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March 26, 2010
Volume 14 Number 12 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow HOG to celebrate anniversary with CME program, gala

The IU Simon Cancer Center and the Hoosier Oncology Group (HOG) will present “State of the Art Cancer Care: An Educational Symposium” on Saturday, April 10, at University Place Conference Center and Hotel in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the founding of HOG.

The keynote speaker is Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, who is now with the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Sweeney was formerly with the IU Simon Cancer Center.

For additional information and to register, visit; scroll down to the April 10 course. IUSM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

That evening, HOG will celebrates its silver anniversary with a gala at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The event will recognize HOG founders Drs. Rafat Ansari, Larry Einhorn, Bill Fisher, Patrick Loehrer, Prasad Mantravadi and Ken Pennington. Merril Hoge -- former NFL player, ESPN commentator, and cancer survivor -- is the keynote speaker.

Visit the 25th anniversary page for more information.


Student Showcase

Arrow Match Day 2010

On March 18, 264 fourth-year IUSM students participated in the annual National Resident Match Day, a program that coordinates thousands of medical students' and U.S. hospital programs' preferences.

Results from the IUSM Match can be found at Information about the national Match is available at


Arrow Rock for Riley VI featuring Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas will perform live in Indianapolis Friday, April 9, at 9 p.m. at The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple as part of the sixth installment of the annual Rock for Riley concert series. Tickets for this year’s event are $20.

Casablancas is best known as the lead singer of The Strokes, a rock band based in New York City that has won critical acclaim worldwide. He released his first solo album in November 2009 that features "11th Dimension" the first single from Phrazes for the Young.

Rock for Riley is a one-of-a-kind organization, created and managed by passionate and involved IUSM students. As the medical school’s largest student-run philanthropic group, Rock for Riley gives students a unique opportunity to donate their time and energy to pediatric patients in a creative way. Rock for Riley’s primary mission is to organize an annual benefit concert in support of the Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.

Each year, the Rock for Riley show features a nationally recognized band at an established Indianapolis music venue. Rock for Riley’s inaugural concert in 2004 featured Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Vogue Theatre and raised nearly $25,000.

Subsequent concerts have reflected Rock for Riley’s growing status within the community, featuring well-known musical acts from Grammy award-winning Wilco and Bonnaroo headliners My Morning Jacket to local rising stars Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Rock for Riley’s 2009 event, named by MetroMix as the tenth best concert of 2009, featured The Avett Brothers and raised $85,339 bringing the grand total to an astonishing $650,383 in only five years.

Rock for Riley continues to grow today, continually seeking creative ways to make an impact in our community while allowing everyone involved to have fun—a truly meaningful combination. Rock for Riley has become an established force in the local music and philanthropic scene, and we look forward, with the help of supporters like you, to continuing our success in the years to come. We hope to see a large contingent of IUSM faculty, staff, residents and students this year at the show.

Tickets are only $20 for this year’s show and are on sale now at the Vogue Box Office, Ticketmaster Online, and during the noon lunch hour in the Daly Center. For more information, check out  

The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences including Rock for Riley. Visit for more information.


Arrow Spring House Calls – volunteers welcome

As the winter season draws to a close, the warmer weather brings with it more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For nearly 150 IUSM students, faculty, friends and family members, this includes the 15th annual Spring House Calls service project sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning.

Spring House Calls volunteers provide home and lawn maintenance for elderly, disabled and minority homeowners in two inner-city neighborhoods located just north and west of the IUPUI campus.

On Saturday, April 10, volunteers will gather at the Christamore House Family and Community Center to load supplies for planting flowers, mulching, removing weeds and performing other maintenance tasks. After completing work at nearly 30 homes during the morning, participants will join the homeowners for lunch at the Christamore House for a final chance to connect and celebrate.

Spring House Calls is the oldest service-learning project of the OMSL. The MS2 project co-chairs are Luke Miller and Bill Godley. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit

The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit  for more information.


Arrow IU Alumni Association memberships for 2010 grads

Membership in the IU Alumni Association makes a perfect gift. IU School of Medicine graduates from the Class of 2010 can sign up for membership in the IU Alumni Association, which includes membership in the Medical Alumni Association, starting this month.

Visit for more information on how to help the Class of 2010 reach its goal of 15 percent membership by commencement on May 8.

Questions?  Contact Jayme Little in the Alumni Relations office at 317-274-8828 or at


Arrow IU diploma frames for sale online

Purchase your Indiana University diploma frame online and display your IU pride. The IU School of Medicine Alumni Association is offering graduate and professional size diploma frames for sale online at Visit the gifts page on the online store to purchase your diploma frame today.

Discounts are available for members of the IU Alumni Association. Contact Jayme Little in the Alumni Relations office at 317-274-8828 or at with questions or for information on discounts.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Faculty promotion materials

Faculty promotion dossier materials for promotions effective July 1, 2011 are available on the web at Dossiers will be due in the IUSM Dean's Office (Academic Administration) no later than July 9, 2010.

