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Please join Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia for a GUMC Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 4pm in the New Research Building auditorium.

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Medical school professor Kim Bullock, MD, has developed a fourth-year elective for medical students across specialties to experience creative expression as part of self-exploration, identification, healing and renewal.

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This coming academic year, two more tracks have been added to the School of Medicine-the Population Health Scholar Track and the Literature and Medicine Track.

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A team of Georgetown University Cancer Center researchers has received a $9 million NASA grant to study the effect of space radiation on the human body and explore potential risks for gastrointestinal cancer in astronauts.





More than 90 people came to the first annual Georgetown University Free Neuroscience Public Lecture to hear compelling, TED-style talks by three faculty members from Georgetown's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience.  

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Georgetown University School of Medicine students and faculty members were honored at the 37th Annual Golden Apple Awards.  





The American Physiological Society has selected Georgetown University Medical Center's Susan Mulroney, PhD, as its 2015 Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year.  

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Phyllis Magrab, PhD, vice chair of the U.S. Afghan Women's Council (USAWC) based at Georgetown University, attended President Ashraf Ghani's speech on Capital Hill before a joint session of Congress. Read More > 




Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing, will serve in the role for one year before assuming the presidency in 2016.  

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Time, Newsweek, Discovery Channel, and others covered Dr. Maximillian Riesenhuber's study on the brain's word dictionary. The National Science Foundation published a video about the study.


Prof. Beth Peshkin joined a panel on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss cancer genetic testing and preventive surgery in the wake of news from Angelina Jolie. She also did a live interview with WTOP and was interviewed by NBC4 and WJLA.


Dr. Scott Turner talked to WJLA about an alzheimer's treatment study.


A year after the Ebola outbreak, Dr. Jesse Goodman was interviewed live by WTOP. Dr. Daniel Lucey did a live interview with CNN International about Ebola a year after the outbreak.


Dr. Sumi Sexton explained the pros and cons of pacifiers with Yahoo Parenting.


NPR interviewed Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman about why there is no generic insulin.


Dr. Matthew Biel was tapped by The Washington Post to discuss quality vs. quantity of time with children.


CBS News Radio talked to Dr. Thomas Sherman about a study identifying trends in fast food consumption.


The Hoya reported on Dr. Jennifer Huang Bouey's DC D-CFAR grant to study HIV in high-risk women in Washington.


Slate covered a conference in which Dr. Joel Selanikio was a panelist discussing medical devices and data use.


Dr. James Giordano talked to PBS Newshour about the use of transcranial direct-current stimulation.



Diabetes is a risk factor for both heart attacks and strokes; more than a third of those with type 1 diabetes die before age 55 from some form of cardiovascular disease. To understand more about risk factors in young patients, Georgetown University is looking for both children with type 1 diabetes and healthy children, ages 12 to 18, to help with an important new study.

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.

Supported by funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Assistant Professor of Biology Jeffrey Huang and his researchers are looking to answer the question, "Once you have MS, what do you do to prevent it from progressing?"

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Congratulations to this year's "Vicennialists"- members of our faculty and academic staff who have been part of our Georgetown community for twenty years.


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Georgetown medical students explore the connection btwn artistic and surgical prowess at the Medical Student Art Show cc @MedThread 

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Sharing my #OneDegree story and my research at @LombardiCancer tomorrow for an @ACSCAN and @SU2C event in Bethesda.

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Congrats to IH professor Jennifer Huang who received a grant from DC D-CFAR
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Thursday, April 9, 12:00 p.m.

School of Medicine, GA2/4  

 Sarah Stewart Lecture Series 

Presenting Daniel R. Lucey, MD, MPH 

Please RSVP  


Thursday, April 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Basic Science Building

 CAM Seminar: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Patients With Cancer 



  Friday, April 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles

 John Carroll Weekend
GUMC Leadership "Meet-and-Greet" 

Visit website for full schedule



Friday, April 17, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

School of Medicine
 St. Baldrick's Fundraiser  

Visit website for more details 



     Monday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Pre-Clinical Sciences Building, GE 4,6,10  

School of Medicine Blood Drive 

Schedule your donation 


New Date: Monday, April 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

New Research Building Auditorium    

CENTILE Grand Rounds  

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