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A global mental health expert, the CEO of a Catholic health care delivery system and a devoted "malaria fighter" have been tapped to deliver commencement addresses for The School of Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing & Health Studies.  

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Shahla Riazi, MD, PhD, became the first to secure a new fellowship in regulatory science through a unique collaboration between GUMC and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a nonprofit trade organization representing U.S. and international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

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Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have been awarded $1 million over three years to determine whether molecularly tailored treatment for pancreatic cancer improves survival compared with the current standard of care.  

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Stephen Hauser, MD, co-author of a report by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, joined a half-day symposium on neuroethics hosted by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics.

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Georgetown University Medical Center professor Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, has been elected president of the 2015-2020 United States Pharmacopeial Convention. Goodman, director of the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS) at Georgetown, begins his five-year term in the voluntary position this month.  

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Recognizing her contributions to understanding the nature of human language, The Franklin Institute awarded Elissa L. Newport, PhD, with one of its 2015 Franklin Institute Awards. The Benjamin Franklin Medal was presented to Newport at the institute's awards ceremony April 23 in Philadelphia.




The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) honored Ira Shoulson, MD, with its 2015 patient advocacy of the year award citing his "passion, dedication and enthusiasm."  

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This year marked a tremendous demonstration of community support for the Women & Wine event, which hosted an unprecedented 600 attendees and raised a record high of nearly $400,000.




Laboratory research has helped define the undergraduate experience of Victor Wang (NHS'15), a human science senior who recently won the award for best oral presentation at the university's Undergraduate Research Conference and presented at the major annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.  

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An interdisciplinary, city-wide consortium of institutions, including Georgetown University Medical Center, has received a significant National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to establish the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR).




NBC4 interviewed Dr. Michael Atkins and a melanoma patient about a combination of immunotherapy drugs.


After moderating a press conference on immunotherapy at the American Associate for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting, Dr. Louis Weiner was quoted by several news outlets including Forbes, Medscape (1), Medscape (2), The Scientist, MedPage Today,  At the same meeting, Dr. Michael Atkins was interviewed by Medscape (1) Medscape (2). Dr.Ying Fu's AACR abstract on liver cancer was covered by Healthline. ASCO Post reported on an award received at AACR by Lucile Adams-Campbell. Cancer Today reported on the AACR cancer survivor/scientist program including a Georgetown Lombardi participant. Science Daily and several other outlets covered research by Dr. Hilakivi Clarke on soy consumption and breast cancer.


WUSA interviewed Dr. Jeanne Mandelblatt  about new mammography recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force.


The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the Franklin Institute awards event including the Ben Franklin Medal given to Dr. Elissa Newport.


Dr. Gerard Ahern and Dr. Kenneth Kellar's research on menthol in cigarettes was mentioned in a Globe and Mail story.


BisNow covered the annual Women & Wine fundraiser for Georgetown Lombardi.


In a story that ran around on news outlets around the world, The Associated Press quoted Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman from a document she submitted to the FDA regarding the safety and marketing of homeopathy remedies. Science also included a quote in a similar story.


LIveScience interviewed Dr. David Milzman about the emergent health needs of Nepal earthquake survivors. The story was carried on the Yahoo! News web page.


Dr. David Milzman was quoted in a US News & World Report story about applying to medical school.


For a story on health care disparities in the LGBTQ community, The Hoya interviewed Dr. Ranit Mishori and Dr. Andrea Singer.


AgriPulse quoted Dr. Jesse Goodman following the announcement that Tyson would eliminate antibiotics in its chickens by 2017.


SciGuru and a few other outlets covered research on hearing in bats by Dr. Stuart Washington.



Like Humans, Bats Use Both Sides of Brain to Listen

Triple Negative Breast Cancer in African-American Women Has Distinct Difference

Maternal Stress Increases Development of Fetal Neuroblastoma In Animal Model

Study Reveals A Cause of Poorer Outcomes for African-American Patients with Breast Cancer

A Common Nerve Protein Elevated in Aggressive Neuroblastomas

New Breast Cancer Screening Analysis Confirms Biennial Interval Optimal for Average Risk Women

Animal Study Shows Why Long Time Consumption of Soyfoods Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence

Law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can be utilized as a powerful and innovative tool to address pressing global health concerns, says a newly formed, high-level commission announced April 21 by the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University in partnership with The Lancet.

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Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education students participated in the 4th Annual Lab Rat Lace last Saturday. They had fun, got fit and raised money for the family of a young cancer patient at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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A very big congratulations to Senior Associate Dean for International Programs Dr. Irma Frank, who was awarded Georgetown University's Patrick Healy Award for a lifetime of outstanding achievement and service to Georgetown, the community and her profession.

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On her blog "Where God Calls," former family medicine fellow Rebecca McAteer writes about five intense days in earthquake-ravage Nepal, where she works with Tansen Mission Hospital. 


Congratulations to @Georgetown med student Maggie Wei, selected for @NIH Medical Scholars Program. @medthread  

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More events >

CENTILE Grand Rounds   

 "Developing Valid Evaluations of Students and Clinicians on Global Health Electives and Rotations"   

Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Warwick Evans, Building D 

Workshop following from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited to 12 participants
RSVP here for workshop only


 Department of Medicine Research Day  

Thursday, May 7, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

 Leavey Conference Center   





The "American Nurse" Screening

To celebrate Nurses Week    

 Thursday, May 7, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m

New Research Building Auditorium  




Research Grand Rounds    

Friday, May 15
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Programming 
Washington Hospital Center, CTEC Theater  
For Information and Registration:  Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD

Music for the Mind
Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Davis Performing Arts Centerz

Georgetown University    

For Information & Registration      

Communicating Science: Distilling Your Message
Monday, May 21, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.   
New Research Building Auditorium        

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