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May 7, 2010
Volume 14 Number 18 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Faculty Development & News

Staff News

Clarian News

Events & Lectures

News to Use

Grants & Funding



Traffic Updates

Around Town

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Commencement Saturday for MD, PhD, MPH and MS grads

Saturday's commencement will be a first for Indiana University - the first year that graduate commencement ceremonies are separate from the undergraduate ceremonies.

The program for IUSM graduates will begin at noon Saturday in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center.

Receiving diplomas will be:

• 265 MD graduates

• 35 PhD students

• 6 combined degree students

• 57 MPH students

• 38 MS graduates

IU Executive Vice President and IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, PhD, and D. Craig Brater, MD, dean and Walter J. Daly Professor at IUSM will speak to the new graduates and present diplomas.

Marshals in the processional will be IUSM faculty members Patrick Bankston, PhD; Gordon Coppoc, PhD, DVM; Jodi L. Smith, MD, PhD; and Virginia C. Thurston, PhD.

Assisting with investiture of hoods will be James Brokaw, PhD, MPH; Sherry F. Queener, PhD; William Agbor-Baiyee, PhD; Mark W. Braun, MD; Alexander M. Djuricich, MD; Simon J. Rhodes, PhD; Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD; Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH; and Joanne M. Wojcieszek, MD.

Keeping with tradition, IUSM faculty Thomas Rouse, MD, associate professor of clinical surgery, and Mary Rouse, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, will place the hood on the shoulders of their daughter, Carrie Rouse, who is graduating with the class of 2010.

The Prayer of Maimonides will be led by Herbert E. Cushing, MD, associate dean for Medical Student Affairs, and the IUSM Alumni Association welcome will be presented by Michael Agostino, MD, class of 1989.

Following the formal hooding ceremony, Indiana's newest physicians will repeat in unison the time-honored Physician's Oath.

The 2010 Trustees Teaching Award recipients will be recognized during the event. For a list of the award winners, visit

Addition information about the weekend's commencement ceremonies can be found at


Arrow Clarian changes name to Indiana University Health

Clarian Health has announced it is changing its name to Indiana University Health. The new name is designed to more clearly convey a joint mission of excellence in patient care, education and research. It will officially go into effect in early 2011.

IUSM and Indiana University have been closely aligned with Clarian for more than a decade. However, officials say many patients and referring physicians do not fully understand the affiliation and the value it brings. The renaming of Clarian as Indiana University Health will communicate this important story and facilitate better recognition of the School of Medicine nationally.

The name Indiana University Health emphasizes that the clinical care provided through this system extends across the state of Indiana and beyond. It also reinforces the idea that the system’s hospitals and clinics serve as platforms for educating the next generation of health professionals, and as venues for internationally recognized research that then translates to the most modern patient care. Clarian’s statewide expansion is an additional reason for the need to more broadly represent the mission.

The change is based on research that included interviews and focus groups with 1,400 patients, their family members, referring physicians and Clarian leaders and staff across the state of Indiana. It received the enthusiastic and unanimous approval of the Clarian Health Board of Directors and is whole-heartedly supported by leadership at Indiana University.

Clarian plans to provide staff with in-depth information about the new identity and brand promise later this year.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Glick Eye Institute appoints director of clinical research

Alon Harris, PhD, has been appointed as the first director of clinical research for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Harris, who joined the IU Department of Ophthalmology in 1989, is the Lois Letzter Professor in Ophthalmology and a professor of physiology.

He is recognized as a world leader for his extensive research on ocular blood flow and imaging in glaucoma and other eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Harris’ new duties will be to increase research opportunities and capabilities in the new Glick Eye Institute at the School of Medicine.


Arrow Two radiology faculty get endowed professorships

Two faculty members in the IU Department of Radiology will have new named professorships.

As of May 1, Valerie P. Jackson, MD, is the Eugene C. Klatte Professor of Radiology. Formerly the John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology, she will retain the titles of chair and professor of radiology and imaging sciences.

John C. Lappas, M.D., a professor of radiology and imaging sciences, is now the John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology.

