GUMC Update


GUMC Update is a bi-weekly online newsletter highlighting recent events, news stories and more from the Georgetown University Medical Center community.

Update July 9July 9, 2017
Highlights Include:
- Members of Congress spoke about the importance of federal funding for cancer research at a House Cancer Caucus panel discussion on Capitol Hill moderated by Louis Weiner, MD.
- A well-recognized global health expert and humanitarian, Mark Dybul, MD, (C'85, M'92), will lead the Center for Global Health and Quality, which will work with international partners to respond to the most pressing global health challenges.
- Infectious disease experts believe an influenza outbreak with the potential to kill 30 million people in a single year could occur within the next 10 years, Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH, said during a panel discussion on pandemic preparedness and the role of the World Health Organization on Capitol Hill on June 20.



June 18 UpdateJune 18, 2017
Highlights Include:
- The new medical/surgical pavilion will provide state-of-the-art facilities for GUMC faculty and students pursuing cutting-edge research and education.
- Two School of Medicine students will participate in the highly competitive NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, which trains the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers.
- Ahead of the 40th Anniversary Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) Gala on July 20, we take a look at how the GEMS program has helped hundreds of students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for medical school.



update June 5 2017June 4, 2017
Highlights Include:
- Since its inception, Partners in Research has raised more than $830,000 for 22 projects, including research on autism, depression, pancreatic cancer and preeclampsia.
- After having surgery to repair the damage from the tumors in her ankle, Kathy Roberts' doctors encouraged her to enroll in a clinical trial of immunotherapy for patients with melanoma brain tumors at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- A new master's degree at Georgetown will teach health care professionals how to enhance safety and improve health care quality while maintaining a focus on the patient in a increasingly complex heath care system.



Update May 22May 22, 2017
Highlights Include:
- Nearly four years after first reciting it at their white coat ceremony, the School of Medicine Class of 2017 read the Hippocratic oath together one last time.
- In addition to students who received bachelor's and master's degrees, nine students from the School of Nursing & Health Studies received doctor of nursing practice degrees - the school's first-ever doctoral graduates.
- "Never forget the purpose for our quest for knowledge in the biomedical sciences ... to help others." That was the parting message for several hundred Biomedical Graduate Education students at the diploma distribution ceremony on Friday. The remarks were made by Cooper Ehlers, a fellow graduate student.



Update May 8May 8, 2017
Highlights Include:
- A nationally recognized leader in medical oncology and clinical trials, Worta McCaskill-Stevens (M'85) will share some of the lessons she has learned over the course of her career at the School of Medicine commencement ceremony May 21. James H. Shelton III, president of Chan Zuckerberg Education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will speak at the School of Nursing & Health Studies commencement ceremony on May 20.
- More than 50 faculty members participated in an event celebrating the launch of the Global Health Initiative, which highlighted research in areas such as infectious diseases and global health security.
- At a recent workshop, medical students and physicians learned how to use their training to help victims of torture and persecution attain legal asylum in the US.


Update April 23 2017April 23, 2017
Highlights Include:
- A new video about the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance debuted Friday at John Carroll Weekend, the annual gathering of Georgetown alumni, family and friends.
- Over the course of one's career, "unexpected things can happen," Rear Adm. Richard W. Childs (C'87, M'91) told participants at the conference, which included students from Georgetown as well as several other local universities.
- Diane Lucey's unusual cancer stumped her doctors. But after ordering a profile of her tumor, medical oncologist Louis Weiner knew exactly how to proceed.



GUMC Update thumbnailApril 10, 2017
Highlights Include:
- A new Sesame Workshop initiative invokes "remarkably positive changes" for parents of children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the preliminary results of a study by Georgetown's Bruno Anthony.
- The renowned global health leader and Georgetown professor of medicine Mark Dybul (C'85, M'92), MD, spoke during the opening plenary session of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference in Washington.
- In a nod to the venue's namesake, the heart was the theme for the second annual Heart of the Harvey, an evening of short plays, monologues, poetry and dance that explore the intersection of art and medicine, held in W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater.



Update March 26 2017March 26, 2017
Highlights Include:
- As part of Health Justice Week 2017, 35 Health Justice Scholars from Georgetown University School of Medicine went to Capitol Hill March 21 to advocate for a wide range of legislative proposals including bills to fight chronic homelessness, increase HIV/AIDS testing and improve access to maternity care.
- Dora Dhakal (M'17) came to the US from a refugee camp in Nepal when she was 15 years old, an experience that informed her interest in global health. On Match Day, she learned where she would be making her next move.
- Faculty and staff members from the School of Medicine were recognized for their exceptional service, teaching and mentoring at the 39th Annual Golden Apple Awards.



March 12, 2017
Highlights Include:
- A recent conference at Georgetown brought together an international team of scholars to address the needs of transnational patients - a diverse group that includes refugees, migrants, expatriates and medical tourists.
- Amanda Liddle, DrPH, RN, FAAN, interim chair of the department of advanced nursing practice and Elizabeth Lamme (G'16), MS, RN, CNM, were recently inducted as commissioners on the DC Board of Nursing, which Liddle chairs.
- Part of the Provost's Designing the Future(s) Initiative, the new course cluster will allow undergraduates to take classes with professors from both the main and medical campuses.



February 26, 2017
Highlights Include:
- By coming to Georgetown Lombardi, a Maryland woman with a difficult-to-treat cancer was able to benefit from the combination of precision medicine and immunotherapy.
- Participating in Georgetown's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program helped Courtney Pladsen (G'11, G'18), MS, RN, CRNP, find her dream job and as a current student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, she is learning more than she ever expected.
- A team representing MedStar Georgetown and Lombardi's Ruesch Center will participate in the Scope It Out 5K on Sunday, March 19. 



