Press Releases

  • Georgetown Medical Students Get Buzzed for Childhood Cancer Research
    April 13, 2015

    More than two dozen Georgetown University School of Medicine students will “brave the shave” to raise money for childhood cancer research. They’ll join more than 40,000 so-called “crazy head shaving people” from around the world who have shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation this year. Student organizers expect more than 100 people to be in attendance, including pediatric cancer patients and their families for the annual event, which also includes food, music and a silent auction.

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  • Can Facial Plastic Surgery Make You More Likeable?
    April 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Facial plastic surgery may do more than make you look youthful. It could change — for the better — how people perceive you. The first study of its kind to examine perception after plastic surgery finds that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, attractive and feminine.

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  • MEDIA ADVISORY: What are the Ethical and Legal Issues Generated by the BRAIN Initiative?
    April 8, 2015

    The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative launched by the Obama Administration gives rise to three critical bioethical issues: the capacity for consent, questions of cognitive enhancement and the use — and misuse — of neuroscience in the legal system. These issues were highlighted in a recent report from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues titled Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society. A contributing author of the report, Stephen L. Hauser, MD, joins a half-day symposium to address these issues at Georgetown University Medical Center on April 27.

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  • Understanding Heart Attack and Stroke Risk in Children with Type 1 Diabetes
    March 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON – It’s a little known fact: heart attack is the leading cause of death for people younger than 40 who have type 1 diabetes. Diabetes is a risk factor for both heart attacks and strokes; more than a third of those with type 1 diabetes die before age 55 from some form of cardiovascular disease. To understand more about risk factors in young patients, Georgetown University is looking for both children with type 1 diabetes and healthy children, ages 12 to 18, to help with an important new study.

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  • After Learning New Words, Brain Sees Them as Pictures
    March 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON — When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That’s the finding from a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.

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  • When Cancer Cells Stop Acting Like Cancer
    March 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Cancer cells crowded tightly together suddenly surrender their desire to spread, and this change of heart is related to a cellular pathway that controls organ size. These two stunning observations are reported today by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in the journal Oncogene.

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  • Georgetown Hosts Conference Focused on Ebola, Global Health Planning and Security
    March 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Hosts “Ebola and Beyond: Global Epidemics in our One Health World 2015” on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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    March 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON – The 10th Annual Women & Wine event to support breast cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is scheduled for Monday, April 20, 2015.

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  • Mechanistic Insight into Immortal Cells Could Speed Clinical Use
    February 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The mechanistic understanding of the relatively new technique for growing cells in culture indefinitely - known as conditional reprogramming - has been deciphered and reported in the February 25th issue of PLOS ONE. Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say identifying the mechanisms of immortalization lays the groundwork for future clinical use of these cells.

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  • Georgetown Consensus Group Issues Recommendations for NIH On Sex Diversity in Research
    February 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- A diverse group of experts from academia, industry and advocacy is offering recommendations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the federal research institution works to increase the inclusion of female animal models and achieve a balance in the use of male and female cells and animals in preclinical studies. FASEB Journal published the recommendations online today (and will appear in the May edition).

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