The Klatte Professorship was established in 1991 to honor Dr. Eugene Klatte when he retired as chair of the IU Department of Radiology. His work was at the forefront of an extraordinary era in his chosen field of medicine. Under his guidance, the IU Department of Radiology brought technological advances such as the development of image intensifiers, ultrasound, computerized tomography and positron emission tomography to the university.

The Klatte Professorship is to be held by a faculty member in the IU School of Medicine who focuses on continuing medical education programs, sub-specialty radiology fellowships and other post-residency training.

The Campbell Professorship was established in 1990 by the friends, colleagues and former residents of Dr. Campbell, who, in 1956, became the first full-time chair of the IU Department of Radiology. He joined the IUSM faculty in 1941 and in 1944 established an accredited postgraduate residency program in radiology. Dr. Campbell retired in 1971 but maintained a volunteer faculty appointment for many years.

His endowed chair is to be a faculty member at IUSM who is a prominent participant in the instruction of future radiologists and who recognizes the importance of radiology resident teaching.


Arrow Focus groups on academic medicine

The IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (OFAPD) is holding focus groups on the positive dimensions of life in Academic Medicine. The purpose of this study is to identify and better understand factors that contribute to excitement, meaning and reward in the work done by medical faculty.

Participants only need to attend one of the sessions that corresponds with their academic rank. Breakfast or lunch will be served.

Full Professors: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 17 or 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20
Associate Professors
: 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18 or noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27
Assistant Professors
: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 or 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 25

If you are interested in participating, simply click the link that best matches your academic rank, enter your information and you will be included as a prospective participant.

For more information, email


Arrow Spring Faculty Meeting — 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, who will present “From good to great: Seizing the opportunity of curricular change,” and David S. Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs, who will present “The State of Research at IUSM.”

To view this meeting via a web stream, visit The stream will go live five minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

To view this via video conferencing, dial into video bridge 116.

To view the minutes from the Oct. 13 Fall Faculty Meeting, go to 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


Arrow Promotion and sabbatical application deadlines

Schedule for the submission of recommendations for promotions to be effective July 1, 2011 is as follows:

  • Friday, July 2: Submit tentative list to Dean's Office.
  • Friday, July 9: Formal recommendations (original only), including all documentation, to be submitted to the Dean's Office.

Schedule for requests for sabbatical leaves (applicable to tenure track faculty only) during academic year 2011-12 is as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 8: Tentative list to be submitted to the Dean's Office.
  • Friday, Nov. 5: Formal applications for sabbatical leaves to be submitted to the Dean's Office (original plus three copies).

Forms to be used for promotion recommendations are available on the web at

Sabbatical leave information is available at

Please send all the completed forms for the above faculty actions to the attention of Lynn Wakefield, Fairbanks Hall 5100.


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


Staff News

Arrow Voting begins for 2010-2012 Staff Council elections

Voting has begun for unit representative on the IUPUI Staff Council for 2010-2012. All votes must be cast online; call the Staff Council office at 274-2215 if you require assistance.

Polls are open online until noon May 21.

To cast your vote, visit


Clarian News

Arrow LifeLine helicopter dedication

LifeLine Critical Care Transport will celebrate the purchase of four new aircraft to replace its aging fleet with a dedication at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 on the front lawn of Methodist Hospital. The helicopter will be available for tours following the ceremony.

The dedication will begin with a press conference, featuring remarks from Sam Odle, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Clarian Health; Gordon Wishard, president of the Methodist Health Foundation; and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Stanley Ross, the father of former patient Malcolm Ross, will also speak on behalf of his son, who received lifesaving care from LifeLine and Methodist Hospital in 1993.

LifeLine’s new EC145 will be the only medical aircraft of its kind operated in Indiana. The helicopter offers more cabin space for specialized transports, is quieter, has autopilot controls and is compatible with night-vision goggles.

In the event of rain, the dedication will be held Thursday, May 27.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Nurses Week activities

Clarian Health will celebrate Nurses Week from Thursday, May 6 to Wednesday, May 12. Events and activities are planned to say “thank you” and honor the development of the nursing profession.

May 2-6: Ice cream will be delivered to nursing units at Methodist, IU and Riley hospitals on day and night shifts.

May 6-12: Show your Clarian ID badge as a nurse at a participating Cinnabon bakery to receive a free Cinnabon, compliments of the DAISY Foundation.

