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IUSM Scope

October 9, 2009
Volume 13 Number 40 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Come tour The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall

Self-guided tours of The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall will be available during an open house from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

The new simulation center, where health-care professionals and students are able to hone their skills in a risk-free setting, is a unique interdisciplinary training facility that is a collaboration between Clarian Health, the IU School of Nursing and the IUSM.



Arrow Hospital referendum info

Wishard Hospital is seeking voter approval to build a new hospital on the IUPUI campus.  On Tuesday, Nov.3, the polls will be open for Marion County residents to vote on this referendum. Absentee and early voting has begun at the Marion County Clerk's Office, which will open three satellite offices from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, including one near campus at the HealthPlex, 860 W. 10th Street. The satellite sites will be open from 11 to 5 weekends and 11 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

It is important that you vote your conscience on this issue. IU publicly supports Wishard’s new hospital owing to its importance in filling the health-care needs of the underserved in our community and because it is a valuable teaching venue for our students and residents.  More information on the referendum and the university’s position is in the IUPUI Chancellor’s Newsletter at has additional information.

For locations and times of early in-person voting locations, see

An information meeting will be conducted by Wishard Health Services from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 409.


Arrow Economic Impact of AAMC-member schools, hospitals

AAMC-member institutions continue to be strong economic drivers for their states and the nation, according to the latest Tripp Umbach report, released this week by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

In 2008, U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals had a combined economic impact of over $512 billion (compared to $451 billion in 2005). They were also directly or indirectly responsible for 3.3 million full-time jobs, which means that one out of every 43 wage earners in the country depends on medical schools and teaching hospitals for their livelihoods.

While the economic downturn has certainly had an impact on many of acacemic medical institutions, for the most part, academic medicine has stayed strong during the recession.


This report updates similar studies conducted on 2002 and 2005 data to measure the economic impact of AAMC member organizations on the individual states in which they are located and on the overall economy of the United States.


Arrow Congress establishes new academic medicine caucus

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that a new Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus has been formed in the US. House of Representatives.

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn.) and Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) will serve as co-chairs of the new caucus, a bipartisan group of congressional members dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals.

In forming the new panel, Schwartz and Tiberi said, “The new caucus will also strive to educate other members on the unique health care, research, and training missions of teaching hospitals and medical schools.”


Arrow New epidemiology program accepting students

The Department of Public Health faculty are excited to announce a new doctoral program in epidemiology.  The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.  Applications are now being accepted for admission to the 2010 fall semester.

Curricular information and application materials are available at  Questions?  Contact the Terry Zollinger, DrPH, program director, at


Arrow IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting

The IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Speakers will include:

  • Stephen F. Wintermeyer, MD, associate professor of medicine and adjunct associate professor of public health; Topic – H1N1: IUSM Response
  • Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, medical director, Indiana State Department of Health; Topic – Update on H1N1 Epidemiology
To virtually attend this meeting:
  • Via video conferencing – dial into Video Bridge Recorded 116.
    For additional information, contact Kelli Diener at


Arrow Learn more about MPH, grad certificate in public health

Interested in learning more about the master of public health (MPH) program or graduate certificate in public health?

An information session to learn about the educational programs offered in the IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the department’s office at 714 N. Senate Ave.

Faculty, staff, and students will be available to provide an overview of the MPH Program, the graduate certificate in public health, and the Office of Public Health Practice.

For more information and to RSVP, contact: Leah Jansen at or 278-0765.


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Arrow Translating biomarkers for health

Translating Biomarker Research to Human Health will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the VanNuys Medical Sciences Building, B13-14.

Tarif Awad from Sequenom, Inc., will speak at the event hosted by the IUSM Center for Medical Genomics. RSVP to Cindy Dolan at or 858-232-6060. Refreshments will be served.


Arrow Women’s Health Symposium – Oct. 16

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will presents its Sixth Annual Symposium in Women’s Health for Primary Care Providers: Empowering our Patients for Health, on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road.

