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April 30, 2010
Volume 14 Number 17 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Above the Fold

Arrow Indianapolis Monthly accepting nominations for “Top Docs”

Indianapolis Monthly magazine is now accepting physician nominations for its annual Top Docs issue.

Nominations may include up to 25 physicians who are clinically outstanding and deserving of the recognition. Submissions are due Sunday, May 16.

All licensed physicians in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan or Shelby counties are eligible to nominate their peers. The survey is conducted in partnership with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established and reputable health care research and information company.

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Log on to www.castleconnolly.com/gennom/indianapolis.
  2. Click on “Continue.”
  3. Complete the registration information and click on “Submit My Information.”
  4. Physicians will be given a one time nomination code. Highlight and copy this code. Click “If you would like to nominate doctors immediately, click here.”
  5. Paste in the nomination code and click “Submit.”
  6. Nominate up to 25 physicians up to one time.

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Arrow New email address for Scope stories

Scope has a new editor and a new email address.

Kevin Fryling, communications specialist, has joined the IU School of Medicine staff and will be the new editor of Scope, the weekly e-newsletter for IUSM. He can be reached at 278-0088.

Submissions to Scope should now be emailed to scopemed@iupui.edu.

As a reminder, information on submission guidelines is included as the final story in each issue of Scope. The guidelines are:

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 scopemed@iupui.edu
  • 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.

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Events & Lectures

Arrow NARSAD Symposium

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) will host a symposium entitled, “Healthy Minds Across America,” from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in the Lilly Auditorium at IUPUI’s University Library.

Presenters include Alan F. Breier, MD, professor of psychiatry, on “New Treatment Research in Schizophrenia”; Amit Anand, MD, professor of psychiatry, on “Effects of Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers on the Brain's Mood Regulating Circuit”; and Christopher J. McDougle, chair of the IUSM Department of Psychiatry and Albert E. Sterne Professor of Psychiatry, on “Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism.” A question and answer session will follow each presentation.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to ensure seating.

To sign up, call 877-460-2003 or visit www.narsad.org/hmaa.

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Arrow Department of Public Health information session

The IUSM Department of Public Health will hold an information session for faculty, staff and students from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 in the Department of Public Health Office, room 220, 714 N. Senate Ave. The event will provide an overview of the MPH Program, the graduate certificate in public health, the doctorate in epidemiology and the Office of Public Health Practice.

Free parking is available in the two lots north of the building. Enter the building on the canal level.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leah Jansen at lwissel@iupui.edu or 278-0765.
Visit the website at www.pbhealth.iupui.edu.

The information session also will be made available online at breeze.iu.edu/mphinfosession.

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Arrow Day of Remembrance

The annual “Day of Remembrance” event honoring members of the IUPUI family who’ve passed away during the previous year will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 3 in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 420.

Those remembered include current students, former students, graduates, faculty and staff at IUPUI or the IU Medical Center. The event is sponsored by the Division of Student Life.

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Arrow Cancer Research Day

The IU Simon Cancer Center’s Cancer Research Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 in Walther Hall (R3).

This year's event includes a Pancreatic Cancer Symposium from 9 to 11 a.m., and from 3 to 4 p.m. James Abbruzzese, MD, of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will deliver the keynote address, "New Targets for the Systemic Therapy of Pancreatic Cancer.”

For more information, visit www.cancer.iu.edu/education/canc_research_day/index.php.

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Arrow Ophthalmologist lecture

Jayakrishna Ambati, MD, will speak on “Early detection and treatment of choroidal neovascularization” at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13 in Walther Hall (R3), room 203. The lecture is hosted by the Glick Eye Institute.

Dr. Ambati, professor and vice chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Kentucky, recently received the Cogan Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and his research has been hailed as a “signaling breakthrough of the year” by Science Magazine in 2007.

His research focuses on finding therapies to prevent and reverse the causes of irreversible blindness, such as age-related macular degeneration.

To learn more, go to www.mc.uky.edu/angiogenesis.

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Arrow Scholarship benefit planned to assist nursing students

The 20th Annual Nursing 2000 scholarship benefit to assist nursing students is scheduled for Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

Delivering the evening's keynote address is Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, Distinguished Professor and dean emerita of nursing.

Since its inception, Nursing 2000 has raised $915,252 in scholarships benefiting 761 undergraduate and graduate nursing students. The goal is to reach $1,000,000 in cumulative proceeds by the year’s end. All proceeds are awarded equally to schools of nursing at IU, Ivy Tech Community College, Marian University and the University of Indianapolis.