May 6-12: Donations will be announced for three nurse-led or nurse-inspired charitable programs at Clarian’s downtown hospitals, based on nominations submitted by Clarian nurses.

May 6: The 2009 and 2010 DAISY Award winners’ recognition luncheon will be held with Linda Q. Everett, executive vice president and chief nurse executive for Clarian Health.

May 12: Celebrate the winner of the 2010 Margaret Martin Award for Excellence in Pediatric Nursing at Riley Hospital.

May 14: Nursing 2000’s 20th Annual Scholarship Benefit Banquet will celebrate nurses and the nursing profession, with proceeds funding Indiana nursing scholarships.

May 15: Nurses Day at the Track (Indianapolis Motor Speedway).


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars offers learning sessions

The Academy of Teaching Scholars is offering learning sessions on instructional strategies and online teaching for faculty in May. They are:

  • “Tricks, Strategies and Ploys to Promote Active Class,” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 305. Presenter Brad Gamer, PhD, assistant dean for teaching and learning at Indiana Wesleyan University, will provide participants east-to-use tools for engaging students, emphasizing the most important things to know and remember and jumpstarting students' enthusiasm for learning.
  • “Armageddon 101: Dealing with Disruptive Students,” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 17 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 307. Presenter Darby Lewes, PhD, professor of English and women's studies at Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will lead an interactive session that explores what makes good classes turn to the “Dark Side,” and how to turn them back again, as well as how to avoid disruptions altogether.
  • “Online Teaching Fundamentals,” from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 in the University Library, room 1110. Participants will see examples of online courses, learn about online course design, consider possible online learning activities, investigate methods for assessing student learning online and learn from a panel of faculty experienced in online teaching.
  • “Online Teaching Topics Medley,” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 20 in the University Library, room 1110. Participants will rotate through a variety of mini-workshops and have an opportunity to explore topics such as presenting content online, online collaboration, promoting real-time interactions and learning activities.
For more information, or to register for any of these events, visit


Arrow Pediatrics Scholars Day — May 12

Pediatric Education will host the 7th annual Pediatrics Scholars Day from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 12 in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) Auditorium. The poster session will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by four platform presentations during the 8 to 9a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds.

The multidisciplinary session will present academic projects conducted by students, residents and fellows, along with faculty mentors from different disciplines in pediatric research. Presentations will range from basic science to clinical and community projects.

The goal of this annual event is to highlight trainee projects, recognize mentor-supported research and encourage future collaborative initiatives in child health. All students, trainees, staff and faculty are welcome to attend.

Questions to June Dailey at 274-4034 or


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


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


Arrow Research Faculty Development Seminar

This semester’s final Research Faculty Development Seminar, "Diversity in Science," will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 17, in Emerson Hall, room 304.

What is different about being "different" in science? How can one participate in programs aimed at enhancing diversity at IUSM at the graduate student, postdoc and faculty levels? The participation of the IUSM associate dean for diversity affairs in this brown bag workshop will provide important views from the School's perspective.

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor, microbiology and immunology, will lead the presentation and invites faculty to attend. These seminars are designed to help research faculty on the tenure-track and scientist ladder, as well as research associates, be successful in the laboratory and as members of the IU School of Medicine.

Register at



Arrow Information session for campus event planners

IUPUI is hosting an information session for staff and students who organize events on campus from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 17 in the University Library, room 1126.

This event will teach university event planners how to navigate the various service providers on campus and provide a better idea of both what the process is and what service providers require in order to perform their duties as well.

For more information, visit


Arrow Inflammatory Bowel Disease educational seminar

The Foundation for Clinical Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) will host a a free educational seminar for IBD patients from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis.

This is a free patient education program for those with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and their families, featuring nationally renowned IBD experts who will speak on and answer questions about managing IBD, its treatment and complications. Free, on-site bone-density scans for IBD patients will also be offered.

Presenters include:

  • Raymond Cross, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine, division of gastroenterology and hepatology, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and chief of the GI Section, VAMHCS, Baltimore
  • Debra J. Helper, MD, associate professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Marian D. Pfefferkorn, PhD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Riley Children’s Hospital

Doors open at 5 p.m. for registration. Parking is free.

