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May 27, 2011
Volume 15 Number 20 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Inaugural American Delirium Society Conference

The inaugural conference of the American Delirium Society “Advancing Delirium Care through Research,” will be June 5-7, at the Omni Severin Hotel in Indianapolis.

E. Wesley Ely, MD, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, will deliver a keynote at noon Tuesday, June 7. Dr. Ely is associate director of aging research for the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center. Addition conference presenters include Ed Marcantonio, MD, director of research for the division of general medicine and primary care at Harvard University.

The 2011 ADS 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 reserve a room at the Omni Severin Hotel, click here.

For a complete list of presenters, see the conference program. To register, visit

Questions to Roberta Manns at 423-5633 or


Arrow 2011 Reflections — call for submissions

The Creative Art Therapy Student Interest Group requests submissions for the 2011 edition of Reflections, an annual, peer-reviewed collection of creative and inspiring work. Each year, a theme is chosen to focus the journal and guide submissions.

The theme of this year’s edition is “Heart.”  Submission of narratives, essays, poetry, photographs and other forms of printable creative expressions are welcome. Any student, alumnus, faculty member, or staff of the IU school of medicine, nursing, or dentistry may submit their work.

To submit an item, email it along with a submission form to To submit a photo with people in its content, a release form is also required. To request one or both these forms, email Andrew Oehler at The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 30. This year’s edition will be distributed to the class of 2015 at the White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 13.

To view past editions, visit For more information, visit the Creative Art Therapy SIG facebook page.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Surgery chair — open position

IUSM seeks a visionary leader for the position of chair of the Department of Surgery. The IUSM Department of Surgery provides high quality clinical care at seven Indianapolis-area hospitals, with a strong emphasis on education for students, residents and fellows, and fosters research from the bench to bedside.

The successful candidate for this position must be board certified in surgery with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated ability to lead a multi-faceted clinical, research and educational program in a competitive environment.

Salary commensurate with qualifications. Interested candidates should create one PDF file containing the following: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for six references. Send the PDF file by e-mail to using “Chair Department of Surgery” as the subject of the message. The search and screen committee will begin reviewing applications as they are received and applications will be considered until an appointment is made.

IU is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

For more information, visit


Student Showcase

Arrow Clinical tracking system mobile upgrade

IUSM’s clinical encounter tracking system for students (CERTTS) will upgrade to a smartphone-based interface beginning Wednesday, June 1, replacing the older, PDA-based interface.

In anticipation of using this new interface next month, IUSM faculty and house staff who provide clinical instruction for IUSM students are encouraged to view a short instructional presentation about both CERTTS mobile web changes and general expectations for clinical skills assessments at IUSM.

This Adobe Presenter presentation (“CERTTS Preceptor Training 2011-2012”) will be distributed to clinical preceptors in the coming weeks, or download it from one of two locations:


Arrow Human papilloma virus survey

A brief survey about the human papilloma virus vaccine and usage is being conducted by a resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Respondents may register for a random drawing for one of two $50 Barnes and Nobles bookstore gift cards.

This survey will take approximately five minutes. All information provided will remain anonymous.

To take the survey, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Public reception to celebrate Bill Cook

A public celebration of the life and legacy of Bill Cook, founder of Cook Inc., a leading health care device corporation, will be Wednesday, June 1, in the IU Auditorium in Bloomington. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the program following at 6:30 p.m.

The celebration will feature dignitaries who worked closely with Cook and musical performances. Attendees will include Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will award Cook the Sachem award, the top honor the state office can bestow, posthumously.

Parking for this event is available in Jordan garage, located east of the IU Auditorium on Jordan Avenue, as well as the Herman B Wells Library lot north of the auditorium.

Cook was a long-time friend and benefactor of IU and IUSM who died in April this year. For more information, visit


Arrow Environmental health summit — June 6

The IUSM Department of Public Health, the IUPUI Center for Urban Health, and Improving Kids’ Environment will present their third environmental health summit “Air Quality and Public Health,” will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Girish Vitalpur, MD, IUSM assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, and Gabriel Filippelli, PhD, IUPUI professor of earth sciences and director of the Center for Urban Health, will speak. Additional speakers include Janet McCabe, deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Daniel Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute in Boston.

