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June 11, 2010
Volume 14 Number 23 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Four appointed to Komen Scientific Advisory Council

Four researchers from the IU Simon Cancer Center (IUSCC) are among 62 top-ranking scientists and clinicians from seven countries selected to serve as inaugural members of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s new Scientific Advisory Council.

The Komen Scientific Advisory Council members, who also are faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine, are:

  • Sunil S. Badve, MBBS, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine.
  • Theresa A. Guise, MD, the Jerry W. and Peggy S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology and professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology.
  • Kathy Miller, MD, associate professor of medicine and Sheila D. Ward Scholar, who was selected as a 2010 Associate SAC Member.
  • Harikrishna Nakshatri, PhD, the Marian J. Morrison Professor of Breast Cancer Research and a professor of surgery, biochemistry and molecular biology.

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) will provide scientific peer review for the breast cancer grants and programs that Komen funds annually and will provide guidance on breast cancer education and public policy to Komen leadership.

For more information, visit


Arrow Sledge named ASCO president

George W. Sledge Jr., MD, a nationally recognized pioneer in the development of novel therapies for breast cancer, has been named president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) at the group’s annual meeting.

He will serve as president of ASCO, the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer, from June 2010 to June 2011.  He was previously president-elect of ASCO.

Dr. Sledge is the Ballvé-Lantero Professor of Oncology and professor of medicine and of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a physician/researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. His research interests include molecular and tumor biology, growth factors, and anti-angiogenic therapy related to breast cancer.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Fall Faculty Meeting rescheduled

The 2010 Fall Faculty Meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, Oct. 19 to Tuesday, Oct. 26. The meeting will still take place from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) auditorium.

This change has been made due to a scheduling conflict.

For more information, contact Kelli Diener at


Events & Lectures

Arrow icePHi to present on automated case detection

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics (icePHi) will present “Automated Case Detection: Assisting Public Health with the Identification of Reportable Conditions” during the group’s monthly work-in-progress from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the HITS Building, Legacy Boardroom, second floor near the top of the stairs.

Topic presenters are Shaun Grannis, MD, assistant professor of family medicine and assistant professor of knowledge informatics, and Rico Merriwether, MBA.

Everyone interested in public health informatics is welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring a beverage; lunch will be provided.


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars offers course design workshop

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer a course design workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5136.

Many of the decisions affecting the success of a course take place well before the first day of class. Careful planning at the course design stage not only makes teaching easier and more enjoyable, it also facilitates students learning.

By focusing on learner goals, teaching activities and assessment of learning, participants develop a template they can use in creating their own courses that integrate these three areas to lead to significant learning.

This workshop meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars curriculum development competency.

To register, visit


Arrow Department of Public Health information session

The IUSM Department of Public Health will offer an information session on their educational programs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in the Department of Public Health office, room 220, 714 N. Senate Ave. (corner of Senate and St. Clair streets).

The session will provide an overview of the MPH Program, the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, the PhD in Epidemiology and the Office of Public Health Practice. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

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 or 278-0765. Or visit the website at

This session will also be available via live web stream at


Arrow Midwestern Regional Pain Interest Group meets June 18-19

The Midwest Regional Pain Interest Group will gather on the IUPUI campus Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, for their annual meeting.

An afternoon poster session and reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 18 at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel and 10 presentations on different areas of pain research are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 19 in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

The plenary speaker, Vania Apkarian, PhD, professor of neurosciences at Northwestern University, will speak on "Specificity and Plasticity of the Brain in Pain” at 11 a.m.

This event is hosted by the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and IUSM Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. The Midwest Pain Interest Group Meeting is an annual meeting of basic scientists, clinicians and their trainees who work in the pain field.

Registration for this event is $50 for faculty and industry and $25 for students, postdoctoral research fellows or staff scientists. On-site registration is available starting at 3 p.m. June 18. If you plan to register on-site, please contact Ted Cummins at

For more information or to register, visit


Arrow Scientific writing workshop

"Scientific Writing from the Reader's Perspective," hosted by George D. Gopen, PhD, professor of practice of rhetoric, Duke University, will be offered as a two-day workshop, Monday, June 21, to Tuesday, June 22, in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

As competition for external funding becomes more challenging, the importance of getting one's scholarly work successfully published is more important than ever. Dr. Gopen's approach is based on a single idea: Learning to write for the reader allows the writer to control what readers learn.