Reservations are $75 per person or $110 per patron. For more information or to make a reservation, call 317-574-1325 or email info@nursing2000inc.org.

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Arrow Disney Institute to present program for health care professionals

Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Healthcare Professionals, a one-day event, will be Monday, May 17.

Every hospital, clinic, group medical practice, dental practice, or freestanding medical care provider has the opportunity to distinguish themselves through the delivery of quality services. The workshop will demonstrate the importance of attention to detail in everything Disney does—from training its cast members (employees) to treating every guest (patient) as a VIP.

This program is designed to help healthcare professionals improve their organization’s quality service by immersing themselves in the successful Disney model.

Use the IUPUI promotional code IUPSFNEJ to receive $50 off per guest when registering. Additional group discounts are available. For more information and to register, visit www.KeysIndianapolis.com.

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Arrow Indiana Clinic Town Hall

Executives from the Indiana Clinic will hold a town hall meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) auditorium. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

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Arrow Economy focus of Mental Health Symposium

Mental Health America of Indiana and the IU Department of Psychiatry will present its 13th annual Mental Health Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 4 in the Grand Hall and Conference Center at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Union Station.

The event will open with a welcome from Stephen C. McCaffrey, JD, president of MHAI. Nancy Molitor, PhD, will present a noon keynote entitled, “Recession Depression,” followed by an address from Chris Burd, widow of Richard Burd of the Burd Ford Dealership in Lawrence, who lost her husband to suicide spurred by economic downturn in November.

Other presenters are Alan Schmetzer, MD, on "Effects of the Economic Downturn on Mental Health Care in Indiana," Jeffrey Kellams, MD, on "Mental Health Care Issues in the Public Sector,” and Aimee Mayeda, MD, "Mental Health Issues in the Veteran Population.”

For more information, visit www.mhai.net or contact Tiffany D. Peek at tpeek@mhai.net. Or click here to register online.

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Arrow IU-SOC showcase luncheon

The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IU-SOC) will host a showcase luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5 at Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St., Indianapolis.

Supported by IUSM and Clarian, the two-year-old clinic provides free medical care to approximately 500 underserved and uninsured patients on the near-eastside of Indianapolis. IU-SOC is run by students from the IU schools of medicine, dentistry and social work as well as Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The luncheon will seek to increase awareness about the clinic and its opportunities, strengthen the partnership between IU-SOC and the Indianapolis medical community, provide physicians the opportunity to experience IU-SOC first-hand and to learn about its developing aspirations, and recruit physicians to volunteer at the clinic on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. IUSM alumni and IUSM-affiliated physicians are encouraged to attend.

To RSPV, email promotions@iu-soc.org. For more on IUSOC, go to www.iu-soc.org.

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Arrow Curricular change brown bag series

Members of the IUSM community are invited to discuss their goals and visions for the IUSM curriculum at a series of brown bag meetings co-sponsored by the curriculum council steering committee, faculty steering council, medical student council, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the Offices of Medical Education and Curricular Affairs and Medical Student Affairs.

Brown bag sessions are held on the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B11, and on Video Bridge 116. Meetings are also scheduled to stream live online. The session on May 3 will focus on the newly released draft of the guiding principles for curricular change.

For more information, visit meca.iusm.iu.edu/integratedcurriculum.

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Arrow Pregnancy conference

The Indiana University Center for Pharmacogenetics and Therapeutics Research in Maternal and Child Health will host a conference Monday and Tuesday, June 7-8, in the University Place Conference Center.

This conference will highlight the expanding field of individualized medicine as it relates to pregnancy and bring together representatives and researchers from academic research centers including the Obstetric Pharmacology Research Units, governmental agencies and industry to discuss the current state of research, barriers and concerns regarding this type of research.

For a complete program, visit pregmed.org/program3.html.

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Faculty Development & News

Arrow Spring Faculty Meeting to be May 25

The IUSM Spring Faculty Meeting is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) auditorium.

The featured speakers will be Maryellen E. Gusic, MD, incoming executive associate dean for educational affairs, IUSM, who will present “From good to great: Seizing the opportunity of curricular change,” and David S. Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs, IUSM, who will present “The State of Research at IUSM.”

To view this meeting via a web stream, visit www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/live_sl.cgi?filename=spring_faculty_meeting. The stream will go live 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

To view this via video conferencing, for a site to participate dial into video bridge 116.

Please view the minutes from the October 13 Fall Faculty Meeting. To find the minutes, go to https://angel.medicine.iu.edu/default.asp.  On the ANGEL main page, find the “Top Stories” section on the left side. There click on “complete details” under the “IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting Minutes - October 13, 2009.”

