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August 15, 2008
Volume 12 Number 33 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center dedication

The $150 million Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center dedication will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, on the fourth floor of the IUPUI Campus Center. A musical prelude by IU Distinguished Professor and renowned jazz musician David N. Baker will begin at 3:30 p.m..

Distinguished guests will include Melvin and Bren Simon, Indianapolis philanthropists, who contributed $25 million to the building project and $25 million to establish the Joshua Max Simon Cancer Research Fund. The endowment will provide funding for cancer research and facilitate the recruitment of new faculty members to the IUSCC.

Other special events will be the unveiling of a bronze bust of Joshua Simon, the late son of Melvin and Bren Simon; the conferral of an honorary degree to Mrs. Simon; the reading of a poem composed for the dedication by Larry D. Cripe, M.D., associate professor of medicine; and the presentation of an Indiana University Presidential Medal to IUSCC Director Stephen D. Williams, MD, the HH Gregg Professor of Oncology.

President Michael A. McRobbie, PhD, Clarian Health President Daniel F. Evans Jr., IUPUI Chancellor and IU Executive Vice President Charles Bantz, PhD, and IU School of Medicine Dean Craig Brater, MD, will speak.

The ceremony will be video-streamed beginning at 3:30 p.m. on university web sites including IU Simon Cancer Center ( - click on the homepage banner), the IU School of Medicine ( and IU-Bloomington ( It will be broadcast on channel 3 of the Clarian TV station.


Arrow CTSI presents Predoctoral Training Awards

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) this week announced its 2008-2009 Predoctoral Training Awards recipients. This program, along with the postdoctoral awards which were announced previously, will provide more than $1 million to support research training and career development of young scientists.

The 2008 recipients are:

  • Robin Ballard, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University at Bloomington, whose research focuses on improving interventions for divorcing and separating parents, to assist them and their children through a difficult life transition.
  • Stephanie Colvin, IUPUI Biology, Purdue School of Science, who is investigating pediatric diseases associated with impaired pituitary development, using mouse models as well as testing candidate genes in children.
  • Marie Fialkowski, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, who is using a multidimensional approach to dietary assessment in disadvantaged populations with the aim of improving nutrition-related health disparities.
  • Travis Hassell, School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, and School of Medicine at Indiana University, whose research focuses on the use of applied electrical fields to stimulate new neuronal growth with ultimate applications to spinal cord injury.
  • V. Wallace McCarlie, DMD, School of Dentistry, Indiana University, whose research focuses on genetic factors that increase susceptibility to the oral bacteria that cause dental caries.
  • Marybeth Miskovic, DVM, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, whose research on recurrent airway obstruction (“heaves”) in horses, is also serving as a model for better understanding the mechanisms of asthma in humans.
  • Paul Niziolek, School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, and School of Medicine, Indiana University, who is studying signaling pathways in mouse models that affect bone loss with implications for improving success rates in orthopedic implants.
  • Todd Ricket, School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, and School of Medicine, Indiana University, who is developing nerve guidance conduits in animal models with an ultimate aim of facilitating nerve regeneration in spinal cord injury.
  • Jason Robarge, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Indiana University School of Medicine, who is studying the mechanisms of pain related to aromatase inhibitors, an important treatment for breast cancer but one often limited by side effects.
  • Jason Rupp, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, whose research focuses on eye movement abnormalities as an efficient method for early diagnosis of Huntington Disease and monitoring outcomes in trials.
  • John Spence, Medical Neurosciences Graduate Program, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, who is using animal models to study specific targets for pharmaceutical and gene therapy for the social deficits seen in autism.
  • Jenifer Vohs, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University at Bloomington, is conducting electroencephalogram studies in animal models to better understand the sensory deficits observed in schizophrenia.

All awardees have dual mentorship from a clinician and a nonclinician (e.g., PhD) scientist and are focused on translational research that will accelerate the application of laboratory findings to improved understanding and care of human disease, and from clinical studies to patients and populations in the community.

The CTSI was announced May 29 by Indiana and Purdue universities. The National Institutes of Health award funds the medical research initiative that combines the strengths of the universities, business and government to promote the rapid translation of discoveries into better patient care and business opportunities. IUSM’s grant amount was $25 million.


