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Georgetown family medicine physicians and medical students evaluate people in the greater D.C. metropolitan area seeking asylum: looking for signs of abuse, torture or trauma.

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Can cosmetic surgery make you more likable? A GUMC study finds that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are considered  more likable, attractive and feminine.

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The world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research, the Amerian Association for Cancer Research (AACR), awarded Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD, with its its 10th annual Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship.  

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Nearly 90 poster presentations at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference, sponsored annually by the Department of Human Science, showcased the wide-ranging research of student investigators from Georgetown and area universities.

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Women and men with electric razors and scissors were busy working on the Georgetown University Medical Center faculty, staff and School of Medicine students who volunteered for Georgetown's 6th Annual St. Baldrick's Day festivities on April 17 at the Leavey Center's Sellinger Lounge.  

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Lois Wessel (G'97), MS, RN, CFNP, instructor of nursing, earned acceptance as a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program Fellow, which she will hold for the 2015-2016 program year.





The Today show hosted Dr. Michael Reilly to describe his research on how plastic surgery changes the way people are perceived.  Stories about the study were also reported by The Washington PostTimeHuffington PostCosmopolitan.comFox News.comNBC News.comParade and several others. In addition, stories aired on dozens of local TV stations nationwide including in large markets such as Los Angeles and Philadelphia.


The St. Baldrick's Day event hosted by medical students received live coverage on ABC7. A second story also aired on the station. 


The Philadelphia Inquirer tapped Dr. Louis Weiner for his expertise on immunotherapies and their side effects.


The Scientist reported on breast cancer research from Dr. Robert Clarke's lab.


The Wall Street Journal interviewed Dr. Dan Merenstein about new sinusitis treatment guidelines.


The Hoya covered two new educational tracks at the School of Medicine.


Dr. Claudine Isaacs was interviewed by USA Today about breast cancer diagnosis and second opinions.  She also was quoted in International Business Times.


Dr. Ranit Mishori talked to Live Science about when to seek a second opinion.


CBS News Radio interviewed Dr. Allen Taylor on a study on divorce and its impact on the heart.



Women diagnosed with breast cancer are often told not to eat soyfoods or soy-based supplements because they can interfere with anti-estrogen treatment. But new research being presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015 could eventually impact that advice, because in animals, a long history of eating soyfoods boosts the immune response against breast tumors, reducing cancer recurrence.

Dr. Rajiv Shah, former administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said the nation is at risk of losing its leadership role in international aid and development during his March 30 visit at Georgetown.

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Excited to honor @RueschCenter at @PanCAN's PurpleStride Washington DC Leadership Breakfast this morning!

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#TheMarket's grand opening in the Pre-Clinical Science Building includes free goodies and life-size "operation."  

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Georgetown is taking a seat to take a stand for women in technology. #SitWithMe



Women and men for others. A spring break service trip to Honduras helped international health major Niki Khandheria (NHS'17) develop her understanding of the social determinants of health.
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More events >


 Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

SW-107 Med-Dent Building    

 Effective Negotiation: Meeting Your Goals While Building Relationships
Sponsored by Georgetown Women in Medicine 
Please RSVP to
by April 20


Friday, April 24, 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.


  Monday, April 27, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m





Wednesdays May 6 through June 3 
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Webinar Series   
Increasing the Odds of NIH Funding 
For Information and Registration: Email Neda Farid


Monday, May 21, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

New Research Building Auditorium   

Communicating Science: Distilling Your Message  Please RSVP to Leigh Ann Renzulli  



Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University    

For Information & Registration: Music for the Mind    



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