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Volume 15 Number 30 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Carroll named to vice chair post in pediatrics

Aaron Carroll, MD, has been named vice chair for health policy and outcomes research in the IUSM Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Carroll, associate professor of pediatrics, joined the faculty at IUSM in 2003 after completing a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington.

His research encompasses the development and evaluation of informatics tools to improve the health and health care of children and adolescents. He has also conducted studies on the malpractice system and research analyzing the relationship between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Carroll is a recognized national expert on health care policy, health care research and health care reform and is often called upon by the media as an expert in health policy.


Arrow Champion to direct population science at IU Simon Cancer Center

Victoria Champion, PhD, RN, Distinguished Professor at the IU School of Nursing, has been named associate director of population science at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

In this position, Dr. Champion will provide scientific and administrative oversight of the cancer center's population science research programs. The goals of a population science program are to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancer. She will be responsible for maintaining an independent research effort, fostering the continued development of population science research programs, and trans-disciplinary collaborations.

Dr. Champion serves as associate dean for research, Edward W. and Sarah Stam Cullipher Chair, scientific director of BCOG (Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group) of the Mary Margaret Walther Program at the IU School of Nursing, and she is co-leader of the cancer center's Cancer Prevention and Control research program.

Dr. Champion succeeds G. Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH, who will now focus on leading efforts to form a School of Public Health on the Indianapolis campus as associate vice chancellor for public health.


Arrow Indiana Fever to promote Komen Tissue Bank at IUSM

Hoping to help raise awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center (Komen Tissue Bank), the Indiana Fever have partnered with Indy’s Super Cure, a community initiative of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. When the Fever host Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Community Health Network during next week’s game with the New York Liberty (Saturday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.), the game will be dedicated to Indy’s Super Cure.

Indianapolis is home to the world’s only known tissue bank that collects healthy breast tissue for cancer study and research. The partnership between the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Komen Tissue Bank capitalizes on Indianapolis’ robust health and life sciences resources to propel the search for a cure. The Fever will work with the Super Bowl Host Committee to further the reach of their efforts in the community.

During its game on Aug. 13, the Fever will distribute information to fans about the Komen Tissue Bank and how to donate tissue or financially. On behalf of Indy’s Super Cure, a public service announcement featuring two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings will air on Fever radio and TV broadcasts, in-arena and on through the remainder of the 2011 season. Catchings will also serve as a spokesperson to encourage women from diverse communities to donate tissue.


Grants & Funding

Arrow 2012-2013 Values Fund Grants Announcement

Indiana University Health Values Fund Grants

2012-2013 IU Health Values Fund grants are available for:

  • Medical Research
  • Medical Education and
  • The Integration of Religious and Spiritual Dimension in Health Care.

Eligible applicants include IU Health employees and IU Health medical staff, including physicians and health professionals with staff privileges at IU Health.

The Medical Research and the Medical Education grant application due date is noon Monday, Oct. 17, with funding beginning in the early to mid-spring.

Questions regarding the program may be submitted to Rob Clark, Grants Specialist, Grants Development, and Academic Affairs at 962-9653 or

Informational sessions will be held in which applicants may ask questions and learn more about the Values Fund application process at the following dates/times and locations:

Values Fund for Education

Tuesday, Aug. 23 9:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m. (IU Cancer Pavilion -RT 101)

Thursday, Sept. 15 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (Methodist DG 433)

Values Fund for Research

Thursday, Aug. 25 9:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m. (Methodist DG 434)

Monday, Sept. 12 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (IU Cancer Pavilion RT 101)

Applicants for The Integration of Religious and Spiritual Dimensions in Health Care are invited to submit a letter of interest by the deadline of noon Monday, Aug. 22. The full applications are due by noon on Monday, Oct. 17. Funding will begin on or about March 1, 2012.

Application requirements and submission due dates vary among the three programs so applicants should review the full instructions. Detailed instructions and application forms are listed below.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Steven Ivy, SVP, Values Ethics, Social, Responsibility & Pastoral Services at or Nicole Veale at 962-3591,

Current instructions and application forms are available on IU Health Matters PULSE in the Grants Administration Department page or you can click on the attached link:


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. They include:

To subscribe to these updates by email, visit this page.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Director of the Master of Science in Medical Science Program open

The Dean's Office of Educational Affairs is seeking a director for the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) program. This faculty member should be interested in the design and implementation of innovative educational programming and in advising and mentoring students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

The MSMS program is a post baccalaureate program designed to enhance foundational medical science knowledge and learning skills for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The director has administrative oversight of the program and responsibility for the design and evaluation of the educational program, for the selection of students, and for mentoring, counseling and monitoring the academic progress of enrolled students.  The position is a part-time position and is available beginning in September.

The individual selected for this position must have excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership and administrative skills and have a keen interest in teaching and student development. This position represents a unique opportunity for a colleague who envisions education and service as their areas of excellence.