For additional information, please contact Kelli Diener at kas1@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Updated curricular guiding principles request feedback

The Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) has drafted an updated version of the curricular guiding principles. The committee now requests feedback on the updated version.

It’s anticipated that feedback will be collected, reviewed and collated twice monthly by the CCSC and shared with Maryellen Gusic, MD, incoming executive associate dean for educational affairs, through July 31. A process will then be created to evaluate feedback and update the guiding principles as necessary so that a final draft representing a consensus of the IUSM community can be shared with Dr. Gusic by September 1.

For more information, visit meca.iusm.iu.edu/integratedcurriculum.

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Arrow Problem solving competency team members sought

The Problem Solving Competency Team is looking for faculty and students interested in getting more involved in undergraduate medical education and who have an interest in the area of problem solving. Team activities include development of curricular content as well as development and implementation of problem solving assessments statewide.

For more information, visit meca.iusm.iu.edu/body.cfm?id=88 or contact Butch Humbert at ahumbert@iupui.edu

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Grants & Funding

Arrow Grant writers available for proposal development

IUPUI has hired three project directors (grant writers) to assist with proposal development for large grants—to fund major projects requesting a minimum of $1 million per year in direct costs and preferably for three to five years of funding.

The application form can be accessed here. Please complete the application form and submit it to the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research by email to Ann Kratz at akratz@iupui.edu. The application will be reviewed and the submitter notified of the decision to provide proposal development support.

Preference will be given to grant proposals that meet at least three of the following criteria:

  • Multidisciplinary
  • $1 million or more direct costs grant budget
  • Part of a concrete plan to attract extensive future funding
  • High level of innovation which will significantly impact the field
  • Prestigious funding program which will bring considerable distinction to campus
Services available may include:
  • Interpret and evaluate complex data on funding agencies, their goals, programs, and funding capabilities
  • Educate the project team on specific requirements of individual opportunities, program priorities, and competition limitations
  • Actively participate in proposal development meetings of the project team 
  • Establish timeline and process for proposal development 
  • Coordinate assignments and track specific sections for development by team members  
  • Collect technical sections of the proposal, write non-technical sections, and prepare transition materials
  • Identify proposal sections to be strengthened by external expertise (e.g., statistical design, undergraduate student research opportunities, economic impact, assessment)
  • Interface with project and proposal coordinators at collaborating institutions
  • Organize requests for internal and external support letters, identify needed technical services, and arrange peer review
  • Collaborate with Office of Research Administration to ensure on-time submission
Questions or for more information: research.iupui.edu/proposal.html.

 

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Arrow IUSM internal grants applications due May 3

The application deadline for both the Biomedical Research Grants and Research Enhancement Grants is 5 p.m. Monday, May 3.

Application forms and further information can be found at operations.medicine.iu.edu/body.cfm?id=9&oTopID=42.

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Arrow Parkinson’s research funding opportunities

The following are submission deadlines for open funding programs from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider the specific goals of each funding program before submitting a proposal:

  • Validation of Novel Targets: Funding from Target Validation (an Edmond J. Safra Core Program for PD Research) supports work demonstrating whether modulation of a novel biological target has impact in a PD-relevant animal model—an essential early step to the development of potential targeted therapies. Deadline: June 1, 2010.
  • Developing Therapeutic Approaches: Funding from Therapeutics Development Initiative supports and stimulates preclinical PD research at for-profit institutions, specifically focused on developing or testing novel therapeutic approaches or drug delivery strategies for treatment or prevention of PD. Deadline: June 1, 2010.
  • Testing of Novel Hypotheses: Funding from our Rapid Response Innovation Awards (an Edmond J. Safra Core Program for PD Research) quickly supports high-risk, high-reward projects with little to no existing preliminary data, but potential to significantly impact our understanding or treatment of PD. No Deadline: Applications may apply any time and get a funding decision within six weeks.

For further details or information on future funding opportunities, visit www.michaeljfox.org.

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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

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Opportunities

Arrow 2010 AAMC Awards

The Association of American Medical Colleges is accepting nominations for its annual awards competitions.

The awards include the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Serve to Medical Education, the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, the Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences, the David E. Rogers Award, the Herbert W. Nickens Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award and the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service.

For additional information, visit www.aamc.org/about/awards/start.htm.

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News to Use

Arrow Food Service summer hours

Summer hours of operation for IUPUI Food Service go into effect on May 9 and are available now at food.iupui.edu/hours-of-operation.

