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Edward B. Healton, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurology, will serve as Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Medical Center for a two-year term, effective July 1, 2015.  

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Waddah Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, has established - and is already leading - what is arguably one of the strongest research relationships between Georgetown University and MedStar Health - the MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center (MG-SORC).

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With the help of Bill Rebeck, PhD, and several PhD students, visiting eighth graders learned about the human brain in the most authentic way possible - by inspecting one up close.  


Dozens attended "Music for the Mind" to hear  international opera star Marquita Lister perform.



The latest session of Doctors Speak Out - held May 13 during Melanoma Awareness Month - brought Georgetown physicians and scientists together to explore both the alarming and positive trends in the disease. 

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Georgetown Lombardi once again distinguished itself as the lead fundraising team in the Washington region at Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, raising $237,000.




Georgetown Medicine Magazine, a publication for alumni and friends of Georgetown University Medical Center, is now available online. The theme of this Spring/ Summer issue is "Caring for the Whole Person with Integrative Medicine."   

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Dr. Scott Turner and one of his patients were featured in an Associated Press story about the A4 Alzheimer's study. It appears on thousands of news sites worldwide including The New York Times, CBS News and San Francisco Chronicle.  An Associated Press TV story featuring Dr. Turner was also distributed worldwide.


NPR's Morning Edition reported on Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver's research on cochlear implants.


The National Science Foundation posted an audio story about Dr. Max Riesenhuber's study that demonstrates how the brain sees words as pictures.


The Kuwait News Agency covered the investiture of Dr. Waddah Al-Refaie (in English).  A second article reports that the Amir of Kuwait sent a cable congratulating Al-Refaie.


Dr. Kenneth Lin was interviewed by NPR's Shots blog for a story about mammography.


HealthDay reported on a study on neuroinflamation published by Dr. Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss. Science also posted a podcast about the story.


Dr. Stephen Liu was interviewed for a story in MedScape about an immunotherapy study for head and neck cancer presented at ASCO (need free login to access). 

Cancer Therapy Advisor reported on Dr. Michael Atkins' immunotherapy research presented at ASCO on renal cell carcinoma.


The Washington Post turned to Dr. Deepa Subramaniam for a story about the death of Beau Biden who died of brain cancer.


Dr. Paul Roepe was quoted in an Associated Press story about the dangers of anthrax related to news that the U.S. military sent live spores via the mail to research labs. 

Scope (produced by Stanford University) reported on Dr. Darren Mays and Dr. John Kraemer's "Viewpoint" on the need for regulations around indoor tanning. interviewed Dr. Dan Lucey about the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) from Korea to China. 


A Huffington Post article about maternal health featured an infographic developed for the School of Nursing & Health Studies.


NOVA talked to Dr. James Giordano about the pros and cons of boosting one's memory.


In an interview with The Washington Post, Dr. Michael Atkins commented on an immunotherapy pioneer, Dr. Steven Rosenberg.


Smithsonian magazine mentioned the Arts & Humanities Program's labyrinth in an article about their use in hospitals and prisons.


The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg and Forbes quoted Dr. Michael Atkins in their stories about immunotherapy study results presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Atkins was also quoted in a second story by Forbes about the class of drugs.


Dr. Max Riesenhuber participated in an exhibition on Capitol Hill highlighting science funded by the National Science Foundation. The event was captured in this Society for Neuroscience blog.


Dr. Joel Selanikio discussed the end of the Ebola epidemic with LiveScience. His comments were picked up for an article in The Scientist.


Dr. Jesse Goodman talked about clinical trials for Ebola treatments with Voice of America.


The Associated Press quoted Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman in a story about Medicare data showing the contrast in generic and brand prescriptions.


The Hoya reported on NHS commencement and the speaker's focus on global mental health.


The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Talal Nsouli for a story about pollen in Washington.


ASCO Post and Immunotherapy News reported on immunotherapy clinical trials published by Dr. Stephen Liu.


Reuters interviewed Dr. Peter Kokkinos about exercise in older men.


Dr. Michael Atkins interviewed by WTOP about melanoma and skin cancer awareness.


Dr. Joseph Verbalis was quoted in a Medscape story about U.S. and European guidelines for hyponatremia (need free login to access). 


The GW Hatchet (GW University) quoted Dr. Princy Kumar in a story about the newly established DC-CFAR.


A national regulatory framework designed to prevent and limit indoor tanning is needed to alleviate the cancer burden and reduce the billions in financial costs from preventable skin cancer, say two Georgetown University public health experts.
An early phase study testing an anti-PDL1 agent in combination with standard chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer has provided promising early results, prompting multiple phase III studies in lung cancer. The findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Unraveling the Mystery of A-synuclein in Neurodegenerative Disease and Reversing Its Course
A team of neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center has shown how a protein, known to accumulate in the brains of those suffering from Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, activates the brain's immune response.

America is at a point at which it can and should focus on the widening economic gap and come together to help the poor, Barack Obama said May 12 at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown.

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Professors, students and donor families agree - The Georgetown University Anatomical Donor Program is invaluable to our medical students. Watch the video to learn why.

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An interesting look at just how much Med-Dent and the rest of the Medical Center Campus has changed in the past 86 years!

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Population Health Grand Rounds    

 "Aligning Health Care for Health: Delivery Transformation, from Baltimore to the Nation"   Monday, June 1

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

GA2-4 Pre-clinical Science




A Colloquium for GUMC Educators in the Health Professions   
Tuesday, June 2
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   
Reception to Follow 

 Georgetown University Conference Center
West Lobby & Salons ABG




GUMC Town Hall  
Friday, June 8
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
GA2-4 Pre-clinical Science
A wine and cheese reception will follow 

PharmedOut Conference   

Thursday, June 11 - Friday, June 12
8:30 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.
Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium  
The Men's Event
Monday, June 22
5:30 p.m. 

Morton's Steakhouse  

1050 Connecticut Avenue  

Washington, D.C.     

     RSVP:  Email or call Daphne Baker
at 303-861-0866 

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