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IUSM Scope

April 8, 2011
Volume 15 Number 14 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Student Showcase

Faculty Development & News

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding

Around Town

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Gebke to chair family medicine

Kevin B. Gebke, MD, has been named chair of family medicine and OneAmerica Professor of Preventive Health Medicine, pending formal approval by the board of trustees. Dr. Gebke began his new duties April 1.

Dr. Gebke is an associate professor of clinical family medicine and director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and IU Center for Sports Medicine. He joined the Department of Family Medicine in July 2001 as an assistant professor. Since July 2009, he has served as the interim co-chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Gebke is the fourth chair of the Department of Family Medicine since its inception in 1971. He succeeds Douglas McKeag, MD, who served as department chair for 10 years.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow National Autism Awareness Month events

The IU School of Medicine will host several events this April in honor of National Autism Awareness Month.

"Perspectives on Autism," a series of three 15-minute lectures touching on aspects of autism spectrum disorders, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the atrium of the Van Nuys Medical Science Building. Information booths will also be available. Lecture speakers and titles are:
  • 12:00-12:15 p.m.: Kylee Bassett Hope, JD, "People with Autism are People Too"
  • 12:20-12:35 p.m.: Julie Rusyniak, MS, BCBA, "Engaging with the Individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Community
  • 12:40-12:55 p.m.: Craig Erickson, MD, "Autism: Straight Talk About Vaccinations and Alternative Medicine"

"Through My Eyes: Perspectives on Autism," the third annual autism art exhibition, will be held April 14 in conjunction with the lecture series. The art exhibit, also in the Van Nuys Medical Center atrium, will be open for viewing during regular building hours from Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 15, culminating in a reception to meet the artists, all of whom have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The lectures and exhibit are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the IUSM Department of Psychiatry.

Wretches & Jabberers, a documentary by Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg, will take place at noon Saturday, April 23, at AMC Showplace 17, 4325 S. Meridian St. Indiana was selected to screen the documentary by the Autism Society of America in Indianapolis to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month. This event will be sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at IU and the Autism Society of Indiana. Questions to (800) 609-8449 or

"ASD and Community," the first annual autism virtual awareness fair, will be April 25-29. Faculty, staff and students may sign up for any or all of the 13 online presentations. To register, visit This event is sponsored by HANDS in Autism, the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center and IUSM Department of Psychiatry.


Arrow IUSM Orchestra to perform April 10

The IU School of Medicine Orchestra, a musical ensemble featuring students, faculty and friends of the school, will hold a spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the Indiana Historical Society.

The concert will include performances of Nabucco Overture by Giuseppe Verdi, Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by John Williams (arr. Jerry Brubaker) and Voyage for String Orchestra by John Corigliano.

The IUSM Alumni Association will host a reception immediately following the performance. No RSVP is needed for this free concert. For more information, contact the Stephen Kirchhoff, Director of the Office of Medical Service Learning, at 274-8724 or


Student Showcase

Arrow Spring House Calls help those in need

As the winter season draws to a close, warmer weather brings with it more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For nearly 150 IU School of Medicine students, faculty, friends and family members, this includes the 16th annual Spring House Calls service project sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning.

Spring House Calls volunteers provide home and lawn maintenance for elderly, disabled and minority homeowners in two inner-city neighborhoods located just north and west of the IUPUI campus. On Saturday, April 9, volunteers will gather at the Christamore House Family and Community Center to load supplies for planting flowers, mulching, removing weeds, and performing other maintenance tasks. After completing work at around 30 homes during the morning, participants will join the homeowners for lunch at the Christamore House for a final chance to connect and celebrate.

Spring House Calls is the oldest service-learning project of the OMSL. The MS2 project co-chairs are Rob Kinne, Gracie Michels and Sam Corey. For more information, contact Rob Kinne at To sign up as a volunteer, visit

The Office of Medical Service-Learning promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. For more information, visit


Arrow Sixth graders to visit medical school

Sixth graders at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School will participate in a field trip to the IU School of Medicine from 9 to noon Monday, April 11.

