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Tressa Kirby

MEDIA ADVISORY: Georgetown University Celebrates $87 Million Gift

Blue-Ribbon Panel Charts Future of Biomedical Research, Focus of Largest Gift Ever Received by Georgetown

Washington, DC--Coaches call it team playing; investment managers, pooling resources.  Ensemble science is what it’s called at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). 

Ensemble science --a high-performance, interdisciplinary research environment using a modern ensemble or team -- is the now and future approach to dynamic, discovery- oriented laboratory science, built of networks of collegial collaboration among separate scientific disciplines.

It is a good, old-fashioned, more-heads-are-better-than-one method that has replaced the outdated stereotype of the lone, white-coated scientist-hero toiling solo in the lab on secret experiments. It is also the topic of a blue-ribbon panel of distinguished scientists and physicians to mark the largest philanthropic gift ever received by Georgetown University, $87 million for medical research from Harry and Virginia Toulmin for the creation of the Warwick Evans and Mary Mason Washington Evans Medical Research Endowment.

Now more than ever the important mission of biomedical research is to navigate the ultimate crossroads of health and medicine by unraveling the worst of diseases that plague human beings. Pooling our resources, strengthening our teams, and working in unison for the greatest good is the essence of ensemble science, which promises to be an enduring legacy of the Toulmins’ generosity.

WHO: The panel discussion, “Ensemble Science: The Future of Biomedical Research at Georgetown,” will be moderated by John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University; and opening remarks by Dr. Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of GUMC.

Panelists include:
Robert Clarke, PhD, DsC, Dean for Research, GUMC
Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD, Professor of Oncology, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, GUMC
David Hartley, PhD, MPH, Director, Division of Integrated Biodefense, GUMC
Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, Chairman, Department of Neurology, GUMC and Georgetown University Hospital
Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, Professor of Medicine, GUMC

WHEN: Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 5:00p.m.

WHERE: Gonda Theater, Georgetown University, 3700 O Street, NW

Ed.’s Note: Reporters are invited to attend but must RSVP with Tressa Kirby at (202) 687-8865 or High-resolutions photos are available.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
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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