This summit will bring together health experts, environmental professionals and concerned citizens to examine issues affecting Indiana’s  air quality and how proposed solutions will impact the state’s residents and businesses. Indiana’s air quality is improving, but the metro areas around Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and Chicago still have some of the most unhealthly air in the United States, according to the American Lung Association.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch is included. To register, visit

For more information, visit the IU News Center.


Arrow Adult guardianship information session

The Indiana State Guardianship Association 2011 Annual Meeting and Continuing Education Program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Fort Harrison State Park Main Lodge, 5830 N. Post Road, Indianapolis.

ISGA members, other professionals and volunteers interested in adult guardianship issues are invited to attend. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, June 1, with payment made at the door.

To RSVP, contact Robin Bandy, ISGA president, at


Arrow Breast Cancer webinar — June 15

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, June 15, with a discussion about the role of clinical research in breast cancer treatment by Bryan Schneider, MD, assistant professor of medicine and medical and molecular genetics.

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, June 16, at

For a complete webinar schedule, visit


Arrow Presentation on scholarship of teaching

Valerie Dean O'Loughlin, PhD, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and director of undergraduate studies for the medical sciences, will present an online session on “Developing a Publishable Scholarship of Teaching” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.

Dr. O'Loughlin will discuss the ways in which she had used her anatomy classes in developing her own pedagogical research. She will discuss factors to consider in performing this type of research, such as developing a clear research hypothesis, reviewing the background literature, obtaining human subjects approval, determining which methods of assessment may be used and determining the potential benefits for doing such a project.

To register, visit


Arrow Session on teaching in sync with the mind

Linda Nilson, PhD, and Terri Tarr, PhD, will present “The Mind Has a Mind of Its Own: Teaching and Learning That's In Sync with the Mind” from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

Participates will join a national conversation from noon to 1:30 p.m. with Dr. Nilson, director of teaching effectiveness and innovationation at Clemson University, who will share teaching and learning methods and activities that, enhance deep learning, retention, and retrieval according to psychological research on learning and cognition. This discussion will be followed by a face-to-face discussion from 1:30 to 2 p.m. with Dr. Tarr, associate director of the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, who will explore how the ideas for the seminar might best fit into the IUSM curriculum.

This event is a combination teleseminar and face-to-face discussion for the IUSM Academy of Teaching Scholars. Lunch will be served. Due to the interactive nature of this presentation, Polycom will not be available.

To register, visit


News to Use

Arrow Physician Entrepreneur lecture online

A guest lecture on physician entrepreneurship by Rodney Perkins, MD, Friday, May 20 during IUSM Alumni Weekend is available online as a video.

Dr. Perkins, an IUSM alum, shared a lifetime of experience on navigating innovation, collaboration, law, science and medicine with almost 75 people, many of whom where classmates of his from 1961 in town to celebrate their 50th reunion.

With over a dozen corporations and almost two dozen patents to his name, including ReSound and Collagen, Dr. Perkins has demonstrated the importance of developing new ideas to help patients. This presentation was hosted by the IUSM Alumni Association and Department of Otolaryngology.

To watch the video, click here.


Arrow Renew parking permits — deadline July 1

The IUSM community has until July 1 to renew parking permits. Also starting July 1, the H permit will be retired. Current H permit holders will be allowed to renew for a B permit thru June 30. Other parking and transportation options include:

  • Off-Peak Permit: An off-peak permit allows parking on campus between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. for less than B parking. Recommended for afternoon and evening classes or shifts.
  • Car Pool Program: There are nearly 70 existing campus car pools. This option saves money, time and the environment.
  • Jags Express GPS: Jags Express shuttles are now equipped with web-based GPS, enabling riders to track shuttles in real-time. Jags Express provides transportation throughout campus, including pick-ups every 10 minutes from the Indiana Avenue lots and Bush Stadium.

For more information, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This weekend on Sound Medicine, the show reprises Barbara Lewis’s 2010 interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the fascinating story of how, through medical research, one individual’s cell-culture has helped millions of people. Sound Medicine will air on WFYI, 90.1FM, and on many other public radio stations, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29.