Registration is $150 for physicians; $125 for physicians who are IU Alumni Association members; $50 for nurses and other health care providers; $50 for IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health faculty and staff; and $25 for residents-in-training.  To register on-line, or to download the brochure, visit

Co-hosts of the symposium are the IUSM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Indiana University Alumni Association. This conference is made possible through an endowment from the IUSM Class of 1990.

Questions?  Please contact Tina Darling, Associate Director, at 278-2264 or


Arrow NIEHS director to discuss steroid receptors

Trevor K. Archer, PhD, principal investigator and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Carcinogenesis at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will present “Steroid Receptors: Remodeling Chromatin for Transcription” at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Walther Hall (RIII) room 203.

The seminar is hosted by the IUSM Harper Scholars Program, the departments of cellular and integrative physiology and microbiology and immunology and the IU Center for Environmental Health.

A “Postdoc Coffee and Conversation” with Dr. Archer is planned for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Daly Center, room 185.

To RSVP, see


Arrow National AIDS/HIV researcher to speak

Ron Stall, PhD, MPH, chair of the School for Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak about his research on HIV/AIDS in the gay male community on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:15 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450C, and on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at noon. in the Emerson Hall auditorium.

To register for either program, visit


Arrow Ethics at Lunch

Alexia Torke, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine at IUSM and an IU Center for Aging Research and Regenstrief Institute research scientist, will present “Ethical Issues in Gay and Lesbian Health” at noon, Thursday, Oct. 22. The Ethics at Lunch program will be in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Lunch will be provided.

For additional information, contact Brent Pickett at or Alex Thurman at


Arrow O’Malley to present Beering Lecture Oct. 28

The 2009 Steven C. Beering Award recipient is Bert W. O’Malley, MD, who is the Thomas C. Thompson Professor and chairman, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and director of the Baylor Center for Reproductive Biology in Houston.

His research group has made fundamental discoveries in characterizing the intracellular mechanisms by which steroid hormones exert their actions through nuclear receptors. He will present “Pathways of Steroid Hormone Action” to the graduate, first- and second-year medical students at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Emerson Hall Auditorium.

His topic for the Beering Award lecture will be “Nuclear Receptor Coactivators: Mechanisms and Medical Relevance" at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. CME credit will be available for this lecture.

A reception will follow the Beering Lecture.


Arrow GHHS resident inductees

The Indiana University School of Medicine Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes medical students, residents, and role-model physician teachers who demonstrate exemplary behavior promoting humanism and professionalism in medicine.

The selection committee for graduate medical education announces the following six resident inductees (alphabetically listed) for 2009.

Jeffrey A. Bontrager, MD
Robert J. Goulet, III, MD
Darlene R. House, MD
Bryce S. Milligan, MD
Aaron C. Moberly, MD
Adam L. Sharp, MD
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics 
Internal Medicine
Emergency Medicine

The inductees will be honored at the GHHS chapter’s annual dinner and ceremony on Friday, Oct. 30.

The website for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsor of the Gold Humanism Honor Society is


Arrow Learn the basics at ‘Indiana CTSI 101’

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will hold a workshop retreat, “Indiana CTSI 101,” Monday, Nov. 9, at the University of Notre Dame.

The program will feature overviews of each Indiana CTSI program. Indiana CTSI leaders from IUSM, Purdue and Notre Dame will be in attendance to present a forum to promote communication and collaboration among the partner institutions and to answer questions about Indiana CTSI programs.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required at


Arrow Lean Six Sigma workshop

IU School of Medicine, in partnership with CME Enterprise, will present “A Bridge to Quality: Engaging Continuing Education and Quality Improvement Professionals in Healthcare Quality Improvement.” This full-day workshop will focus on Quality Improvement, featuring Lean Six Sigma methodology.

This hands-on seminar will provide an introduction to Lean Six Sigma tools, explain the role of the physician in quality improvement and systems-based practice, and present best practices for engaging physicians in the healthcare organization and creating change agents.

