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IUSM Scope

July 31, 2009
Volume 13 Number 30 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Clapp named chair of Department of Pediatrics

D. Wade Clapp, MD, Freida and Albrecht Kipp Professor of Pediatrics and a professor of microbiology and immunology at IUSM, has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Dean D. Craig Brater, MD, announced. The appointment is effective Sept. 15.

Dr. Clapp joined the school in 1991 as an assistant professor of pediatrics and a physician and researcher at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. As a physician, he has practiced in the neonatal intensive care units at Riley Hospital for Children and Wishard Health Services, where he served as director of the unit for five years.

He is director of developmental hematology-immunology at the Wells Center, director of the Tumor Microenvironment Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program.

Dr. Clapp, a cum laude graduate of Hanover College, received his medical degree from IU in 1982. He was a pediatrics resident at IUSM from 1982 to 1986 and then served fellowships at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland before returning to Indianapolis.

Dr. Clapp will succeed Richard L. Schreiner, MD, who is retiring after serving more than 21 years as chair of the Department of Pediatrics.



Arrow IU Student Outreach Clinic grand opening Aug. 1

People without health insurance will have another avenue for medical care beginning Aug. 1 when student volunteers at IUSM open the IU Student Outreach Clinic in a near eastside Indianapolis neighborhood.

The medical school students are collaborating with students from Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health, the IU School of Dentistry and Clarian Health to provide free urgent care to the needy. The clinic will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th Street.

A grand opening is planned from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 1, at the church and tours of the clinic will be available.

See for more information.


Arrow Wishard's Palliative Care Program receives national recognition

The Palliative Care Program at Wishard Health Services was recognized this past week with a Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for its efforts to address the needs of those who are most vulnerable.

The palliative care team at Wishard assists poor and underserved patients who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses and lack the resources to die with the dignity and compassion that all persons deserve.  The specially trained staff at Wishard helps coordinate complex medical care for patients as they face the physical and psychological challenges associated with their illness.

"We are deeply touched to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the work that we do each day.  Of course, for each member of the palliative care team, this is more than just work.  This work has been, and continues to be, a labor of love," said Gregory P. Gramelspacher, MD, director, Palliative Care Program at Wishard.

The Circle of Life Award celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care. The award was presented to the Wishard palliative care team during a ceremony on July 24 in San Francisco.

This is the 10th year for the Circle of Life Award.  For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit


Arrow IUSM and IU night at Symphony on the Prairie

Join colleagues and friends at A Night on the Prairie with the School of Medicine and other Central Indiana IU alumni – Classical Mystery Tour at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

$16 for IUAA members, faculty, staff, students, and house staff; $20 for non-members; $45 for one ticket and a one-year IUAA membership; $11 for Children 2 - 11 (Under 2 free).

For more information, contact Michael Halliburton at 274-5060 or 866-267-3104 or To register and purchase your tickets, visit


Arrow Resident, fellows career reception

The second annual Resident and Fellowships Career Reception, sponsored by IUSM and Clarian Physician Recruitment, will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The reception will provide an opportunity to explore fellowship and employment opportunities with IUSM, Clarian Health, and the Indiana Clinic.

For information, contact Khalisha Brooks at 962-0380 or


Arrow Research Imaging open house

The Office for Research Imaging – a division of the Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences – will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at its suite on the first floor of Research Institute II (R 2). Come meet the office’s faculty and staff.

RSVP to Dessert and drinks will be served.


Arrow IU Energy Workshop

The Indiana University Energy Workshop, a two-day discussion focused on developing energy research efforts at the university will be Aug. 6-7.

See for detailed information.


Arrow Breast Tissue Collection at IU Simon Cancer Center

Although Hispanic women tend to develop breast cancer less than Caucasian women, it is usually more aggressive and advanced when they do develop it. That difference is one puzzle that researchers with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center hope to address by encouraging women, especially Hispanic women, to donate a breast tissue and blood sample on Saturday, Aug. 8.



Arrow Learn about Rappture Toolkit for HUBZero at IUPUI workshop

The Indiana University Advanced IT Core will be offering a free one-day workshop on the HUBZero Rappture toolkit on Aug. 21 at IUPUI.

HUBZero is a software platform developed by Purdue University to create scientific hubs, or domain-specific web sites. It is currently being used to host the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) hub at The HubZero platform contains a powerful simulation and modeling tool of value to life science researchers. This tool is currently being used by a number of successful hubs including, and

Using this tool, simulation codes, as well as any desktop tool using Linux/X11, can be deployed within hours. By using the Rappture Toolkit within Hubzero, researchers can create a sophisticated graphical interface for tools that lack one.

