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Georgetown Expert Featured in HBO Documentary

Washington, DCGuinevere Eden, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and director of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Center for the Study of Learning (CSL), is among the featured experts in the documentary, “Journey into Dyslexia”, which premieres on HBO2 on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 8:00-9:15 pm ET/PT.

The documentary, which is written, produced and directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond examines the complexities of a dyslexic brain, debunks myths and misperceptions surrounding dyslexia and highlights cutting-edge research currently underway at institutions including Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

According to the documentary, 1 in 10 people live with dyslexia and eighty percent of Americans associate dyslexia with mental retardation.

To demonstrate the brain-based research being conducted, the producers of the film visited Eden’s research center, where she and her team use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study brain activity in children and adults with dyslexia with the goal of understanding the neural correlates of successful reading interventions.

Eden adds that dyslexia is often not recognized early enough or not at all, stressing the importance of raising public awareness through this documentary. During the tour of her research center, Eden showed MRI scans of individuals with dyslexia, which reveal that some areas activated in the brain are different from those observed in “typical” readers.

“Brain imaging technology has helped us to understand that even though this is an invisible condition, it’s now becoming visible because we can see it in the brain,” says Eden, who is currently the president of the International Dyslexia Association. Eden’s research is supported by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Other researchers in the field of dyslexia; high school teachers; college professors; as well as children and adults living with dyslexia are featured. Eden says filming the documentary was inspiring, noting that “every individual has the right to reach their full potential.”

“Journey into Dyslexia” debuts Wednesday, May 11th (8:00-9:15 pm ET/PT) on HBO2.
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Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2009-2010, GUMC accounted for nearly 80 percent of Georgetown University's extramural research funding.


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