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GUMC's Matthew Biel, MD, will co-lead a new Early Childhood Innovation Network with Lee Savio Beers, MD, of the Children's National Health System. The network was announced on Wednesday at a White House event. 
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The National Academy of Inventors has named two GUMC professors to its 2015 class of Fellows - Milton L. Brown, MD, PhD, and Usha N. Kasid, PhD.

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Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, the John S. Dillon Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology at MGUH and surgeon in chief at Georgetown Lombardi, was recently recognized for his outstanding achievements in medicine.  
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Georgetown Women in Medicine ended its 21st year by celebrating the achievements of female faculty members at a ceremony on Dec. 3.

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At the first policy briefing held during the annual symposium of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, speakers focused on issues related to the cost and value of cancer care.

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Patients have a role to play in minimizing the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria, and at a recent Doctors Speak Out event, panelists shared strategies with attendees concerned about protecting their own health and the public's health.

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Wall Street Journal "Should You Let Your Child Win at Monopoly?" with Matthew Biel, Dec. 17, 2015    

WTOP "Georgetown professors analyze the 'Star Wars' universe" (video) with James Giordano, Dec. 18, 2015
Washington Business Journal "D.C. program teaching doctors on recommending medical marijuana, other prescription drugs" with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Dec. 16, 2015
The Week "Acupuncture: does it really work?" with Ladan Eshkevari, Dec. 9, 2015
Shreveport Times w/ USA Today "Mental illness: root cause or red herring?" with Liza Gold, Dec. 11, 2015
Infection Control Today "Georgetown Researcher Leads Effort to Decode Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance" with Paul Roepe, Dec. 16, 2015
Live Science "US Ebola Survivors Suffering Health Problems, Report Finds" with Jesse Goodman, Dec. 16, 2015

CBS News "Wheelchair users more likely to die in car crashes" with John Kraemer, Nov. 27, 2015
Mobility Management "Study: Wheelchair Users More Likely To Die In Car-Pedestrian Accidents" with John Kraemer, Dec. 6, 2015


Brain Wars of Star Wars: Fact or Fiction? 
"Science fiction is often the driver of science fact." So says Georgetown neuroethicist James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, when asked about one of the most popular science fiction movies, "Star Wars" and the seventh installment: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Two GUMC Researchers Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows 
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named two GUMC professors to its 2015 class of Fellows - Milton L. Brown, MD, PhD, and Usha N. Kasid, PhD.

Georgetown Researcher Leads Effort to Decode Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance 
Even as the global malarial pandemic appears to be on a decline, drug resistant malarial parasites are on the rise, says an infectious disease researcher at GUMC, who is taking the lead on a multi-institutional effort to investigate the causes of this growing concern.

Georgetown University Medical Center Researchers Applaud Proposed NIH Funding
The proposed increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health in the 2016 federal spending bill is "a very encouraging" step towards restoring America's priority for biomedical research and improved human health, says the leader of GUMC. The House voted on the bill Thursday.

A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence 
A public health approach allows us to put aside political or ideological beliefs, and approach gun violence like any other preventable death burden that can be reduced through common sense measures.

This @Global_Surgical_Medical_Group (GSMSG) medical specialist is looking at a chest X-ray in a Kurdish refugee camp while attempting to treat the man on the floor, just miles away from ISIS territory. GSMSG was founded by a second-year GUSOM student. 

Throwback Thursday (Holiday Style) - The inaugural issue of "Starch and Stripes," a publication of the then-School of Nursing, appeared on December 24, 1951, with a Christmas message from the Rev. Edward B. Bunn, SJ, who became Georgetown's president in 1952.

Happy holidays! #hoyaclinic in the house! The docs with Santa @HoyaMedDLT @medthread @DiverseGUMed

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Immediately following the Georgetown vs. DePaul men's basketball game 
Clyde's at Gallery Place/Chinatown, 707 7th St., NW, Washington, DC
RSVP (by Jan.6)  

Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics Seminar 
Wednesday, Jan. 13
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Room 106
Washington, D.C. 

Thursday, Jan. 28th 
12:00 p.m. 
Preclinical Science Building, GA2/4

Wednesday, Feb. 17  
2:30 p.m.
Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium  
Speaker: Patrick Conway, MD, deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Wednesday, Feb. 24
4:00 p.m. 
Leavey Center, Salons ABC
Speaker: Sister Carol Keehan, DC, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States 

5:30 p.m. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner 
1700 Tysons Boulevard 
McLean, VA 

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