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April 29, 2011
Volume 15 Number 16 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Neurosciences Research Building construction approved

IU has received authorization from the Indiana State Budget Committee to proceed with construction of the IUSM Neurosciences Research Building. The $45 million project will be located near 16th Street and Senate Avenue near IU Health Methodist Hospital.

The IUSM Neurosciences Research Building will provide laboratory research space for new scientists and expansion space for existing psychiatric and neuroscience research. The Institute of Psychiatric Research will be a primary occupant of the building. A portion of the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute will also relocate to the new building.

The new building will be part of the IU Health Neuroscience Center, an expansive neurosciences hub being built along 16th Street. This neurosciences complex will consist of a six-story, 270,000-square-foot ambulatory care and imaging center, a research building and a 960-stall parking structure. The ambulatory care and imaging center are expected to open in 2012. The research building is set to open in 2013.

IUSM and IU Health plan to invest more than $100 million over five years to fund the project.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Brater to speak at Spring Faculty Meeting

D. Craig Brater, MD, IUSM dean and vice president for university clinical affairs, will be the featured speaker at the IUSM Spring Faculty Meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Brater will present “An Open Dialogue with the Dean on The State of the Indiana University School of Medicine.” IUSM faculty members may submit questions in advance that they would like to be addressed at the meeting.

This event will also be available via live online streaming at To participate via Video Conferencing, dial into Meeting Room 22118.

To submit a question for Dr. Brater, or to request additional information, contact Kelli Diener at


Arrow Faculty vitality survey to begin May 3

IUSM’s biannual vitality survey will be sent to faculty, via email, beginning Tuesday, May 3.  This survey, conducted by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, is designed to measure satisfaction, engagement and productivity among the school’s faculty.

The goal of this survey is to better understand the experience of faculty at IUSM and, ultimately, to enable OFAPD to work to improve the faculty experience. All faculty are highly encouraged to participate.

For more information, visit

Questions to 278-3039.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Associate dean for graduate studies sought

The search to fill the leadership position of associate dean for graduate studies has been opened by David Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs. This position will be part-time (60-70 percent effort). Candidates must be current senior experienced faculty at IUSM.

Qualified applicants can submit a CV and letter of interest to Deb Cowley at To suggest a candidate, also contact

For a complete position description, visit


Arrow Associate dean for CME position open

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 Indianapolis to host deletion syndrome conference

"Behavior and Learning in School-Aged Children with the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome," a conference for families of people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, will take place from Saturday, April 30, to Sunday, May 1, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

The event will bring together experts in genetics, education and motor control to provide up-to-date information on educational and treatment options for people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a little understood condition characterized by physical and developmental abnormalities ranging from cleft palate and immune deficiencies to motor coordination and emotional disabilities. Speakers include Martin Plawecki, MD, PhD, a fellow in the IUSM Department of Psychiatry.

Support is provided by IU, The Dempster Family Foundation and the International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Foundation. Registration is required and childcare will be provided. For more information, visit

Details at


Arrow Presentation to focus on common eye conditions

IU Geriatrics will host a conference presentation by Amy Waddell, MD, assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Wishard Hospital, conference room T2008A/B (second floor across from the cafeteria).

Dr. Waddell will focus her presentation on common conditions of the aging eye. The title of her talk is “Common Eye Conditions and Systemic Associations."

Participants will be introduced to the common clinical presentations, pathogenesis and treatment of these common conditions: vascular occlusions, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy. Ocular and systemic associations will also be reviewed.


Arrow Workshop on avoiding financial mistakes

Join representatives from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network for a presentation on financial security for medical professionals from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Research Building 4 (R4), room 101.

This event is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, the IUSM Division of Diversity Affairs, IUSM Office of Graduate Medical Education and IUSM Alumni Association.

Dinner will be included. RSVP to


Arrow Teaching workshops on critical thinking

Two workshops on “Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Teaching” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, in Fairbanks Hall, room 1110.

These workshops will introduce faculty to the basic components of critical thinking, ways to build those components into curriculum design, and ways to make that design effective. These two integrated sessions are designed to engage all attendees in thinking through course content and teaching goals.

