Presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, research that included patients from Georgetown Lombardi showed that a genetic test can help prevent women with the most common subtype of breast cancer from unnecessarily receiving chemotherapy.

A new award recognizing staff at Georgetown University Medical Center for compassion, achievement, respect, inspiration and service was bestowed upon Melissa Layman, deputy director of research development services, at the May 23 GUMC Community Meeting.

Recipients of grants from Partners in Research, a program that brings together scientists and science-minded members of the community, told funders how their support has helped them push their science forward at a recent research showcase.

About 80 attendees participated in CENTILE's Fifth Annual Colloquium for GUMC Educators in the Health Professions, which included a workshop, oral sessions, posters and a plenary on trends in health professions education.

Phyllis Magrab, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of Georgetown's Center for Child and Human Development,  received the American University of Afghanistan's International Public Service Award for her commitment to improving the lives of the Afghan people, specifically Afghan women. Advocating for the recognition of human dignity for all people, the free and open exchange of ideas, and the role of women in civil society, Magrab serves as the vice chair of the US-Afghan Women's Council.

The slides and handouts from the May 23 GUMC community meeting that included recommendations by the medical center structure task force, a finance presentation, a report from the Faculty Philanthropy Advisory Committee, a research update and more, are available on the GUMC Engagement website.

Inaugural Research Services Survey
The Office of the Dean for Research has announced the first-ever Research Services Survey to gather feedback about the offices that support the GUMC research enterprise. Over the next two weeks, all GUMC faculty, staff, AAPs and students are asked to complete the survey, which is available here.

Georgetown-MedStar Academic Leadership Council Announced
Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health have announced the creation of the Georgetown-MedStar Academic Leadership Council (GMALC), a high-level forum for strengthening the academic partnership between Georgetown and MedStar. Click here to see the announcement and the full list of council members. 

Professor of Biostatistics Selected for Fellowship
Kepher H. Makambi, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, has been selected for the Institute of International Education's Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. His project, "Curriculum Co-development and Postgraduate Program Capacity Building for Employable Skills in Public Health Courses," will take place at Machakos University in Kenya.

Passing of Stuart Bondurant, MD
Stuart Bondurant, MD, a former faculty member at Georgetown University Medical Center who served as interim executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine from 2004 to 2007, passed away on May 26. At the time of his passing, Bondurant was dean emeritus of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Click here to read more.



Inside Higher Ed Universities Quietly Collaborate with Facebook with Georgetown University, May 21, 2018

NBC Nightly News Study shows suicide rate of black children twice that of white children with Alfiee Breland-Noble, May 22, 2018

PBS NewsHour Mental Health and Young People with Alfiee Breland-Noble, May 15, 2018

NPR 1A Should Students Stay Away From School? with Liza Gold, May 22, 2018

WPXI (via The Associated Press) A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans with Kenny Lin, May 16, 2018

Reuters Melania Trump treated for benign kidney condition, in hospital with Keith Kowalczyk, May 14, 2018

The Washington Post (via The Associated Press) Melania Trump has 'successful' procedure on kidney condition with Keith Kowalczyk, May 14, 2018

NPR All Things Considered First Lady Melania Trump Underwent Medical Procedure To Treat Kidney Condition with Keith Kowalczyk, May 14, 2018

Scientific American Does Parkinson's Begin in the Gut? with Michael Zasloff, May 8, 2018

Washington Times (opinion) A flawed and dangerous law by G. Kevin Donovan, May 9, 2018

CNN (opinion) Trump administration turns its back on the most vulnerable by Ranit Mishori, et al., May 1, 2018

NPR Morning Edition Probiotics For Babies And Kids? New Research Explores Good Bacteria with Dan Merenstein, April 30, 2018

Ebola-specific coverage:

NPR All Things Considered WHO Says Progress Is Being Made Against The Ebola Outbreak, But Remains A Threat with Julie Fischer, May 18, 2018

BBC World News Ebola in the DRC with Daniel Lucey (O'Neill), May 18, 2018

CNN Experimental Ebola vaccine could be 'game-changer' in Congo outbreak with Daniel Lucey (O'Neill), May 18, 2018

ABC (Australia) Health authorities have a week to grapple with new Ebola crisis with Julie Fischer, May 18, 2018

Women's Health Ebola Outbreak 2018: Everything You Need To Know with Julie Fischer, May 17, 2018

Mother Jones Ebola Is Back and Trump Just Made It Harder to Fight with Rebecca Katz, May 11, 2018

Daily Beast Ebola's Back-And It Could Be Worse Thanks to Trump with Rebecca Katz, May 10, 2018


The Hepatitis Policy Project, part of the O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, has released a new report that features the stories of people affected by hepatitis C. "Full of Life: The Stories of People Affected by Hepatitis C" underscores the impact of hepatitis C and the potential for improving the lives of those with the disease.


Monday, June 4
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center


Thursday, June 7
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 201,  Building D

"The physiological effects of repeat head impacts on the brain" with  Mark P. Burns, PhDPresented by the  Department of Medicine.


Saturday, June 9
8:00 a.m.
Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Join the  MedStar Georgetown - Ruesch Center team at this event to help end pancreatic cancer.


6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Chopra Residence
Bethesda, MD

Featuring Douglas Sobel, MD and Rosa Sherafat-Kazemazadeh, MD. To RSVP (required), email Kristina Madarang.


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Warwick Evans, Building D

Lunch will be served. Attendees may also participate via Zoom. Email to RSVP. Click here for a complete list of the 2018 meetings of the Survivorship Research Initiative.

Thursday, June 7
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Chapel, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Featuring poetry on the themes of reflection, expression and connection. Hosted by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program.


Thursday, June 7
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Room 201, Building D

"Becoming a Biomedical Translational Scientist" with Joseph G. Verbalis, MD. Hosted by the Translational Biomedical Science Program and the Department of Medicine. Dinner provided. Contact Emily Bujold with questions.


Saturday, June 9
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds
1299 Half Street SE, Washington, DC

Join the  Friends of Lombardi  for a cornhole tournament to benefit the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Saturday, June 16
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Conference Center at FASEB
9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD

To RSVP (required), email and include your preference of disease and topical session.


Monday, June 18
5:00 p.m. Prostate Cancer Briefing
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner Program and Live Auction
Morton's The Steakhouse
1050 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC

Join the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center for a dinner and live auction to support research on cancers that primarily affect men.

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