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Matter Over Mind

Researchers Identify Gene Involved in White Matter Development

By Anna Miller

At first, Li-Jin Chew, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), and Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and of Pharmacology and Physiology at SMHS, were in the dark. Their eight-year venture to better understand how the brain makes and repairs myelin — a coating that insulates the axons of neurons and that, as a whole, is referred to as white matter — began slowly with little funding and few clues. Read more

A Legacy of Discovery

By Steve Goldstein | Photography by Michael Leong

Some are born scientists, some have science thrust upon them and, in the case of Michael I. Bukrinsky, M.D., Ph.D., some have a family history that conveys a certain inevitability to their life’s work. Fortunately for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), where Bukrinsky serves as professor and interim chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, his family was also instrumental in ensuring that his groundbreaking work in HIV biology and drug design was done in the United States and not in his native Russia. Read more

A Medical Education Makeover

New Curriculum Revamp Emphasizes Patient Care

Two years of basic sciences, two years of clinical rotations. That’s the standard medical education curriculum, a formula that’s been in place for decades in many American medical schools. But just because that’s the way it’s always been that way doesn’t mean it’s the way it should be, say members of the New Curriculum Committee at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) . Read more

When Class Gets Personal

Students Examine Their Genomes in Innovative Course

By Anna Miller | Photography by Holger Thoss

Nick Hazen’s computer screen stared back at him like a reflection in a funhouse mirror. Laid out in colorful charts, and enhanced through explanatory slides and expert quotations, it’s a visage of someone both familiar and unrecognizable. Read more