To reserve your place now, call 1-866-442-3243 or email Or for more information, visit


Arrow Hammond to speak at Stepping Stones in Leadership Luncheon

Flora Hammond, MD, chair of the IUSM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief of medical affairs at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, is the next speaker in the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon series from 11:45 a. m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 21 in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

The series is intended to create a forum where all faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women. The luncheon is open to all faculty, staff and students, both men and women, and is sponsored by the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and the Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

To register, visit



Arrow Resident, Fellow Career Reception

The 2010 Resident and Fellow Career Reception, sponsored by IUSM and Indiana Clinic Physician Recruitment, will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

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

For information, contact Gloria Robertson at 963-7857 or


News to Use

Arrow Simon Family Tower move-in date announced

Riley Hospital patients will move into the new Simon Family Tower, currently under construction, Jan. 27, 2011.

Dan Fink, president and CEO of Riley, announced the move-in date, adding that some staff and equipment will being entering the building as early as this summer in order to facilitate the official opening.

Construction on the tower was halted February 2009 as one of several financial measures implemented in response to unprecedented economic circumstances. All work was carefully preserved, with some aspects of the implementation continuing so that Riley could be fully prepared to serve patients and families upon the announcement of a new opening date.

Staff members entering the building prior to the official opening include pharmacy, followed closely by MRI this summer.

Other key dates, including special celebration events and activities, will be released over the next several months.


Arrow Farmers' Market at Wishard returns

The Farmers’ Market at Wishard will kick off its third season Tuesday, May 18.

Each Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 7, the perimeter of the Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building (located behind the pathway that leads from the Primary Care Center to the main entrance) will be transformed into a Farmers’ Market with a medley of vendors, local farmers, bakers and beekeepers offering fresh and local produce, fresh baked goods, lavender products, honey products and other market items.

This season, in addition to the cookouts from the cafeteria, there will be a new booth called "Au Bon Wishard" featuring farmers' market chicken salad.

Questions to the Wishard Wellness Line at 630-7374.


Arrow 2010 AAMC Data Book released

The 2010 Association of American Medical Colleges Data Book: Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals by the Numbers is now available.

This annual publication provides current and historical data on U.S. medical institutions, including than 80 tables with information on applicants and students; faculty; medical school revenue; tuition, financial aid and student debt; graduate medical education; biomedical research; and faculty compensation.

To order copies, visit or call 202-828-0416.


Arrow Sign petition and support federal funding for research 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. 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 news and activities.  No information will be shared with any other organizations.

To sign the petition supporting research, visit


Arrow IU diploma frames for sale online

The IU School of Medicine Alumni Association is offering graduate and professional size diploma frames for sale online at Locate diplomas under the “Gifts” section in the left-hand navigation column.

Discounts are available for members of the IU Alumni Association.

For questions or information on discounts, contact Jayme Little in the Alumni Relations office at 317-274-8828 or at


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis.

Jean Molleston, MD, an IUSM professor of pediatrics and Riley Hospital gastroenterologist, will explain how she discovered a genetic disease in the Amish community and where that research is leading.

Gabriel Bosslet, MD, chief fellow of pulmonary, allergy, critical care and occupational medicine at IUSM, will discuss his recent study of doctors and medical students who use social networking and concerns about that use.

Karl Taro Greenfeld, a journalist and author, will discuss growing up as the brother of a severely autistic child.

Don Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project, will explain what support and resources can be provided for siblings of children and adults with special needs.

This week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup” will explore third-hand smoke with Lara Gundel, an indoor environment researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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 sponsored by Wishard Health Services.


Grants & Funding

Arrow New reporting format for federal grantees

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released a new, standardized progress-reporting format for academic scientists and other federal grantees.

The form is a response to a National Academies survey which found that administrative burdens related to various forms consumed 42 percent of staff time at the nation’s research institutions. The new, digital forms have standardized fields which will be used by all federal research agencies, as well as customizable fields to accommodate special assessments. All agencies have been called upon to adopt of the new format in a timely fashion.

For more information, visit


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 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:


Arrow Grants and Awards — April 2010

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during the month (excluding commercial projects). Amount shown is based on the first budget period/year.

