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puzzleIn the recent NEJM essay p53 and me, Shekinah N.C. Elmore describes the experience of living with a genetic diagnosis as "flying between fatalism and denial".  Dr. Elmore was diagnosed with Li–Fraumeni syndrome during her 1st year of medical school having already survived childhood rhabdomyosarcoma and simultaneous diagnoses of breast and lung cancer as an adult.  Dr. Elmore explores what it means in her life to have this genetic knowledge, how it affects her life,  and what types of information would help her and others undergoing genetic testing in the future.

To learn more about genetic testing, genetic counseling, Li–Fraumeni syndrome, and other genetics topics, explore the Genetics Journal Club and Himmelfarb Library's resources including:

Can gene therapy eliminate the need for blood transfusions for patients with transfusion-dependent β thalassemia?

This article reports the results of two phase 1-2 studies studied on the use of a gene therapy.  In these studies, patients with transfusion-depenent β-thalassemia received gene therapy to assess if this therapy would substitute for the standard therapy, red-cell blood transfusions.  The researchers were assessing both the safety and the efficacy of this gene therapy.  You can read the results of this study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Thompson, A. A., Walters, M. C., Kwiatkowski, J., Rasko, J. E., Ribeil, J. A., Hongeng, S., ... & Moshous, D. (2018). Gene therapy in patients with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemiaNew England Journal of Medicine378(16), 1479-1493.

To learn more about this area of gene therapy, explore additional readings from Himmelfarb Library's full-text collection:

  • Boulad F, Mansilla-Soto J, Cabriolu A, Rivière I, Sadelain M. Gene Therapy and
    Genome Editing
    . Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2018 Apr;32(2):329-342. doi:
    10.1016/j.hoc.2017.11.007. Epub 2018 Jan 9. Review. PubMed PMID: 29458735.
  • Ferrari G, Cavazzana M, Mavilio F. Gene Therapy Approaches to
    . Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2017 Oct;31(5):835-852. doi:
    10.1016/j.hoc.2017.06.010. Review. PubMed PMID: 28895851.
  • Glaser A, McColl B, Vadolas J. The therapeutic potential of genome editing for
    . F1000Res. 2015 Dec 11;4. pii: F1000 Faculty Rev-1431. doi:
    10.12688/f1000research.7087.1. eCollection 2015. Review. PubMed PMID: 26918126;
    PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4753996.

Explore more of Himmelfarb Library's genetics collection by checking out:

PlumX metrics are now available in Himmelfarb Library's Research Commons, a repository of research output for GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing.

PlumX provides non-traditional  metrics  like Altmetric (social media shares, mentions, etc.), as well as more traditional metrics including  citation indexes. PlumX provides information about what's happening with research post-publication including usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations.

To get an idea of what PlumX can tell you about an article, check out this article by GW faculty published last year and mouse over the PlumX Metrics button on the right side of the screen:
If you have questions regarding the Research Commons, please contact Meaghan Heselden (

GW-Nursing_logo_homepageA new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Project Repository recently was developed by the School of Nursing in collaboration with Himmelfarb Library's Research Commons.

The DNP Project Repository archives all doctoral projects completed within GW’s DNP program. It is used to advance nursing practice by preserving, archiving, and sharing these projects in a permanent digital archive even after student graduation. In addition, the repository can assist current and future DNP students in developing their own projects.

The repository is an open-access site that is searchable and discoverable via search engines.  Students retain copyright of their work and receive a unique, persistent URL that can be shared with colleagues and added to their CV/resume.

The DNP Project Repository was pilot tested in October 2017 with several 2017 DNP graduates. The Repository has now gone live and DNP students graduating in May 2018 are in the process of submitting their projects.

Be sure to check them out at

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