The one-day, hands-on workshop will teach the following:

  • How to create scientific tools using the Rappture toolkit.
  • How to deploy the tools on a site powered by HUBZero.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (ICTC), room 407, with a satellite location on the IU-Bloomington campus via Polycom in the Wrubel Computing Center, Room 110. The instructor will be Michael McLennan, HUBZero team leader, Purdue University. Participants will need a laptop with a modern web browser (Firefox, IE8, Safari) and Java, and familiarity with programming in MATLAB, C or Fortran.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible at


Arrow Art Kellermann to speak on health policy at Grand Rounds

The Department of Emergency Medicine will host Grand Rounds guest speaker Art Kellermann, MD, MPH.  Dr. Kellermann is a nationally recognized expert on health policy and is the associate dean of health policy at Emory University.  He completed a mid-career Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship where he joined the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

His presentation, “Health Policy Implications in Emergency Medicine,” will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

For more information, contact Jennifer Walthall, MD, at


Arrow Mark your calendar for Beering Lecture Oct. 28

The 2009 Steven C. Beering Award recipient, Bert O’Malley, MD, of the Baylor College of Medicine, will be on the IU Medical Center campus Oct. 27 and 28 to receive his award and present two lectures.

Dr. O’Malley is the Thomas C. Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of molecular and cellular biology and director of the Baylor Center for Reproductive Biology. His research group has made fundamental discoveries in characterizing the intracellular mechanisms by which steroid hormones exert their actions through nuclear receptors.

Dr. O’ Malley will present a lecture to the graduate and medical students at 9a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Emerson Hall auditorium, and the Beering Award lecture at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

For more information, contact Iona Sewell or Simon Rhodes.


Arrow IUPUI public surplus auction

The IUPUI public auction will be at the Campus Services Building #4, 1830 W. 16th Street, Saturday, Aug. 1. The doors open at 8 a.m., bidding starts at 9 a.m. with the vehicle auction starting at noon. Items include PCs, electronics, medical equipment, office furniture, several vehicles. See photo gallery at


Arrow Celebrate IUSCC and win free tickets

The home stretch of the one-year anniversary of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center’s new patient care building is here.  In celebration, a drawing will be held to win four tickets to the Indianapolis Indians game on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Go to and provide your reflections on the new building and what it has meant to you.  Or you can write your reflections and drop it into the anniversary box located in front of the Gift Box (the gift shop) in the new building.  The drawing will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5.


Arrow Volunteers needed for State Fair

Calling all volunteers for the Clarian Health Lifestyle Pavilion at the 2009 State Fair—  opportunities include health screenings, general hospitality, on-line health assessments and Riley Kid Zone. 

For more information, please e-mail Brittany Dewitt at


Arrow Lite’N Up at NIFS

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport offers this eight-week behavior modification program which provides tools to select healthy foods and to incorporate exercise into daily life. Unlike many programs that promote a “quick fix” for weight loss, Lite’N Up encourages gradual changes in attitudes and behaviors related to nutrition, exercise and wellness. Class runs from Aug. 4- Sept.22 on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.



Arrow Ball Garden free concerts

Three summer concerts in Ball Gardens, which is located north of Ball Residence Hall and east of the Union Building, remain on this summer’s agenda.

The following concerts will be from noon-12:45 p.m.:

Tuesday, Aug. 4                             John Alvarado, Classical Guitar
Tuesday, Sept. 8                            The Chatham Arch String Quartet
Thursday, Sept. 17                        IUPUI Chamber Ensemble

Rain Location: Riley Outpatient Center atrium
All of these concerts are free, kid-friendly, and open to the public. They are hosted by the IU Foundation and the Purdue University Department of Music and Arts Technology


Arrow Two weekly farmers markets on campus

Farmers markets are held each week:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 in the IUPUI Campus Center central food court
  • Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wishard Hospital Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

This week, co-host Eric Meslin, PhD, a bioethicist will discuss a variety of medical ethics issues in this week’s rebroadcast. Dr. Meslin, who is director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, will discuss the ethical entanglement of the recent births of the California octuplets and what has been revealed about the lack of regulation of fertility clinics.

Michael Olinger, MD, medical director of emergency medical services at Wishard Health Services and professor of clinical emergency medicine at IUSM, will discuss the medical and ethical aspects of a clinical trial of two devices that are designed to increase blood flow during CPR.  The subjects in the trial are not usually able to give consent to participate in the trial.

Fellow bioethicist Margaret Gaffney, MD, associate clinic professor of internal medicine and geriatrics at IUSM, will join Sound Medicine to discuss the implications of the suspension of “conscience rule” for medical professionals.

Gary Schwitzer, director of graduate studies in Health Journalism and Communication at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, will explain the practicalities and ethics of good health-care reporting. His website – – reviews medical journalism and offers practical suggestions for consumers.

A recent survey which showed that up to half of U.S. doctors questioned regularly prescribed placebos for patients. Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD, IU assistant professor of medicine, will talk about the implications of both “sugar pills” and unproven medications used to ease patients’

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Primary care segments are underwritten by Wishard Health Services.


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


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