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Launched on Friday, the new center will play a seminal role in global health at GUMC, a top priority area for the medical center.
Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the Nobel Prize today "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy." Learn about how GUMC researchers are harnessing that process to fight Alzheimer's and Parkinsons.





Clinical Trial Underway to Test Innovative Cancer Treatment Based on Georgetown Discoveries
Dr. Jeffrey A. Toretsky started studying Ewing sarcoma 20 years ago. Depending on the outcome of a new clinical trial, his years of work may pay off.


For the fourth time in its history, the United Nations has conducted a high-level meeting to address a critical global health crisis. Dr. Jesse Goodman explains why antimicrobial resistance rises to that high standard.




Even as Georgetown Women in Medicine celebrate 100 female school of medicine faculty members, they vow to work toward greater diversity.
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Three GUMC researchers spoke to a crowd in DC, which is part of the "stroke belt," about stoke recovery.  






"From the moment they step into their white coats," says Sydney Palka (M'18), "students are given something to belong to - a 'team' or 'family,' in a way."

OTHER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

New This Week 
  • GUMC Engagement: Work Life Survey - Extended Deadline
    We've had a terrific response to our work-relationship survey. Thank you! If you haven't taken it yet, please do. We are extending the survey deadline until Friday, October 7. Read about the survey and take it here. The survey is anonymous, but you have the option to enter your name to win lunch at the Faculty Club.
     
  • Applications open for the  John Eisenberg Career Development Award
    Georgetown Women in Medicine  looks forward to supporting up to two GUSOM/MGUH women faculty members to attend the 2016 AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development SeminarPlease send your CV, your completed GWIM AAMC application form, and a letter explaining why you are interested in a single PDF to Dr. Kristi Graves, 
    kdg9@georgetown.edu  by October 7.
  • Partners in Research Funds 5 Projects
    Congratulations to the Partners in Research grant awardees for the 2016-2017 academic year. Read about their projects. which range from research on 
    antidepressants to autism to opioid addiction. 
  • New Textbook offers 'Global Perspectives on Mental Health Nursing'
    A brand new textbook co-edited by NHS professor Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN,  was just released.
  • President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
    Anton Wellstein, MD, professor of oncology and pharmacology at Georgetown Lombardi and Darlene Howard, PhD, a faculty member in the Center on Brain Plasticity and Recovery, will receive the President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at Georgetown's Fall Faculty Convocation, Oct. 20.  Learn more about the award here.
     
  • Hyundai Hope on Wheels Comes to Georgetown Lombardi
    Hyundai Hope on wheels presented Dr. Aykut Üren with a $250,000 check for his Ewing sarcoma research. View the Storify here.   
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  • Funding Opportunities Available 
  • There are several funding opportunities available that support the global work of
    Georgetown faculty including  international collaborative grants, international travel grants and global humanities faculty seminars.  The application deadline is Sund ay, October 16. Information is available on the Global Georgetown website.

PRESS RELEASES

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) announces a $2.1 million grant awarded to R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, of GUMC to conduct a phase II clinical trial of low-dose nilotinib (marketed as Tasigna® for use as a cancer therapy) in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
GUMC announced on Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has completed its review of an investigational new drug application (IND) for the use of nilotinib in a phase II clinical trial for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
In this new era of legalized marijuana, far too little research has been conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos, say researchers at GUMC who scoured medical literature on the topic and found what they say is worrisome animal research.
The prescription of testosterone supplementation for cardiovascular health, sexual function, physical function, mood, or cognitive function in men with "low T" is not supported by clinical trials data, conclude researchers who describe a review of more than 150 clinical trials  published Sept. 21 in PLOS One.

GUMC IN THE NEWS



The Hoya  Research Series to Show DC Disparities  with Pat Cloonan and Christopher King, Sept. 27, 2016

Chicago Tribune  More cancer patients choosing breast removal, reconstruction - but at what cost?  with Shauna Willey, Sept. 26, 2016

The Guardian   Researchers say there are no benefits of testosterone treatments for men  with Adriane Fugh-Berman, Sept. 21, 2016

US News & World Report  6 Signs of a Compassionate Medical School  with Nancy Harazduk, Sept. 21, 2016  

The Diane Rehm Show  What We Should Do About The Rise Of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs  with Jesse Goodman, Sept. 21, 2016

Metro UK  Bad at maths? Scientists say you may actually have a disability   with Michael Ullman, Sept. 19, 2016

The Jerusalem Post  Study: 245,000 Israeli smokers can be saved if Israel abides by WHO accord  with David Levy, Sept. 18, 2016


Read about other GUMC faculty "In The News"   here. For Zika specific interviews, click here.

AROUND CAMPUS


Peggy Compton, associate dean for research, evaluation, and graduate studies at NHS spoke about opioid addiction at the screening of the FBI and DEA film Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
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Ninth Annual GUMC Convocation 
Thursday, November 17
Colloquium: Global Health 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Convocation Ceremony
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium  

Friday, October 14
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center

Tuesdays, October 18-December 6
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium





Faculty & Staff Headshots 
Tuesday, October 18
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Healy Hall, Riggs Library
Headshots on walk-in basis.

30th Anniversary Lombardi Gala 
Saturday, October 29 
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. Dinner, Awards and Dancing
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Fighting a Smarter Way on Cancer 
Thursday, December 1 - Saturday December 3
 
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center 

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