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Georgetown scientists study the impact of two Alzheimer's risk genes on early brain development and function.






Cancer specialists at Georgetown Lombardi are looking for ways to encourage more participation in clinical trials among their Asian populations. 

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The latest speaker in the McAuley Lecture Series, Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH, addressed occupational health among immigrant and other disadvantaged populations.

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The President of the United States paid tribute to the university's 200th anniversary of its federal charter with a message lauding the impact Georgetown graduates have made in this country and around the world.

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Dr. Louis Weiner was quoted by the Wall Street JournalBloombergInternational Business Times and OncLive about the FDA's approval of the first "biosimilar" drug.


Dr. Aline Charabaty was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for a second story on biosimilars.

Oncology Times and The Cancer Letter quoted Dr. Weiner on the announced departure of NCI Director Harold Varmus.


Catholic News Agency turned to Dr. Victoria Jennings for a story on natural family planning.


In an interview with The Hoya, Dr. Michael Stoto commented on Ron Klain's term as "Ebola czar."


Dr. Jesse Goodman discusses what's known about long-term effects of #Ebola survivors with LiveScience. 


NPR All Things Considered reported on an NHS alumni brother/sister Ebola fighting team.


LiveScience interviewed Dr. Jesse Goodman about preventing antibiotic resistance.


Dr. Sally Joo Bailey joined a panel on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss latest research on peanut allergies.


Dr. Paul Roepe was interview by NPR for a web story about hand sanitizers and Ebola.


Dr. James Giordono went on Al Jazeera's The Stream to discuss psychedelic drug research.


USA Today interviewed Dr. Joel Selanikio about statements made by Ebola survivor Craig Spencer.


Dr. Charbel Moussa commented on WUSA-9 on research involving a skin test to diagnose neurologic disorders. 

Research conducted by Dr. Michael Stoto and colleagues on the Elk River Spill was included in the Harvard Friday Letter.


Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble discusses funding opportunities via PCORI in Monitor on Psychology.


Dr. Kevin FitzGerald talked to PolitiFact at the Atlanta Journal Constitution about a new bill to curb human-animal hybrids.


Howard University News Service interviewed Dr. Ranit Mishori for a story on symptoms of menopause.


Dr. Bruce Cheson comments on Medscape on over-testing involving lymphoma. 


ALN magazine reported on Dr. Kathyrn Sandberg's publication offering recommendations to the NIH for sex diversity in research.



Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi have deciphered the mechanistic understanding of the relatively new technique for growing cells in culture indefinitely. They say identifying the mechanisms of immortalization lays the groundwork for future clinical use of these cells.

Abigail Marsh, PhD, and her co-authors have been awarded a 2014 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for her paper, "Neural and cognitive characteristics of extraordinary altruists."

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Ask a ProfessorThe Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently issued new diet recommendations. Georgetown University's Thomas Sherman, PhD, who teaches nutrition and metabolism at the medical school, explains what's new. #AskAGUProf

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Hear how @GtownNHS brother & sister alumni team helped battle #Ebola in #SierraLeone via @NPR @GUAlumni @Georgetown 

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 @LombardiCancer's Dr. Toretsky & colleagues make a novel discovery in #ewingsarcoma via @PNASNews

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Let the countdown begin! We cannot wait to celebrate with our Class of 2015 on Match Day - Friday, March 20th.
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Thanks to Andrew Debraggio (C'16) with #georgetownstories for taking time to learn about the School of Nursing & Health Studies! Watch the video:

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Save the date! Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network are pleased to present Music for the Mind on May 20, 2015!

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New Post: "Graduate Students Living at Georgetown" at

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More events >

 Monday, March 9, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Sheraton Town Center Hotel, Columbia, MD 
 Annual MedStar Research Symposium

Sponsor: MedStar Health Research Institute


Thursday, March 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Building D, Warwick Evans 

  Center for Cell Reprogramming 

 Seminar Series

Sponsor: Center for Cell Reprogramming

 Sunday, March 22, 9:00 a.m.

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 

10th Annual Scope it Out 5K

Sponsor: Chris4Life Cancer Foundation


Wednesday, March 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Georgetown University Hotel and 

 Conference Center

Ebola and Beyond: Global Epidemics in our One Health World 2015

RSVP by March 13


Saturday, March 28, 6:00 p.m.

Georgetown University Hotel and 

Conference Center

Golden Apple Gala

Sponsor: SOM



Tuesday, March 10, 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Med-Dent Building, SW107

CENTILE Grand Rounds

Sponsor: CENTILE

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Med-Dent Auditorium 
 Mini-Medical School

Registration is open


Monday, March 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Building D, Warwick Evans

Declining Financial Skills in Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease

Sponsors: GUMC, SOM and the Department of Health Systems Administration


Thursday, March 26, 5:00 p.m.

Leavey Center, Salons ABC

NHS Values Based Lecture

Featuring Desiree Hellegers (C'83), PhD

Sponsor: NHS



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