Arrow Fairbanks Foundation bolsters Indiana CTSI

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation of Indianapolis has awarded IUSM $2.4 million dollars over three years to support the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The grant supplements the five-year, $25 million grant awarded to the Indiana CTSI in May by the National Institutes of Health.

The Indiana CTSI is a collaborative effort of Indiana and Purdue universities, Clarian Health, private industry, state and local government, BioCrossroads and others to implement a new program of translational research – the process of turning basic science discoveries into new medical treatments and business opportunities.

“This grant will significantly strengthen the ability of the Indiana CTSI to implement its programs to swiftly bring the benefits of research to patients in Indiana and beyond,” said Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, director of the Indiana CTSI, IU assistant vice president for life sciences and professor of psychiatry.

The grant is one of several the Fairbanks Foundation has made in recent years to support Indianapolis-area health and life sciences initiatives and infrastructure.


Arrow Internal grant applications due Sept. 2

The application deadline for the IUSM internal grant programs – Biomedical Research Grant and the Research Enhancement Grant – is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline to the Dean’s Office of Operations, School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, 340 West Tenth Street, FS 5100. Instructions and forms may be downloaded from the web at


Arrow Deadline for Faculty ASR Survey is Sept. 22

The 2008 Faculty Annual Summary Report (ASR) is now available. All regular faculty members who were active during the past academic year (2007-2008) have been requested to complete this survey. Deadline for ASR submissions is Monday, Sept. 22.

This year’s ASR features a new section: School of Medicine Faculty Offices, and Standing Committees Nominations. This section has been added to assist the collection of committee nominations and eliminate the current paper document. Data gathered from this section will be electronically reported and utilized for electronic voting.

The web search application for last year’s research interest question can be found at

The survey is available at Please contact the office of Decision Support at 278-1968, or e-mail if you have any problems or questions.


Arrow IU Clarian Home Dialysis Center

The open house for the IU Clarian Home Dialysis Center, 8803 N. Meridian St., will be from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. A ribbon cutting ceremony and plaque dedication will begin at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will honor two medical pioneers who treated end-stage renal disease, Richard Hamburger, MD, and Stuart Kleit, DDS, MD, and celebrate patients whose quality of life has been improved with home dialysis.

Tours will be offered throughout the day. For more information, call 274-4428.


Arrow Secrets to writing, publishing journal articles

Learn the secrets to writing and publishing journal articles during a seminar from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Emerson Hall, room 304.

All postdocs and graduate students are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to RSVP or visit

Hear distinguished faculty who serve as journal editors and reviewers share the secrets to writing and publishing articles, including:

  • Selecting the right journal
  • Writing an initial submission and resubmission letter
  • Being a responsible author
  • Making it through the editorial and review process
Featuring: Hal Broxmeyer, PhD
Chairman and Mary Margaret Walther Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Medicine
Scientific Director of the Walther Oncology Center
  Michael Sturek, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  Tatiana Foroud, PhD
P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Director of Hereditary Genomics Division


Arrow Collaboration is Life Sciences Lunch Series topic

Industry-University Collaboration and Commercialization will be the subject of the Life Science Lunch Series program at Barnes & Thornburg, 11 South Meridian St., Indianapolis, on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The program will provide an opportunity to learn more about successful industry-university collaborations and the technology transfer opportunities that have grown out of them.

Speakers will be Michael Hiles, PhD, vice president of research and clinical affairs, Cook Biotech Incorporated; Wade A. Lange, president and CEO, Immune Works, LLC, and Lonnie Shoff, senior vice president of commercial operations, Roche Diagnostics Corp. The program will begin with lunch from 11:30 to noon; the presentations are from noon to 1 p.m. Box lunches will be provided at Barnes & Thornburg offices, or attendees can bring their own.

The program is free but registration is requested so that the correct number of lunches can be ordered. To register, and to submit questions in advance, go to or call 317-231-7356.

The program also will be available live via video in South Bend, Fort Wayne, Chicago, Elkhart, Grand Rapids, Washington D.C., Merrillville, Muncie, Terre Haute, West Lafayette, Evansville, Bloomington and Richmond.

The lunch series is sponsored by the Indiana Health Industry Forum and Barnes & Thornburg LLP.


