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Partnership in Genomic Research

By Ashley Rizzardo

In April 2018, aligning with French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Washington, D.C., a collaboration between the George Washington University (GW) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the main multidisciplinary research organization in France, was signed. The partnership, taking form in the joint laboratory EpiDaPo — Epigenetics, Data, Politics — amplifies research at the intersection of genetics, environment, big data, and society. Read more

Amplifying Caregiver Voices

Researchers at GW Investigate Ways to Improve Caregiver, Clinician Communication

By Katherine Dvorak

The voices of people caring for sick loved ones are important in any health care setting, but especially when these caregivers are — day in and day out — helping people in a disordered state of consciousness. They notice the subtle changes, the small shifts that could be vitally important to the patient’s treatment. However, sometimes communication between caregivers and clinicians breaks down, which is why researchers at the George Washington University (GW) are working to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. Read more

A Discussion on Genomics and Ethics

By Ashley Rizzardo

During the fall of 2018, a new seminar series was launched to engage the George Washington University (GW) community in a discussion around genomics and genetic testing. The series, co-convened by Shawneequa Callier, JD, associate professor of clinical research and leadership at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Sonia Suter, JD, John and Inge Stafford Faculty Research Professor at GW Law, features four sessions in its first iteration, with hope for renewal in the future. Read more

Full Circle

Reflecting on Years of Accomplishment at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

By Thomas Kohout

On Jan. 17, 2019, an email went out to the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) community with a major announcement. After more than eight years as Vice President for Health Affairs at GW and Dean of SMHS, Jeffrey S. Akman, MD ’81, RESD ’85, would step aside following the completion of a national search for his successor. Read more