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Tim Jorgensen was prompted to write "Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation" when he realized that most people do not understand radiation well enough to assess its health risks. 

Head injuries in males and females appear very differently - in symptoms, treatment and recovery. Exploring those gender differences was the subject of the International Summit on Female Concussion and TBI, a recent two-day summit hosted by GUMC.

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At the NHS Values-Based Lecture, Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, encouraged students to think about their own values. Keehan also explained how her organization prepared for health care reform with a focus on values in her speech, "The ACA After 5 Years: The Importance of Values in a Dynamic Health Care Environment." 
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Albert J. Fornace, MD, molecular cancer research chair at Georgetown Lombardi, discussed his work on cosmic radiation and potential health concerns for astronaut Scott Kelly, who returned from a year in space on March 2.

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"It was a horrible feeling," says Elizabeth Leigh, as she describes watching her mother, Mary, wanting to talk, but instead being trapped inside her body by Parkinson's disease. Elizabeth discusses her family's support for research and the hope that comes with it - research she knows is too late for her mom.  
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Alumna Jennifer Walter, MD (M'07), reflects on spirituality and patient care.

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In Brief

Just four years after opening, the Huntington Disease Care, Education and Research Center at Georgetown has been designated a "Center of Excellence" by the Huntington Disease Society of America.  


Zika virus - select media coverage:
CBS News Is Colombia on the verge of a Zika-linked wave of birth defects? with Daniel Lucey, March 4, 2016
Miami Herald/McClatchy Sex a bigger problem for Zika than first believed with Paul Roepe, March 1, 2016
Slate Can Genetic Engineering Stop Zika? A Future Tense Event Recap with Graciela Ostera, Feb. 25, 2016
USA Today Study associates Zika with more extensive birth defects with Nassim Zecavati, Feb. 25, 2016
BuzzFeed Zika Linked To Stillborn Fetuses, One With Swollen Belly with Jesse Goodman, Feb. 25, 2016

Click here to view all media coverage of the Zika virus outbreak.

Timothy Jorgensen's book "Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation" (Princeton U Press) has received critical acclaim from Science, Kirkus Reviews (a coveted starred review), Publisher's Weekly and The Spectator (UK).

Science Epidemic of Fear with Timothy Jorgensen, March 4, 2016
AARP Bulletin New, Life-Saving Cancer Treatments with Louis Weiner and Michael Atkins, March 2016

The Washington Post In first hearing, GOP panel casts doubt on fetal tissue research with Kevin Donovan, March 2, 2016

Associated Press
Democrats object as House GOP holds hearing on fetal tissue with Kevin Donovan, March 2, 2016

USA Today
House panel on 'infant lives' clashes over subpoenas to researchers with Kevin Donovan, March 2, 2016

How fetal tissue research could help science understand Zika with Kevin Donovan, March 2, 2016
The Hoya GUMC Study Links Cigarette Packaging to Brain Stimuli with Darren Mays and Adam Green, March 1, 2016

NBC Nightly News 
Lack of Sleep Increases Junk Food Cravings, Study Shows with Gholam Motamedi, Feb. 29, 2016
US News & World Report Graphic Cigarette Warnings May Target Brain's 'Quit Centers' with Darren Mays and Adam Green, Feb. 26, 2016

Smokers' Brains Respond to Graphic Cigarette Pack Warnings with Darren Mays, Feb. 26, 2016

The Hoya
GUMC Researchers Discover Potential Anti-Cancer Drugs with Ronit Yarden, Christopher Albanese and Jefferson Haake (NHS' 16), Feb. 26, 2016

Evidence on talc cancer risk differs for jurors, researchers with Ranit Mishori, Feb. 24, 2016

Harper's Bazaar
Are Colonics Back? with Ranit Mishori, Feb. 24, 2016

The Washington Post
The facts behind e-cigarettes and their health risks with Douglas Kamerow, Feb. 22, 2016
The Hoya Lombardi Researchers Study Cancer Genes with Geeta Upadhyay and Yuriy Gusev, Feb. 19, 2016
The Hoya GUMC Professor Studies HIV-Positive Communities with Michael Plankey, Feb. 19, 2016


Georgetown Radiation Expert, Author Reflects on Fifth Anniversary of Fukushima Meltdown
Five years ago on March 12, Fukushima Prefecture in Japan experienced the largest nuclear accident and release of radioactive materials since the events of Chernobyl in the Ukraine 30 years earlier. But Fukushima was no Chernobyl. 

Huntington Disease Center at Georgetown Designated As Center of Excellence
The Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) has designated the Huntington Disease Care, Education and Research Center at Georgetown as an HDSA Center of Excellence for 2016. The designation comes with a grant to support services for Huntington disease patients and their families at the center, a collaboration between GUMC and MGUH with generous support from the Griffin Foundation. 

Georgetown Seeks Volunteers for New Immunotherapy Clinical Trial for Alzheimer's
The Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University is seeking volunteers to participate in an international clinical trial of a drug that, in an early phase study, has demonstrated promise in slowing mental decline in Alzheimer's disease. Georgetown is the only institution in the greater Washington, DC, area offering access to the phase III study of the investigational immunotherapy drug aducanumab.  

Congressional Testimony on "Bioethics and Fetal Tissue" by G. Kevin Donovan, MD
Written Testimony of G. Kevin Donovan, MD, director of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at GUMC, a witness before the Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce on March 2, 2016 for a hearing on "Bioethics and Fetal Tissue." 
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Georgetown Author Says Radiation Fears Will Be "Rearranged" With New Book
Why is it that some people fear using cellphones believing radiation from the device will cause a brain tumor, but will gladly have a whole body CT scan to check for diseases without any signs or symptoms of anything wrong? The answer is that most people do not understand radiation in a way that allows them to make an accurate assessment of its health risks, says Georgetown's Timothy J. Jorgensen. 
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The increased media attention around TBI has meant that we are getting better at identifying and understanding the causes and outcomes of TBI in sports and other obvious risk scenarios like car crashes, but there is a significant and important population who is being left out of the discussion - victims of domestic violence.

Watch co-founder Rick Schena skydive over Dubai in honor of Fund a Fellow. As Rick says before he takes the plunge, "anybody can do anything they want." Rick is living proof that you can live well with Parkinson's disease, and the program that he helped found is a model for making feats like this possible!
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VIDEO: #Radiation expert Timothy Jorgensen explains risks Cmdr. Kelly faces after living for a #YearInSpace. #AskaGUProf

Countdown to #GUMatchDay: Just three weeks until #GUSOM students can rip those envelopes open! #MatchDay2016

More events >

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 

Wednesday, March 16 
12:00 -1:00 p.m. 
St. Mary's Hall, #104

Immediately following the opening of envelopes 12:00 p.m. 
MedDent Podium 

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

Spring 2016 Mini-Medical School  
Tuesdays, March 29 - May 17 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Research Building Auditorium 

Saturday, April 16 
6:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. for 5K run/walk) 
Yates Field House 

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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