Dr. Danielsen was recently appointed GUMC’s senior representative to the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). This new council gives a strong voice to all faculty, junior and senior. With 241 attendees, the first ever CFAS spring meeting in Nashville sent a strong signal about this constituency’s hunger for engagement and input into the forces transforming academic medicine. Attendees alternated between hearing from inspiring thought leaders and working sessions to help shape CFAS priorities. AAMC had a record 17 staff on hand to hear from these new voices and lay the foundation for bi-directional communication. Dr Danielsen commented that CFAS is a fantastic opportunity for Georgetown to help shape the national priorities of the AAMC and thus the course of transformation of academic medicine in the U.S.
Naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) are of great interest to scientists due to their unusually long life span and extreme cancer resistance. As part of weekly journal club, our students have elected to discuss multiple papers on naked mole rat research, beginning with the publication of the H. glaber genome in 2011. They were also fortunate to get a behind the scenes look at the naked mole rat colony at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, thanks to small mammal biologist David Kessler.
Professor Djakiew has published a book chapter D. Djakiew (2011) NSAID Induction of p75NTR in the Prostate: A Suppressor of Growth and Cell Migration Via the p38 MAPK Pathway – In "Prostate Cancer: Original Investigation and Case Studies", p23-44, ISBN 979-953-307-628-6.