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December 4, 2009
Volume 13 Number 47 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU unveils $10 million Innovate Indiana Fund

Indiana University has unveiled a new $10 million venture capital fund aimed at investing in the development of innovations and technologies created at the university. The announcement was made Friday, Dec. 4.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said the goal of the new Innovate Indiana Fund would be to assist in the translation of new concepts and technologies created at IU into the marketplace as commercial products, services and treatments developed by emerging technology-based companies.

Funded solely from university and private donor sources, the Innovate Indiana Fund will provide $5 million over the next five years in early stage seed funds and another $5 million over that same time for late stage seed investment. Individual early seed investments would range from $50,000 to $150,000 each, while late seed investments would range from $150,000 to $350,000 each, according to IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan.



Arrow President McRobbie responds to Daniel’s cuts to state higher ed

IU President Michael A. McRobbie issued a statement today, Dec. 4, regarding Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' announcement this morning about the state's financial difficulties and how higher education institutions in Indiana would be affected. The statement was made at at the IU Board of Trustees meeting at IUPUI.

To read the statement, see


Arrow Physician workforce survey info

The Center for Indiana Health Workforce Studies and Indiana University Bowen Research Center, in collaboration with the Indiana Area Health Education Centers Program recently published its "Report of Responses to the 2003, 2005 and 2007 Indiana Physician Re-licensure Surveys."

The publication provides an in-depth examination of the physician workforce in Indiana. The report provides accurate, timely and relevant data to inform Indiana's response to the health care needs of the Hoosiers.

Co-author Terrell W. Zollinger, DrPH, IU professor of public health notes, "This is the best, most comprehensive information we currently have about the physician workforce in our state.  We believe the information will be helpful to a wide range of stakeholders, including policy-makers, educators, business and community leaders, and a wide range of advocacy groups."

The publication includes Indiana physician demographic and employment characteristics, practice location, as well as past and projected physician workforce trends.

The full report can be downloaded at


Arrow New student officers

The results of the Medical Student Council executive officer elections are available. The new officers will serve the IUSM student body from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010.

The 2010 Executive Committee officers are:

  • Shreyas Joshi, MS 3 - President
  • Eddie Shmukler, MS 2 - Executive Vice President
  • Jennifer Pasko, MS 3 - Vice President for Membership
  • Kimberly Matchett, MS 3 - Treasurer
  • Ashley Cesar, MS 3 - Secretary


Arrow IUSM internal grant deadline

The application deadline for the Biomedical Research Grant is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.
Application forms and further information can be found online at


Arrow Showalter Trust applications due Jan. 11

Since 1975, the Indianapolis campus of IUSM has received research funding through gifts made possible from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. The areas of appropriate biomedical research eligible for funding are broad and described by the benefactors as “the type of medical research that is most likely to permanently benefit mankind.”

Applications for funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust will be reviewed in two stages. An initial review by the IUSM Biomedical Research Committee will select the most meritorious proposals for further discussion and ranking. The BRC will then provide a recommended ranking to the Showalter Trustees who conduct a second review. Final funding decisions are made by the Showalter Trustees.

Applications for funding that begins July 1 must be received via email by the IUSM Office of Operations by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11.

Instructions and forms may be downloaded from the web at


Arrow Looking for ‘Resources’

Want to find a room that has a Polycom hook-up?  Need official IUSM templates for your PowerPoint presentation or poster about a guest lecturer? Check out the new “Resources For” page on the IUSM web site. Resources For is accessible from the school’s home page ( – look on the right-hand side of the page.

If you have suggestions of other resources that would be beneficial and could be added to this list, contact the Office of Public and Media Relations at


Arrow NIH policy update on responsible conduct of research

The National Institutes of Health issued a notice Nov. 24 updating the NIH's policy on instruction in the responsible conduct of research. The notice applies to all NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research.



Arrow Phone number changes at IU Hospital

Indiana University Hospital is changing to a new phone system in January. The conversion will provide users with leading-edge communication technology while significantly reducing Clarian's phone system costs. The prefixes for Clarian-owned phones at IU Hospital will also change, from 274/278 to 944/948. 

The cutover dates for the new phone system at IU hospital are:
    Patient phones – Wednesday, Jan. 13
    Facility/staff phones – Friday, Jan. 15


Arrow Day of Remembrance for IUPUI

Every semester the Division of Student Life honors each of our IUPUI family members who have passed away by remembering them in a simple program called “Day of Remembrance.” Those remembered include current students, former students, graduates, faculty and staff at IUPUI or IU Medical Center.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Day of Remembrance which will be Monday, Dec. 7, in room 305 in the IUPUI Campus Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


Arrow Medical Humanities: History of NIH, research grants

“The Origin of NIH and Medical Research Grants in the U.S.” presented by William Schneider, PhD, is the next Seminars in Medical Humanities program. It will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 311.

