A champion of the poor and underserved, Harold P. Freeman, MD, received the 2017  Cura Personalis Award and delivered the keynote address at the event, which focused on health disparities.

Convocation Celebrates Faculty and Student Achievements 
Faculty and students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing & Health Studies and Biomedical Graduate Education were recognized for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and service at the 10th Annual GUMC Convocation. 

Annual Colloquium Addresses Health Disparities in D.C.
Harold P. Freeman, MD, recipient of the 2017 Cura Personalis  Award, and faculty members from across Georgetown's campuses discussed "Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities" at the colloquium, part of the 10th Annual GUMC Convocation. 

31st Annual Lombardi Gala Raises $1.4 Million
More than 700 Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center supporters turned out for the 31st Annual Lombardi Gala as the cancer center honored a philanthropist, a researcher and a broadcast journalist.

MedStar Health has named Louis M. Weiner, MD, as director of its MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute. Weiner will serve in this capacity while also remaining director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

NHS Senior Among Georgetown Delegation Who Met Pope Francis  
David Palmieri (NHS'18), a health care management and policy major, met Pope Francis while attending a conference on nuclear disarmament earlier this month, an encounter Palmieri called "an indescribable moment."


Cheema Joins the Fulbright Family of Scholars
Amrita Cheema, PhD, has been selected as a Fulbright Research Specialist, a designation for highly experienced, well-established faculty members. Cheema is an associate professor in the department of oncology and biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology. As part of the Fulbright Research Specialist Program,  she will lead a workshop at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India. She will also visit the National Institute of Pharmacological Education and Research and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India as an invited speaker.

Rochelle E. Tractenberg, PhD, associate professor of neurology, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), "for exceptional stewardship of science through teaching, mentoring, scholarship, and service promoting the integrity of scientists and of science with statistics and statistical literacy." Tractenberg has secondary appointments in biostatistics, bioinformatics and biomathematics, and rehabilitation medicine. Read about her work here .

Georgetown psychology professor emeritus Darlene Howard, PhD, a member of the Georgetown Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, was also selected as a fellow. She and Tractenberg will be recognized at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this February.

Georgetown Lombardi Announces Launch of New Cancer Survivorship Research Initiative
The goal of the new Cancer Survivorship Research Initiative, which will be led by Kristi Graves, PhD, associate professor of oncology, is to promote, support and lead high impact cancer survivorship research to improve the lives of people diagnosed with cancer. Research efforts will focus on the needs and outcomes of diverse populations of cancer survivors, building on local opportunities and strengths to develop a national model. Those interested in learning more are invited to fill out this form to receive additional information.

Help spread holiday cheer by supporting the HOYA Clinic Toy Drive. Monetary donations will be accepted via Venmo (@kaitlino) - all donations will be used to purchase gifts requested by the parents and children at DC General. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

You may also purchase gifts via Amazon Wishlist where each gift has been individually requested by the families at DC General. To buy a gift on the Amazon Wishlist, visit this link, choose a gift (including gift wrapping if possible) and select Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) as the shipping address. Email Emory Buck or Lauren Kerivan if you have any questions.

In preparation for the 3rd Annual Heart of the Harvey on Friday, April 13, the Georgetown Operating Theater is seeking 10-minute plays, monologues or performance pieces on the theme "the soul" from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Please send your submissions to Bill Rebeck and Susan Lynskey by Friday, December 15, and join us for the performances on April 13!

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News Using Cancer Drugs to Control Blood Pressure with Anton Wellstein, Nov. 20, 2017

HealthDay via US News & World Report Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study with James Baraniuk, Nov. 17, 2017
Stars & Stripes  'Keep fighting:' Vets work to bridge information gap on Gulf War illness with James Baraniuk, Nov. 11, 2017
Drug Discovery and Development  Brain Chemistry Profiles Shows CFS and Gulf War Illness as Unique Disorders with James Baraniuk, Nov. 12, 2017
Associated Press  US Regulators Approve First Digital Pill to Track Patients with James Giordano, Nov. 14, 2017
The New York Times (editorial) The Insanity of Taxpayer-Funded Addiction with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Nov. 10, 2017
The Hill Signs of progress, challenges in fighting Alzheimer's with Charbel Moussa, Nov. 17, 2017
USA Today Italian doctor says world's first human head transplant 'imminent' with James Giordano, Nov. 17, 2017
US News & World Report What's the Link Between Flu and MS Relapses? w ith Robert Shin, Nov. 10, 2017
WTOP Mumps in DC and vaccination with Jesse Goodman, Nov. 10, 2017
Wired Looking for life on Mars? Start with microbes in Antarctica with Dave Goerlitz, Sept. 19, 2017
Huffington Post 126 Reasons for Hope in Alzheimer's with Georgetown University (nilotinib study), Nov. 9, 2017
The Hill Let's tackle new health threats before they reach us by Mark Dybul, Nov. 7, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle Trump wrong to blame mass killings on mental illness rather than guns, experts say with Liza Gold, Nov. 7, 2017


MedStar Health has named Louis M. Weiner, MD, as director of its MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute. Weiner will serve in this capacity while also remaining director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Drugs designed to halt cancer growth may offer a new way to control high blood pressure (hypertension), say Georgetown University Medical Center investigators. The finding could offer an advance in hypertension treatment.
Impact of a Genetic Risk Factor for Substance Use Differs by Sex in Adolescents
A new study of adolescent boys and girls conducted by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and Penn State University has revealed a sex difference in a gene linked to substance use disorders.
Brain Chemistry Profiles Shows Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Gulf War Illness as Unique Disorders
Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found distinct molecular signatures in chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness, two brain disorders long thought to be psychological in origin.
Bryant Gumbel Named 2017 NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award Recipient
Emmy Award-winning television journalist and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel has been named this year's recipient of the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award.

Surgery to Reduce Weight May Reverse Negative Cognitive Effects in Obese Teens

Research has shown that children with obesity exhibit deficits in cognitive functioning and have lower academic achievement and has also shown that bariatric surgery has positive effects on health, including insulin regulation.


"Workflow, Workarounds and Overworked Health Systems: Innovations and Challenges for Quality, Safety and Technology" 

Tuesday, November 28 - Wednesday, November 29
Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building

Learn more here. Email Samantha DiPino for information about on-site registration. 

"Fighting a Smarter War on Cancer: Innovations in GI Cancer"

Thursday, November 30 - Saturday, December 2
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center

Learn more here and register here (use the promo code Employee2017). 

Thursday, December 7
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Lombardi Atrium

All are invited to celebrate the awards winners as well as recent appointments and promotions of GUMC women faculty. RSVP here. Email GWIM@georgetown.edu with any questions. 

Friday, December 1
6:00 p.m.
The St. Regis Washington DC

Part of the 2017 Ruesch Center Symposium, the Luminary Awards will honor individuals who have made transformative strides in the lives of patients with GI cancers.

Learn more here and register here (use the code "RueschOncLive" to register for free).

Monday, December 4
9:30 a.m. Refreshments
10:00 a.m. Presentation
Healy Family Student Center Social Room

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Brad Johnson, author of "On Being a Mentor," for a presentation and discussion. Attendees will also be able to participate via Zoom. Learn more here and RSVP here

Tuesday, January 16
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Show
W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater, Medical-Dental Building

Learn more here and RSVP  here . Submit complete or draft works  here  by December 29. 

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