The seminar is targeted toward quality improvement specialists, CME specialists, and clinicians who play a role in leading quality initiatives in their healthcare practices. The event will be on Friday, Nov. 13, at the IUSM Health Information and Translational Services Building. For more details, visit


Arrow O’Donnell to receive IU honor

Jacqueline O’Donnell, MD, is to be honored by the Indiana University Foundation for her extraordinary efforts to raise philanthropic support for the IU School of Medicine.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Gene Tempel will present Dr. O’Donnell with the Keystone Award during the annual Partners in Philanthropy dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The award recognizes individuals who have shown exemplary leadership through multiple IU campaigns or fundraising initiatives.

A graduate of the Class of 1975, Dr. O’Donnell completed her residency in internal medicine at the IU School of Medicine in 1978 and joined the faculty in 1980 after completing her cardiology fellowship. She is now a professor of medicine and the medical director for the Cardiac Transplant Program.

Since 1995, she has served as a director of the Dean’s Council, the school’s annual giving society, and was its president from 2001-2004. She also served on the IUSM campaign board and is currently chairwoman of a campaign to establish the John and Rosemary Phillips Cardiology Fellowship.


Arrow IU President recognizes Einhorn

IU President Michael McRobbie presented Distinguished Professor Lawrence Einhorn, MD, the Lance Armstrong Foundation Professor in Oncology and a physician/researcher with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, with a Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in recognition of his prominent achievement and dedicated service. The award was presented during the Oct. 8 dedication of the Joseph E. Walther Hall on the IUPUI campus.

“Dr. Einhorn, this university is very proud of you,” President McRobbie said during a dedication ceremony of IU’s newest and largest research building. “As an alumnus of Indiana University, and as a faculty member of the School of Medicine since 1973, you have contributed more than three decades of world-renowned work to this great institution.”

Dr. Einhorn is widely recognized for developing in 1974 a chemotherapy regimen for testicular cancer that revolutionized therapy and is responsible for a dramatic improvement in the cure rate of what previously had been a devastating and rapidly fatal disease.  Today, more than 95 percent of all patients with this disease now survive.

After beginning his undergraduate education at IU, Dr. Einhorn received his medical education at the University of Iowa.  He returned to IU for a residency in internal medicine and a portion of his fellowship in hematology/oncology. He is also an internationally-recognized authority on urologic and lung cancers as well as certain other tumors.

Walther Hall connects two research buildings at its east and west ends -- Research II and the IU Cancer Research Institute -- to form a three-building, 500,000-square-foot interconnected life sciences research complex at the medical center.


Arrow Indiana Public Health Foundation award winners

The Indiana Public Health Foundation presented awards to 5 individuals or groups affiliated with IUSM during their annual ceremony Oct. 8.

The Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement was presented to George T. Lukemeyer, MD, associate dean and professor emeritus at IUSM. Dr. Lukemeyer was honored for his “exemplary leadership in establishing the Artifical Kidney Laboratory” at IUSM, for chairing the academic committee that established the statewide medical education system and for other leadership contributions to the school.

Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Awards were presented to:

  • Kenneth Fife, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, for research and treatment of genital herpes, Preventive Medicine and Public Health category
  • Sound Medicine for addressing public health issues, prevention and education in public radio program broadcasts throughout Indiana and nine other states, Preventive Medicine and Public Health category
  • Wishard Health Services, in collaboration with the IU School of Medicine, for a comprehensive clinical programs for older adults, Geriatrics and Gerontology category
Jeena Volenec, a master of public health student with a concentration in behavioral health science at IUSM, received the Life Sciences and Public Health Scholarship.



Arrow History of Medicine society seeks proposals

The Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) invites paper proposals for its 12th annual meeting on March 5-6 in Louisville, co-sponsored by the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Innominate Society.