Faculty may sign up for one or both sessions. To register, visit


Arrow Lecture on productive research collaborations

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, will lead a presentation entitled “Finding, Establishing and Maintaining Productive Research Collaborations” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 9, in Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Brutkiewicz, professor of microbiology and immunology and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development, will discuss a myriad of ways to find new collaborators--some in places that many may not originally consider.

To register, visit


Arrow Ethics lecture on transplantation between species

The Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series will present “Xenotransplantation: A Research and Ethics Update” from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday May 11, in Methodist Petticrew Auditorium. A live broadcast of this event will also be available at the IU Simon Cancer Center, room RT101.

Presenters include Joseph Tector, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery; Paul R. Helft, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, and Steven S. Ivy, MD, PhD, senior vice president for values, ethics, social responsibility and pastoral services at IU Health.

Fairbanks Ethics Lectures are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration. Free CME/CE credit will be offered. For more information, visit

Questions to Amy Chamness at 962-1721 or


Arrow Final Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference

The final conference in 2010-2011 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series, "Health Information Technology: Indiana's Role in the Development of a National Model," will be from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

Robert M. Kolodner, MD, executive vice president and chief health informatics officer at Open Health Tools, Inc., will deliver the keynote, “A Person-Centered Learning Health System: Different Than You Imagine.” Dr. Kolodner previously served as the national health information technology coordinator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Registration is $90. Reduced student fees are available. This series is sponsored by the IU Kelley School of Business' Center for the Business of Life Sciences. Assisting as series sponsors are Biocrossroads and Duke Energy.

To register, visit Questions to Kelli Conder at (812) 856-0915 or


Arrow Grant writing for non-native English speakers

Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication will present a workshop on scientific grant proposal writing for non-native English speakers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Riley Outpatient Center conference room.

This workshop will be facilitated by Ulla Connor, PhD, director of the ICIC and professor of English, IUPUI; Ann Kratz, proposal development manager for the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI; and Lauren Harvey, assistant director of training at ICIC. Participants will learn to overcome frequent writing obstacles; understand key linguistic features of clear, persuasive research grant proposals; write compelling grant narratives with appropriate literature citations; and apply effective writing strategies to increase likelihood of future research funding.

Registration is $50 for IU/IUPUI faculty or $75 for others. Lunch included. This event is presented in collaboration with the IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and sponsored by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

For more information, see the program flyer. RSVP by Tuesday, May 10, at


Arrow Workshop to focus on neuropsychology

The IUSM Department of Psychiatry will host a workshop on neuropsychology from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 305.

The practice of psychology in areas that involve extensive collaboration with other disciplines is continuing to grow. The purpose of this program is to provide participants with an overview of one of these areas, neuropsychology. Speakers include Jennifer Katzenstein, PhD, and Elizabeth Begyn, PhD, assistant professors of clinical neurology, and Brenna McDonald, PsyD, MBA, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences and neurology.

Registration is $75. Three CE credits are available. No partial credit will be given for partial attendance. For a complete agenda, visit

Questions to Kellie Hindman at 278-5838 or


Arrow American Cancer Society grant workshop

The IU Simon Cancer Center will host a workshop presented by the American Cancer Society on funding opportunities and strategies for successful proposals from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 17, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203. A working lunch is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in R4, Room 101.

Lunch participants must RSVP by Tuesday, May 10, to For more information, visit


News to Use

Arrow Cancer fundraiser seeks cyclists, runners

All runners and cyclists are invited to join a team from the IU Simon Cancer Center in the Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Saturday, May 14, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.  The team will be led by Rafat Abonour, MD, associate dean for clinical research and professor of medicine and pathology and laboratory medicine, and Theresa Guise, MD, Jerry W. and Peggy S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology and medicine. 

The 100K cycle will begin at 7:30 a.m., the 25K/50K cycle at 8 a.m., the 5K run at 10 a.m. and the 2K family walk at 11 a.m. An ice cream social will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an awards ceremony begins at noon. All IUSM faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome to participate.