PIAgencyTypeProject TitleBeginEndTotal
Gregory Wendell ArlingUniv Of MinnesotaNewNursing Facility Quality Measures in Pay for Performance Model1/1/106/30/10$73,166
Randy R. BrutkiewiczNIH-NIAIDContin/
CDI Molecules & NKT Cells in Host Defense4/1/103/31/11$346,500
Kenneth G. CornettaTexas Agrilife ResearchNewRisk Assessment of Transgenic Livestock Produced Using a Recombinant Lentivirus9/1/098/31/11$138,834
Tatiana M. ForoudChildren'd Hospital Medical Center Of CincinnatiNewGenetic Analysis of Murine Chronic Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension4/1/103/31/11$37,277
Johnny J. HeNIH-NIDANewHIV interaction with drugs of abuse and adult neurogenesis4/1/103/31/11$192,500
Kurt KroenkeWalther Cancer FdnNewBurdette Kunkel Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Patients with Persistent Cancer Related Fatigue3/1/102/28/11$9,224
Edward E. MckeeNIH-NHLBINewMetabolism and toxicity of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors in non-replicating tissues4/20/103/31/11$374,590
Kirstan K. MeldrumNIH-NIDDKNewIL-18 Mediates Obstruction-Induced Renal Injury via TLR4 Signaling4/1/103/31/11$331,100
Raghavendra G. MirmiraNIH-NIDDKNewChromatin Cofactors in Islet Development and Function4/1/103/31/11$392,962
Sharon M. MoeNIH-NIAMSNewBisphosphates in the treatment of chronic kidney disease-mineral bone disease4/1/102/28/11$375,820
Gerry S. OxfordNIH-NIEHSNewRole of TRP Channels in Environmental Irritant-Induced Headache4/1/104/1/10$320,454
Munro PeacockPurdue UniversityNewCalcium Metabolism in Hispanic Adolescents8/1/096/30/10$65,197
Mark D. PescovitzJuvenile Diabetes FdnNewIL-12IL-23 inhibition for prevention and treatment of diabetes in NOD mice4/1/103/31/11$165,000
Irina PetracheNIH-NIDANewMolecular mechanism of alveolar injury caused by cigarette smoke4/1/103/31/11$231,000
Brenda Bradley PoindexterRTI InternationalNewNICHD Cooperative Multicenter Neonatal Research Network4/1/103/31/11$74,865
David James PoseyClarian HealthNewA Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of D-Cycloserine for the Enhancement of Social Skills Training in the Pervasive Developmental Disorders3/15/102/14/14$1,680,000
Michael Stephen SturekNIH-NHLBIContin/
Exercise, diabetes, & coronary smooth muscle ca2+4/15/101/31/11$466,156
Debbie C. ThurmondNIH-NIDDKContin/
Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis by Munc18 Protein4/15/103/31/11$384,158
Michael R. VaskoNIH-NINDSNewAn Intracellular Signaling Switch for Maintaining Peripheral Sensitization4/15/103/31/11$450,635
Dean Allen WisemanNIH-NIDDKNewNitration and S-nitrosylation of exocytotic proteins regulating insulin secretion4/1/103/31/11$92,474
Zao Cheng XuUniv Of California - IrvineNewMechanism of Calcium Channel CaV??2?O1 Protein Mediated Neuropathic Pain2/1/101/31/11$31,807
Qigui YuUniversity Of HawaiiNewRole of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in HIV Cardiovascular Risk7/20/096/30/10$43,200


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 AAMC calls for proposals

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is soliciting proposals for posters, presentations and workshops for “Patients and Populations: Public Health in Medical Education,” a conference to be held Sept. 14 and 15 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The conference will showcase innovative approaches to integrating public health into medical education. The event is made possible through the cooperative agreement between the AAMC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Arrow Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launches new website

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched a new Web site that makes it easier than ever to learn about the career and academic opportunities the Foundation offers for current and aspiring professionals in health and health care. provides information on 16 different scholarship, fellowship and leadership programs within the Foundation’s Human Capital Portfolio. The website presents a single location for information on each of these programs, and how to apply them. Additionally, it showcases the diversity of the RWJF scholars, leaders and fellows whose innovation and hard work are creating positive change in the fields of medical research, nursing, health policy, nonprofit leadership and many others.

