New Features
The School of Medicine’s Melanin in Medicine event provides a forum for candid, compelling conversations about minority experiences in the health care system.
The new MS in Health and the Public Interest program prepares students to solve global health problems by looking beyond medical evidence.
During the “Night at the Lab” tour, Partners in Research donors visit GUMC labs to see new medical research in action.
Colleagues honor infectious disease specialist Princy Kumar, MD, a “fearless advocate for medical students,” with a painted portrait.
A five-year award funded by the CDC advances the work of the NHS-based Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment.
Other News & Announcements
In Remembrance
Marianne Lyons, MSN, RN, associate dean for student academic affairs at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, passed away February 7 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lyons, a beloved colleague at the school, spent decades working on the Hilltop, including as a nurse and administrator at the hospital and as a senior administrator at NHS. “At her core, Marianne was an unwavering advocate for our student body. She guided her work by the principle that what we do each day is about the students we are so fortunate to serve. She was known for her kindness and good humor, genuine concern and collegiality, and student-centered ethos,” Interim Dean Carole Roan Gresenz, PhD, wrote in a university broadcast message .

Donations in Lyons’ memory may be made to , which supports St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit high school in Nairobi for students who have lost parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Steen Named Division Chief
Virginia Steen, MD, has been named MedStar Georgetown’s Division Chief of Rheumatology. She also serves as the fellowship director for rheumatology. Steen has made significant contributions to the understanding of the epidemiology of scleroderma. In 2019, she was inducted into the MAGIS Society of Master Teachers in recognition of her commitment to student education and mentoring.
Giordano on Deck!
James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, professor in the departments of neurology and biochemistry, has been designated as a U.S. Naval War College Research Fellow at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. The thrust of his work will be with the College of Leadership and Ethics and focus on the adoption and adaptation of emerging and disruptive technologies in society and within the Department of Defense, with specific attention to bioethical issues in military operations, military medicine, and emerging military and medical technologies.
Librarian Lands Significant Fellowship
Emily Alagha, clinical information specialist and data management coordinator at Dahlgren Memorial Library, was selected for a highly competitive Data Analytics Research Training (DART) Fellowship. Alagha joins a select group of only 24 librarians from around the country to participate in the fully funded six-week training, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, in March.
GUMC in the News
Think Global Health Africa is not Starting from Scratch on COVID-19 with Charles Holmes, Rebecca Katz and Matthew Boyce, Feb. 27 2020

Consumer Reports How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus with Jesse Goodman, Feb. 27, 2020

Washington Examiner Five Ways Health Experts Say the Government's Coronavirus Response Is Failing with Michael Stoto, Feb. 27, 2020
NPR A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus with Rebecca Katz, Feb. 26, 2020

Washington Post What’s Going to Happen Once WHO Declares Coronavirus Pandemic? with Alexandra Phelan, Feb. 25, 2020
CNN The Situation Room (video) World Markets Shaken by Coronavirus Spread with Alexandra Phelan, Feb. 24, 2020
Bloomberg (via Yahoo News) As Pandemic Looms, World’s Top Disease Fighter Engages Xi with Rebecca Katz, Feb. 24. 2020
The COVID-19 news articles above are from the past week only. Click here for a complete archive .

WTOP Should an FDA Warning Affect Your Use of Hand Sanitizer? with Julie Fischer, Feb. 21, 2020

New York Daily Forget Politics: Family Separation is Torture, Doctors Say with Ranit Mishori, Feb. 25, 2020

Knowable Magazine Rethinking Clinical Trials for Next-Generation Cancer Drugs with Robert Beckman, Feb. 21, 2020 Prices for Drugs Commonly Used in Emergency Departments Rise Substantially with Collin Tebo (medical student), Feb. 22, 2020

Republican American Waterbury Woman Seeks Ways to Help Veterans Suffering Effects of Gulf War with Cayla Fappiano (medical student) and James Baraniuk, Feb. 13, 2020 

Medscape Glaring Gap in CV Event Reporting in Pivotal Cancer Trials with Marc Lippman, Feb. 11, 2020 
Press Releases

Evidence of how nicotine “sets up” a craving for benzodiazepines — often called “benzos” — in animal laboratory studies has been published in the open access journal  eNeuro . Georgetown University Medical Center investigator Alexey Ostroumov, PhD, led the research, which he conducted with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania before joining Georgetown, where he continues this research focus.