Registration fee is $35 for adults, $15 for children under 15 years old and children under 5 years old are free. All proceeds from this event will go to cancer research at IUSCC and the Hoosier Oncology Group (HOG).

For more information, visit To sign up, email Theresa Vernon at


Arrow Travel reimbursement deadline policy updated

After a series of discussions with IU departments, affiliates, tax advisors and payroll, Travel Management Services has received approval on several additional changes to the new Travel Reimbursement Deadline Policy. The policy changes were request after carefully monitoring the original changes enacted in September.

The principle aspects of the policy remain in effect, pursuant to IRS Safe Harbor Guidelines. Travelers must still submit all reimbursement claims, including associated receipts, within 60 days of the trip’s return date. Reimbursements requested after this period will be considered income and will be subject to tax withholding. In extenuating circumstances, traveler/arranger may request a one-time exception by submitting written justification with the reimbursement request. Any requests submitted after 120 days will not be reimbursed, as in the previous policy.

Changes were approved on April 20. To review the updated policy, visit


Arrow Electronic waste recycling available

Faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to access free recycling collection services for items such as computer systems and accessories, phones and handheld devices, audio and video equipment, and office electronics at the third annual Electronic Waste Collection Days.

Recycling services will be available to schools, universities, businesses and non-profit organizations  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13, in the parking lot off 62nd and Rural Streets in Indianapolis, at the Glendale Town Center. General public will be welcome to dispose electronic waste from 9 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. This event will be hosted by the Glendale Town Center, a Kite Realty Property.

For more information, visit and Businesses and other organizations must register in advance at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, host Barbara Lewis will learn why the "cervical cancer vaccine" Gardasil is now recommended for boys and men. Other topics include blood tests that detect early cancers; a profile of renowned cancer researcher George Sledge, MD; and a study that shows exercise improves memory. Also, oncologist Larry Cripe, MD, reads his latest Grace Notes essay. Sound Medicine airs on WFYI, 90.1FM, and on many other public radio stations, this weekend, Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.

For nearly five years, public health officials have encouraged women and girls to be vaccinated with Gardasil to prevent the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause cervical and other cancers. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics added the HPV vaccine to its list of inoculations recommended for boys. To find out how boys and men benefit from Gardasil, Barbara Lewis will chat with Kelly Kasper, MD, of IUSM and Wishard Hospital, and with Fred Duncan, executive director of Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

A simple blood test soon may be the standard way to detect some cancers in their very early stages. Oncimmune, a company inspired by research at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, has developed blood tests for early stage lung cancer; a blood test for breast cancer will soon be available. John Robertson, MD, founder of Oncimmune and professor of surgery at the University of Nottingham, will explain how blood tests can recognize cancer before a CT scan.

IUSM physician and researcher George Sledge, MD, soon will finish his year as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Sound Medicine will learn more about Dr. Sledge’s career and his assessment of the past 20 years in cancer research. He will join Barbara Lewis to discuss his roles in the development of two important cancer drugs: Taxol and Avastin. He also will explain his current goal: improving patient-doctor communication. Dr. Sledge is co-director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Here’s one more reason to lace up the sneakers and go for a walk: new research indicates that moderate exercise can actually increase the size of the hippocampus – the brain region linked to memory. Kirk Erickson, Ph,D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, led the study. Dr. Erickson will meet with Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, M.D., to provide details about his paper, which was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Finally this week, IU oncologist and essayist Larry Cripe, MD, will explain why it is so important for him to write about death and dying. Dr. Cripe is medical director for the palliative care program at IU Hospital in Indianapolis.

For more information about Sound Medicine, or to listen to achieved editions, visit

Sound Medicine is underwritten by IU Health, IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. Reports on primary health care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.



Arrow IUSM internal grant applications due May 2

The application deadline for the following IUSM internal grant programs is 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011.