Qualified applicants should send a CV and letter of interest addressed to Dr. Maryellen Gusic at by Monday, Aug. 8. To submit a suggestion for a candidate for this position, contact Dr. Gusic.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Free PubMed training — Aug. 9

A free day-long class on PubMed, the free life sciences and biomedical information online database, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at IUSM Library, room 226-227.

This event is provided by the National Library of Medicine through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-National Training Center and Clearinghouse. Faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows are welcome to attend. To register, visit

Questions to Beth Whipple at 278-6179 or


Arrow Ask the Experts and Speed Networking

Interested in how to start and run a life sciences company in today’s economy? Want to meet others around Indianapolis who are interested in the same?  Curious how to leverage universities to accelerate a startup?

This special IBEN event has no group presentation; it is focused solely on personal conversations between experts, peers, and everyone interested in the creation of new life science companies. We will give you a chance to speak with scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, regulatory specialists, university representatives and even a few IT experts curious about healthcare.

When:    Tuesday, Aug. 9,  5 to 7pm
Where:   IUETC, 351 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis

The Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) strives to enable entrepreneurship in life sciences and medicine throughout Indiana. This is achieved through social networking, education and events featuring experienced entrepreneurs. IBEN is open to all who play a role or have an interest in biomedical entrepreneurship, from academics to product.


Arrow Conference on Infant Mental Health to Focus on Ethics

The Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health will hold its 13th Annual Conference on Infant Mental Health on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Riley Outpatient Center at Riley Hospital. This year’s conference is entitled, “Ethics in Early Childhood Fields: A Moral Psychological Approach.”

The conference features keynote presentations by Darcia Narvaez, PhD, and Daniel Lapsley, PhD, both from University of Notre Dame; a presentation discussing ethics in early childhood by Margaret Gaffney, MD, of the IU Center for Bioethics and the IU School of Medicine; interactive sessions; and a panel discussion highlighting practical applications. Continuing education is available for social workers, psychologist, and physicians.

Please note that you can register by mail/FAX using the form in the brochure or online through the MHAI website:


Arrow Life Sciences Lunch Series – Aug. 16

The topic for August will be “Antibiotics and Infection Control: A Dose of Innovation for Serious Public Health Challenges” with presentations by Laurie Rish, RN, BSN, director of infection prevention at IU Health, Eric Utt, PhD, director of worldwide policy at Pfizer Inc., and Kristin Jones, president and CEO of Indiana Health Industry Forum.

The presentations on Tuesday, Aug. 16, are from noon to 1 p.m.; registration begins at 11:30 at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Video conferencing also is available. The event is sponsored by Hoosiers Work For Health.

For more information, contact Kristin Jones at 278-9973 or


Arrow Breast Cancer webinar — Aug. 17

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, Aug. 17, with a discussion on patient advocacy by Robert Goulet, MD, assistant volunteer clinical professor of surgery.

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, Aug. 18, at

For a complete webinar schedule, visit


Arrow Department of Public Health information sessions

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an information session to learn about the educational programs offered in the IU School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. The event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 15, will provide an overview of the graduate programs (MPH, MHA, PhD) and undergraduate programs in public health and health services management.

For more information or to RSVP, contact C. Acklin at To attend a session from your personal computer, go to


Arrow Indiana CTSI focus of webinar

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will conduct a webinar on health science partnerships from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, director of the Indiana CTSI and associate dean for translational science at the IU School of Medicine, will present “CTSA Public-Private Partnerships: Models for Translational Science.” The event will discuss on the Indiana CTSI’s partnerships with Purdue and Notre Dame universities, as well as other organizations across the state.

To participate in this webinar, call (866) 910-4857 and visit at the appropriate date and time. The participant code for this webinar is 584064.

This event is part of a series produced by the Clinical and Translational Science Award Public-Private Partnerships Key Function Committee to share best practices and expertise. It is hosted by the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health. For more information on the complete webinar series, visit

Questions to Jody Sachs at (301) 435-0802 or


News to Use

Arrow Funding facts at your fingertips

This tool -- part of the NIH RePORT website -- allows detailed reports of NIH funding-related data to be printed in a matter of clicks.

This gateway site allows viewers to search for NIH funding by various budget mechanisms, dollars awarded by specific activity codes during a particular fiscal year, or application success rates, to name but a few possibilities. Learn about additional RePORT features and find out how to sign up for the RePORT listserv by reading the inaugural issue of the RePORT ReSource newsletter.


Arrow Indiana State Fair tickets available

Kick off the first day of the Indiana State Fair with tickets purchased right here on campus in the IUPUI Campus Center.

The Indiana State Fair offers the 17 days of summer fun with animals, music and food every day from Aug. 5-21. Tickets purchased from the IUPUI JagTag Office cost only $7. All forms of payment are accepted including, including cash, credit, check and JagTag.

For more on the Indiana State Fair, 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.