For more information, see


Arrow Grants and Awards - September 2009

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Rajiv Agarwal NIH-NIDDK Contin/Competing Hypertension in Hemodialysis Patients 9/1/09 8/31/10 337,426
Ghalib Alkhatib NIH-NIAID Contin/Competing Host Cell Factors and AIDS Pathogenesis 9/4/09 8/31/10 385,000
Robert L. Bacallao Dialysis Clinic Inc New Molecular characterization
of vascular matrix protein.
9/8/09 9/7/10 75,001
Janice S. Blum NIH-NIAID Contin/Competing Poxvirus modulation of Immune Responses 9/1/09 8/31/10 1,542,638
Nikolai Broustovetski IN State Dept Hlth New Role of calpain activation in glutamate excitotoxicity 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Hal E. Broxmeyer NIH-NIGMS Contin/Competing Bridges to the Doctorate at IU School of Medicine 9/1/09 8/31/10 295,887
Christopher M. Callahan NIH-NIA Contin/Competing Translation Research on Chronic Disease Self-Management 9/30/09 8/31/10 394,220
Jinhui Chen IN State Dept Hlth New Enhancing neurogenesis for promoting functional recovery following traumatic brain injury 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Peng-Sheng Chen NIH-NHLBI New Fibrillation and Defibrillation 9/1/09 8/31/10 385,000
Robert V. Considine NIH-NIDDK New HGF Signaling in Adipose Tissue Growth and Metabolism 9/20/09 8/31/10 346,500
Kenneth G. Cornetta NIH-NHLBI New New Faculty Recruitment to the Indiana University Gene Therapy Program 9/30/09 8/31/10 407,810
Theodore R. Cummins IN State Dept Hlth New Role of sensory neuronal ion channels in hyper-excitability and pain mechanisms following spinal cord injury 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Ping Deng IN State Dept Hlth New Roles of Ih in Hippocampal Cells after Traumatic Brain Injury 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Alan Keith Dunker NIH-NLM Contin/Competing Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 9/1/09 8/31/10 32,077
Alan Keith Dunker NSF New DisProt Database: A Central Repository of Information on Intrinsically Disordered Proteins 9/1/09 8/31/12 1,425,995
Hala Fatima Am Soc Gastrointestinal Endosc New A Pilot Randomized Trial of Polypectomy Techniques for 4-6 mm Colonic Polyps 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Kenneth Howard Fife Univ Of Washington New HSV-2/HIV Transmission Study 5/1/09 10/31/09 23,095
Kenneth Howard Fife Univ Of Washington Contin/Competing Partners Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Study 7/1/09 6/30/10 955,598
Tatiana M. Foroud NIH-NCI New PD GWAS Consortium 9/21/09 8/31/10 399,998
Patrick Thomas Fueger NIH-NIDDK New Mechanisms to Induce Islet Proliferation 8/26/09 7/31/10 249,000
Shaun Jason Grannis CDC New Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics (ICEPHI) 9/1/09 8/31/10 965,995
Brenda R. Grimes US Dept Of Defense New Disruption of Centromeric Chromatin as a Cause of Chromosome Instability in Breast Cancer 9/1/09 9/30/10 115,500
Eri Hashino NIH-NIDCD New Somatic stem cell as vectors to deliver biologically active molecules to the inner ear 9/17/09 8/31/10 415,433
Debra Lynn Hickman-Miller Portland Va Res Fdn New Use of Cognitive Bias to Assess Welfare of Rats Housed in Cages with Altered Dimensions 5/1/09 4/30/10 11,038
Andy Hudmon IN State Dept Hlth New Calcium-Dependent Neuronal Death Induced by Traumatic Brain Injury: the role of CaMKII interaction with NMDA receptors 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Siu Lui Hui Foundation For The Nih New Indiana Distributed Partner in Methods 8/1/09 12/31/09 103,685
Xiaoming Jin IN State Dept Hlth New Complement-mediated synaptic elimination in post-traumatic epileptogenesis 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Wei-Hua Lee NIH-NICHD New Novel Mechanisms of Neonatal hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury and Repair 9/30/09 8/31/10 364,480
Zhigang Lei IN State Dept Hlth New Ia current in the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic epilepsy 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Brenna Cathleen McDonald Dartmouth College New RCT Methylphenidate & Memory/Attention Training in TBI 8/1/09 4/30/10 178,981
