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Marilee Cole, MD, has been mentoring participants in the Georgetown Global Health Elective in Cameroon for several years. Their experience at the Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH) is transformative.

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Susan Cheng has a lot of experience cultivating leaders from underrepresented populations. As she begins her tenure at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, she is poised to apply those skills to further diversify the School of Medicine.     


The event included a check presentation to grant winner Jeffrey Toretsky, MD, and a colorful handprint ceremony for the youngest attendees.

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Irene Jillson, PhD, is principal investigator on a  $675,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to support collaborative projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tunisia.     
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The Washington Post "Chocolate, wine ingredient may have benefit for Alzheimer's, study finds" with Scott Turner, Sept. 11, 2015

CNN (Sanjay Gupta)
"For Alzheimer's patients, resveratrol brings new hope" with Scott Turner, Sept. 11, 2015 (CNN story on Twitter retweeted more than 600 times) "Resveratrol may reduce Alzheimer's biomarker, study suggests" with Scott Turner, Sept. 11, 2015

The Telegraph "Could a simple supplement halt Alzheimer's disease?" with Scott Turner, Sept. 11, 2015 (reposted in the National Post)

New Scientist "Can red wine and chocolate really stave off Alzheimer's disease?" with Scott Turner, Sept. 11, 2015

The Times (London) "Red wine and chocolate 'can slow dementia'" with Scott Turner, Sept. 12, 2015

BBC (radio) "Resveratrol on front pages of two papers"with Scott Turner, Sept.12, 2015

WTOP "Resveratrol and Alzheimer's" with Scott Turner, Sept.12, 2015

The Independent "Red wine could help slow dementia onset (but you'd have to drink 1,000 bottles a day)"with Scott Turner, Sept. 13, 2015
Time magazine "New Evidence Resveratrol May Slow Alzheimer's" with Scott Turner, Sept. 14, 2015
For a complete listing of media coverage for Scott Turner's resveratrol study, click here (link will expire on 9/27/2015).

The Washington Post Magazine (cover story) "Before YouTube and online classes, there were the Great Courses," with James Giordano, Sept. 3, 2015

PRI To the Point "Are 'Smart Drugs' the Magic Pill for Getting a Workplace Edge?" with James Giordano, Sept. 4, 2015

The Washington Post "Study: Alzheimer's pathology could be transmissible via medical procedures" with William Rebeck, Sept. 9, 2015

WJLA (live) "Tips for allergy sufferers" with Sally Joo Bailey, Sept. 9, 2015

CBS News "Should be we scared of this ancient, giant virus?" with Paul Roepe, Sept. 11, 2015

Foreign Policy "This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain as a Weapon." with James Giordano, September/October 2015

NBC News Channel (aired on dozens of stations nationwide) "Aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease" with Allen Taylor, Sept. 14, 2015

The Washington Post "Expert panel: An aspirin a day can help keep heart attacks - and cancer - away" with Ranit Mishori, Sept. 14, 2015

MedPage Today "USPSTF Backs Aspirin for CVD, Colon Cancer Prevention" with Ranit Mishori, Sept. 14, 2015 "New Recommendations Say More Americans Should Take Aspirin" with Ranit Mishori and Allen Taylor, Sept. 15, 2015

The Hoya "Med Student Founds Refugee Service" with Aaron Epstein (M'18), Sept. 15, 2015

The Washington Post TV "What people want from the Pontiff" with Carol Taylor, Sept. 16, 2015

The Washington Post "British scientists seek to edit the genes of embryos; bioethicists warn of potential dangers" with Kevin FitzGerald, Sept. 18, 2015 

NPR "British Scientists Seek Permission To Edit DNA In Human Embryos" with Kevin FitzGerald, Sept. 18, 2015 


Georgetown Professor's State Department Grant Focuses on "One Health"
Identifying emerging infectious disease threats and incorporating biosecurity and bioethics in the development of medical technology are the foci of a new grant from the U.S. Department of State awarded to Georgetown's Irene Jillson, PhD.

Resveratrol Impacts Alzheimer's Disease Biomarker
The largest nationwide clinical trial to study high-dose resveratrol long-term in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease found that a biomarker that declines when the disease progresses was stabilized in people who took the purified form of resveratrol.

Georgetown and Howard Receive $27M Award for Clinical and Translational Research
A large clinical research program led by Georgetown and Howard universities, facilitating the participation of more than four million Washington-area residents in clinical trials, has received a $27 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Georgetown Lombardi Offers New Melanoma Study Comparing Two Treatment Regimens
A new nationwide clinical trial comparing two groups of drugs - both effective in treating melanoma-is now open at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Georgetown marks the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States with activities and events while scholars share their expertise on the pontiff, his visit and the future of the papacy.

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The issue of vaccine safety and vaccination timing was addressed during Wednesday's Republican debate on CNN. The answers by some candidates have left many confused. In this series of videos, Georgetown pediatrician Kevin Donovan, MD, clears up the debate:

Check out Humans of Lombardi, a new @LombardiArts project that shares the stories of staff at the Cancer Center!

Congratulations to Robert Carr, MD, MPH, director of the Executive Master's Program in Health Systems Administration, who has been elected president of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), a voluntary role he will begin in 2017!

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More events >

Tuesday, Sept. 22 
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
New Research Building Auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 26
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
New Research Building Auditorium
Monday, Sept. 28 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Walter Lester Henry, Jr, MD Auditorium
Towers Building  

Family Medicine Grand Rounds
Thursday, Oct. 1 
8:00 a.m. 
New Research Building Auditorium 

Thursday, Oct. 1
5:45 - 8:00 p.m.
New Research Building Auditorium  

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Medical Dental Building, SW107


Tuesday, Oct. 13
9:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
GUMC Campus
Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Tuesday, Dec. 8
New Research Building Auditorium 

The 4th Annual Biomedical Informatics Symposium    
Friday, Oct. 16
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown Conference Center  
Friday, Oct. 16 
8:30 a.m.   
Ronald Reagan Building and International  
Trade Center
Sunday, Oct. 18 - Wednesday, Oct. 21  
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
Saturday, Oct. 24 
6:00 - 11:30 p.m. 
Washington Hilton  
Wednesday, Oct. 28  
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
MedDent SW107

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