  • Biomedical Research Grant
  • Research Enhancement Grant

For application forms and further information visit:


Arrow RESPECT Center pilot grants — May 20

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


Arrow Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund applications open

The state of Indiana is seeking applications for its 2011 Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund research award program. The overall objective of this program is to foster and encourage research for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery.

Applications to this program are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $60,000 per year, including indirect costs. All applications should be limited to two-year duration. This grant is administered by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

To download an application, visit or (logon required). Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 30. Awards will be announced in July.

Questions to the Indiana CTSI at 274-2874 or


Arrow Nominate a Hulman Health Awardee

The Indiana Public Health Foundation Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2011 Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Awards in the fields of environmental health, geriatrics and gerontology, and preventive medicine and public health.  Nominations for individuals and for business/industry/organizations are encouraged.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 15. Awards will be presented on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the 27th annual Tony and Mary Hulman Achievement Awards Dinner at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.

For additional information or nomination forms, visit and click on “Awards Program.” Questions to (812) 360-2050.


Grants & Funding

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  sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, technology, multidisciplinary and limited submissions.

Digests are sent on Wednesday and Thursday: They include:   



Arrow Honors

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor in radiology, pediatrics, philosophy and philanthropy, has been named the recipient of the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society/Leonard Berlin Medical Professionalism Award. This two-year award supports research and scholarship related to medical ethics, medicolegal principles, patient accountability and sensitivity to patient diversity and carries a stipend of $100,000.

Roberta A. Hibbard, MD, professor of pediatrics, has been awarded the 2011 IUPUI Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. This award recognizes faculty who exemplify high standards of civic engagement, professional service or service learning with documented achievement in peer review, student evaluations or assessments from community organization representatives, as well as scholarly research, publication or presentations that demonstrate professional service to the community and civic engagement. The award will be officially conferred to the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, April 29, at University Place Conference Center auditorium.

Amy K. Ricke, MD, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, has been selected to receive the 2011 Association of Women in Psychiatry Fellowship Award. This award recognizes an outstanding female psychiatry resident with the goal of increasing the exposure of female psychiatric residents to scientific endeavors that will enhance the residents’ understanding and commitment to the advancement of women’s mental health and the exploration of gender related issues and their impact in the lives of men and women. The award will be conferred during the APA Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, in May.

William Tierney, MD, associate dean for clinical effectiveness research, Chancellor's Professor and Sam Regenstrief Professor of Health Services Research, and professor of medicine, has been named winner of the National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science by the Association for Clinical Research Training the American Federation for Medical Research, the Society for Clinical and Translational Science and the Association for Patient-Oriented Research. The award is presented to a senior investigator who has had “national impact by virtue of contributions to clinical and translational science.” It was officially presented Thursday, April 28, at the 2011 Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Tierney also serves as president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute and associate director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Sound Medicine, the national radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM), was recently awarded first place for best radio writing in medicine/science and second place for radio production by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for its December 12, 2010 program on autism. The Sound Medicine radio and on-line production team includes Nora Hiatt, Barbara Lewis West, Jeremy Shere, Chris Lieber, Marti LaChance and Pamela Perry. Co-hosts and contributors are Drs. David Crabb, Kathy Miller, Steve Bogdewic, Eric Meslin, Richard Frankel, and Larry Cripe and Eric Metcalf. With the continued support of the School and its partners at IU Health, IU Health Physicians, IUPUI and Wishard Health Services, the Sound Medicine team looks forward to creating more outstanding programs on medical research, health issues and patient care. To hear to the award-winning episode, visit


Around Campus

Arrow Free skin cancer screenings

The Department of Dermatology will sponsor a free skin cancer screening to all interested persons from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 2. Screenings will be offered at IU Dermatology Clinic, IUPUI Health Services in Coleman Hall and Wishard/Regenstrief Dermatology Clinic.

Appointments are required. To schedule a screening, contact 944-7744. For more information, visit


Traffic Updates

Arrow Michigan Street construction update

Lane closures on Michigan Street west of Barnhill increased to three lanes starting Tuesday, April 26. The lane is expected to return to two lane closures by Monday, May 2.

Michigan Street is expected to be fully open before the third week of May.

Details at


 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.