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Sherrie Wallington, PhD, is working to close the knowledge gap about HPV by educating parents and health care providers in D.C.
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Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD, is taking on oral health disparities in D.C., aided by a $1.2 million grant from the George E. Richmond Foundation of Chicago.

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Most of the research happening at Georgetown University on any given day is taking place at the Medical Center. How does the Jesuit, Catholic tradition impact the pursuit of biomedical research on campus? 
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Georgetown and George Washington universities developed a novel privacy-enhanced data-sharing technology to improve HIV surveillance data across the region.

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In Brief

Which SOM student is a finalist in the 2015 STEM blog competition? 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 [email protected]


Associated Press "Healthbeat: Complex Issue of When to Stop Mammograms" with Jeanne Mandelblatt, Jan. 18, 2016

US News & World Report "New Analyses Support Biennial Mammograms Beginning at Age 50" with Jeanne Mandelblatt, Jan. 11, 2016 "Panel Issues Final Mammogram Guidelines But They Won't Affect Much" with Jeanne Mandelblatt, Jan. 11, 2016

Yahoo! via AFP  "US guidelines urge breast cancer screening from age 50" with Jeanne Mandelblatt, Jan. 11, 2016

Medscape "USPSTF Guidelines: Biennial Breast Cancer Screening From 50" with Jeanne Mandelblatt, Jan. 11, 2016 (login required)

Washington Post "New breast cancer screening guidelines at odds with Congress" with Kenneth Lin and Lawrence Gostin, Jan. 11, 2016

CBS News Radio "Spending Bill Overrides Decision of US Preventive Task Force"  with Kenneth Lin, Jan. 11, 2016

MedPage Today "USPSTF Stands By Biennial Breast Cancer Screening at 50" with Kenneth Lin, Jan. 11, 2016

CBS News Radio"Mammography recommendations" with Ranit Mishori, Jan. 11, 2016  

Genetic Literacy Project "Everything you need to know about Zika, virus that's spreading like wildfire" with Daniel Lucey, Jan. 20, 2016

USA Today "Deadly Ebola outbreak ends in West Africa - for now" with Daniel Lucey, Jan. 14, 2016

Yahoo! via Live Science "Scientists Make Gains on 'Universal' Ebola Medicine" with Jesse Goodman, Jan. 13, 2016

WTOP "Overuse of antibiotics" with Jesse Goodman, Jan. 20, 2016

The Urban Transportation Monitor "Wheelchair Users More Likely To Die Than Non-Wheelchair Users in Car-Pedestrian Accidents" with John Kraemer (pg. 8), Dec. 31, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education "Many Black Students Don't Seek Help for Mental-Health Concerns, Survey Finds" with Alfiee Breland-Noble, Jan. 13, 2016

Religion & Ethics Weekly/PBS "Death with Dignity" with Kevin Donovan, Jan. 8, 2016

WJLA NewsChannel 8 (live roundtable) "Guns in America" with Liza Gold, Jan. 19, 2016

Catholic News Service "President's action on guns draws fire from all sides" with Liza Gold and Lawrence Gostin, Jan. 8, 2016

Financial Times "GSK confident halting payments to doctors will pay off" with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Jan. 7, 2016


Online Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Bod?
"You live with your body everyday, but do you really know it?" That's the first question from a new online quiz: "" The 10 true or false question digital quiz, produced by the Institute for Reproductive Health at GUMC, probes the user's understanding of fertility awareness. 

Georgetown Professors: Congress Made a Scientific Judgment for Which it is Distinctly Unqualified
Two Georgetown University professors say a section of the recently passed Congressional spending bill effectively undermines science and the health of women. Their JAMA Viewpoint, "A Public Health Framework for Screening Mammography: Evidence-Based Versus Politically Mandated Care," was published online last week. 

Georgetown's Liza Gold Joins NewsChannel 8's Roundtable Discussion on Gun Violence
Georgetown forensic psychiatrist and mental health expert Liza Gold, MD, joined a roundtable discussion on gun violence that aired live on NewsChannel 8, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7pm. 

Nutrition Professor: New Dietary Guidelines are a Political, Corporate Spin on Evidence-Based Nutrition
Thomas Sherman, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology physiology at GUSOM, offers this commentary originally posted on the "Georgetown Food Studies" blog about the recently released Dietary Guidelines. Sherman teaches metabolism, nutrition and endocrinology to first-year medical students. 

New Analyses Confirm Biennial Mammography Starting at Age 50 Optimal for Average Women
New and comprehensive analyses from six independent research teams examining breast cancer screening intervals have produced a unanimous finding - that mammography screening every two years for average risk women ages 50 to 74 offers a favorable balance of benefits to harm. 

Georgetown Cancer Screening Expert: Congress Has Already Overruled USPSTF Mammography Recommendations
As the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) prepares its final breast cancer screening recommendations, Georgetown family medicine physician Kenneth Lin, MD, MPH, points out in this opinion piece that, regardless of what the USPSTF decides, the U.S. Congress has already preemptively overruled them. 

Researchers Publish Study on Altruists, Economic Behavior and Punishment  
People, including those who exhibit "extraordinary altruism," consistently reject offers of below one-third of a total stake even when it means they won't get anything, according to a new study by Georgetown psychology professor Abigail Marsh and Georgetown graduate student Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz.

In Cancer Screening, Why Not Tell the Truth? via @drjohnm

Senior human science major Pallavi Tatapudy (NHS'16), who is planning a medical career, conducts ongoing genetic laboratory research, serves as president of the Hindu Students Association, and finds inspiration in global health-related activities. Hoya Saxa! Read more:

Sending a huge congratulations to GUSOM student Aisha Harris who is a finalist in the 2015 STFM Blog Competition!

More events >

Thursdays, Jan. 28 - Feb. 11 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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

Exploring Issues of Professional Identity Formation 
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Grand Rounds 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium 
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Building D, Warwick Evans


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 

Conference on Female Concussions 
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28
Georgetown University, Room TBA

Wednesday, March 23
5:00 p.m. 
MedDent, SW107 
Speaker: Sheldon Rubenfeld, MD, FACP, FACE

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

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