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Giuseppe Giaccone, MD, PhD, recognizes the promise of precision medicine, but acknowledges its limitations.
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Georgetown University Oncology Patient Support connects Lombardi patients with Georgetown undergraduate students who do art projects and other activities to make their stay more comfortable.

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Irene Jillson, PhD, is leading an effort to make online courses on human subjects protection relevant to researchers in Arabic-speaking countries. 
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Flight surgeon Rebecca Blue, MD (M'08), credits a great deal of her success to her experiences at Georgetown.

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In Brief

Which GUMC faculty member wrote a book that recently received a prestigious review? Click below for that and more.

New Feature: In Brief lists assorted "wins" from GUMC faculty, students and staff. Have a potential item? Send to 


Yahoo! News "What Obama's Executive Action Means for Mental Health Funding" with Liza Gold, Jan. 5, 2016 (also appeared on Yahoo! and Good Morning America)

C-SPAN "Gun Violence and Public Health" with Liza Gold (at minute 12:25), Dec. 4, 2015

"Rounding out your predictions for 2016 in science and medicine" with Robert Clarke, Jan. 8, 2016

STAT News "Your predictions for what will make waves in science this year" with Louis Weiner, Jan. 4, 2016

NPR Goats and Soda
"A Cause For Cautious Celebration: Guinea Is Ebola-Free" with Dan Lucey, Dec. 29, 2015

Huffington Post
"After 2 Years And 2,500 Deaths, Guinea Is Ebola-Free" with Joel Selanikio, Dec. 29, 2015

"Zika Virus in the US?" with Paul Roepe, Jan. 7, 2016

Al Jazeera English "Cuba childbirth rate" with Hazel Denton, Jan. 6, 2016

History 2 Channel
 "How 2 Win" (Season 1, 6 episodes available) with James Giordano, 2016

Bloomberg "That Drug Coupon Isn't Really Clipping Costs" with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Dec. 23, 2015

The Washington Post "The hidden medical epidemic few women have been willing to talk about, until now" with Cheryl Iglesia, Dec. 22, 2015

Consumer Reports (in The Washington Post) "Homeopathic drugs: No better than placebos?" with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Dec. 21, 2015

To see all recent media stories involving GUMC, please click here


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. 

Faculty Talk Lightsabers, Mind Control, Politics of Star Wars 
Georgetown professors "nerd out" and answer your most pressing Star Wars questions.

Wanna know more about #concussions? Read @GUFamilyMed resident Dr. Cassagnol's article: #FMRevolution 

Check out the pictures when our students went to enjoy the National Philharmonic concert!

Happy New Year! We're starting off 2016 with weekly student profiles! Check out Natalie Corrilo's inspiring story

More events >

Breast Cancer, Research, and Me: Everything I Wanted To Know
 Tuesday, Jan. 12
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
1630 7th Street, NW
Live Stream  

7:00 p.m.
Location TBA

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


Thursday, Jan. 28
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 

Wednesday, April 20
5:30 p.m. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner 
1700 Tysons Boulevard 
McLean, Va.

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