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October 15, 2010
Volume 14 Number 41 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Above the Fold

Arrow Brater named vice president for university clinical affairs

D. Craig Brater, MD, IUSM dean, has been named to the newly created additional position of vice president for university clinical affairs.

In this role, Dr. Brater will chair the University Clinical Affairs Cabinet, which consists of the deans or heads of the university's main clinical units, including the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, optometry and health and rehabilitation sciences. He will also be responsible for ensuring that all of IU's clinical activities are coordinated with its key clinical partners, including Clarian Health, the Wishard Health System and the Roudebush VA Medical Center.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Overhage elected to Institute of Medicine

J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, a national leader in the development and implementation of electronic medical records and health information exchange, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Overage, director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, director of the Biomedical Informatics Program for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Sam Regenstrief Professor of Medicine, is a national leader in the development and implementation of electronic medical records and health information exchange. He been a leader in the expansion the Regenstrief Medical Record System, the creation of the Indiana Network for Patient Care, and founder of the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

"Marc Overhage is the national leader in health information exchange, which will allow health care providers to get the most value from the electronic medical record systems now being implemented nationally in many hospitals and doctors' offices," said William Tierney, MD, president of the Regenstrief Institute and associate dean for health care effectiveness research at IUSM.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Levine to present Beering Award lecture

Arnold Levine, PhD, will deliver the Beering Award lecture, entitled "The Evolution of the P53 Family of Genes: One Billion Years of Fidelity," at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Emerson Hall auditorium. This is a CME eligible event.

In addition, Dr. Levine will present a lecture to the graduate, first- and second-year medical students at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Emerson Hall auditorium and participate in a "Postdoc Coffee and Conversation" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room 122C & D. All postdocs are invited to this casual conversation with Dr. Levine about his award-winning research contributions and career in science. To RSVP, go to

Dr. Levine, the Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences, in Princeton, NJ, is the recipient of the 2010 Steven C. Beering Award. The Oct. 27 lecture will be streamed online at the IUSM Mediasite.


Arrow Miles for Myeloma wraps up successfully

Rafat Abonour, MD, associate dean for clinical research and associate professor of medicine, pathology and laboratory medicine, and about 20 other bicyclists crossed a finish line on the IUPUI campus Saturday, Oct. 9, ending the sixth Miles for Myeloma tour after covering 234 miles in 48 hours. Abonour and the others were greeted to the cheers of nearly 300 people – mainly patients and their families – who awaited their arrival.

Thus far, Dr. Abonour's cycling event has raised $220,000 this year. In the past six years, he has raised more than $1.5 million. All of the funds are used by researchers at the IU Simon Cancer Center. To contribute, visit

The IU Simon Cancer Center wishes to thank all the supporters and volunteers who make Miles for Myeloma possible each year.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Call to action for curricular reform participation

Maryellen E. Gusic, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs, seeks participants for curriculum reform at IUSM. All faculty, staff and students interested in enhancing the quality of the educational experience for IUSM students are invited to participate. For more information from Dr. Gusic on the mission, see her letter to colleagues.


Arrow Tenure clock extension vote, town hall meetings

In the fall of 2010, IUSM tenured and tenure track faculty will be voting to extend the tenure clock from seven to nine years. This vote will take place starting on Monday, Oct. 18. On that date, tenured and tenure track faculty members will receive an email with voting instructions.

In an effort to ensure open dialogue, the school will hold two town hall meetings. These meetings will be moderated by L. Jack Windsor, president of the IUPUI Faculty Council and associate professor of oral biology in the IU School of Dentistry.

Town Hall meeting times and locations are:

  • 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Medical Science Building, room B11 (main site), and the Family Practice Center conference room (Polycom site)
  • Noon Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Daly Hall, room 186 (main site) and Fairbanks Hall, room 5005 (Polycom site)

For more information and resources, visit


Student Showcase

Arrow Stash Bash increases cancer awareness

The Medical Student Council is inviting participants in "Stash Bash," an extension of the Movember movement, which raises money for prostate and testicular cancer through the growth of facial hair.

The event will be from Friday, Oct. 22, to Friday, Nov. 19. Male participants will get their pictures taken every Friday for a website devoted to monitoring hair growth during the month. Prizes will be awarded for best growth, creativity and overall most money collected. The Stash Bash will be held Nov. 19 at Cadillac Ranch, 39 Jackson Place, with proceeds from the tickets going to the Movember movement.

