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IUSM Scope

May 13, 2011
Volume 15 Number 18 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM to graduate 303 new physicians Saturday

Four years of graduate study will be recognized with doctor of medicine degrees for 303 new physicians who will graduate Saturday from IUSM. Saturday’s commencement will begin at 10 a.m. in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center.

Indiana University Executive Vice President and IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, Ph.D., and D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean and Walter J. Daly Professor at the IU School of Medicine and IU vice president of university clinical affairs, will speak to the new graduates and present diplomas.

With more than 1,300 students enrolled in the four-year program, IUSM is the nation’s second largest public medical school exceeded by the University of Illinois School of Medicine with a total enrollment of 1,426.

Saturday’s graduates will begin residency training in their chosen specialties this summer.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Douglas to lead proton therapy

James Douglas, MD, visiting professor of clinical radiation oncology, has been named medical director of the IU Health Proton Therapy Center (formerly Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute) in Bloomington. He also assumes the newly created role of deputy director of IU Cyclotron Operations, which generates the proton beam used to treat patients at the center. The IU Health Proton Therapy Center is a state-of-the-art center offering proton therapy, a highly precise treatment option for treating benign and cancerous tumors.

For more information, visit


Student Showcase

Arrow Six students named Schweitzer Fellows

Six IUSM students have been named to the inaugural class of the Indiana Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program. Over the next year, these students will join approximately 260 other 2011-2012 Schweitzer Fellows across the country in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the health needs of underserved individuals and communities. The IUSM recipients are:

  • Sarah Dilley: will implement a comprehensive maternal smoking cessation program.
  • Sashana Gordon: will work with area children to create a fun health and fitness resource that includes healthy recipes, access to web links, and fun workout sessions.
  • M. Tyler King and Manisha Patel: will work to promote healthy behaviors by creating an annual 5K/10K-Run/Walk and Health Fair in collaboration with the IUSM Medical Student Council.
  • Casey Robertson: will work with the Starfish Initiative to empower vulnerable youth to pursue careers in the health sciences by providing students with workshops and mentoring related to health professional opportunities.
  • Sangeeta Sakaria: will work to educate Latino adolescents on issues related to nutrition and healthy lifestyles in collaboration with the Pecar Health Center.

Upon completion of their initial year, these six students will become “Schweitzer Fellows for Life,” and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are skilled in, and committed to, addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

Gordon, King, Patel and Sakaria’s plans will all integrate elements of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Kids Countdown, a health promotion initiative based on evidence-based messaging emphasizing healthy nutritional choices and behaviors.

For more information, visit


Arrow Student participate in Helping Habitat

Seven IUSM students will spend their summer break in Pensacola, Florida, from May 9 to 14, to participate in Helping Habitat, a program sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning that includes medical student volunteers who participate in local and national Habitat for Humanity home-building projects.

Participants include first-year medical students Nick Addleman, John Kindler, Kate Goeller, Shama Mehta, Patience Obasaju and James Godzik, and second-year medical student Anna Hollenbeck. In addition to the summer break trip to Florida, OMSL also plans to provide local volunteer opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.

OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, international housing ministry which has built more than 400,000 houses and served over 2 million people around the world since its founding in 1976. H4H is a great way to make a difference in people’s lives, and its commitment to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness is evident by the fact that they complete a house every 16 minutes.

Volunteer events are a great opportunity to get away from the desk, swing a hammer and help people out—all at the same time.For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact chair Nick Addleman, chair of Healing Habitat, at

For more information, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Lecture to focus on personalized health records

Children's Health Services Research will host a presentation by Christian Poellabauer, PhD, associate professor of computer science and engineering, University of Notre Dame, from 11:30 a.m. t0 1 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, legacy boardroom (second floor).

Dr. Poellabauer will present a lecture on “Efforts in building a search engine for personalized health queries and how this is integrated into a personal health record system."

To RSVP, contact Loyce R. Stultz at 278-0552 or


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 addressed at the meeting.

