Press Releases

  • Spiny Dogfish, Credit: Doug Costa, NOAA/SBNMS
    Steroid Originally Discovered in the Dogfish Shark Attacks Parkinson’s-Related Toxin in Animal Model
    January 16, 2017

    A naturally occurring steroid made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein in animal studies, reports an international team of researchers. The clustering of this protein, alpha-synuclein (α-synuclein), is the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, suggesting a new potential compound for therapeutic research.

  • Pandemic Preparedness in the Next Administration
    January 5, 2017

    As the United States prepares for new leadership, global health thought leaders will convene January 10 to discuss ways the Trump administration can contribute to pandemic preparedness, global health security, and domestic readiness and resilience.

  • Sunshine and clouds
    Sunlight Offers Surprise Benefit - It Energizes Infection Fighting T Cells
    December 16, 2016

    Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, energizes T cells that play a central role in human immunity. Their findings, published today in Scientific Reports, suggest how the skin, the body’s largest organ, stays alert to the many microbes that can nest there.

  • Patient Prostate Tissue Used to Create Unique Model of Prostate Cancer Biology
    December 13, 2016

    For the first time, researchers have been able to grow, in a lab, both normal and primary cancerous prostate cells from a patient, and then implant a million of the cancer cells into a mouse to track how the tumor progresses. The achievement, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center who led the research, represents a critical advance in the effort to understand the origin and drivers of this puzzling cancer — the most common in men.

  • Of the 22 million smoking attributable deaths averted in the world between 2008 and 2014, the researchers estimate that seven mi
    Smoking Down, Number of Lives Saved Up as More Countries Embrace Tobacco Control Measures
    December 12, 2016

    Between 2008 and 2014, more than 53 million people in 88 countries stopped smoking due to tobacco control measures, which means that more than 22 million smoking-related deaths have been averted, say researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • Photo of Louis M. Weiner, MD, director, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Georgetown’s Cancer Center Director Praises Passage of 21st Century Cures Act
    December 7, 2016

    The U.S. Senate voted to pass the 21st Century Cures Act this afternoon – a vote that follows passage in the House last week. Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University says the bill is critical to moving the needle on cancer treatments

  • Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer: A Three-Part Symposium
    Georgetown Lombardi Hosts Patient/Physician Symposium Focused on GI Cancers
    November 29, 2016

    The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center hosts its 7th Annual “Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer,” a symposium for medical professionals, patients and advocates, Dec. 1-3, 2016.

  • Thanksgiving dinner
    Thanksgiving Conversation Survival Guide Post-Election
    November 21, 2016

    Preparing dinner for a house packed with hungry family members on Thanksgiving Day can be stressful enough, but pepper it with conversation about politics and the 2016 election earlier this month, and the day could spoil easily.

  • Antarctica
    Georgetown Team Sets Off to Antarctica in Search of Traces of Ancient Life
    November 21, 2016

    A quest to understand if and how life can endure in extreme cold— on Earth and, perhaps one day, on Mars — is sending a team of Georgetown University researchers to Antarctica to search for, and then sequence, ancient bacteria.

  • Last year, Sesame Street debuted an autistic preschool digital Muppet, Julia, and produced a suite of resources as part of the S
    Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative
    November 15, 2016

    Parents of children with autism under the age of six are invited to participate in a new study designed to evaluate “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.” The initiative, developed by Sesame Workshop, is designed to reduce stigma and build understanding about autism spectrum disorder.