2/4
Sarah Stewart Lecture Series
Featuring Wolfgang Rennert, MD


Wednesday, November 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Med-Dent Building NE201C 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Institution for Excellence in Education: A 5 Year Review

Sponsor: CENTILE


Thursday, November 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Leavey Program Room, Leavey Center  

  Translating Novelty to Innovation: To Maximize the Value of Your Intellectual Propert

Sponsor: Office of Technology Commercialization


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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