This event will also be available via live online steaming 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 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


Arrow Breast cancer webinar — May 18

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, May 18, with a discussion about radiation therapy in breast cancer treatment by Irene Minor, MD, of 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. For an archieved version will be available at

For more information, visit


Arrow Professional development workshop on arts and healing

The IUSM Alumni Association will present a professional development workshop focused on the role of the arts in healthcare from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

This workshop will feature IU faculty community leaders who are incorporating the arts into healing, including an opening session featuring Jeff Rothenberg, MD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. Additional events include two breakout session and a campus art tour. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Registration is $25 for IUSM Alumni Association members and IUPUI students; $35 for IU affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff) and $45 for non-IU affiliates.

For more information, or to register, visit the IUSM Alumni Association event page.

Questions to Jayme Little at 274-1345 or


Arrow Lecture on Entrepreneurial Medicine

Rodney Perkins, MD, will present a lecture entitled “Entrepreneurial Medicine” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Research 4 (R4) Building, room 101.

Dr. Perkins, clinical professor of surgery at Stanford University, is the recipeient of the 2011 IUSM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. An internationally known otologic surgeon who has founded and developed multiple successful medical device companies, Dr. Perkins will share his journey and enlighten listenders on how creativity can best be used to improve patient care.

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Alumni Association. To register, RSVP to 274-8828 or


Arrow IUSM Day at the Zoo — May 21

The IUSM Alumni Association’s inaugural “Day at the Zoo,” will be Saturday, May 21 at the Indianapolis Zoo. The school’s traditional Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m.

Join alumni and other faculty, staff, house staff and students as they go on safari with D. Craig Brater, dean of IUSM. Family, food and fun and a “roarin’ good time” await. For more information, visit

Questions to Jayme Little at 274-1345 or


Arrow Merritt Lecture on women’s health

The 11th Annual Doris H. Merritt, MD, Lectureship in Women’s Health will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Joseph Walther Auditorium, 908 W. Walnut St., room 203.

Cheryl Taylor, PhD, director of the Office of Research at Southern University and A&M School of Nursing, will present the lecture, “Promising Practices in African-American Women’s Health Care,” with a panel discussion to follow.

This event is presented by the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. For more information, visit

Question to Tina Darling at 948-2264 or


Arrow Guest lecturer to present on concussion research

Barry Willer, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, will present “Mild TBI and Concussion Assessment and Treatment” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Barry Willer is co-founder of the concussion clinic at the University at Buffalo and author of the first return to play after concussion guidelines for the International Olympics, introduced in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics. He will describe his research that suggests that mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and concussion are primarily physiologic in nature, finding with major implications for diagnosis, treatment and return to activity decisions.

This event is presented by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

To RSVP, contact Cyndi Herrera at


Arrow Cancer Research Day

The IU Simon Cancer Center will host a Cancer Research Day Thursday, May 26, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel. Frank McCormick, PhD, associate dean and director of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the keynote address

Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.

For more information, visit


News to Use

Arrow IU releases annual research report

The IU Office of the Vice President for Research has released an annual report highlighting research and creative activity at Indiana University.

The 2010 Annual Report is organized to spotlight a number of prominent strengths at IU, including medical researchers, and aims to inform readers about the wide range of transformative creative and scholarly work going on in all corners of the university.

To view the report, visit


Arrow Sledge to appear in Discovery Channel documentary

George Sledge, MD, Ballvé Lantero Professor of Oncology and professor of medicine and pathology and laboratory medicine, will featured in a Discovery Channel documentary, “Getting Personal: The Shifting Landscape of Cancer Care.”  New research is shedding light on the genetic causes of cancer, as well as the molecular make-up of individual cancers, paving the path for more effective therapies and more personalized “targeted” treatments. The documentary tells the story of this shift in cancer drug development and treatment through the stories of four patients with different forms of the disease. The documentary will air at 8 a.m. EST May 14, May 21, and June 4. Dr. Sledge is a breast cancer oncologist with the IU Simon Cancer Center.


