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A Master Key to Breakthroughs: IMMUNOLOGY

Immunology Links Research Priorities to Increase Efficiency, Collaboration, and Scientific Discovery

By Steve Goldstein

Earlier this year, when news headlines were dominated by the spread of Zika, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a virus from the genus Flavivirus, to South America, research scientists at GW took more than a passing notice. Interest deepened as the virus was linked to microcephaly, a congenital defect that leaves babies with undersized heads and varying degrees of nerve damage, and to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and, sometimes, paralysis. Read more

Adopting An Orphaned Illness

By Steve Goldstein

On the cover page of the immunology textbook Victoria Shanmugam used in medical school was a quotation that resonated with the young Londoner: “Immunology is the invention of the devil, who is making it up as he goes along because he is not too clear about this stuff either.” Read more

Ronald Reagan: Presidential Patient

By Thomas Kohout

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the GW Hospital vaulted onto the global stage 35 years ago, when President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a 25-year-old, mentally ill gunman on March 30, 1981. The president and two of his aides, White House Press Secretary James Brady and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, as well as D.C. police officer Thomas Delahaney, were shot by John Hinckley Jr. just outside the Washington Hilton. Read more

Match Day The Perfect Fit

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz
Illustration by John Tomac

At 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 18, Paul Kline, M.D. ’16, stood patiently with his wife, Mercedes, and their daughter, Coral, boxed into a row in Ross 101 on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. The seats around them had pull-up desks balancing plastic flutes of champagne, and the movements of the undulating crowd — a blend of students, family members, and friends — caused ripples in the bubbling liquid. Read more