Arrow FEED series for Aug. 20

“How to Work with Other Talented People” will be the topic at the FEED workshop Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lower level of the Riley Outpatient Center, conference rooms A and B. Christopher Callahan, MD, director of the IU Center for Aging Research, will be the guest presenter.

The IUSM Dean’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will host the event which offers 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits to attendees. Those interested in attending should e-mail Marsha Quarles at or call 317-278-3089

Faculty Enrichment and Educational Development (FEED) present quarterly workshops on key topics in clinical teaching. These workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for the department faculty to improve their teaching skills in a collegial and fun environment and as part of the Department of Medicine’s continuing commitment to provide the highest quality learning environment for medical students, residents and fellows.


Arrow Women’s Health Noon Lecture begins Aug. 26

The first of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health 2008-09 Women’s Health Noon Lectures Series will be Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the IU Cancer Research Institute auditorium. The lectures begin at noon.

Lyree Mikhail, MD, associate professor of Clinical OB/GYN, will speak on “Obesity and GYN Issues” at the Aug. 26 presentation. The lecture is free and open to the public. A first-come-first-served lunch is provided, and continuing medical education credit is available.

For a complete list of this year’s lectures, see and click on “2008-09 Noon Lecture Series.”

Questions? Please contact Tina Darling, associate director, at 278-2264 or


Arrow Instruction on RSS feeds available

Can't handle information overload in your inbox? Having a hard time keeping up on the most current topics and journals in your field? Want to feel competent in a Web 2.0 application that can make your job easier? Come learn what RSS feeds are, how to use them, and how to create feeds to PubMed topics, your favorite journals, blogs, and more.

Attendance is limited and registration is required for the Thursday, Aug. 28, workshop. It will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Library, room 318/319

Beth Whipple, MLS, will be the instructor. To register, contact her at or call 278-6179.

The information is also updated on the Medical Library centennial website at


Arrow Research Coordinator Education Program

The Research Coordinator Education Program, which is mandatory for all new IUSM coordinators or those with less than 2 years experience will be Sept. 17-19 in conference rooms A and B on the lower level of the Riley Outpatient Center. The final day to register is Friday, Sept. 12.

For more information and to register, go to and click on “Programs and conferences.”


Arrow IBEN: Effects of life sciences trends on Indiana startups

“State of Indiana – What Trends in Indiana are Shaping Life Science Startups and Their Path to Success” will be the topic of the Sept. 9 meeting of the Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network.

From cutting-edge research to venture capital to virtual partnerships, multiple issues will have an impact on the life science industry in Indiana. This program will focus on some of the trends from local and national perspectives affecting the ever-changing ecology of a life science startup's path to success.

Speakers at the meeting, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium, will be:

  • Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, president and CEO, Riley Hospital for Children, executive associate dean for research affairs, IU School of Medicine, and interim vice president for research administration, Indiana University
  • David Johnson, president and CEO, BioCrossroads
  • R. Matthew Neff, president and CEO, Clarian Health Ventures
  • Eric Davis, founder and managing partner, In-Vivo Ventures, and president, CEO, and director, Kylin Therapeutics

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested at

The Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network is sponsored by Ice Miller, Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation and the Indiana Health Industry Forum.


Arrow Faculty needed for mock residency interviews

The Medical Student Affairs Office for the past few years has arranged mock videotaped interviews for fourth-year medical students to help them prepare for residency interviews. Students who have participated have been extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to practice and to hear valuable feedback from faculty interviewers.

Volunteers are needed so the experience can be offered this year. Faculty and house staff familiar with the residency interviewing process are sought to conduct and critique the interviews. About 10-12 faculty or residents are needed for each date; the OSCE Center has the facilities to run 13 concurrent interviews. Volunteers would need to commit at least 2 hours during which they will conduct 20-minute interviews, each followed by an individual critique of the student's performance.

Keep in mind, more volunteers reduce the time commitment for each individual faculty member. Faculty from all disciplines are needed but no guarantees can be made that volunteers will be interviewing students interested in his or her specialty.

Dates for this project are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 16.

As soon as faculty interview schedules have been confirmed, fourth-year students will be invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be required to submit residency application materials to MSA. Those materials will be forwarded, along with transcripts, to faculty interviewers for review prior to the interviews.