Arrow Graduate Medical Education — temporary relocation

The IUSM Office of Graduate Medical Education has temporarily relocated from suite 224 to suite 207 in Fesler Hall. The relocation will remain in effect until approximately mid-August.

The relocation is required due to required climate control maintenance and suite renovation. All services and contact information will remain unaffected.

Questions to 274-8282.


Arrow T-REX offers ethical consultations

The Translational Research Ethics Consult Service (T-REX) is available to researchers to help clarify and address ethical issues that arise in planning, carrying out and analyzing human subjects research. Areas for possible consults include but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment and informed consent issues
  • Vulnerable, pediatric or impaired research subjects
  • Data sharing with research subjects or a broader community
  • Biobank construction and governance
  • Design and implementation of a Data Safety Monitoring Plan or Board (DSMP/B)

T-REX is offered by the IU Center the Bioethics as a service of the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program, a part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

To request a consult, contact Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, at, or Dr. Eric Meslin, IUCB director, at

For more information, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, experts discuss how dislocated circadian rhythms affect humans’ sleep and overall health. In other stories, find out about direct-pay medical care and how cavities can be contagious. Also, hear another Grace Notes essay from IU oncologist Larry Cripe. Sound Medicine will air on WFYI, 90.1FM, and on many other public radio stations, Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15.

For more information on this episode, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To learn more or listen to past episodes of Sound Medicine, visit


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.

Funding opportunities are organized across several major categories, including science, technology, multidisciplinary, and limited submissions:         



Arrow Fairbanks Institute seeks Request for Proposals for pilot projects

Researchers affiliated with academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for access to DNA and linked clinical data from INbank, a resource created by the Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities for research related to chronic diseases of aging.

Researchers interested in obtaining DNA samples and data from INbank™ for pilot research projects must submit a written proposal of no more than five pages. A separate appendix must also be included containing the C.V. or résumé for each of the key personnel involved in the work.

This is an open-ended invitation. Proposals may be submitted to the Fairbanks Institute at any time; however, the Fairbanks Institute may, at its discretion, withdraw the invitation at any time.

For more information, download the complete submission guidelines. Submit applications electronically to Cynthia Helphingstine, PhD, president and CEO of the Fairbanks Institute, at

Questions to 238-2459 or


Arrow Glick Eye Institute Symposium — abstracts due July 1

The second annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Vision Research Symposium will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, in the Spitzberg Conference Room at the new Glick Eye Institute Building, 1160 W. Michigan St. Following the symposium, the Glick Eye Institute will be dedicated in a formal campus ceremony to include IU President Michael McRobbie at 3 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center.

This year’s symposium will feature the first Marilyn Glick Lecture to be given by Robert N. Weinreb, MD, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and vice chair of ophthalmology, at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Weinreb also is director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center in La Jolla, Calif., and a leading expert on glaucoma.

To submit an abstract by July 1, visit Participants will be notified if their abstract has been selected for presentation or for a poster session by July 15.

To register, visit Questions to 274-7517 or


Arrow Midwestern Conference on Health Games — submit an abstract

IUPUI School of Informatics will present the second annual Midwestern Conference on Health Games Oct. 28 in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex.

Health games use popular gaming consoles, the web and mobile technologies as effective tools in health care and education to encourage healthy behaviors, prevent disease, improve overall care and drive down medical costs.

Abstracts are currently being accepted for presentation. Abstracts may include case studies, scientific research papers, panel discussions, lectures, posters or tutorials focusing on exer-gaming, health education, behavioral or cognitive gaming and much more. Learn full details and submit online at.

To submit an abstract or for more information, visit


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 278-2874 or


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 Honors

Clement McDonald, MD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Regenstrief Professor Emeritus of Medical Informatics, will receive an honorary degree May 15 from Indiana University, the highest honor the university can bestow, during the IUPUI Commencement. Dr. McDonald, who served as professor of medicine at from 1972-2006, is considered the “father” of medical informatics. He will be presented the degree by IU President Michael A. McRobbie.