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Arrow Summer yoga registration

Summer yoga class registration has begun. Classes start Wednesday, May 12. Participants may attend from 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the IUPUI Campus Center or on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Union Building, room 130.

The cost is the semester recreation fee of $61 for staff and faculty, or $27 for students.

To register for the summer session, go to www.hra.iupui.edu/WorkLife and look under “News and Upcoming Events.”

Yoga classes are offered throughout the year and are sponsored by HRA Work/Life, Intramural and Recreational Sports and the Student Wellness Coalition.

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Arrow West Drive is now Riley Hospital Drive

West Drive no longer exists on the IUPUI campus. It now is Riley Hospital Drive. The change became official earlier this month.

The U.S. Post Office no longer will deliver mail and packages carrying the former street address and name.

New postal addresses for the buildings on that street are:

    Simon Family Tower, 705 Riley Hospital Drive
    Simon Family Tower Parking Garage, 805 Riley Hospital Drive
    Riley Research, 699 Riley Hospital Drive
    Riley Outpatient Center Parking Garage, 575 Riley Hospital Drive

Riley Hospital and the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center will continue to use 702 Barnhill Drive as the main address.

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Arrow Sign petition and support federal funding for research

ResearchMeansHope.org has launched an online petition urging the U.S. Presidential Administration and Congress to make funding for research one of the nation’s top priorities. As Congress and the administration consider the upcoming 2011 and 2012 budgets, it is important to keep the need for increased, sustained funding for NIH at the top of policymakers’ minds.

ResearchMeansHope.org is a coalition of concerned patients and the physicians and researchers of America's medical schools, teaching hospitals, universities, research companies and organizations.

Petition signers will be asked to provide their name, email address and zip code, and will have the option to receive future emails on other ResearchMeansHope.org news and activities.  No information will be shared with any other organizations.

To sign the petition supporting research, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/rmh.

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Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

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

This program will be devoted to the story of Henrietta Lacks, which combines science history along with race politics and bioethics.

Sound Medicine bioethicist Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will be joined by Rebecca Skloot, author of the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, to discuss the life of an African-American woman whose cells were taken without permission in the 1950s and cultured for testing. These cells have continued to be grown and used for research worldwide.

This week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup” will explore 3D cell cultures with Tom Killian, PhD, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at www.soundmedicine.iu.edu.

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.

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Arrow Impact IUPUI chair letter to IUSM

Dear fellow members of the IU School of Medicine Family:

Dean Brater always says he likes to view our School as his second "family," and I certainly agree—I see IUSM in much the same way. In like manner, we could say that our "extended family" consists of all the other schools of IUPUI. As the years pass, we seem to be more and more linked through such things as collaborative research, educational development offerings, and campus governance—both through the Staff Council and the Faculty Council. So I want to bring an important issue to your attention that affects both our medical school family and this extended family.

This year's Impact IUPUI Campus Campaign is in danger of coming to a close at the end of this month without reaching its goal for the first time in many years. There are multiple reasons, probably beginning with the fact that it's been a tough year economically for all of us. But Impact IUPUI is a mechanism we can use to actually help ourselves—we can donate to our own departments and sections, if we so desire, and get an IU Foundation state income tax credit, as well as the usual federal income tax donation deduction. Or, if you have a second love beyond our own School, IUPUI probably has a Foundation Account that will fit. I've given to the Herron School of Art for many years, as an example, as well as to my own Department and to the School's Kenya Program—all through Impact IUPUI or its predecessor, the "Campus Campaign."

I urge you to consider a last-minute donation. Perhaps you cannot give as much as last year, or as much as you'd like—I couldn't this year. But I still made a contribution to an account that meant a lot to me.  There are so many of us who work within the School of Medicine, and together we do make a difference—and an impact. Thanks for what you do each and every day for the School and for the people of Indiana—and thanks for considering the message within this e-mail.

Best wishes!

Alan

Alan D. Schmetzer, M.D.
Professor, Vice-Chair for Education & Residency Training Director
Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine and Chair, Impact IUPUI Steering Committee

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Kudos

Arrow Gaffney and Kreisle receive Faculty Teaching Awards

The 2010 IUSM Faculty Teaching Awards will be presented to Margaret M. Gaffney, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, and Regina A. Kreisle, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at IUSM-Lafayette and IUSM-Evansville, during the Spring Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, May 25.

The purpose of this award is to highlight the importance of teaching within the School as well as to recognize those who have excelled in this responsibility.