Dr. Gopen has presented this workshop at IUSM for the past three years, and has changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant writing success. Both junior investigators and experienced scholars/mentors will benefit from this program.
Registrants must be able to commit two full days (June 21-June 22) to this workshop, as each session builds upon the previous one.

Registration is available at Participants may also sign up for brief two-to-one consultations on writing style at


Arrow Enhance collaborative learning with Twitter

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer "Using Twitter to Enhance Collaborative Learning," hosted by Kerry Ramsay, professor and coordinator of the postgraduate public relations program at Loyalist College, Ontario, Canada, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in the University Library, room 1125.

Not just a tool for finding out what celebrities eat for breakfast, Twitter has the power to make classroom projects more collaborative, creative and engaging.  Students and faculty can use Twitter to monitor trends in real time, develop professional networks, and increase personal involvement with course material. All it takes is a little basic know-how and some creative ideas.

Ramsay will introduce faculty members to the fundamentals of Twitter and lead participants through an inspiring discussion of the many inventive ways that Twitter can be utilized to improve college teaching and learning.

This workshop meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars Instructional Technology competency.

To register, visit


Arrow Indiana Clinic Town Hall — June 23

An Indiana Clinic Town Hall event will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) Auditorium.

This meeting is for anyone interested in learning more about the Indiana Clinic from its employees and executives. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.


Arrow Health care reform panel

Experts from Indiana University and Central Indiana will explore impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on doctors, patients and everyone involved in health care from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Riverwalk Banquet Center, 6729 Westfield Blvd.

The panel discussion will explore the provision of the new law, answering your questions about how this law.

Panelists include Herbert Cushing, MD, associate dean for medical student affairs and and chief medical officer for Indiana University Hospital, and David Orentlicher, JD, co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health . Eric Wright, PhD, director of the Indiana University Center for Law Policy, will moderate.

Cost: $S for members of the IU Alumni Association, faculty, staff and students; $35 for non-members of the IUAA and includes one year membership in the IUAA.  Continuing Medical Education credits are available for physicians who attend.

This event is sponsored by  the Alumni Associations from the IU Schools of Law-Indianapolis and IUSM. For more information or to register, visit


News to Use

Arrow Health gaming conference calls for abstracts

The Midwestern Conference on Health Games seeks abstracts to be considered for presentation. Abstracts may include case studies, scientific research papers, panel discussions, lectures, posters, demos and tutorials. The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, June 30.

The Midwestern Conference on Health Games will be Friday, Oct. 29, at IUPUI. Organized by the IU School of Informatics, this regional conference was created to bring together top Midwestern researchers and industry professionals for collaboration, interdisciplinary learning and the advancement of health gaming in Indiana and the Midwest.

Successful abstracts may focus on one or more of the proposed topics:

  • Active/Exer-gaming
  • Rehab/Physical therapy (e.g. Wii-hab)
  • Medical training and simulation
  • Cognitive health gaming 
  • Behavioral gaming 
  • Hybrid gaming 
  • Health education games 
  • Health effects of games 
  • Human-computer interaction in health games 
  • Effectiveness of health games 
  • Game design and design theory 

Abstracts must be submitted by June 30 in order to be considered for presentation at the 2010 Midwest Conference on Health Games and the authors of those selected will be notified by Saturday, July 31.

The conference is supported by the Games for Health Project, which is supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

Complete submission and presentation guidelines and criteria are available at


Arrow OB/Gyn Department seeks gently used children’s books

The IUSM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is seeking gently used children’s books to support their plans to begin Centering Pregnancy Groups (CPG) for pregnant women in August.

CPGs will allow groups of women from all walks of life to go through their pregnancy together and offer each other support as they tackle issues facing them such as pregnancy-related diabetes, hypertension and other social issues such as nutrition and raising a healthy baby.  One of the goals of the CPG is to promote literacy and foster mother-child bonding through reading to their children.

Donations of gently used children’s books (up to the age of 6) will be given to expectant mothers in order to encourage them to read to their children, including the one in utero once born as well as other children already in the family.

No donation is too small. Please send all donations to Dr. Mary Pell Abernathy, University Hospital, 550 N. University Blvd., Suite 2440, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


Arrow Discounts for airline travelers

Summer airline travelers are reminded that they can receive discount rates on parking and other airline services for being part of IUPUI. The Indy Park, Ride & Fly program offers $7 per day self-park and $9 per day valet parking.

