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After receiving grants in October from Partners in Research, a philanthropic endeavor that allows community members to support biomedical research, three Georgetown scientists shared updates on their work.  

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Men are most frequently affected by prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, but they should also be concerned about melanoma, Michael Atkins, MD, told attendees at the 16th annual Men's Event.

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Byron Jasper, MD, created the Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program (CMMP) to help minority students learn what they need to do to enter the medical field and to give them the tools to achieve that dream.  

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To help serve those affected by trauma, a new web-based educational tool offers a broad overview of the essential components of trauma-informed care.

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Robert Carr, MD, MPH, former chief medical director at GlaxoSmithKline, joined the School of Nursing & Health Studies as director of the new Executive Master's Program in Health Systems Administration. 

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Leonard Wartofsky, professor at Georgetown University
School of Medicine recently started serving as editor in chief of the preeminent journal in the field of endocrinology.

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MedScape "IPI Ousted as First-Line Immunotherapy in Melanoma?" with Michael Atkins, June 29, 2015 (sign up required)

Live Science
"How Does Execution Drug Midazolam Work?" with Patrick Forcelli, June 29, 2015 (Appeared on and Yahoo!News)

The Washington Post
"The heat and the hazard: 9 facts about summer health" with Maral Skelsey, June 29, 2015

Infection Control Today
"After Ebola, Understanding Healthcare Needs Among Rural Liberians" with John Kraemer, June 29, 2015


NPR "Health Officials Announce Return Of Ebola In Liberia" with Jesse Goodman, July 1, 2015


Live Science "Ebola Returns to Liberia: Where Did It Come From, and Could It Spread?" with Jesse Goodman, July 2, 2015 (Also


Ebola Deeply "Uncertainty in a Liberian Village, as Officials Confirm New Ebola Cases" with Jesse Goodman, July 2, 2015


Chicago Tribune "What you need to know about when and when not to get cancer screening" with Kenneth Lin, July 2, 2015 (sign-up required)


The Washington Post "'Navigators' for cancer patients: A nice perk or something more?" with Jeanne Mandelblatt, July 3, 2015


WND Diversions "Chuck Norris kicks out dietary trans fats" with Thomas Sherman, July 3, 2015


Voice of America "Rebuilding Liberia Health Care" with John Kraemer, July 3, 2015


The Washington Times "'Death with dignity' is often coerced by those with financial interests" with Mitchell T. Wallin, July 5, 2015


Washington Business Journal "This Washington hospital aims to measure precision medicine's worth" with John Marshall, July 7, 2015


The Diane Rehm Show "It's Lyme Disease Season: What To Know About Contracting, Diagnosing And Treating The Disease" with Paul Roepe, July 8, 2015


with Evgenia Gourgari, July 8, 2015 


VOX "Most medical schools offer courses in alternative medicine. Here's how to avoid quackery." with GU's mind-body program, July 8, 2015


Pacific Standard "To Create Better Doctors, Cultivate Their Creative Side" with Caroline Wellbery, July 8, 2015 


BusinessKorea "DGFEZ Authority Takes First Step to Attract Georgetown University to Daegu" with Robert Clarke, July 10, 2015

Huffington Post

"A Psychologist's Explanation Of Why Racism Persists In America"

with Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, July 10, 2015

The visual and narrative arts can help physicians hone their observational skills - a critical expertise increasingly needed in today's medicine, contends a Georgetown University Medical Center family medicine professor. 

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The investigation of a simple protein has uncovered its uniquely complicated role in the spread of the childhood cancer, osteosarcoma. It turns out the protein, called ezrin, acts like an air traffic controller, coordinating multiple functions within a cancer cell and allowing it to endure stress conditions encountered during metastasis. 

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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has awarded a President's Grant to Georgetown family medicine physician Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP, to create a comprehensive curriculum to educate health professions students, residents and clinicians about the health needs of immigrants, migrants, torture survivors, asylum seekers and refugees. 


As Liberia rebuilds a health care system decimated by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, understanding precisely how far citizens live from health facilities and its impact on seeking care can help shape new strategies to improve health care delivery and reduce geographic disparities. 

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The ongoing outbreak in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is an important reminder that the Middle East respiratory virus (MERS-CoV) requires constant vigilance and could spread to other countries including the United States. However, MERS can be brought under control with effective public health strategies, say two Georgetown University public health experts. 

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Georgetown's Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation recently helped the White House and Department of Energy (DOE) raise $4 billion that will be invested directly into clean energy solutions and companies.  

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It's toasty out there! From : Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather  

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Today we welcomed our new class of PhD students!

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Check out the latest article by a doc- Dr. LaTasha Seliby, Health and Media Fellow  

More events >

 Center for Cell Reprogramming Seminar Series    
Thursday, September 10
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Building D, Warwick-Evans
Friday, October 16
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown Conference Center

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