Author Rebecca Skloot and Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis will be joined by IU bioethicist Eric Meslin, PhD, who will discuss the current practical implications of Skloot’s work when it comes to medical research and informed consent.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) and underwritten by IU Health, IU Health Physicians, and IUPUI.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.



Arrow Deadline Monday for spinal cord research fund application

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 Cancer training program open to new applicants

Pre-doctoral students are invited to apply to the Cancer Biology Training Program (CBTP), an interdisciplinary training environment supported by the IU Simon Cancer Center for students who wish to pursue a career in cancer research.

The CBTP is designed to enhance the training received in any individual laboratory or department. Trainees are exposed to a broad range of cancer-related research encompassing both basic and clinical aspects of the disease.

Application deadline is Wednesday, June 15. For additional information about the program, visit

Questions to Dr. Hari Nakshatri at 278-2238 or


Arrow RESPECT Center pilot grants available

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.

Questions to Molly Donovan at 278-7749 or


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



Arrow Cancer Research Day winners announced

Award recipients of this year’s IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day were selected Thursday, May 26.

Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, IU-Bloomington and Purdue University presented their current research. Cash awards for best posters were selected by a review board. The 2011 award recipients are:

  •  Basic Science (Graduate Student): Daniel DiRenzo (first place), Xi Rao (second) C.B. Goodwin (third); Honorable Mentions: Yunpeng Bai, Bibek Parajuli and Xi Wu.
  • Basic Science (Post-doc/Medical Fellow): Jing Qi (first place), Anindo Chatterjee (second) and Lin Wang (third); Honorable Mentions: Pratibha Singh and William Alley.
  • Basic Science (Research Techs): Dave Miller (first place) and Jason Myers (second).
  • Translational/Clinical Research (Population Science/Epidemiology, Graduate Student): Milan Radovich (first place); Honorable Mentions: Holly Martin and Jennifer Speth.
  • Translational/Clinical Research (Population Science/Epidemiology, Post-doc/Medical Fellow): Courtney Rowan (first place), Peirong Hu (second) and R.P. Sahu (third); Honorable Mentions: Nazmul Huda and Shanbao Cai.
  • Translational/Clinical Research (Research Techs): Davina Lewis (first place); Honorable Mentions: William Reed and T. Conley.
  • Behavioral Science: Shelley Johns (first place)

The IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of the center.


Arrow IUSM participates in prestigious conference

The IU School of Medicine was one of only nine medical schools selected to participate in the Millennium Conference on Critical Thinking May 19-21 in Wellesley, Mass. This annual event is sponsored by the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School at the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

The conference, which addresses incorporating critical thinking skills into medical school curricula, often contributes to national changes in medical school curricula. Critical thinking skills refer to analytic reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making.

Other medical schools selected to particiapte in the conference were Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Harvard Medical School, Georgia Health Sciences University's Medical College of Georgia, New York University School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Weill Cornell Medical College.


Arrow Schneider to be featured at oncology conference

Bryan Schneider, MD, assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of medical and molecular genetics, will present “Genetic Associations with Taxane-induced Neuropathy by Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) in E5103” during the 47th meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago in early June.

In addition, Dr. Schneider’s research has been selected to be included in the Best of ASCO program, an educational initiative that seeks to increase global access to cutting-edge science, and to be highlighted in ASCO’s official press program, which plays a vital role in garnering accurate, national media coverage of cancer research presented at the meeting.  Less than 1 percent of abstracts are chosen for that distinction.

The research concerns the identification of a genetic biomarker that causes neuropathy among some breast cancer patients using a class of chemotherapy drugs called taxanes, one of the first genetic biomarkers to have been reported for neuropathy caused by taxanes, which includes paclitaxel or Taxol. The finding may eventually lead to a blood test to determine if a patient is at risk of developing neuropathy.

Dr. Schneider is also a physician-researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center and an associate director of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine.


Around the State

Arrow Register for the Franklin 5K

St. Rose of Lima School in conjunction with Get Healthy Franklin and the National Guard will offer a 5K run/walk Saturday, June 18, at the Historic Franklin Greenway Trail in Franklin, IN.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the National Guard Relief Fund and the St. Rose of Lima Scholarship fund. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. Awards given to the top finishers in each division.

Pre-register by Wednesday, June 1, to earn t-shirts and goody bags. To sign up, visit


 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.