Other features include:

  • A filtered search to help visitors identify programs of interest to them
  • Short profiles of scholars, fellows and leaders, detailing their research and community interests
  • Testimonials from scholars, fellows and leaders that describe the personal and professional impact of the programs
  • A listing of Human Capital application deadlines
  • The Leaders’ Link e-newsletter, with the latest news from the portfolio
  • Scholar, fellow, leader and program news
  • The opportunity to submit specific questions about individual programs
Visit the new website at



Arrow Sevilla-Mártir candidate for AAMC humanism award

Javier F. Sevilla-Mártir, MD, assistant dean for diversity affairs and associate professor of clinical family medicine, has been chosen as IUSM’s candidate for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, a nationally recognized award sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Sevilla was nominated for this role as faculty advisory of the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a free student-run clinic that opened two years ago on Indianapolis’ near eastside.

IUSM's Organization of Student Representative (OSR) officers distributed a school-wide survey to collect nominations for this award, and Dr. Sevilla received the most student support. Students sites his positive mentoring skills, involvement in community service, compassion and sensitivity, ethics and his collaboration with students and patients as reasons for his nomination.

The AAMC selection committee will evaluate all the applicants from medical schools around the United States and award notifications should go out in August. The recipient of the award will be honored at an awards dinner and will be invited to speak about the importance of humanism in medicine. The award recipient will also receive a crystal award piece and a grant of $5,000. Another $1,000 will be donated to his school's OSR.

For more information on this award, go to


Arrow Creekpaum named Special Olympics delegate

Stephanie Creekpaum, PsyD, a psychology postdoctoral fellow at the IUSM Department of Pediatrics and  Riley Child Development Center-LEND Program, has been selected as a student delegate for the July 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dr. Creekpaum will participate in educational sessions, present findings from her research at the RCDC-LEND on familial reactions of ambiguous loss when children have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder, and engage in the Special Olympics programming.


Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center Research Day winners

The IU Simon Cancer Center awarded cash prizes to participants for best poster abstracts during its annual Cancer Research Day Wednesday, May 5.

Awards were presented for best posters by graduate students, post-doctoral/medical fellows, research technicians and clinical nurses in three categories: basic science, translational/clinical, and population science/epidemiology. Winners were chosen from among more than 120 posters presenters.

The winners and categories are:

Basic science - Graduate student: William Ranahan (first place), Justin Babcock (second), Reem Malek (third) and Xi Rao and Jennifer Bailey (honorable mention)

Basic science - Post-doctoral/medical fellow: Hitesh Appaiah (first place), Peilin Ma (second), Min Zhang (third) and O.D. Cano and Jiabin Tang (honorable mention)

Transitional/clinical research - Graduate student: Milan Radovich (first place) and Jonathan Hoggatt (second)

Transitional/clinical research - Post-doctoral/medical fellow: Kenneth Berman (first place), Rutika Mehta (second) and Raghuveer Mali (third)

Basic science (population science/epidemiology) - Graduate student/post-doctoral/medical fellow: Esther Smith-Howell (first place)

Basic science, translational/clinical (population science/epidemiology) - Clinical research technician: Kristina Hertzler (first place)

For the complete titles of the winner’s poster presentations, visit


Traffic Updates

Arrow Parking limited near Rotary Building due to construction

A significant number of “A” parking spaces in Lot 12, located west of the Rotary Building, will be moved to other lots on campus in an effort to allow Wishard Hospital construction to move forward.

Spaces will be relocated to Lot 1, immediately north of the Psych Research building and lot 20, just west of the Union Building. Other available options include the IUPUI Indiana Avenue lot, premium parking in a garage or ride-sharing with a co-worker.

To learn more about parking options, visit Or follow IUPUI Parking Services on Twitter and Facebook for parking updates and space availability reports.


Around Town

Arrow Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma

The Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 5 at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park.

Activities for this event include a five-mile timed run, a 5K run/walk, and a one-mile fun walk, with all proceeds going to benefit skin cancer education and melanoma research. Participants are also invited to stay for the “Sunset Faestival,” including live music, Kids’ Zone, refreshments and more.

To register, or for more information, visit


 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.