Contact Lynn Wakefield no later than July 2, 2010, to inform the Dean's Office of your intent to submit a dossier for promotion. Should you need helpful advice for dossier preparation or if you would like to see sample dossiers, contact Deb Cowley.


Arrow Register for inaugural Vision Research Symposium on April 10

Registration is continuing for the inaugural Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute’s Vision Research Symposium on Saturday April 10, in Walther Hall (R3) room, 203.

The symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; a light breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no charge for the symposium but registration is required to provide an accurate count for program materials, breakfast and lunch. For more information, to see the day’s agenda or to register, visit Additional information is available at Presentations and poster sessions are included in the symposium. The day’s agenda is included below.

The symposium will give researchers and scientists from throughout Indiana an opportunity to meet and discuss their current projects that involve the eye, vision or have vision-related components.

Louis B. Cantor, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, said vision-related research is being done at IU and at other institutions in Indiana, yet researchers are sometimes unaware of parallel or related research. “It benefits all of us to meet and discuss the research we are conducting, learn from each other, and to determine if there are opportunities for collaboration,” he said.

The IU School of Optometry is assisting with the event; ophthalmology and optometry faculty will moderate the day’s sessions.
IUSM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Ethics at Lunch – March 30

Margaret Gaffney, MD, and Clarke Miller will present “Physician-Assisted Suicide: Point-Counterpoint” at the Tuesday, March 30, Ethics at Lunch series. The thorough and thought-provoking discussion will be in Emerson Hall auditorium at noon.

Dr. Gaffney is an associate professor of medicine and a core member of the IU Center for Bioethics. Miller is president of Compassion and Choices of Indiana.

Lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact Brent Pickett at or Alex Thurman at


Arrow Retirement reception planned for Howard Pratt

A reception to honor J. Howard Pratt, MD, when he retires as associate chief of staff for research and development service at the Roudebush VA Medical Center will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 29, in room C-1202, at Roudebush VA.

Dr. Pratt is retiring from the VA after 33 years of service. He will remain on faculty at IUSM as a professor of medicine.


Arrow Reception planned for microbiology’s Broxmeyer and Roman

The IUSM Department of Microbiology and Immunology will celebrate the careers of Distinguished Professor Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD, as he steps down as chair of the department and Chancellor’s Professor Ann Roman, PhD, as she retires. The celebration will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the University Place Conference Center ballroom.

RSVP to Janis Stringer at 274-0506 or


Arrow JSB History of Medicine speaker

Peter Marcus, MD, associate professor of Ob/GYN, will present the John Shaw Billiams History of Medicine lecture Thursday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 311 A/B of the VanNuys Medical Science Building.

Dr. Marcus will explore the history of erythroblastosis fetalis, also known as Rh hemolytic disease and its eventual cure.

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited so RSVPs are appreciated and should be made to  Rebecca Cervenka, Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, at 278-1669 or

For information about the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, contact


Arrow April 19 workshop – CTSI Community Health Engagement Program

An Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program workshop entitled “Involving Community Liaisons as a Mechanism for Bridging the Research Gap between Academia and Community Organizations” will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 19.

All interested researchers and local community organizations are invited to attend a presentation on how two CTSI programs have involved the community in their CTSA Community Engagement programs.

Jim Dearing, PhD, with University of Colorado, and Carolyn Sampselle, PhD, RNC, with the University of Michigan, will discuss the development and implementation of their CTSA Community Liaison Research Programs. Leslie Wright and Karen Calhoun, community liaisons for the CTSI’s in Colorado  and Michigan, will also give their perspective on how these programs can benefit a research project/program. CME credits will be provided.

Registration is required for the  event, which will be in the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC), 351 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis, Ice Miller Training Room.  Please click HERE to register.

This event is sponsored by the Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program.  Questions: email CTSI at or call 278-3361.


Arrow Biostatistics for Health Care Researchers

On May 11, 12, and 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., the Division of Biostatistics will offer a short course on basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature. The course is open to faculty, fellows and residents, as well as other interested students and staff. Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

Go to for a detailed brochure and registration form.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to recognize and understand statistical methods commonly seen in medical literature; recognize common study designs used in medical research; communicate with statisticians on complex study design and analysis; understand basic concepts of data management; identify appropriate use of statistical procedures when given a common study design and perform simple statistical analyses under the guidance of a statistician.


Arrow Midwest Islet Club to be held in the Wells Center

The Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research will host the Midwest Islet Club (MIC) Third Annual Conference May 26-27 in Joseph Walther Hall (R3) and the VanNuys Medical Science Building. This symposium brings together scientists throughout the Midwest who study the pancreatic islet.