About ninety students accompanied by their teachers will participate in structured instructional activities at the medical school, including sessions on Indiana’s medical history, medical technology in medicine, an age-appropriate online investigative exercise in toxicology and exposure to techniques used in a biomedical science laboratory. Students will also be given an opportunity to ask questions to medical students.

This annual event is one of the medical school’s grade educational outreach programs to grades six through 12 at the medical magnet high school. It is made possible by the participation of IUSM students, faculty and librarians, as well as students and teachers at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.


Arrow Postdoc Night Live! — April 19

The next Postdoc Night Live! will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room 122A.

Zhigang Cai, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and the Stark Neuroscience Institute, will present, Modeling Human Uveal Coloboma and Optic Disk Disgenesis in Mice.” A second presenter is being sought. To apply, email Jennifer Williams at

Postdoc Night Live! is a monthly program held on the third Tuesday of the month offering postdocs the opportunity to practice presenting and provide feedback to their peers. Each session features two postdocs delivering presentations and receiving feedback from both postdoc and faculty reviewers. 

 Pizza will be provided. To register, visit


Arrow Post-Doc Panel — April 14

The next Post-Doc Panel, a panel presentation for graduate students considering pursuing a post-doctoral position, will meet from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Walther Hall (R3), room 303-305. A reception will precede the event at 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

This panel is an opportunity to hear from current post-docs, as well as those who recently moved on in their careers from a post-doc positions. It will focus on life after graduate school, finding the right post-doc, the transition to post-doc position from graduate school and life as a post-doc. 

Post-Doc Panel is sponsored by the IUSM Graduate Division and the IU Alumni Association. RSVP by Thursday, April 14, to

Questions to 274-3441.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Call for competency director — search extended

IUSM is accepting applications for a competency director for using science to guide diagnosis, management, therapeutics and prevention. The primary role of the director is to facilitate the teaching, assessment, development and documentation of students’ competence in the competency area.

The director will work closely with course and clerkship directors, faculty from all IUSM campuses, students, other competency directors and the Dean's Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs. Responsibilities include chairing the using science competency team; developing curricula/learning experiences for this competency; reviewing and assigning competency grades; and reviewing competency-related course management materials in the database of competency curriculum to ensure teaching and assessment of the competency. The competency director will also work closely with IUSM educators in the current curriculum reform that is grounded in a commitment to teach and assess the competencies across all four years of medical school.

Candidates must have interest and experience in medical education and/or methods of adult education and have a written commitment from their department chair to protect a minimum of 20 percent FTE for this educational administrative role. The Dean’s Office will provide $20,000 to the competency director’s department/unit annually to help pay for his/her time.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a letter of support from their department chair that specifically addresses the candidate's protected time for the position, to the Dean’s Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs (MECA), EF 200 or

Applications should be received no later than April 25, 2011. Electronic applications are encouraged. Additional information about the competency curriculum can be found at Questions to MECA at 274-4556.


Arrow Associate dean for CME sought

The Dean’s Office of Educational Affairs is seeking a physician to become the new associate dean for continuing medical education. This faculty member should be interested in promoting excellence in physician professional development and effectively translating leading edge research into medical practice through continuing medical education programs.

The associate dean will work to provide lifelong learning opportunities designed to increase knowledge and competence and to enhance the ability of physicians and other health care professionals to improve their performance and/or to improve patient and systems-level outcomes. The position is approximately 25 percent FTE and available beginning in June.

The individual selected for this position must have excellent presentation and administrative skills, be a proven clinical leader and educator, and have a keen interest in performance improvement, medical education, and/or health services research. This position represents a unique opportunity for a colleague who envisions continuing medical education as their area of excellence. 

Qualified applicants should send a CV and letter of interest addressed to search committee chair Peter Nalin, MD, at and to Kelli Diener at by Saturday, April 30. To submit a suggestion for a candidate for this position, contact Dr. Nalin.

For more information, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Medical director to celebrate Hoosier women

Mercy Obeime, MD, medical director at St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center and founder of Mercy Medical Missions-Nigeria, will speak as part of an event to celebrate Hoosier women from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 309.

Also presenting will Michael Maurer, author of 19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women. This event is hosted by the Women's Studies Program, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.

