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The third annual Interprofessional Education (IPE) Day brought together GUMC students from across health care disciplines including third year students from the School of Medicine, nursing and health administration students from the School of Nursing & Health Studies as well as graduate social work students from Catholic University.
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While many in the D.C. area were still digging out after a weekend blizzard, several students from the School of Medicine were taking a tour of the White House Medical Unit - an experience that was years in the making.

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With a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Michael Plankey, PhD, is working to identify factors that contribute to healthy aging among gay and bisexual men. 
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Georgetown Lombardi joined the other 68 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in issuing a statement urging increased vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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A day before the World Health Organization (WHO) announced their plans to convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Zika virus, two Georgetown experts called on the organization to convene such a meeting.
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Lauren Kingsland, a professional artist with the Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program, created the prayer flag project to benefit patients, family members and staff.

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In Brief

Which faculty member recently received an award for teaching from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing? 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]

Click here to view all media coverage of the Zika virus involving Georgetown faculty including interviews with Jesse Goodman, Daniel Lucey, Carlo Tornatore, Lawrence Gostin, Paul Roepe, Peter Armbruster, Oscar Ayala, Ana Ayala and Susan Kim.

Select highlights:

NBC Nightly News Georgetown Professors Call for WHO to Act on Zika with Daniel Lucey, Jan. 27, 2016

Science WHO director calls for emergency Zika meeting with Lawrence Gostin, Jan. 28, 2016

CNBC Squawk Box Live Interview: Zika Virus with Paul Roepe, Jan 29, 2016

USA Today WHO to hold emergency meeting Monday on Zika virus with Susan Kim and Lawrence Gostin, Jan. 31, 2016

Other select GUMC media coverage:
Science News Mouse study offers clues to brain's response to concussions with Mark Burns, Feb. 5, 2016 First-of-its-kind study explains why rest is crucial after a concussion with Mark Burns, Feb. 5, 2016

Huffington Post 5 Reasons The Government's Nutrition Advice Isn't Working with Thomas Sherman, Feb. 2, 2016

CBS News affiliates (national distribution) Blood Pressure Drugs for Alzheimer's? (via Washington's WUSA) with Juan Saavedra, Feb. 1, 2016
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology Treating Alzheimer's with High Blood Pressure Drugs with Juan Saavedra, Feb. 1, 2016
New York Daily News It's Cancer Prevention Month, 8 tips to help ward off cancer with Sherrie Wallington, Feb. 1, 2016
The Hoya GUMC, GULC Study Oral Health With Grant with Lucile Adams-Campbell and Louis Weiner, Feb. 4, 2016
Forbes Blood Pressure Drugs Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Patients with Juan Saavedra, Jan. 31, 2016 
Scope (Stanford Univ.) Fertility quiz: How well do you know your body? with Victoria Jennings, Jan. 29, 2016  Having memory problems? Don't forget to tell your doctor with Scott Turner, Jan. 28, 2016 Young women with melanoma tanned indoors earlier and more often with Tina Alster, Jan. 27, 2016

Bethesda Magazine How Concussions Affect Students Academically with Korin Hudson, Jan. 25, 2016


First-of-Its-Kind Study Explains Why Rest is Critical After A Concussion
Doctors who order several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion are giving sound advice, say researchers, and new data from animal models explains why. GUMC neuroscientists say rest - for more than a day - is critical for allowing the brain to reset neural networks and repair any short-term injury. The new study in mice also shows that repeated mild concussions with only a day to recover between injuries leads to mounting damage and brain inflammation that remains evident a year after injury. 

Georgetown Infectious Disease Expert Comments on Possible Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus
A Texas health department reported a case of Zika virus that may have been acquired through sexual contact with someone who had recently returned from an epidemic area. Georgetown infectious disease specialist Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, commented that if sexual transmission is confirmed, additional guidance for pregnant women is likely warranted. 

Could Blood Pressure Drugs Have a Role in Alzheimer's Disease Treatment?
In laboratory neuronal cultures, an FDA-approved drug used to treat high blood pressure reduced cell damage often linked to Alzheimer's disease, say researchers at GUMC and the National Institutes of Health. 

Georgetown Lombardi Urges HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention
In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), Georgetown Lombardi joined with other top cancer centers in a joint statement urging increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. 
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Three Challenges for Mental Health and the Syrian Refugee Crisis 
Reports from multiple international organizations providing mental health services to Syrian refugees have noted the prevalence of a wide spectrum of mental health disorders. Organizations like M�decins Sans Fronti�res (MSF), among others, have helped to provide mental health services to Syrian refugees, but the international community must bind together to address the difficult challenges ahead.

.@Georgetown human science majors Brandon Ferrell & Nirmal Maitra start @Heroes4Hearts to increase CPR readiness! ...

Women and men for others: Thanks to the NHS Academic Council for hosting a fundraising gala this past weekend to support St. Aloysius Gonzaga (, a Jesuit secondary school in Kenya that educates students who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Fundraising efforts will continue this academic year. From 2011-2015, the council raised about $45,000 for St. Al's. Hoya Saxa!

Packed house discussing MLK's Nobel Peace Prize & health equity #whygucantwait

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Tuesday, Feb. 9 
5:00 p.m. Reception 
6:00 Panel 
Harari Building, Lohrfink Auditorium  

Thursday, Feb. 11
8:00 a.m.
Goldberg Auditorium 
(Formerly known as Gorman Auditorium) 
"Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Follow the Science"  
Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Thursday, Feb. 18
8:00 a.m. 
Goldberg Auditorium 
"ACA Implementation and Delivery System Reform-HHS' Continued Efforts to Transform Health Care" 
Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

Thursday, Feb. 11 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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 

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28
Healy Hall, Gaston Hall

Wednesday, March 23
5:00 p.m. Reception
5:30 p.m. Lecture and Q&A 
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.

Wednesday, April 27
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Healy Family Student Center, Great Room
Faculty and Staff RSVP 

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