Dr. Schneider is a professor of history, the Baker-Ort Professor in International Healthcare Philanthropy and director of the Medical Humanities – Health Studies Program.

The NIH extramural grants (literally “outside the walls” of the NIH campus) are the standard for medical research in the U.S., and indeed the world. In fiscal year 2008 over $20 billion was awarded to over 46,000 projects. This talk will examine their origins before and after the Second World War.

The series is presented by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society in conjunction with the Medical Humanities – Health Studies Program. For more information about Medical Humanities, see


Arrow Stress Busters Seminar

Stress Busters Seminar will be Wednesday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium. Please register by calling the Recreation Sports Office at 274-2824. This event is free to all IUPUI students, faculty and staff and is designed to teach simple ways to reduce and cope with daily stressors in life.

For more information:


Arrow ePTO information session

ePTO, the new electronic PTO tracking system for professional exempt (PAE) employees is currently live in several departments.  The implementation is a phased roll out across all of the IU campuses.

The IUSM is on the schedule for implementation in February 2010. An ePTO kickoff meeting will be conducted Monday, Dec. 14 from 2-3 p.m. in the Emerson Hall auditorium (EH 304).

Anyone interested in more information about the ePTO system and implementation is welcome.  Lora Headdy from Bloomington will demonstrate ePTO, review the implementation process and answer your questions.

A webcast also will be available for this meeting.  If interested, contact Terri Ryckaert at


Arrow American English intonation class

The Department of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children is initiating its next course of American English Intonation: Effective Intercultural Communication for the Healthcare Professional.

The program, made possible by support from a Clarian Values Grant, is designed for international faculty, postdocs, fellows, residents, medical students and nurses. The course is now offered to our medical colleagues beyond the Clarian/IU system. The course is designed to make each participant’s speech more comprehensible through modification – not elimination – of the international accent.

It will be offered on 12 consecutive Tuesdays, Feb. 2 – April 20, from 3-4:30 p.m.
To ensure individual attention, class size is limited and registration is required.

Registration fee:
IU/Clarian employees: $180 by Dec. 31, ($220 after that date)
Non IU/Clarian employees: $280 by Dec. 31, ($320 after that date)

For more information and registration, contact:
Poonam Khurana, M.D. FAAP           
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine   


Arrow Save the Date: Evening of the Arts 2010

The 2010 Evening of the Arts will be Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.

If you have art or crafts to donate as part of the fund-raising effort, please email Selyne Samuel or Henry Chou. EOTA raises funds to support clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis.


Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer a weekly digest containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions. Digests are sent on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent.

View the current Research Funding Update at


Arrow Wishard releases first construction bid package for new hospital

The Wishard Hospital construction project has released the first construction bid package, which includes a 2,300-car parking garage.

Wishard will construct the six-level parking garage as the first of five buildings at the new site. The parking garage will have three entrances and three stair/elevator towers and will stand on the west side of the new Wishard campus. The garage will accommodate Wishard employees and visitors to the new hospital, as well as provide parking for the Roudebush VA Hospital. Wishard’s development also will create an additional 1,500 surface parking spaces upon completion.

The bid package also includes a utility tunnel running under the garage, on- and off-site utilities and rough grading for the new hospital and portions of the site. Off-site utilities will include high-pressure steam and fiber optics along with an underground electric system extension and modification of site drainage.

Bids are due on Jan. 11.

The hospital building project will create more than 4,400 jobs at the height of construction, providing a much-needed shot in the arm to the local building trades industry. In 2010, the garage and demolition work are projected to generate a total of 315 jobs, and in 2011, the garage will create 524 jobs. The garage package and demolition work will provide an estimated economic impact to Marion County of nearly $28 million in 2010, and more than $46.5 million in 2011.

"When voters passed the Wishard referendum, they voted not only for a healthier Indianapolis but also for a healthier local economy,” said Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard. “The construction of this garage will generate hundreds of jobs for local workers, and I congratulate the Wishard team for getting this building project started so quickly."

The garage will stand immediately adjacent to the new hospital to maximize convenience and accessibility for patients, visitors and staff. The garage will eventually connect to the main level of the ambulatory clinic building and the second level of the administrative office building.