The MIC emphasizes student, post-doc and junior faculty presentations, and this year’s meeting will feature a plenary talk in memory of pioneering islet biologist Paul E. Lacy, MD, PhD: the Lacy Medal Lecture.  This year's Lacy Medal Lecture will be given by one of the premier islet biologists, Barbara E. Corkey, PhD. Dr. Corkey is vice chair for research, professor of medicine and biochemistry, and director of the Obesity Research Center at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.

For more information or to register for the conference visit the MIC website or contact Shari Upchurch.


Grants & Funding

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 published on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent.

View the current Research Funding Update.



Arrow Call for proposals: CACR grants for faculty, staff

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research is soliciting grant proposals for research in information security at Indiana University. Funds may be requested by any faculty member, professional staff member or other full-time employee of IU.

Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31. Awards will be announced in early May and funds will be available beginning July 1.

Proposals must address some aspect of information security or assurance; combine the strengths of two or more of the distinct IU resources (e.g., informatics, professional schools, ANML, REN-ISAC, the Global NOC, life sciences), and demonstrate a high potential for attracting future external funding.

The grants are intended to foster collaboration within IU and support the early development of innovative research likely to compete favorably for competitive external funding in the future.
For more information and application instructions, visit


Arrow VA posts opening for an associate chief of staff

The Indianapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for full-time physician to serve as associate chief of staff (ARCOS) for research and development service.  



Arrow Take a moment and share your opinion

A great deal of time and effort is spent preparing, providing and seeking CME/CEU opportunities for health care licensure and/or certification. However, no one has developed a quick, reliable and validated scale to assist medical educators in creating programs that could meet the needs of various health professionals.

In response, IUSM, in collaboration with Purdue University, the University of South Alabama Medical Center, and Louisiana State University, is conducting a survey about continuing education for health care professionals. The purpose of the survey is to learn the perceptions of health care professionals regarding continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education units (CEU) content and use of technology. The survey is designed to help understand  preferences for the methods that the CME and CEU content is delivered.

Your participation is voluntary, confidential and anonymous (i.e., there is no way to link you or your institution to the survey).  We are only asking for your honest opinion.  This survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete; results will only be reported in summary form.

When you are ready to start the survey, please go to
If this does not direct you properly, copy and paste the link into your preferred web browser.

If you have any questions about the survey please e-mail Mark Di Corcia, PhD, or call 948-5967, or Graham Bodie, PhD.


News to Use

Arrow Ovid to EndNote Export Blank-Record Fix

A blank record may appear in EndNote at the top of the record(s) imported from Ovid. If so, the OvidSP Medline filter needs to be updated. The updated filter can be found at For detailed instructions see

For assistance with PCs contact Carole Gall (274-1411) or Doug Bartlow (274-5077). For assistance on a Mac, contact Sue London (274-2281).


Arrow Fitness walking at noon

Join Rec Sports for fitness walking every Tuesday and Thursday. The walks began March 23 and originate from the Natatorium's main concourse at 12:05 p.m. Call 274-2824 or email Liz at to reserve your spot.



Arrow Dining discount

Did you know IUSM employees receive a 10 percent discount when dining at Creation Café/Buggs Temple on the canal?  Just show your IUSM identification.


Arrow Theft prevention tips

An increase in the number of vehicle break-ins on campus in the past month or so has prompted the IUPUI Police Department to remind everyone of a few precautionary measures to minimize thefts of cars and bicycles. Visit for tips.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis.

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, director of the Center of Health Policy and Professionalism Research at IUSM, will assess the future effects of the health care reform legislation that is now law.

Dr. Carroll, an associate professor of pediatrics, also will explain how to tell if a child is contagious when suffering from a cold.

Robert Kaestner, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss his recent study of the long term health benefits of female student athletes.

Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, a professor and researcher of health wisdom at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, will explain his findings that moderate exercise can still have important benefits.

This week’s “Patient Listening” will be presented by Richard Frankel, PhD, professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He will speak with two medical students who started a scholarship drive for a fellow classmate so he would not have to drop out of school and return to Kenya.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore being bored to death, literally.

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.


Around Campus

Arrow Earth Hour message from Chancellor Bantz

This Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. is Earth Hour.

During Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple – turning off the lights for one hour. The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact on protecting the future of our planet.

IUPUI staff are asked to turn off non-essential power and lights before they leave on Friday. Thank you for participating.



Arrow Tox Away Day is April 9

IUPUI’s Tox Away Day will be Friday, April 9, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location for the drop-off of recyclables has been moved to parking lot #401 located across the street from the Herron Sculpture/Ceramics building at 1325 Indiana Avenue.

Items that will be accepted are listed at


 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

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 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 MedTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations now manages the MedTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest to others. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are located in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium, the Daly Center, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To have your department or office announcements posted on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines: Questions? Phone 274-7722.


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 Kevin Fryling, 1110 W. Michigan, LO 401, 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.