Faculty and house staff interested in volunteering or seeking more information should contact Carlene Webb-Burton at or 274-7173.


Arrow LAMP seeks faculty nominees

The 2008-2009 sessions of the IUSM Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP) seeks new faculty nominees.

LAMP is a monthly series of workshops and seminars designed to introduce recently hired IUSM faculty to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management and leadership skills. The series is held on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. in the Daly Center, room 185, beginning Oct. 15. Lunch will be provided. CME credit is earned for each workshop attended.

The LAMP curriculum includes:

  • An overview of the promotion and tenure process at IUSM
  • Development of an individual academic development plan
  • How to find and work with a mentor
  • Understanding the research basics at IUSM
  • The ABCs of effective teaching
  • Leadership competencies: Necessary at every level
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Achieving balance in personal and professional life
  • Principles of managing professional people

Mark your calendar for the LAMP dates: Oct 15, Nov. 19, Jan 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17.

The LAMP faculty are Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Lia Logio, MD, Mary Dankoski, PhD, and Megan Palmer, PhD.

Faculty must be within three years of their appointment to be accepted into LAMP. Individuals should be nominated by their chair or division director. Applications should include a one-page statement on career goals completed by the applicant. The program is provided at no cost to departments other than the time required to attend each LAMP session. The names of interested individuals and questions can be sent to Steve Bogdewic at, or Lia Logio at The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 15.


Arrow Faculty Affairs office launches new website

The IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has created a new web site to assist faculty looking for information and resource material related to faculty development, academic affairs, advancement of women, and diversity affairs.

At faculty will find a listing for workshops and seminars designed to help the IU School of Medicine succeed. Promotion and tenure details and other information are available in an easy to navigate format.


Arrow First IUSM art exhibition seeks entries

An opportunity for IUSM faculty, staff and students to display their artistic expressions will be offered on Sept. 17 in conjunction with the Dean’s Scientific Session and Grand Rounds. The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 5.

“Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression” will be on exhibit in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium during the poster session. The IUSM Art Committee sponsored event will showcase the visual and literary art of IUSM faculty, staff and students.

Information on how to submit entries can be found at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

According to health-care experts, there will be a sharp increase in the need for health professionals to care for aging Americans, which has been dubbed the “silver tsunami.” John Wallis Rowe, MD, professor of health policy and management for the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, will join Sound Medicine to discuss his recent report for the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine.

Parents will soon be hearing about the new 5-in1 vaccine for childhood diseases recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at IUSM, will discuss Pantacel, the new vaccine for active immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and Haemophilus influenzae type B.

Sound Medicine then will look at mitochondrial disease, a problem with the cells that turn nutrients into energy. Most children that are born with the disease do not survive past their teens. Chuck Mohan, co-founder and CEO of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, will discuss the loss of his daughter, Gina, at the age of 15 and how research into this rare and often fatal disease is uncovering the role of damaged mitochondria, which are thought to play a role in some common diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, lupus and more.

On this week’s “Check Up” Jeremy Shere looks at why so many rock and roll drummers are so physically fit.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health and the IU Medical Group. Jeremy Shere's “Check-Up” is underwritten by IUPUI.


Arrow Continuing Medical Education at your fingertips

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at In addition to online registration and listings of grand rounds, conferences and courses, the site provides in-depth tools and information for presenters and program developers. Included are forms, tips, links, contacts, maps, and a host of other handy resources to make it easier to participate in CME events, prepare a presentation or plan an event.


Arrow Scientific Calendar online

A comprehensive listing on IUSM seminars, lectures and Grand Rounds can be accessed at the new Scientific Calendar website. To place items on the Scientific Calendar, please forward them to Kelli Diener at


Arrow Scope submission guidelines

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents on Fridays (except on holiday weekends when it is published on the following Monday).

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • e-mail the information to
  • mail the information to Mary Hardin, Z-7, Ste. 306, IUPUI
  • fax your information to (317) 278-8722

Contributions submitted by e-mail should be forwarded in 12 point, plain text format. Word document attachments in lieu of fliers are encouraged.

In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

  • acronyms
  • abbreviations
  • campus building codes (use full, proper name of building and include the room number)
  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.