Press Releases

  • Experimental Immunotherapy Shows High Response Rate in Advanced Lung Cancer
    May 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON — An early phase study testing an anti-PDL1 agent in combination with standard chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer has provided promising early results, prompting multiple phase III studies in lung cancer. The findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

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  • Unraveling the Mystery of α-synuclein in Neurodegenerative Disease and Reversing its Course
    May 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A team of neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center has shown how a protein, known to accumulate in Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, activates the brain’s immune response.

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  • Soprano Marquita Lister Delivers “Music for the Mind”
    May 12, 2015

    International opera star Marquita Lister, accompanied by pianist Marvin Mills and baritone Robert Cantrell, performs at Georgetown University May 20 for the annual Music for the Mind. Music for the Mind is a unique fundraising event to support research for neurologic diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

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  • Georgetown Adds Standalone Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty to Online Master’s Program
    April 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON – Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, announces a new addition to its online master of science degree in nursing program offerings – a specialty for aspiring Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners.

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  • Comment on Tyson Foods and Antibiotics Use
    April 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON - This morning, Tyson issued a statement stating, in part, ““Given the progress we’ve already made reducing antibiotics in our broilers, we believe it’s realistic to shoot for zero by the end of our 2017 fiscal year.” In response, Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, commends Tyson’s for its latest action to eliminate antibiotic use in its poultry, but says more needs to be done to reduce antibiotic resistance.

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  • Researchers Launch First Trial of Standard vs. Molecular Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer
    April 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON - April 27, 2015 — Two powerhouses of cancer support — the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) — have jointly awarded Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia $1 million over three years to determine whether molecularly tailored treatment for pancreatic cancer improves survival compared with the current standard of care.

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  • Like Humans, Bats Use Both Sides of Brain to Listen
    April 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON— Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and American University have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of sounds. Aside from humans, no other animal that has been studied, not even monkeys or apes, has proved to use such hemispheric specialization for sound processing — meaning that the left brain is better at processing fast sounds, and the right processing slow ones.

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  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer in African-American Women Has Distinct Difference
    April 22, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA – What makes triple negative breast cancer more lethal in African American women than White women or women of European descent? A new study reveals specific genetic alterations that appears to impact their prognosis and ultimately survival rates.

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  • Maternal Stress Increases Development of Fetal Neuroblastoma In Animal Model
    April 21, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA- While genetics play a substantial role in development of neuroblastoma, scientists say that something else is in play that elevates the risk: stress. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center have shown in mice genetically predisposed to develop neuroblastoma that maternal stress can push onset of the cancer.

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  • New Breast Cancer Screening Analysis Confirms Biennial Interval Optimal for Average Risk Women
    April 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Results from a second comprehensive analysis of mammography screening, this time using data from digital mammography, confirms findings from a 2009 analysis of film mammography: biennial (every two years) screening offers a favorable balance of benefits to harm for women ages 50 to 74 who have an average risk of developing breast cancer.

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