Participants will also raise money by asking sponsors to donate for however many days they commit to grow facial hair. Male and female participates will receive buttons stating, "Stash Bash: Promoting Awareness for Testicular and Prostate Cancer."

Also participating in this event will be the IU schools of law and dentistry. More information on the Movemeber Foundation at

Questions to Jennifer Pasko at


Events & Lectures

Arrow Metastatic breast cancer conference

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network will present "Current Approaches and Emerging Advances in Metastatic Breast Cancer" from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at University Place Conference Center.

This event will be hosted by George Sledge, MD, Ballvé Lantero Professor of Oncology; professor of medicine and pathology and laboratory medicine, and Kathy Miller, MD, Sheila D. Ward Scholar and associate professor of medicine.

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The conference is 9:10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an afternoon lunch session and a reception from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The program is free and open to patients, friends, family members and health care professionals.

Register at


Arrow Chisholm to speak on pharmacology

The IUSM Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group will present a discussion on pharmacology and pharmaceutical companies from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room B26.

The speaker will be Carey Chisholm, MD, professor of emergency medicine and director of the IU-Methodist Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Lunch will be provided.


Arrow Center for Bioethics speaker is health law policy expert

The IU Center for Bioethics will present "Comparative Effectiveness Research: What it Can and Cannot Help with in Priority Setting" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the HITS Building, room 1110.

The speaker will be Norman Daniels, PhD, Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and professor of ethics and population health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Co-Sponsors for the lecture are the Comparative Effectiveness Study Group of the Consortium for Health Policy, Law, and Bioethics, the IUPUI Philosophy Department, and the Indiana Humanities Council.

Questions to Eva Jackson at 278-4034 or


Arrow Lecture will explore global health

James M. Sherry, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Global Health at George Washington University, will present "Space Ethics, the Global Health Bubble, and the Limits of Philanthropy" as the third talk in the Global Health Series from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in Emerson Hall Auditorium, room 304.

Dr. Sherry possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in global health. Prior to joining GWU, he served as director of program development and coordinator at UNAIDS where he established the Children's Vaccine Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He also supervised the re-establishment of basic health care services in postwar Rwanda as the chief of health promotion and senior advisor for program strategy at UNICEF.

This event is free and open to the public. The Global Health Series is sponsored by the Baker-Ort Chair, Global Health Student Interest Group and Medical Humanities—Health Studies Program, IUPUI.

Questions to Rebecca Cervenka at 278-1669 or


Arrow Turner Conference on Faith and Medicine

The Turner Conference on Faith and Medicine will be from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Outpatient Medical Pavilion Conference Center at Ball Memorial Hospital.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, national award-winning religion correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the featured presenter. Hagerty, whose NPR news assignments cover the intersection of faith and politics, law, science and culture, will explore the emerging science of spirituality while asking the question, "Is there any evidence for God?" She also is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Fingerprints of God: In Search of the Science of Spirituality.

This conference is free, and lunch will be provided. To register, call 765-741-1073 or 800-237-9625, or visit


Arrow 2010 Kenya Gala — Oct. 23

The 2010 Kenya Gala Celebration and Reunion will begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott. This event is held once every three years to celebrate the work of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) in western Kenya.

The 2010 Kenya Gala will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the partnership between Indiana University and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Over the past two decades, this partnership has created the most successful program in sub-Saharan Africa to combat HIV/AIDS. AMPATH continues to build on this success by providing primary care, chronic disease management and many other programs that support the overall health of the Kenyan people.

All are welcome to attend to celebrate the program and learn more about AMPATH's work in western Kenya. Participants are asked to register early, as seating is limited.

For more information or to register, visit


Arrow Economist to present on health care costs

Anne Beeson Royalty, PhD, associate professor of economics at IUPUI, will present "Healthcare Costs and Employee Medical Benefits: Quo vadis?" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Faculty Club, University Place Conference Center, second floor, room IP 200.

Dr. Royalty will discuss the growth of health care costs and the value employees put on health benefits versus wage increases. This presentation is part of the 2010-2011 Scholarship at Lunchtime series, an interactive series that provides an opportunity for IUPUI faculty to meet new colleagues and learn about the different types of research initiatives on campus in an informal setting.