For more information on the Faculty Teaching Awards, visit meca.iusm.iu.edu/fta.

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Arrow Honors

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and professor of microbiology and immunology, will be presented with the American Association of Immunologists Distinguished Service Award at the group’s annual meeting May 7-11 in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Brutkiewicz will be honored for “dedication and exemplary service” to the AAI Minority Affairs Committee.

Jorge Henao-Meija, PhD, is the winner of the Esther L. Kinsely PhD Dissertation Award, which is the highest honor IU awards its graduate students. Dr. Henao currently is a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. His dissertation was “Sam68, Stress Granules, and Translational Control of HIV-1 nef mRNA.” He was a doctoral student under Johnny He, PhD, director of the Center for AIDS Research and a professor of microbiology and immunology.

Dave Ingram, MD, director of neonatal-perinatal medicine, has been elected the 2011-2012 vice president of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). Following his term as vice-president, he will serve as president of SPR from 2012-2013. SPR is the largest international society for the encouragement of young investigators engaged in research to benefit children. Through co-sponsorship with the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, SPR provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and opportunities and for the presentation of innovative pediatric research. SPR also actively supports the development of future pediatric scientists through sponsorship of student research training programs and awards. Dr. Ingram currently serves as a representative on the SPR Council of Pediatric Subspecialties and the PAS Program Planning Committee.

Patrick J. Loehrer, Sr., MD, is the recipient of the 2010 Special Recognition Award for his outstanding contributions to clinical oncology and cancer research and for his dedicated service to the oncology community. He currently serves as associate dean for cancer research and H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology at IUSM and director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. The award will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 46th annual meeting June 4-8 in Chicago. Dr. Loehrer is a past member of the ASCO Board of Directors who was recognized with an ASCO Statesman Award in 2008 for his service and commitment to the Society.

Dan Meldrum, MD, associate professor of surgery, has been elected president of the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). Established in 1938, SUS is devoted to advancing the art and science of surgery. Harris B. Shumacker, Jr, MD (chair of surgery at IU from 1948-1968) was the first and only IU faculty to serve as president of the SUS (1951). Keith Lillemoe, MD, the current chair of surgery, served as the SUS President in 1997 while on faculty at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Enola Okonkwo has been awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. An IUSM student, Okonkwo has assisted Dr. Natalie Hamrick in the coordination of faith-based cancer support groups for the past three years. She worked with Dr. Hamrick and Dr. Javier Sevilla to adapt the program for the Latino community. Okonkwo also has developed curriculum on “Redefining Beauty” for Girls, Inc. and has volunteered for Dayspring Center for the homeless. Students who are awarded the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion have demonstrated both depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities. Recipients must have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences.

Alan D. Rogol, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, has been elected as a vice-president (Physician-in-Practice) of The Endocrine Society. Founded in 1916, the Society is the world's oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. The Society's membership consists of over 14,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 80 countries.

William Tierney, MD, is the recipient of the Robert J. Glaser Award, the highest award presented by the Society of General Internal Medicine. The award, presented at the SIGM’s 33rd annual meeting, recognizes “outstanding contributions in education and/or research in generalism.” Dr. Tierney, a Chancellor’s Professor, is the Joseph H. Mamlin Professor of Medicine, a senior research scientist at Regenstrief Institute and director of research for the Indiana-Kenya Program.

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Around Town

Arrow Reading rooms dedication ceremony

New reading rooms at six Indianapolis-area schools made possible with support from IUSM, the Ben Carson Reading Project and the Indianapolis Colts will open during a dedication ceremony from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3 in the library of Louis B. Russell, Jr. Elementary School at 3445 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN.

The ceremony’s program will feature remarks by officials from IUSM, the Indianapolis Public Schools, the Mayor’s office, the Indianapolis Colts and Candy Carson, co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund. The ceremony will conclude with a live-feed, interactive broadcast with Dr. Ben Carson, department head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Carson will also respond via videoconference to questions from students at each of the new reading room locations.

A ribbon cutting will immediately follow, and guests will be given guided tours of the new facility.

Area schools participating in these ceremonies include: Louis B. Russell, Jr. School 48, F.W. Parker Montessori School 56, Wendell Phillips School 63, Christel House Academy, Pleasant Run Elementary and Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence.

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 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at cme.medicine.iu.edu. 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.

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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 (medicine.iu.edu) – 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 medschl@iupui.edu.

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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: medicine.iu.edu/medtv. Questions? Phone 274-7722.

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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 kas1@iupui.edu.

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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 scopemed@iupui.edu
  • 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.

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