Questions to contact Rachel Davidson at


Arrow Saliva expert to present at Dental Research Day

The 19th annual IU Dental Research Day will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450A-B.

Jeffrey L. Ebersole, PhD, associate dean for research and director of the Center for Oral Health Research at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, and the newly elected president of the American Association for Dental Research, will present a keynote speech entitled “Salivary Biodiagnostics in Oral and Systemic Diseases” from 1:25 to 2 p.m.

This event is open to everyone on campus and will include more than 80 poster presentations and clinical case reports by IU dental students, faculty, and staff; undergraduate IUPUI students and others who have worked on projects with dental faculty.

Questions to


Arrow Seminar on the Content of Hope

The final Medical Humanities-Health Studies seminar of the semester will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 305.

Emily Beckman, DMH, an assistant scholar with MHHS, will present "The Content of Hope," a discussion about the role hope plays for cancer patients. She will discuss the possibility that what a patient hopes for may have a profound effect on discussions regarding the patient's treatment options and quality of life. 

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, see the event flier.

RSVP to Kelly Gascoine at 278-1669 or


Arrow Bosslet to present on medical ethics

Gabe Bosslet, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, will present “Decision-making, the ICU, and DNR Orders: Medical and Ethical Considerations” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn (Main Lodge), Sycamore Room, 5830 North Post Road, Indianapolis.

Lunch and networking will take place prior to the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to noon. This event is presented by the Indiana State Guardianship Association. Registration for this event is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Attendees will be eligible for 1.5 NCG CECs or 1.5 Social Work CEUs. RSVP to Robin Bandy by Monday, April 4, at 630-6254 or


Arrow Grant writing workshop for research faculty

The Research Faculty Development Series will present a grant writing workshop with Anne Marie Weber-Main, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and research medical editor at the University of Minnesota, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

This workshop, which will feature lecture and group exercise components, will provide participants practical rhetorical strategies for describing their research proposal as a short story rather than a novel. It will introduce sentence-, paragraph- and section-level tips for writing concisely without sacrificing core content. The value of reflection and rewriting during proposal preparation will also be discussed.

The workshop will focus predominantly on the NIH R01 proposal format. Excerpts from proposals written in the new format will be used to illustrate key concepts.

To register, visit


Arrow Lilly scientist to present CV workshop

Brian Fahie, PhD, senior director for analytical science research and development at Lilly Research Laboratories, will present a resume writing workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room B26.

“Your Education, Your Resume, Your Brand and Your Dreams: How to leverage what you have done so you can have the impact that you want” will explore what a CV says about you, how to develop a personal “brand,” and how to effectively marketing yourself to accomplish career goals.

This event is presented by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will postdocs, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to attend.   

To RSVP, visit


Arrow Native American health disparities lecture

The Pediatric Grand Rounds Embracing Diversity Series will present “Native American Cultural Awareness and Health Disparities” from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Doug Poe, executive director of the American Indian Center of Indiana, will present. The Embracing Diversity Series explores the influence of diverse belief systems on health care delivery.


Arrow From Surviving to Thriving in Academia

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, executive director of the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development, will deliver “Solo Success: How to Move from Surviving to Thriving in Academia When You’re the Only _____ in Your Department” from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 15, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 409.

This event is sponsored by the IUPUI Black Faculty Staff Council, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs and the IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

To register, visit


Arrow Research Technologies Fair — April 15

University Information Technology Services and the IU Pervasive Technology Unit will co-host a Research Technologies Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the IUPUI Technology Building, second floor student lounge.

This event will provide in-depth information to anyone interested in learning more about the university's research computing systems.

For more information, visit


Arrow Breast Cancer webinar — April 20

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the IU Simon Cancer Center will present the next lecture in their 10-part multi-disciplinary breast health webinar series from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, with a discussion about chemotherapy in breast cancer treatment by Andy Greenspan, MD, an oncologist at the Central Indiana Cancer Centers.

