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On Sept. 22, more than 150 students, faculty and staff members gathered to learn about opportunities for collaboration with the remarkable range of research centers and services offered at Georgetown University Medical Center.     
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In addition to a moving documentary about three couples experiencing Alzheimer's disease "The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer's Together," attendees heard from a panel on the disease's impact on relationships, the latest research findings and the ethical issues related to caring for a partner with a chronic illness.

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Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and Germany's Technische Universität München have uncovered the brain malady responsible for tinnitus and for chronic pain - the uncomfortable, sometimes agonizing sensations that persist long after an initial injury.     


Irma Frank, DDS, was recognized by the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) Mission for organizing a month-long project where first-year medical students work with community health leaders in the Dominican Republic.

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Rebecka Lundgren, PhD, director of research at GUMC's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), received the Marjorie C. Horn Operations Research Award in September.     
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Medscape "USPSTF Recommends Daily Aspirin for CVD and Cancer Prevention" with Ranit Mishori, Sept. 17, 2015 (login required)

MedPage Today "Melanoma: Immune Booster Effective in Pilot" with Michael Atkins, Sept. 17, 2015

Chicago Tribune "Silver lining of old age: Ditching the screenings" with Ranit Mishori, Sept. 17, 2015 (login required)

Smart Drug Smarts (podcast) "Sparking The Brain" with James Giordano, Sept. 18, 2015

WABC "Resveratrol for Alzheimer's" with Scott Turner, Sept. 20, 2015

Boston Globe "Harvard Medical School revamps curriculum" with Georgetown University School of Medicine, Sept. 20, 2015

Alzheimer's News Today "Nationwide Study Shows Resveratrol Impacts Alzheimer's Biomarker" with Scott Turner, Sept. 21, 2015

Medical News Today "Hypertension drug reduces inflammation from traumatic brain injury" with Sonia Villapol, Sept. 21, 2015

WTOP "Flu and getting vaccinated" with Jesse Goodman, Sept. 22, 2015

Live Science "Ringing Ears and Chronic Pain Share Unexpected Link" with Josef Rauschecker, Sept. 23, 2015

Motherboard "Now We Know What Causes Tinnitus, That Never-Ending Ringing In Your Ears" with Josef Rauschecker, Sept. 23, 2015

Medical Xpress "Ringing in the ears and chronic pain enter by the same gate" with Josef Rauschecker, Sept. 23, 2015

NOVA Next "The Middle East's Mystery Virus" with Daniel Lucey, Sept. 23, 2015

Neurology Advisory "Chronic Pain and Tinnitus: What's the Connection?" with Josef Rauschecker, Sept. 24, 2015

Medical News Today "Brain defects behind tinnitus and chronic pain identified" with Josef Rauschecker, Sept. 24, 2015

The Hoya "Carr Named College President" with Robert Carr and Patricia Cloonan, Sept. 25, 2015

Reuters "Yellen returns to Washington; questions remain after health scare" with Andrew Stemer, Sept. 25, 2015


NFLPA'S One Team for the Cure Shirts Back for 2015 Benefiting Georgetown Lombardi
One Team For The Cure shirts benefiting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. are now on sale online through One Team Shop, the NFLPA's e-commerce store featuring officially licensed player merchandise of more than 1,800 NFL players.

Tracking Epilepsy's Impact in the Brain Could Allow for Earlier Treatment
A very common form of epilepsy - called temporal lobe epilepsy - can cause memory and attention/concentration deficits, but how widespread is the impact on the brain and can it be tracked? These are the questions researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center are looking to answer. They say if extensive cognitive deficits can be identified in children, early aggressive treatment might be possible to halt cognitive decline.

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the Sustainable Development Goals announced at the United Nations General Assembly last week show how dramatically the world has changed in the past 15 years.

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Happy National Midwifery Week (October 4-10) from all of us at the School of Nursing & Health Studies!

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Introducing the new and improved Caduceus medical student lounge! Made possible through generous contributions and planning from our Parents Council and a lot of hard work from Assistant Dean Whitman Brown and some of our students, the new student lounge features a fresher look, more group seating and flexible study space, modernized outlet accessibility, and an array of student art.

New chairs are in "the South 40" stay tuned for October 23!!!

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Wednesday, Oct. 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Medical Dental Building, SW107

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Basic Science Building, Room 239

Addressing Implicit Bias in Academic Medicine 
Friday, Oct. 9
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Building D
Warwick Evans Conference Room 
RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 7

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  
Saturday Oct. 24
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
New Research Building 

Tuesday, Oct. 27 
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
New Research Building Auditorium

Wednesday, Oct. 28  
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
MedDent SW107

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