Indy Park, Ride & Fly offers outstanding, hassle-free service, long-term or short-term parking,  car care services, enhanced self-parking option, free shuttles to the airport and back, 24 hour surveillance, secure, fenced-in lots, complimentary luggage assistance and more. For an even faster experience, sign up for Indy BizXpress.

For more information, visit


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss the cost of primary care, integrative medicine and brain monitoring.

Richard Baron, MD, and internist in Philadelphia, will discuss his recent study that provides a detailed look at why primary care doctors work so hard, and why the current payment system doesn’t work.

Sound Medicine producer Colleen Iudice will look at the use of integrative medicine in cancer treatments and why some doctors are skeptical.

Leisha Osborn, a supervisor and technician at the neurophysiology lab at Methodist Hospital, will explain the program she started which allows for brain monitoring 24 hours a day. This program is the first of its kind in the country.

David Waters, DVM, PhD, professor of oncology at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss his “Old Grey Muzzle Tour,” studying the nation’s oldest pet Rottweilers for clues to healthy aging.

This week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup” will explore laughter exercise with Steve Wilson, founder of the World Laughter Tour.

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 IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.


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 Meslin named to IOM committee on scientific, ethical issues of drug studies

Eric M. Meslin, PhD, associate dean for bioethics and director of the IU Center for Bioethics, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Drug Safety and Post-Marketing Requirements by IOM President Harvey Feinberg.

The Committee has been asked by the FDA to evaluate the scientific and ethical issues involved in conducting studies of the safety of approved drugs.

Questions explored by the committee will include:

  • Ethical and informed consent issues to be considered when designing randomized clinical trials to evaluate potential safety risks
  • Strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to generating evidence about safety, including observational studies, patient registries, meta-analyses, patient-level data meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials
  • The speed, cost and value of studies, as well as which types of follow-up studies are appropriate for investigating signals related to pre-approval or post-marketing.
  • The circumstances in which head-to-head randomized clinical trials for safety should be required
  • The role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in factoring in safety evidence when considering regulatory actions
The Committee is charged with reporting its findings in March 2011. For more information, visit


Arrow Stombaugh appointed vice chair for finance and administration

Deborah L. Stombaugh has been announced as the new vice chair for finance and administration in department of medicine.

Stombaugh will replace Charlie Fox, who retires year. She has over 20 years experience in department and school administration from Purdue University and Indiana University. She is currently chief operating officer for the Indiana University School of Medicine.


Arrow Honors

Ed Bartkus, MD, EMT-P, and Elizabeth Weinstein, MD, both assistant professors of clinical emergency medicine, have been appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Department of Homeland Security’s EMS Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, Bartkus, has been elected to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Board of Directors.

Carey Chisholm, MD, professor of emergency medicine, received the Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award, at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine annual meeting in Phoenix, June 5. This prestigious recognition honors Dr. Chisholm’s career-long contributions to education in emergency medicine.

Marc Mendonca, PhD, has been named editor-in-chief of the Radiation Research Society's Radiation Research, beginning Jan. 1. He will start working with the current editor on July 1. Dr. Mendonca is associate professor of radiation oncology, director of radiation and cancer biology and an associate professor of medical and molecular genetics. His research interests are radiation carcinogenesis, genomic instability, apoptosis and tumor suppressor genes. The Radiation Research Society is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of research on all aspects of radiation properties and effects.

Dan Rusyniak, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been named to the board of directors for the American College of Medical Toxicology.

Lee Wilbur, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been named to the editorial board of directors at Academic Emergency Medicine as a decision editor. Academic Emergency Medicine is the journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.


Around Town

Arrow Riley presents “Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park”

Riley Hospital for Children will co-present WFYI Public Broadcasting’s “Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Military Park at New York and West streets.

At the Riley Hospital tent, children will learn about health care basics by making homemade stethoscopes and conducting stuffed animal checkups. Kids also can participate in a fitness and nutrition obstacle course with their families. Information about the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) will be available.

This is a free family event. For more information, visit


Arrow IUSM Orchestra inaugural performance

The inaugural performance of the IUSM Orchestra will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

This free orchestra concert features 35 of IUSM’s musically talented medical students.

A short coffee and dessert reception will follow the performance. Parking will be available in the lot north of the building off of New York Street or along the street surrounding the building.

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service Learning and the Indiana University School of Medicine Alumni Association.

For more information, contact IUMS Alumni Relations at 274-8828 or email


 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.