Lunch is available prior to the lecture for an additional cost. For more information or to register, visit

Questions to Dominique M. Galli at


Arrow Session to focus on personnel conflicts in laboratories

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development, will present "Dealing With Personnel Problems in the Laboratory" at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Walther Hall (R3), room C203.

Laboratories are not always well-oiled machines. This lecture will cover ways in which problem situations may be identified and handled before they get out of hand. Real personnel issues and how to deal with them – or how they were actually dealt with – will be discussed.

This event is part of the Research Faculty Development Series. To register, visit


Arrow Seminar on culturally sensitive pedagogy

The Multicultural Teaching and Learning Institute will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the IUPUI Campus Center, fourth floor.

This year's event will exploring culturally sensitive pedagogy, including ways in which faculty create an inclusive curriculum and a classroom environment that supports the success of all students.

Keynote speaker David Stinson, associate professor of mathematics education at Georgia State University, will present "Is there a Need (or Space) for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Higher Education?"

Concurrent sessions will address diversity skills employers desire, diversity issues in medical education, student perspectives on inclusivity, and ways to create more LGBT-sensitive courses. There will also be hands-on stations exploring instructional strategies, assessment, classroom dynamics and course content considerations related to inclusive teaching.

This event is sponsored by IUPUI's Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Center for Urban and Multicultural Education.

To register, contact 274-1300 or visit


Arrow Seminar to highlight women in medicine

The Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Seminar will be from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the University Place Conference Center.

The seminar will feature networking, career planning and professional development opportunities, including a keynote presentation entitled "Strategic Priorities: Thriving in Work and Life" by Diana Halpern, PhD, professor of psychology, Claremont McKenna College, and an interview with Maryellen Gusic, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs at IUSM, entitled, "Stepping Stones on the Path to Leadership."

An optional boxed lunch will be available. To register, visit


News to Use

Arrow Healthcare Program information session

All IUPUI faculty and staff are invited to attend an information session on the 2011 Healthcare Program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the University Place Conference Center, room 137.

This session will address questions regarding any benefit changes under the new program. Dan Rives, associate vice president for human resources, also will be present to answer specific questions before the session.

Additional information available at


Arrow IU Geriatrics Conference

The IU Geriatrics Faculty Forum is a new presentation series starting this month as recommended by the Geriatrics Education Committee.


  • To provide an opportunity for IU Geriatrics faculty to update their colleagues on their activities and obtain feedback on ongoing scholarly work in progress
  • To enhance awareness of ongoing scholarly projects within IU Geriatrics to identify areas of potential collaboration between faculty members
  • To motivate and inspire IU Geriatric Medicine fellows by hearing about the career pathways, scholarly work and collaboration of IU Geriatrics faculty


  • Each faculty member in IU Geriatrics will present a 30-minute presentation and discussion during a Faculty Forum session once per academic year.
  • Presentations will occur during the IU Geriatrics Conference time slot on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Two faculty will present during each one-hour IU Geriatrics Faculty Forum session; presenters will identify specific goals for their presentation.
  • Steven Counsell, MD, Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor of Geriatrics, professor of medicine and director of director of IU Geriatrics, will serve as moderator for the session.

For more information, including a complete event schedule for 2010-2011, visit


Arrow Bulk purchase of IUSM ink pens

In order to reduce costs associated with supplies and promotional items, the IUSM Alumni Relations Office is seeking departments and clinics interested in pooling together to purchase a bulk supply of IUSM ink pens.  Pens must be ordered in quantities of 500, and cost will be dependent upon the qualities order (estimated $0.55 - $.65/pen).

Questions and pen orders to Rachel Butler at 274-5060 or


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will offer two perspectives on the Food and Drug Administration's decision to re-evaluate approval of the drug Avastin for treating late-stage breast cancer.

By December of this year, the FDA will make a final decision to approve — or not — the use of Avastin for metastatic, or late-stage, breast cancer. IU Simon Cancer Center physician Kathy Miller, MD, was lead investigator on the original study that added Avastin to the standard chemotherapy regimen. Dr. Miller will explain the predicament the FDA's decision-making process poses for breast cancer patients and their doctors.

