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At the GUMC Annual Convocation Nov. 5, Cura Personalis Award recipient Helen S. Mayberg, MD, challenged the audience to not allow themselves to be defined by others, but rather to let the important questions guide their next steps. 


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Georgetown investigators led by Charbel E-H Moussa, MB, PhD, have published new research that dramatically alters the prevailing theory of how Alzheimer's disease develops and shows the potential of a cancer drug to combat the disease.  




With the goals of righting past wrongs and building trust between researchers and racially and ethnically diverse communities, GUMC has developed a novel pilot study consisting of a series of community forums called "Truth and Reconciliation."

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Elissa Newport, PhD, has been announced as one of nine scientists and innovators selected to receive a 2015 Franklin Institute Award. The Franklin Institute will honor Newport at a ceremony in April for her contributions to understanding the nature of human language. 




Kenneth West II (G'09), a graduate of the Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, has become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and been named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the top 25 health care leaders under age 40 in the U.S.




Dr. Charbel Moussa's research suggesting a new role for tau in the development of Alzheimer's disease was covered by Fox News, Fox News Radio, US News via HealthDay, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Alzheimer's News Today and Drug Discovery & Development.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards recipients, a list that includes Dr. Elissa Newport.

The Associated Press turned to Dr. Kenneth Lin for his take on a new home colon cancer test. The story was carried by hundreds of news outlets.

Dr. Claudine Isaacs and Dr. Shawna Willey discussed the impact of Angelina Jolie's preventive double mastectomy on women seeking genetic testing with NBC4 (local NBC affiliate).

LiveScience interviewed Dr. Paul Roepe for a story about developing treatments for viral infections. The article was carried by Huffington Post and Yahoo!News UK.

The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society reported on a new report from researchers at GUMC and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law on data sharing.

Dr. John Marshall's recent award from Chris4Life was mentioned in a Washington Post article.

LiveScience published a story about the myths of colon cleansing featuring Dr. Ranit Mishori who has published on the topic.

The Boston Pilot covered a meeting with Catholic organizations in which speakers, including Dr. Laura Anderko, discussed the need to balance environmental protections and health.

The Hoya covered Dr. Nathan Cobb's NEJM essay on e-cigarette regulation.

Media coverage of the 2014 Ebola crisis continues:

    Dr. Jesse Bump: MedPage Today, The Clinical Advisor

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia recently announced that Georgetown University Medical Center's Elissa L. Newport, PhD, is one of nine people to receive a 2015 Franklin Institute Award. Newport's award is for her contributions to understanding the nature of human language.

New research points to malfunctioning tau as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer's development, also explains why some people with plaque build-up in their brains don't have dementia.

The economies of the United States and those abroad would recover much faster if more women participated in the workforce and got equal pay for equal work, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during an event at Georgetown sponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. 

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#GUMC's @JesseGoodmanMD provides expert insights into #Ebola epidemic for packed mini-med school audience.  

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Dr. Katherine Cook uses #BCRP funds to understand the molecular mechanisms of anti-estrogen resistance  #CDMRP 

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Congratulations to the M2017 class on their big Powderpuff win, and to the Vital Sounds on an excellent debut performance! Check out their performance here.

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Valuing the common good: Students in the "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention" course, taught by Joan Riley, MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor of human science and nursing, teamed up with Relay for Life to raise awareness about colon cancer. 

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Register today for @RueschCenter annual Symposium Dec. 4, 5
& 6

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Congratulations to Dr. Erica McClaskey and Dr. Ranit Mishori for receiving the distinct honor of being named Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians at this year's annual conference. They attended a wonderful ceremony at #AAFP14  here in Washington, DC, where they were presented certificates by incoming president of the AAFP, Dr. Robert Wergin.  

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More events >

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

Warwick Evans 

Center for Cell Reprogramming 

Seminar Series

Featuring Jeffrey Karp, PhD



Friday, November 14, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

MedStar National Rehabilitation  

Hospital Auditorium

Seminar on Genetics and Research Ethics

Please Register


Monday, November 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m.   

W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater

Looking Up and In:  

The Creative Mind and Process

Featuring Mark Ridinger, MD  

Thursday, November 13, to Friday, November 14

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Chairs: Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD

 and Joachim Sturmberg, MD


Friday, November 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Gorman Auditorium

Afternoon Tea with The Memory   

Disorders Program 



Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer
A Three-Part Symposium   
Sponsor: The Ruesch Center for the
Cure of GI Cancers


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