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Researchers, clinicians and educators came together at Georgetown for the First International Conference on Systems and Complexity Sciences for Healthcare held  Nov. 13-14. The thematic areas were grounded in an emerging cross-disciplinary way of thinking about wellness, disease and care. 


Georgetown neuroscientists say menthol and nicotine work together to desensitize receptors in the lungs' airways, possibly encouraging people to inhale menthol cigarettes more deeply and exposing them to more toxins.




The Adolescent Development Study, jointly run by GUMC and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is a wide-ranging effort to understand how a teen brain that is "still under construction," can lead to risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug use.

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Debbie S. Barrington, PhD, MPH, who began as an assistant professor in NHS' Department of Human Science this fall, is principal investigator of a three-year $625,000 K22 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. 




A Georgetown University Medical Center PhD student who received a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship is gearing up to begin her project, examining how cells communicate with one another in the brain.




♫ NPR covered research from Dr. Josef Rauschecker's lab presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in which postdoctoral fellow Dr. Paula Plaza studies brain reorganization in people born blind.

The Boston Glob
e interviewed Dr. Richard Schlegel about a study published in Science based on his work with conditional cell reprogramming. Other outlets covered the study including Nature NewsThe ScientistTime and Bloomberg.


The Washington Post turned to Dr. Catherine Broome to explains observations in people with iron deficiency and pagophagia (ice craving).

The Associated Press
 turned to Dr. Guinevere Eden for her expert comment on a new brain study done while participants read Harry Potter.

The Hoya
 wrote about Dr. Tawara Goode's program of "Truth and Reconciliation" strategy to move beyond past clinical trials harms to restore trust in the medical community.

The Washington Post
 quoted Dr. Kevin Donovan in an article about the tetanus vaccine controversy in Kenya involving local Catholic bishops. He was also interviewed by Catholic News Agency.

♫ An 
NPR story on the reported doctor shortage featured Georgetown University's School of Medicine white coat program and Dr. Howard Federoff welcoming the students.

Dr. Arnold Potosky talked to 
HemOnc Today about his research showing adolescents and young adults don't receive adequate cancer treatment.

Oncology Times
 covered the Ruesch GI Cancer Symposium and quoted Dr. John Marshall.

The Chicago Tribune
 quoted Dr. Ranit Mishori in a story about health impacts on fertility.

Dr. Kenneth Lin shared his opinion on CMS coverage of CT screening for lung cancer in a 
MedPage Today article.

 covered research presented at the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting from Dr. John VanMeter's lab on alcohol abuse in teens.

Health News Reviews
 covered Dr. Dan Merenstein's perspective in JAMA Internal Medicine about PSA screening and its "winners and losers."

Science 2.0
 covered research published by Rebecka Lundgren about how including men in family planning empowers women.

Psychiatric News
 reported on a conference about the mental health of ethnic minorities on college campus  and quoted Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble.

Dr. John Marshall talked to 
Medscape about a new DNA test that screens for colon cancer.

Media coverage of the 2014 Ebola crisis continues, but is slowing.

Jesse Goodman: Washington ObserverEbola Deeply


A study from the Institute for Reproductive Health at GUMC suggests that addressing the dynamics between husbands and wives can result in women making more financial decisions and having more control over their social interactions, while at the same time meeting their family planning needs.

The Society for Neuroscience posthumously awarded Karen Gale, PhD, with its Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring. The award recognizes individuals dedicated to promoting women's advancement in neuroscience, specifically by mentoring women to facilitate their entry into and retention in the field.

Neuroscientists at GUMC are zeroing in on brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking.

Georgetown University investigators have found menthol acts in combination with nicotine to desensitize receptors in lungs' airways that are responsible for nicotine's irritation.

Heidi Elmendorf, an associate professor in Georgetown College's biology department, was recently honored as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's District of Columbia Professor of the Year.

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The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) posthumously awarded Karen Gale, PhD, with its Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring at the organization's annual meeting. Dr. Gale's daughter, Justine Underhill (left) accepted the award from Dr. Grafstein (right) on behalf of her late mother. Dr. Gale, who passed away in August, was founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown, and was a founder and immediate past co-president of Georgetown Women in Medicine.  

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You've got a great new idea for a technology product that you think can bring about big health impacts. But how do you ensure that people will actually want to use it?

Read through some of our lessons learned from usability testing of a  #mHealth product in Kenya with partners IHub & Cycle Technologies. [We've also got some great insider's tips for you!]

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HOYA Clinic would like to recognize the amazing volunteers who comprise the HOYA subcommittees: the Resource Specialist Team, Child Assessment Team, iPad Health Talk Team, Wellness Workshop Team, and Mentorship Team.

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Undergrads in @Georgetown chapter of @AcademyHealth took field trip to U.S. Senate to learn more about health policy.  

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Interested in learning more about #immunotherapy for GI cancers? register now for @RueschCenter annual symposium 12/5

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More events >

Wednesday, December 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Warwick Evans 

Center for Cell Reprogramming 

Seminar Series

Featuring Stuart Martin, PhD


Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer
A Three-Part Symposium   
Thursday, December 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Gorman Auditorium  

Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Program  


Thursday, December 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Med-Dent, SW107 

GWIM Annual Awards Ceremony

RSVP by December 8


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