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The days may be shorter and the temperatures cooler, but you can still enjoy and explore DC with events and activities from Health Living @ Himmelfarb's December calendar!

  • Enjoy the lights with Zoolights or Georgetown Glow
  • Sample DC's cultural events with Winternational, the Kennedy's Center's free Messiah Sing-A-Long, or laugh through New Year's Eve with the Comedy Shuffle
  • Keep exercising (and enjoying) winter days at the Washington Harbour Ice Rink - just a short walk from Himmelfarb Library on the Georgetown waterfront

Image: Bentley, W.A. (1885).  Snowflake Study.  Retrieved from:

europepmcYou may be familiar with the U.S. National Library's of Medicine's PubMed search interface and PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature - but have you heard of Europe PMC?
Europe PMC is a repository of life sciences articles, books, patents, and clinical guidelines.  It's part of an international network of PMC repositories and includes PubMed, PubMed Central, as well as relevant records in Uniprot, European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), Protein Data Bank Europe (PDBE) and BioStudies.  Europe PMC's attributes include:
  • Single interface to search across both the citation/abstract and full-text of documents.
  • Searches PubMed and PubMed Central plus more than 5 million additional records including patents, National Health Service guidelines, and Agricola records.
  • Authors' tool to allow authors claim articles using their ORCID ID to ensure appropriate attribution of your work.
  • Grant finder tool that searches for grants from 29 biomedical funders.
Explore  Europe PMC today!

20181126_101931Himmelfarb Library is launching a 3D printing service!

Starting today, faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, MFA, and GW Hospital can submit print jobs through our 3D Print Job Submission form.

3D printing will be free for the next three months while we conduct our pilot project; afterwards we will be charging a fee based on the weight of the material used in order to recover costs. While we will prioritize print jobs for academic or curricular purposes, we welcome a wide variety of print requests. For a full list of our policies including what we will and won't print, see our "3D Printing at Himmelfarb" guide.

Want to get started with 3D printing, but aren't sure what to start with? Check out the NIH 3D Print Exchange for some inspiration and a great source of model files to download and print.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!


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PolicyMap now provides access to new life expectancy data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  This data provides standardized life expectancy data at census tract level, and allows identification of neighborhood-level differences in life expectancy as shown in this map of life expectancy in Washington, DC using CDC data on 'Life expectancy at birth, as of 2010-2015'.

Learn more about this data and PolicyMap functionality via PolicyMap's article Knowing Life Expectancy to Improve Public Health.


Himmelfarb Library provides access to  PolicyMap  .  To learn more about PolicyMap, please ask us, review the PolicyMap YouTube Channel, or check out tutorials including:


  • Maps: easily display data using different geographic parameters
  • Tables: View data as a bar graph or chart to compare multiple geographies
  • Reports: Run reports for predefined geographic areas or create a custom area
  • 3-Layer maps: Find areas that meet up to three criteria for site selection or to locate hot spots
  • Data loader: updaload your own address-level data
  • Data download: download PolicyMap data for use in your research



How do law, policy, precision medicine and health equity relate to one another?  A free webcast conference on November 29 will explore these issues; participants may also register for free in-person attendance.
Law, Genomic Medicine & Health Equity: How Can Law Support Genomics and Precision Medicine to Advance the Health of Underserved Populations? will explore how to ensure that the promise of precision medicine is fulfilled across all populations and that it doesn't recreate or exacerbate health disparities.  This conference will feature speakers including clinicians, scientists and activists to explore the intersection of law, policy, genomics, and health disparities.
To learn more about genetics topics, participate in the GW SMHS’s online Genetics Journal Club.

gwresearch daysAre you starting to think about GW Research Days 2019?  Learn more about Research Days by hearing from some of the presenters and faculty mentors at GW Research Days 2018:

Also, remember that you can explore research presented at past GW Research Days via the Health Sciences Research Commons.   The 2018 posters and presentations are online, as well as those from prior years.

8249906174_145e319ebd_oNew research published in JAMA Internal Medicine looks at the inverse relationship between coffee drinking and mortality. In this population-based study, researchers used baseline demographic data to estimate hazard ratios for coffee intake and mortality, and also looked at the potential effect of specific genes which are known to modify caffeine metabolism.

In Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism: Findings From the UK Biobank, Lotfield, Cornelis, and Caporaso seek to answer the question:

"Moderate coffee consumption has been inversely associated with mortality; however, does heavy intake, particularly among those with common genetic polymorphisms that impair caffeine metabolism, increase risk of mortality?"

To understand their research and find an interesting example of population-based genetic research, read the full article - and and enjoy your favorite caffeine beverage guilt-free while you read!

To learn more about these issues and other genetics topics, participate in the SMHS’s online Genetics Journal Club.


Image citation: Foong, C. (2012).  coffee [Online image].  Available at

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