February 12, 2017
Highlights Include:
-A recent survey suggests that many researchers have tried and failed to reproduce other scientists' experiments as well as their own. GUMC's Rochelle Tractenberg, PhD, is on a mission to change that by promoting ethical statistical practices.
- Created in honor of an inspirational alumna, the inaugural Dr. Katy Roth Scholarship at Georgetown University School of Medicine was recently awarded to a first-generation medical student whose parents immigrated to Maryland from Sierra Leone.
- Over winter break, Lillian Medhus (G'17), RN, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is an online master's student at Georgetown, traveled to Greece with the organization Nurture Project International (NPI) to work in refugee camps.



January 29, 2017
Highlights Include:
- Students, faculty and staff shared the ways in which their rich backgrounds shaped their identities at "What Makes You ... ?", a celebration of the artistic and diverse perspectives of the Georgetown University School of Medicine community.
- Before a team of Georgetown researchers could start sequencing the DNA of ancient microbes collected on Antarctica, they spent three days learning how to survive in one of the world's most hostile environments.
- Members of the newly created GHUCCTS Research Participant Recruitment Unit Participant Advisory Board met for the first time January 24 and started discussing the best ways to identify potential research participants.



January 16, 2017
Highlights Include:
- At "Pandemic Preparedness in the Next US Presidential Administration," global health leaders in government, academia and the nonprofit sector urged the incoming Trump administration to plan ahead for an infectious disease outbreak.
- Since August 2015, the Arts & Medicine Club has provided opportunities for medical students to pursue their artistic interests while engaging with fellow students and patients.
- A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports a GUMC research team studying an animal model of Parkinson's disease.



Highlights Include:
- Participants at a workshop in Rome co-sponsored by Georgetown examined how faith-based organizations can respond to the growing global health threat of antimicrobial resistance.
- With a nod to the past and a focus on the future, the annual Georgetown Women in Medicine Awards Ceremony celebrated the achievements of six women faculty in the areas of mentorship and outstanding achievement. 
- Nearly 50 students recently completed the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, an achievement they proudly celebrated with faculty, family and friends.



December 21, 2016 (Special Edition)
Highlights Include:
- Last summer, the first patient in a multi-center clinical trial began receiving an innovative new investigational cancer therapy based on discoveries made at Georgetown Lombardi.
- In August, students from 31 states and nine countries were welcomed to Georgetown at the School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony.
- Since 1975, more than 4,000 students have graduated from Georgetown's Special Master's Program, a ten-month program designed to help talented students prepare for medical school.




December 11, 2016
Highlights Include:
-At the Seventh Annual Ruesch Symposium, "Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer," survivors, advocates and caregivers discussed how to help cancer patients prepare for life after treatment.
- Subha Madhavan, PhD, and her colleagues have developed a standard way for researchers everywhere to describe and catalog the gene mutations found in cancer biopsies.
- Two neuroscience researchers from Georgetown, IPN graduate student Erika Raven and Seamus Caragher, a 2016 Georgetown College graduate, will continue their studies in the United Kingdom as Marshall scholars.


November 27, 2016
Highlights Include:
- The newly formed Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance will help Georgetown medical students offer better care for patients by addressing legal obstacles that may be harming their health.
- To celebrate what would have been their mother's 40th birthday, two young girls recently gave blankets to patients at Georgetown Lombardi's infusion center - the place where their mother had been treated.
- Recognizing his "exceptional contributions" to research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) has conferred the 2016 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson's Research to Georgetown's Ira Shoulson, MD.



November 13, 2016
Highlights Include:
- Never satisfied with 'good enough,' Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD (M'89), has been inspired by the courage of military service members to offer them the best medical care possible.
- The Gender Justice Initiative is a new initiative at Georgetown that aims to study gender from several different perspectives.
- A research team at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has described the steps, in both written and video format, that allow cancer investigators to track, in real time, cancer cell invasion and metastasis in transparent zebrafish embryos.



October 30, 2016
Highlights Include:
- In recognition of his strategic leadership of the Medical Center, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced an extension of Edward B. Healton's appointment as Executive Vice President and Executive Dean of Georgetown University Medical Center.
- Roger Glass, MD, PhD, director of the Fogarty International Center at the NIH, received the Cura Personalis Award at the Ninth Annual GUMC Convocation.
- More than 900 attendees raised more than $2.3 million for Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at the 30th Anniversary Lombardi Gala - the most raised at the event to date.



October 16, 2016
Highlights Include:
- In 2008, Aleeyah Miner's mother went to Capital Breast Care Center for a mammogram. Eight years later, Miner was a table captain at the annual Gift of Life breakfast where she talked about the center's life-changing work.
- APHA President Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH, delivered an address on campus, "Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism," as part of a new health equity course at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.
- Dean Princy N. Kumar, MD, MACP, recently was nominated for the honor of Mastership from the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians.


October 3, 2016
Highlights Include:
-The Center for Global Health Science and Security will play a seminal role in global health at GUMC, a top priority area for the medical center. 
-Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the Nobel Prize "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy." GUMC researchers are harnessing that process to fight Alzheimer's and Parkinsons.
-Dr. Jeffrey A. Toretsky started studying Ewing sarcoma 20 years ago. Depending on the outcome of a new clinical trial, his years of work may pay off.



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