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Click here for the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Georgetown Medicine magazine, "At the Intersection of Faith and Healing." 

The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) is celebrating its 30th year. Click here to learn more about this exciting milestone. 

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Helen Scharfman, PhD, delivered the inaugural lecture of the Karen Gale Memorial Lectureship for Outstanding Women in Neuroscience, in memory of longtime GUMC professor Karen Gale, PhD.  
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The newly completed W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater was dedicated to its namesake, noted cardiologist and esteemed professor W. Proctor Harvey, MD, during the School of Medicine's reunion weekend.

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Over three days of plenaries, symposia, discussions, workshops and poster sessions, complemented by morning yoga and meditation sessions, participants in a conference organized by CENTILE learned about stress management, fostering empathy, professional identity formation and more.

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At the fourth annual symposium, speakers discussed some of the obstacles and opportunities for researchers striving to maximize the potential of biomedical informatics.

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At the 29th Annual Lombardi Gala, nearly 800 attendees gathered at the Washington Hilton to raise money for cancer research, treatment and education.

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New York Times (via Associated Press) "Maryland Gov. Hogan Says He's 'Cancer Free' After Treatment" with Catherine Broome, Nov. 16, 2015 

The Washington Post "Gov. Hogan's cancer is in remission, 30 days after he completed chemo" with Bruce Cheson, Nov. 17, 2015

Reuters "Patients OK with secure web portals for test results" with Dan Merenstein, Nov. 13, 2015

International Business Times "How Do Patients Prefer To Learn About Their Test Results?" with Jan LaRocque, Oct. 31, 2015
NBC Affiliates nationwide "How patients prefer to receive test results," Oct. 31, 2015

The Washington Post "Phantom pain: It feels real even though it's all in the brain" with James Giordano, Nov. 9, 2015

Bottom Line Health "Cancer Immunotherapy: A Radical New Cancer Treatment That's Saving Lives" with Louis Weiner, Nov. 2, 2015

The Hoya "GUMC Debuts $10M Classroom Renovation" with Stephen Ray Mitchell and Whitman Brown, Nov. 3, 2015
Consumer Reports "E-cigarette Facts You Need to Know" with Douglas Kamerow, Nov. 3, 2015
The Georgetowner "Touchdown for Lombardi Gala" with Edward Healton, Louis Weiner, Paul Tagliabue, Devon Still and DeMaurice Smith, Nov. 4, 2015
WebMD "Do Supplements Give Athletes an Edge?" with Thomas Sherman, Nov. 5, 2015
Redbook "8 Things Stomach Doctors Always Tell Their Friends" with Aline Charabaty, Nov. 12, 2015
MD Magazine "Right Brain Can Compensate for Speech Loss from Stroke After All" with Peter Turkeltaub, Nov. 13, 2015
STAT News "As screening falls, will more men die from prostate cancer?" with Kenneth Lin, Nov. 17, 2015
Huffington Post "Women and Toilets. A Tale of Two Worlds." by Ranit Mishori, Nov. 17, 2015

Huffington Post "No Z-Pak for You*" by Ranit Mishori, Nov. 19, 2015

US News & World Report (via HealthDay) "Motorized Wheelchair Users at Raised Risk for Traffic Deaths: Study" with John Kraemer, Nov. 20, 2015

NBC Affiliates nationwide "Wheelchair crashes most fatal" (WBAL) with John Kraemer, Nov. 20, 2015

The Hoya "Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Relief Program Expands" with Aviad Haramati and Nancy Harazduk, Nov. 20, 2015

Vaccine News Daily "Brain scan shows cognitive deficits in HIV patients"with Xiong Jiang, Nov. 19, 2015

NBC News "Gene Scan Finds Surprising Mutations in Kids With Cancer" with Beth Peshkin, Nov. 20, 2015

Click here to view all stories for this time period (link will expire Dec. 6).


Majority of Car-Pedestrian Deaths Happen to Those in Wheelchairs, Often at Intersections
An investigation into how often wheelchair users are killed in car-pedestrian crashes finds they are a third more likely to die than non-wheelchair users; more than half of those deaths occur at intersections.

Brain Scan Reveals Cognitive Deficits in Older "Cognitively Normal" HIV+ Individuals
Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have found in a small study that although a group of HIV+ older individuals scored "cognitively normal" in standard neuropsychology testing, a scan of their brains tells a different story.

Righting a Wrong? Right Side of Brain Can Compensate for Post-Stroke Loss of Speech
After a debate that has lasted more than 130 years, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found that loss of speech from a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain can be recovered on the back, right side of the brain. This contradicts recent notions that the right hemisphere interferes with recovery.

Georgetown Professor Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Public Health Law
Lawrence Gostin, JD, LLD (h.c.), Faculty Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, was honored for his "Lifetime Achievement in Public Health Law" by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Law Section. Gostin, who holds Georgetown University's highest academic rank of University Professor, is also a professor of medicine at Georgetown's School of Medicine.

Email, Text or Web Portal? New Study Probes Patients' Preferences for Receiving Test Results
The results of common medical tests are sometimes delivered to patients by email, letters or voice mail, but are these the most preferred methods? According to one of the first studies to look at this question, the answer is no.

The Food Minority: Food Labels, Eating Disorders and People Who Need More Food
Aliza Glasner of the O'Neill Institute recently asked a fundamental question about the move towards food labeling that not only tells you about what nutrients are in the food, but also provide warnings about unhealthy food: What is healthy food? What is unhealthy food?
Jacqueline Payne (NHS'16), a human science major who is president of Georgetown's Pre-Dental Society, is planning a dental career focused on kids. She says, "Through my interview process for dental school, I have realized how interesting and unique the human science major truly is." Read more:

Congratulations Amanda DiBattista on your award. Amanda is in Dr Bill Rebeck's lab in the Neuroscience Department!!

LCDR Mark DeBuse, M.D., (M'09) speaking at the Ruggles Lecture on Military Medicine

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Wednesday, Dec. 2
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Grand Rounds 
MedDent, W. Proctor Harvey Amphitheater
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Workshop: "A Template for Lecture Storytelling" 
Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room 

Associate Director, Cancer Program 
Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT 
Wednesday, Dec. 2
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Building D, Warwick Evans 


Thursday, Dec. 3
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Leavey Center Program Room 

6th Annual Ruesch Center Symposium 
Thursday, Dec. 3 -  Saturday, Dec. 5
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center

Tuesday, Dec. 8 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
Basic Science Building, 341

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