To watch the lecture live, log in at 4 p.m. to Free CME credit is available for the live and archived versions of this lecture. An archived version of the lecture will be posted Thursday, April 21, at

For a complete webinar schedule, visit


Arrow Global health panel and breakfast

A panel discussion entitled “Addressing Disparities in Global Health: Perspectives from Indiana and Beyond” will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at the JW Marriott, White River Ballroom D, 10 South West St.

This event will highlight IU’s innovative approaches to address healthcare disparities across the globe by offering an exchange of cultures and resources. Panelists include Robert Einterz, MD, associate dean for global health, Marcus Schamberger, MD, associate professor for clinical pediatrics, Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD, assistant dean for diversity affairs, Sarah Stelzner, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, and Zao Xu, MD, PhD, professor of anatomy and cell biology. Fran Quigley, JD, of the IU Kenya project will moderate.

This program is free and open to the public and presented by the Student National Medical Association. A light breakfast will be served. To register, visit


Arrow American Delirium Society Conference presenters announced

Speakers have been announced for the inaugural conference of the American Delirium Society, “Advancing Delirium Care through Research,” June 5-7, at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis.

E. Wesley Ely, MD, of Vanderbilt University, will deliver a keynote. Other presenters include Ed Marcantonio, MD, of Harvard University. For a complete program, see the conference program.

This conference will address delirium as a threat to the health and independence of older adults, as well as discuss current and future research and therapy. Early registration for ADS members by Friday, April 15 is $400 or $500 for non-members. Cost after April 15 is $500 for ADS members or $600 for non-members. Discount registration is available to fellows at $200; student registration is $100. ADS membership (one-year; June 2011-July 2012) is $100; student membership is $25.

To register, visit To submit a conference abstract, email by Sunday, May 1.


News to Use

Arrow Respond to Academic Medicine’s Question of the Year

Each January, Steven Kanter, MD, editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine, poses a question in his editorial called the “Question of the Year.” This question serves as a launching point for discussion and debate within the academic medicine community and represents a special opportunity to communicate with the medical school and teaching hospital communities around a topic of prime importance in a creative and imaginative way.

This year’s question addresses the call by a number of leaders in academic medicine for better alignment between medical education and health care needs and may be of interest to faculty, residents and students. It is: “What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?”

For the complete editorial posing this question, as well as application guidelines, visit

Submission deadline is Sunday, May 1.


Arrow Evening of the Arts — bidding extended

It’s not too late to purchase art or make a donation for the 20th Annual Evening of the Arts. This annual student-produced show raises funds for medical clinics that serve the health care needs of the homeless and working poor in the Indianapolis area. The event was held Saturday evening at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School and showcased the performing and visual arts talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.

To ensure everyone has an opportunity to support the work of IUSM students, art from the event will be on display in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building atrium. Atrium on Thursday, April 28. Everyone is encouraged to drop by to place a bid.

A donation can also be made online at Also remember to check back soon for photos of this year's event.


Arrow Discount tickets to Indy Symphony

Discounted tickets are available for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at 8 p.m. April 15 and 16 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are available. IUPUI students, faculty and staff can get $15 tickets by using the code “Jag” when ordering tickets at 639-4300 or

For more information, visit


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend on Sound Medicine, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, a pioneering heart surgeon will explain how chilling a patient’s body allows for more successful surgery. Also, experts will discuss new tools for EMTs; safety for cyclists; concussion training for coaches, and more. Sound Medicine airs on WFYI, 90.1FM, and on many other public radio stations,

Heart surgeons call it “The Big Chill.” It is a novel surgical approach called deep hypothermia circulatory arrest (DHCA). The procedure entails lowering body temperature to a chilly 50 degrees, thus protecting the nervous system and kidneys, so surgeons have more time to make delicate repairs. Cardiothoracic surgeon John Fehrenbacher, MD, PhD, helped develop the technique and is one of the few surgeons in the world to practice it. Dr. Fehrenbacher directs the Cardiovascular Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program at IU Health in Indianapolis.

Patients in the midst of a heart attack are benefiting from two new tools used by emergency medical teams: the ResQ Pod and the ResQ Pump.  IU School of Medicine emergency medicine researcher Michael Olinger, MD, helped field-test the devices, which were found to work better than traditional CPR.  Dr. Olinger, who is professor of clinical emergency medicine and medical director for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and the Indianapolis Fire Department, will explain how the devices work.