Julie J. McGowan AHRQ New Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Resource Center for Health IT (NRC) 8/3/09 6/30/10 25,000
Eugenia P. Molleston NIH-NIDDK New Biliary Atresia, Cholestatic Liver Diseases, and Cystic Fibrosis: Indiana University 9/10/09 5/31/10 418,095
Kenneth P. Nephew Rose-Hulman Inst Tech New Novel Bioconjugates as Probes of Estrogen Receptors 8/1/09 4/30/10 42,653
Grant D. Nicol US Dept Of Defense New Does the Altered Expression of Ion Channels Give Rise to the Enhanced Excitability of Neurons Isolated from Nf1+/-Mice? 9/1/09 8/31/10 142,698
J. Marc Overhage Foundation For The Nih New Indiana Distributed Partner Database 7/1/09 12/31/10 970,184
David B. Pisoni NIH-NIDCD New Neurocognitive Processes in Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants 9/20/09 8/31/10 640,432
Henry Rodriguez NIH-NIDDK Contin/Competing Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet at Indiana University Clinical Center 9/30/09 4/30/10 823,264
Bryan Paul Schneider Komen Cancer Fdn New Comprehensive Biomarker Discovery Project for Bevacizumab in Breast Cancer 8/7/09 8/6/10 1,319,954
Hongmiao Sheng NIH-NIDDK New Targeting Myofibroblast for Intestinal Epithelial Regeneration 9/30/09 6/30/10 441,200
Marcia L. Shew NIH-NIAID New HPV Vaccination, Attitudes and Sequential Behaviors in Adolescent Women 9/11/09 8/31/10 719,752
Johnathan David Tune NIH-NHLBI New Mechanisms of Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction in Metabolic Syndrome 9/1/09 5/31/10 381,919
Claire E. Walczak NIH-NIGMS Contin/Competing Mechanisms of Spindle Assembly 9/1/09 8/31/10 354,200
Sarah Elizabeth Wiehe NIH-NIAID New Disparities in sexually transmitted infection among young women: Role of individual- and community-level exposures to incarceration and crime 9/22/09 8/31/10 199,525
Gregory A. Wilson Cerebral Palsy Intl Fdn New Robot-Mediated Task-Specific Training in Cerebral Palsy:Â Block Versus Random Presentation 9/15/09 9/14/10 50,000
Frank A. Witzmann NIH-NIEHS New Chemical characterization methodologies and proteomics to assess biological responses to water dispersible carbon nanotube exposure 9/25/09 6/30/10 599,981
Xiao-Ming Xu NIH-NINDS New Role of phospholipase A2 in spinal cord secondary injury 9/15/09 6/30/10 336,875
Zao Cheng Xu IN State Dept Hlth New K+ current and neuroprotection against ischemic brain injury 7/1/09 6/30/10 59,920
Karmen Kay Yoder IN State Dept Hlth New PET Imaging of TBI-Induced Neuroinflammation:Â An Innovative Tool for Tracking Treatment Efficacy 7/1/09 6/30/10 60,000
Mervin Clem Yoder NIH-NHLBI New Engineering Collagen Matrices that Modulate in vivo Vesel Formation 9/1/09 8/31/10 31,579


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 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.

Sound Medicine reporter Shia Levitt will explain the Human Toxome Project, a national effort to develop baseline information on various toxins that affect humans.

David Nieman, DrPH, director of the Human Performance Laboratory and professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University, will explain why football teams are especially vulnerable to outbreaks of H1N1 flu.

Co-host David Crabb, M.D., chairman of the IU Department of Medicine, will discuss an analysis by the CDC about the similarities among people who have died from the H1N1 flu virus.

Mark Linzer, MD, professor of medicine and Linda Baier Manwell, M.S., epidemiologist, both at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will discuss their recent study of primary care physicians and how job stress can affect patient care.

Sound Medicine essayist Eric Metcalf will describe his favorite home remedies.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore dining out while dieting.

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


Arrow Scope submission guidelines

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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
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  • acronyms
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