IU health care policy specialist Aaron Carroll, MD, will offer a different view of the FDA's re-evaluation of the drug, which is only somewhat effective and extremely expensive.

Any workplace can have disruptive employees, including the operating room. Jack Mitenbuler, a job-coach for physicians, will explain counseling techniques for smoothing the "rough edges" from doctors whose extreme behavior on the job could result in lawsuits, including malpractice suits. 

Wishard Hospital palliative care specialist Greg Gramelspacher, MD, will talk about photos he's taken of some of his patients, people he's had the privilege to help die "a good death." Dr. Gramelspacher directs the Palliative Care Fellowship at IUSM.

Radio producer Anna Boiko-Weyrauch will relate an unusual story told her by her physician-father, Dr. Karl Weyrauch. Her radio essay is called "When a Doctor Meets the Soul."

In this week's Checkup feature, Jeramy Shere finds out why bedbugs have become such a widespread problem. He will chat with entomologist and bed-bug expert Marc Lame, PhD, clinical assistant professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine, as well as other helpful information, is available at

Sound Medicine is produced by IUSM in conjunction with WFYI Public Radio. The show 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 Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching accepting proposals

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting proposals for the 2011 Edward C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching. Online proposal submissions will begin Monday, Nov. 1, and will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 3.

The E.C. Moore Symposium brings the higher education community together to examine teaching excellence and instructional strategies employed in various disciplines to engage learners at all levels. The 2011 program will include 50-minute breakout sessions (including panel and roundtable discussions, lecture-discussion, and interactive workshops) and poster presentations. Proposals that cross disciplines or involve students, residents, or fellows in the presentation are strongly encouraged.

For more information and proposal instructions, visit


Arrow Research coordinator educational grant opportunity

IUPUI campus research coordinators whose departments have not approved payment to attend a Research Coordinator Education Program session on  March 17 and 18 or Sept. 22 and 23 may qualify for an educational grant to pay in full for cost of the course.

This educational grant is being provided by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and is for IUPUI campus research coordinators who have not received financial support for RCEP attendance from their department and are not able to self pay.

Application requirements include two letters of support:

  • A brief letter from the coordinator's principal investigator faculty person. The letter should emphasize the potential impact this program could have on the faculty's clinical trials' performance as well as details as to why funds are not available within the department.
  • A brief letter from the potential candidate stating any further details on the importance of this program for job performance as well as any personal financial difficulties (as applicable).

Letters of support requesting the educational grant must be emailed Marta Sears at The submission deadline for the March session is Friday, March 4. The submission deadline for the September session is Friday, Sept. 9. These letters will be reviewed by the RCEP program facilitators.

For more information, visit



Arrow Honors

David A. Ingram, Jr., MD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will become the third Hugh McK. Landon Chair in Pediatrics, pending approval from the IU trustees. This honor was established by the Riley Children's Foundation in 1993 for a faculty member in the section of neonatal medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Reuben Kapur, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, medical and molecular genetics and microbiology and immunology, will become the third Frieda and Albrecht Kipp Chair in Pediatrics, pending approval from the IU trustees. Dr. Kapur is currently the director of the hematologic malignancies and stem cell biology research group in the Wells Center. This honor was established by the Riley Children's Foundation in 1991 for a faculty member in the field of pediatrics who is in a major leadership role in patient care, teaching and/or research at Riley Hospital.

Alexander B. Niculescu III, MD, PhD, a mood disorders expert and geneticist at IUSM, is one of 52 researchers nationwide across all fields of biomedical sciences to receive a 2010 National Institutes of Health Directors New Innovator Award. Dr. Niculescu, an associate professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience, will receive $1.5 million over 5 years for his research to develop blood tests for mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression. The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants; it is designed to support creative investigators with innovative research.


Around Campus

Arrow IUSM Art Exhibition

The third annual IUSM Art Exhibition "Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression," will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building atrium. A Meet the Artists Reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m.

This year all the health related schools at IU have been invited to participate. Artwork by faculty, staff and students from all campuses of the IU schools of medicine, nursing, health and rehabilitation sciences and dentistry will be featured.

For additional information, visit Questions or to volunteer, contact Kim Harper at 507-2258 or


 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.