Georgetown University global health expert Matthew Kavanagh argues in an  analysis and comment  published Feb. 13 in  The Lancet Public Health  that China’s autocratic political system resulted in missed opportunities to control the outbreak before massive and untested control efforts were necessary.

To understand more about symptom severity and disease course in veterans with Gulf War illness (GWI), Air Force 2nd Lt. Cayla Fappiano, a medical student at the Georgetown University School of Medicine working with GWI expert James Baraniuk, MD, created an online questionnaire for nearly 500 veterans. Their results, published in the journal  Military Medicine  (Feb. 2), suggest a high burden of disease almost three decades after the conflict.
Around Campus
Three speakers examine the ways in which language shapes our personal, political and moral landscape in this three-day series hosted by the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. Featured are physician Rita Charon, MD (3/24, see detail below); poet Jericho Brown (3/25); and author Salman Rushdie (3/26).

“Whose Words Speak the Body? Power in Health and Illness”
A talk by Rita Charon, MD, general internist, literary scholar, and the originator of the field of narrative medicine.
Tuesday, March 24
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Copley Hall, Copley Formal Lounge
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 4 
3:30 p.m.
Research Building Auditorium 

Former CMS administrator and cofounder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Donald Berwick, MD, delivers this year’s talk, “Quality, Mercy, and the Moral Determinants of Health.” Sponsored by the NHS Committee on Mission and Values and Department of Health Systems Administration. Register .

Wednesday, March 4
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Dahlgren Memorial Library
BACC Classroom, Lower Level

Researchers who must submit protocols to Georgetown University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ways to more efficiently and effectively search databases for studies related to animal research. Register .

Department of Family Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation

Thursday, March 5
8:00 a.m.
Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room

Diana Burgess, PhD, presents “Studying the impact of racism on pain: Reflecting on my program of research of racial disparities in pain conducted in an era of opioid promotion.” Zoom available .
Sarah Stewart Lecture Series

Thursday, March 5
12:00 p.m.

Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, PhD, and Bill Rebeck, PhD, present “Of Mice and Women: Effects of Aging, Genetics, and Breast Cancer Chemotherapy on Cognition.”
IAMSE Spring 2020 Webinar Series

Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education: Health Systems Sciences
Thursday, March 5
12:00 p.m.

Jed Gonzalo and Ami DeWaters present “The Third Pillar of Medical Education: Health Systems Science.” Register .

Friday, March 6
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Car Barn

Eric De Jonge, MD, presents “Primary Care at Home (PCH) for Frail Elders” Sponsored by the GU Aging & Health Program .

The John F. Potter, MD Lecture

Friday, March 6, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 pm
New Research Building Auditorium

Chiranjeev Dash, MBBS, PhD, MPH, speaks on “Lifestyle Factors and Oxidative Stress in Breast and Colorectal Cancer Prevention.” 
CENTILE Teaching Certificate Program: Team-Based Learning: What It Is and What It Isn't

Friday, March 6
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Med-Dent SW 107

Featuring Jessica Jones, Yumi Jarris and Andrea Cammack. Register.
Dean’s Seminar Series

Thursday, March 12
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
New Research Building Auditorium

Hari Shroff of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering presents “Multiscale Biological Imaging at High Spatiotemporal Resolution.” Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Research. Reception follows. Zoom available. More info.

Friday, March 13
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown, discusses “Alzheimer's Disease Spectrum Trials: Where Are We Now?” Sponsored by MedStar Health Research Institute and GHUCCTS.
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