Each floor of the garage has a footprint of 240 feet by 609 feet, which is equivalent to the square footage of three football fields. The six levels of the parking structure will provide equivalent square footage of 18 football fields.  

On-site work began immediately following the Nov. 3 election, as officials from Wishard and Indiana University signed the land exchange swap the next day, arranging for the transfer of the current Wishard site to Indiana University and the new site to Wishard.

The physical work of the project began immediately as well, with asbestos remediation and interior demolition inside the former Larue D. Carter Hospital. By the end of this year, the interior demolition of the Larue D. Carter Hospital will conclude, and interior demolition and asbestos remediation will begin in the Indiana State Department of Health building. External demolition of Larue D. Carter Hospital starts near the first of the year, and demolition of both buildings wraps up in late spring 2010.

Wishard will break ground on the hospital in spring 2010. Wishard will construct the new hospital in phases, beginning with the parking garage, and plans to complete the project at the end of 2013. To learn more about the construction project, visit


Arrow Indiana-Kenya Partnership gifts

During this holiday season it is common to take stock of all our blessings and make a wish list of the things we want the most. However, in Kenya there is usually only one wish women make when they arrive at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. That is to live.

One young woman’s story is typical of the hardship facing many Kenyans today. She came to the clinic deathly ill requesting only “to live so that I can take care of my children.” Her husband had already died of AIDS and she did not want her children to join the thousands of AIDS-related orphans in Africa. It was a mother’s plea for hope that regardless of nationality we all can understand.

Through the Indiana-Kenya Partnership this woman’s life was saved and so have those of more than 75,000 other mothers, fathers, and children. Recently, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology contacted one of their colleagues who is permanently stationed in Kenya, Dr. Sierra Washington, and asked her if she had a holiday “wish list” for her patients and learners.

Dr. Washington’s clinic needs everything from a light microscope to sutures, scissors, scrub brushes for hand washing and much, much more. To help Dr. Washington, the Department of OB/GYN has set up a special account used to further women’s health care. For the next two months, the department is asking members of the IUPUI family to consider making a 100 percent tax deductible donation to one of two accounts.

You can earmark your donation (in the memo portion of your check) for “Kenya Ob/Gyn” to be used to buy equipment/educational material or “Ob/Gyn Humanitarian Fund” to be used by Dr. Washington to purchase such things as medication for patients or pay for transportation from remote villages to the clinic.

All checks should be made payable to “IU Foundation- Kenya Program” and sent to IU Foundation- Kenya Program, PO Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245. You will receive a letter that can be used for tax purposes.

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or if you would like your donation to be used for a specific piece of equipment or purpose, please contact Dr. Mark Di Corcia at or 278-5967.

For more information on the Indiana-Kenya Partnership, see


Arrow Ronald McDonald House celebration

Members of the community are invited to celebrate the holiday season with the Ronald McDonald House at its “Comfort and Joy” Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec.10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Special events scheduled throughout the day include: visits by Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald; entertainment by Sunset Sound and Grace Kids Choir; and dinner donated by SuperTarget of Fishers.

In addition, Terri Stacy with WIBC will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the evening program that begins at 6:45p.m.  During the program, a drawing for a trip for two to Tuscany will take place and guests will be led outside for the ceremonial lighting of the House’s exterior holiday decorations. Raffle tickets for the drawing can be purchased until noon, Dec. 10, and individuals do not need to be present to win. See for details.

The holiday open house is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items to help stock the House’s food pantries.


Arrow Scope at the holidays

The Friday, Dec. 11, issue of Scope will be the final one for the year. Scope will resume publication on Friday, Jan. 8.

Happy holidays!


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 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, Sound Medicine producer Colleen Iudice will report a controversy in Indiana where dentists are protesting a proposal to stop adding fluoride to water.

Indiana Rep. Vanessa Summers will discuss a national effort to improve mental health services for returning war veterans.

Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, a cancer researcher and health economist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will discuss the difficulties in recruiting volunteers for clinical trials of new cancer drugs and treatment protocols.

Sound Medicine’s bioethicist Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the Indian University Center for Bioethics, and Kimberly Quaid, PhD, professor of medical and molecular genetics and director of the Predictive Testing Program at the IU School of Medicine, will review a recent study that looked at  the psychological impact of offering genetic testing for the trait that can lead to Alzheimer’s.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore treating tinnitus –  ringing in the ears.

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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  • e-mail the information to
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