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"Why Black Doctors?" Tackles Race in Medicine 
School of Medicine students brought together an expert panel to discuss the importance of black physicians and tackle subjects such as health disparities and cultural competency. 
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When physicians, researchers and scientists gather at Georgetown University for the International Summit on Female Concussion and TBI, they will tackle what they say is an underappreciated medical issue: brain concussions in girls and women.

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Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, spoke about health system innovation and transformation during a keynote address in the NHS McAuley Lecture Series. 
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GUMC faculty offer perspectives on teaching health and medicine with faith in mind.

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In Brief

Curtis Whitehair, MD, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will receive the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award during the 2016 ACGME Annual Education Conference. Read more about the recent achievements made by members of the GUMC community.


Zika virus - select media coverage:

The Washington Post
Brazil says a third adult has died of Zika with Daniel Lucey, Feb. 11, 2016

The Washington Post
Miscarriages reported in 2 U.S. women with Zika virus, CDC says with Jesse Goodman, Feb. 11, 2016

USA Today
Report paints heartbreaking picture of Zika-linked birth defects with Nassim Zecavati, Feb. 10, 2016
What does the future hold for babies with microcephaly? with Nassim Zecavati, Feb. 10, 2016

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

Other select GUMC media coverage:

The Washington Post Agonizing over the right to die with Kevin Donovan, Feb. 20, 2016

ABC 2 Baltimore 'Right to die' legislation gets lengthy, emotional hearing in Annapolis with Kevin Donovan, Feb. 20, 2016

Baltimore Sun Maryland lawmakers grapple with end-of-life bill with Kevin Donovan, Feb. 20, 2016

Fox News Radio (national) Physician Assisted SuicidewithKevin Donovan, Feb. 20, 2016

Lung Disease News
Graphic Cigarette Warnings Seen to Trigger Decision-Making Brain Areas with Darren Mays, Feb. 17, 2016

International Business Times The FDA Is Growing And Needs More Scientists, But It Struggles To Recruit with Jesse Goodman, Feb. 14, 2016

Daily Trojan
USC junior Sam Deutsch edges out Cal, Pittsburgh to clinch Jeopardy! College Championship with Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research, Feb. 11, 2016

The New York Times What Caused This Otherwise Healthy Retiree's Debilitating Cough? with Francis Graziano (SOM student), Feb. 11, 2016

MedPage Today
Stroke Rounds: No Advantage for Intense Rehab for Motor Function with Alex Dromerick, Feb. 10, 2016

Live Science
Marijuana for Menstrual Cramps? New Product Causes Concern with Ranit Mishori, Feb. 9, 2016

The New York Times
New Ways Into the Brain's 'Music Room' with Josef Rauschecker, Feb. 8, 2016


Gene Family Turns Cancer Cells into Aggressive Stem Cells That Keep Growing
An examination of 130 gene expression studies in 10 solid cancers has found that when any of four related genes is overexpressed, patients have much worse outcomes, including reduced survival. 

Should PCORI Fund More Primary Care Research?
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established under the Affordable Care Act, is charged with funding research that ultimately helps patients make better-informed health care decisions. But some at the forefront of such research - primary care physicians - say the grant money is not supporting the PCORI mission. 

Georgetown Hosts Research Summit on Concussions in Females
When physicians, researchers and scientists gather at Georgetown University later this month, they will tackle what they say is an underappreciated medical issue: brain concussions in girls and women. 

Graphic Cigarette Warnings Trigger Brain Areas Key to Quitting Smoking
Viewing graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packs triggers activity in brain areas involved in emotion, decision-making and memory as observed via brain scans. Researchers from GUMC and Truth Initiative reported their findings online this week in Addictive Behaviors Reports. 
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Synthetic Plant Hormones Shut Down DNA Repair in Cancer Cells
Two drugs that mimic a common plant hormone effectively cause DNA damage and turn off a major DNA repair mechanism, suggesting their potential use as an anti-cancer therapy, say investigators at GUMC. Their study is published online in Oncotarget.  
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Professor Sheds Light on Concrete, A Major Climate Change Contributor 
The material properties of a major contributor to climate change - the cement used in concrete - are now better understood, thanks to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) by Georgetown physics professor Emanuela Del Gado and her collaborators.

Hoyas climb Mount Kilimanjaro! From left to right are international health majors Olivia Puccio (NHS'16), Tarik Endale (NHS'16), Liselot Koenen (NHS'16), and Sarah Sohlberg (NHS'16), who posed together at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, during the major's fall semester practical experience abroad program.
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So proud of @GUFamilyMed representation by Drs. Jasper & McClaskey on the Why Black Doctors Matter panel!

Love and appreciation in the Lombardi clinic

More events >

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

Health Equity Forum 
Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Through Unconscious Bias Education
Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Med-Dent, SW 107 

NHS Research Lecture Series 
Wednesday, Feb. 24
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Hall, #104

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

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

Lecture: Leica SP8 AOBS++ confocal microscope: What can it do? 
Thursday, March 3 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Research Building, W302 

Thursday, March 10 
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
Freedom Auditorium, 4th Floor
50 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 
RSVP to Sulphat Sanni 


9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Kellogg Conference Center
800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC

Speed Grant Reviews 
Wednesday, March 23
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Med-Dent, NE 201A 

Wednesday, March 23
5:00 p.m. Reception
5:30 p.m. Lecture and Q&A 
MedDent, SW 107 
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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