Mark Seifert, PhD, professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD, assistant dean for Diversity Affairs and associate professor of clinical family medicine, have been named recipients of the 2011 IUSM Faculty Teaching Awards. The awards are given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching and to highlight the importance of teaching within the school. The winners will be presented their awards at Spring Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, May 17. More information at

George Rawls, MD, clinical professor emeritus of surgery, has been named recipient of the 2011 Bepko Community Medallion. This award was created by the IUPUI Senior Academy in 2003 to honor a person who has made a significant and ongoing commitment to strengthen the bonds between IUPUI and the larger community. Dr. Rawls served as assistant dean of student affairs and clinical professor of surgery for five years at IUSM. He is also a past president of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Medical Societies and former delegate to the National Medical Association and American Medical Association. Dr. Rawls was awarded an honorary degree by IU in 2001. All Bepko Medallion recipients are listed on a plaque in the IUPUI Campus Center Senior Academy Room.


Arrow IUSM Alumni Association Awards announced

The IUSM Alumni Association will confer several awards at the Celebrate IUSM Alumni Reception and Awards program at 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Scholars Hall at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel. This year’s recipients are:

  • Joseph Fitzgerald, MD: Dr. Fitzgerald, MD ’65, Residency ’67, professor of clinical pediatrics, will receive the 2011 the Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Award. He is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Riley Hospital for Children.
  • Rodney Perkins, MD: Dr. Perkins, MD ’61, will receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a medical entrepreneur residing in Central California who grew up in Evansville.  Dr. Perkins will present a short program about medical entrepreneurship at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.  Those interested in attending should contact the Alumni Relations office at 274-1345.
  • Bryan Schneider, MD: Dr. Schneider, MD ’99, Residency ’02, Assistant Professor of Medicine and medical and molecular genetics, will receive the 2011 Early Career Achievement Award. He is a medical oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

This award reception will be part of the larger IUSM Alumni Weekend, which takes place over two days, Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.


Arrow Crabb named to NIH Council of Councils

David W. Crabb, MD, chair and John B. Hickam Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been appointed to the to the NIH Council of Councils, which advise the NIH director on cutting edge, trans-NIH priorities and matters related to policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. His nomination was made by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Dr. Crabb was among only 20 members announced on May 11. The Council of Councils is made up of 27 members selected from the NIH Institute and Center (IC) advisory councils and the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory committee to the NIH Office of the Director. Council members bring their knowledge of their individual ICs' missions and operations, not as official representatives, but to provide advice beyond the research agenda of any one IC.

"The wealth of expertise brought by these individuals will enhance the council's ability to achieve its mission by offering a diversity of perspectives and talents,” said DPCPSI Director James M. Anderson, MD, PhD. “Collectively the council will inform our approach to broad research initiatives shared across NIH and not limited to a single IC."

Dr. Crabb’s appointment remains in effect until Oct. 31, 2012. For more information, visit


Around Town

Arrow Woodard Memorial fundraiser — May 13

IUSM's Keith Woodard Memorial Scholarship Fund will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Rick's Cafe and Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis.

The Woodard Scholarship was established in memory of Keith Woodard, MD, an IUSM alum killed in a motorcycle accident in 2008. Dr. Woodward helped people in severe poverty and those hit by disasters around the world. He was part of a tsunami relief team in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and made several trips to Kenya to assist people with limited access to health care.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling (317) 290-9300. Rick’s Café Boatyard will contribute $5 from every $20 admission ticket.

Ticket price includes food, music and drink specials.


Traffic Updates

Arrow Ohio and Blake street closures

As a result of the Sports Garage expansion, Ohio Street south of the Sports Garage is tentatively scheduled to be restricted to one lane between Blake Street and the loading dock of the Natatorium on or after Monday, May 9.

The drive east of the Natatorium between the Natatorium loading dock and University Boulevard (National Institute for Fitness and Sport) is tentatively scheduled to close for five to six weeks on or after Monday, May 9.

Motorists can expect delays entering and exiting the Sports Garage. The detour to the National Institute for Fitness & Sport (NIFS) is University Boulevard from New York Street.


 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.