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There is reason to feel hopeful about future prospects for Alzheimer's treatment and prevention as research continues to yield important new insights about the disease, GUMC experts said at the Dec. 3 Doctors Speak Out quarterly lunch education series.




Georgetown Women in Medicine (GWIM) culminated its 20th anniversary year with its annual awards ceremony Dec. 11, honoring achievements of female faculty and supporters.

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Georgetown recently hosted a program called The Art of Perception, designed for medical students as a way to enhance their observation and perception skills, and to communicate inferences more effectively. 




In an effort to make biomedical education more accessible to diverse populations, School of Medicine faculty and students hosted some 70 local high school students recently under the auspices of the Project Lead the Way program.


Housed within NHS' Department of Health Systems Administration, the new master's program aims to prepare students to take on executive-level leadership roles within the health care sector. It will enroll its first cohort in fall 2015.




The Ruesch Center's fifth annual "Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer" symposium was held Dec. 4-6 at Georgetown.The three-part event explored recent advancements in gastrointestinal cancers and immunotherapy treatments. 

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Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis M. Weiner, MD, participated in a Senate Cancer Coalition panel and briefing on Capitol Hill Dec. 10, co-chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Johnny Isakson, led by NCI Director Harold Varmus, MD, and sponsored by One Voice Against Cancer Coalition. 

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Bloomberg revisits news this past year of several advances related to predictive blood tests for Alzheimer's. Dr. Howard Federoff was interviewed about his team's work.

Dr. Robert Clarke was featured in an NPR Morning Edition story about the prevalence of contaminated cells lines and efforts to prevent it.  


To mark Human Rights Day, Dr. Ranit Mishori penned an op-ed in The Washington Post about teaching human rights in medical school.


The Huffington Post and The Hoya covered the medical student "die in," a nationwide medical student movement to mark Human Rights Day.  


Dr. Daniel Lucey was interviewed by BBC World News about treating Ebola in West Africa.


Bloomberg interviewed Dr. Ranit Mishori about the use of rectal hydration as reported in the CIA "torture report."


The Washington Post asks Dr. Josef Rauschecker about misophonia and its potential link to tinnitus.


Dr. Jeanne Mandelblatt talked to the Los Angeles Times about a study she co-authored on breast cancer screening for women with dense breasts.


In a video blog on Medscape, Dr. John Marshall drills down on immunotherapy for GI cancers.


Dr. Aline Charabaty reviews colon cancer screening techniques in a special article in ASCO Post.


Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis M. Weiner, MD, participated in a Senate Cancer Coalition panel and briefing on Capitol Hill Dec. 10. Panel co-chairs Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Johnny Isakson hosted the event. The briefing was led by Harold Varmus, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute, and sponsored by One Voice Against Cancer Coalition.

A five-minute functional MRI (fMRI) test can pick up neuronal dysfunction in HIV-positive individuals who don't yet exhibit cognitive decline, say neuroscientists and clinicians at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Time has selected the "The Ebola Fighters" as the 2014 Person of the Year. Georgetown University Medical Center applauds this selection and honors one of its own Ebola fighters, Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH.

Use of anthracycline-based chemotherapy, a common treatment for breast cancer, has negligible cardiac toxicity in women whose tumors have BRCA1/2 mutations--despite preclinical evidence that such treatment can damage the heart.

Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center have completed a critical step in the journey from a basic science discovery in the lab to a potential clinical application, showing that an experimental agent prevents tumor growth and spread in mice with prostate cancer harboring a common chromosomal abnormality.

The severity of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could have been avoided had a global health security agenda been in place, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said last week at Georgetown.

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This afternoon, on International Human Rights Day, Georgetown University medical students took part in a nationwide medical student demonstration to show solidarity with people in #Ferguson and Staten Island. Wearing their white coats and bearing signs, they say they gathered to peacefully draw attention to issues of racial injustice and other forms of discrimination in this country. Georgetown University Medical Center is proud to be part of a community that promotes open dialogue and respects diverse perspectives around challenging issues of the day. #rights365 

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The Department of Human Science at the School of Nursing & Health Studies is pleased to announce a new graduate-level Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health Program. Applications for the fall 2015 semester are due April 15, 2015. Hoya Saxa! 

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It's Giving Tuesday! Jack wants to know how you'll give.
Considering giving to the Georgetown University School of Medicine? If so, you can do so here:
However you choose to give, the Georgetown University School of Medicine (and Jack!) thanks you for continuing to be #HoyasForOthers

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Jenny Van Kirk (M'14) reflects on the mission of #HoyasForOthers this #GivingTuesday 

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Great turn out for Part 1 of the @RueschCenter Symposium! Advances in GI Cancer: 2014 #beatGIcancer

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More events >

Friday, January 9,12:00-1:00 p.m.

Research Building Auditorium 

Center for Cell Reprogramming 

Seminar Series

Featuring Jeff Engelman, MD, PhD, from the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center


Wednesday, January 28, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Med-Dent, NE201CA

Appointments and Promotions for Medical Educator Track
Sponsor:  Office of
Faculty and Academic Affairs

Friday, January 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Med-Dent, SW107  

Medical Education Journal Club 

Sponsor: Georgetown University School of Medicine  



Thursday, February 5

Research Building Auditorium

 Medical Education Grand Rounds
Featuring Robert Englander, MD, MPH of the
Association of American Medical Colleges 

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