An online course titled "Concussion in Sports: What You Need to Know," is offered by the Indianapolis-based National Federation of State High School Associations. It is available free to high school coaches, parents and players. Concussion expert Mick Koester, MD, hosts the course and will discuss it with Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis.  Dr. Koester is chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and director of the Sports Concussion Program at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the University in Oregon.

Sound Medicine’s Steve Bogdewic, M.D., an avid cyclist, will sit down with fellow cyclist and author Daniel Lee to discuss how professional cyclists can avoid the pitfalls of injury and the temptations of doping. Lee’s book, The Belgian Hammer: Forging Young Americans into Professional Cyclists, will be available in May. Also, nutritionist and essayist Alix Litwak will explain why eating slowly is good for your health.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by IU Health, IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.  For more information, or achieved editions of Sound medicine, visit



Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center seeks poster abstracts

The IU Simon Cancer Center is accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day Thursday, May 26.

Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, IU-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between IUSM and the University of Notre Dame, are eligible to participate.

Abstracts should be submitted for basic science, translational/clinical research, population science/epidemiology, or behavioral categories. Individual laboratories may submit multiple abstracts; if space becomes limited, each laboratory will be asked to identify representative posters. Submit abstracts to by Friday, April 15.

Cash awards for best posters by graduate students, post-doctoral/medical fellows, research technicians, and clinical nurses in all three research categories will be selected by a review board.

For more information or an application for, visit


Arrow Spirit of Medicine — request for applications

Spirit and Medicine, an IU Health Values funded reading and discussion program to begin in August, is accepting applications.

The Spirit of Medicine program will include monthly evening meetings to discuss seminal readings and meet with leaders in spirituality and medicine. The program deals not only with the human body but also with the human spirit, and excelling as a physician, which frequently requires knowledge, experience and skill in both domains.

Submit applications by Friday, April 15, to Applications should include contact information, details about educational background and a one-page statement of interest. For complete application details, see the program flyer.

Applications will be reviewed by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, and Emily Beckman, DMH.


Arrow Internal grant deadline May 2

The application deadline for the following IUSM internal grant programs is 5 p.m. Monday, May 2.

  • Biomedical Research Grant
  • Research Enhancement Grant

For more information or an application, visit


Arrow RESPECT Center pilot grants

The Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center has issued a call for pilot proposals to facilitate the development of research focused on improved communication and decision-making for patients facing serious or advanced illness.

This award will fund up to three pilot projects, each worth up to $15,000, starting July 1. Funded proposals will present their work at a statewide conference in spring 2013. For more information, see the complete guidelines.

Proposals are due 5 p.m. Friday, May 20. Questions to Molly Donovan at 278-7749 or


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — March 2011

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during the month of March 2011, excluding commercial projects. Amounts shown are based on the first budget period/year:

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Sunil Badve Frontier Science And Technology Research Fdn., Inc New ECOG Research and Education Foundation's Project entitled, 'Addressing Disparities in Outcomes for Early Stage Breast Cancer by Cancer Subtype and Obesity' 4/5/10 4/4/12 $30,000
Paul G Biondich RTI International New Strengthening HIV Strategic Health Management Information System (HMIS) Activities in the United Republic of Tanzania to Improve Informatics and Data Use within the Health Sector under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 12/1/10 9/29/11 $51,962
Paula Karina Alice Braitstein New York University New Evaluation strategies of lost to follow-up in Western Kenya 9/20/10 8/31/11 $42,158
Randy R Brutkiewicz US Dept Of Defense New Regulation of CD1d Antigen Presentation by Merlin 3/1/11 2/28/13 $105,433
Liang Cheng Purdue University New Development of Prostate Cancer Progression Markers 1/1/11 12/31/11 $4,343
Michael Vasile Chiorean Crohns & Colitis Fdn New CCFA National Visiting IBD Fellow Rotation Program 2010-2011 7/1/10 6/30/11 $4,688
Vincent H Gattone Ii Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation Contin/
Electron Microscopy Core 1/1/11 12/31/11 $60,000
Flora Mcconnell Hammond Carolinas Healthcare System Contin/
TBI Model System Collaborative: TIB Practice-based Evidence 10/1/10 9/30/11 $16,058
Flora Mcconnell Hammond Carolinas Healthcare System New Creating a Structured Interview to Improve the Reliability and Psychometric Integrity of the Disability Rating Scale 1/1/11 12/31/11 $111,191
Raghavendra G Mirmira Juvenile Diabetes Fdn New Deoxyhypusine synthase: a novel target for beta cell protection 10/1/10 9/30/11 $266,000
Harikrishna Nakshatri NIH-NCI New Anthrax Toxin Receptor as a marker and target of breast cancer stem cells 3/17/11 2/29/12 $200,970
Richard Michael Nass Michigan State Univ New Neurotoxic Mechanism of Methylmercury Poisoning 9/24/10 5/31/11 $69,302
John I Nurnberger Jr Univ Of California New Pharmacogenetics of Mood Stabilizer Response in Bipolar Disorder 9/1/10 5/31/11 $126,068
Simon James Rhodes NIH-NICHD New Pituitary Development in a Novel Animal Model of Pediatric Hormone Deficiency 3/1/11 2/29/12 $50,824
Alexander G Robling Purdue University New A Pilot Study: Body Damping and Bone Fracture 7/1/10 6/30/11 $4,000
Marc Brian Rosenman AHRQ New Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections using an Infection Control Network 9/30/10 7/31/11 $478,403
Anantha Shekhar Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation New Adaptation and Implementation of REDCap for the CTSI PDT Program 10/1/10 9/30/11 $60,000
Yang Sun Am Glaucoma Society New Mentoring for Advancement of Physician-Scientists (MAPS) Enabling Award Program 2010 10/1/10 9/30/11 $10,000
Alexia Mary Torke IU Health New The Role of Values, Religion and Spirituality in Surrogate Decision Making for Hospitalized Older Adults 3/1/11 2/29/12 $38,584
Christopher Edward Touloukian V Foundation For Cancer Res New The Use of Gene-modified Lymphoid Progenitor Cells for Treatment of Patients with Metastatic Melanoma 11/1/10 10/31/11 $200,000
Xin Zhang NIH-NEI Contin/
Signaling Mechanisms of Lens Development 3/1/11 2/29/12 $385,000


Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offers weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

OVPR and OVCR provide separate funding updates categorized by the limited submissions, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, technology and multidisciplinary.

Digests are sent on Wednesdays: They include:      


Around Town

Arrow Forensic Science Lecture on Sherlock Holmes

The Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory will present “Sherlock Holmes and the Beginning of Modern Forensic Science” from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Indiana Medical History Museum, 3045 W. Vermont St.

Presenter David Zauner, a practicing forensic scientist and member of the Indianapolis Sherlock Holmes society, will explore the ways in which Arthur Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes, reflect applications of scientific principles to criminal investigations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as review how forensic science has developed from then into the 21st century.

This event is a part of the Forensic Science Lecture Series.


Arrow Register for the Komen Race for the Cure

This year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k walk/run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16, in downtown Indianapolis.

This event celebrates breast cancer survivors and helps raise funds and awareness for Komen of Central Indiana. To participate, visit and join an existing team, start a new one or participate as an individual.

To join the IUPUI team, visit

Questions to 638-CURE (2873).


Arrow Art exhibit to honor Mark Pescovitz

A special opening celebration of A Light in the Middle East: Photographs of Dr. Mark David Pescovitz will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis.

The art exhibit is in memory of and features the photographic works of the late Mark David Pescovitz, MD, vice chairman of research for the Department of Surgery and husband of former Riley Hospital President and CEO Ora Pescovitz, MD. He died in a car accident in Michigan in December 2010.

Pescovitz was a pioneering physician-scientist whose research focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of action of immunosuppressive therapies utilized to treat organ transplant recipients. The 55-year-old transplant surgeon is remembered for taking time with his patients and his passion for clinical research, as well as his commitment to a wide range of community organizations and his love of art and music.


 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, Fesler Hall, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To display your department or office announcement on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines and find our online submission form at

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.