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IUSM Scope

August 26, 2011
Volume 15 Number 33 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Hundreds participate in Glick Eye opening

More than 600 people helped celebrate the opening of the new Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at 1160 W. Michigan St., Aug. 19-20.

About 550 attended a formal dedication ceremony in the IUPUI Campus Center, followed by a reception and open house at the eye institute. IU President Michael McRobbie opened the dedication, including recognition for Marilyn Glick, whose $30 million gift to the university represents the capstone of her and husband Eugene’s local philanthropy. The event also featured comments from D. Craig Brater, MD, dean of the IU School of Medicine, and Louis Cantor, MD, chair and professor of ophthalmology.

Attendees at the reception included the IU Board of Trustees, donors and renowned sculptor Donald Gummer, a former Indiana resident who designed the 18-foot stainless steel and colored glass sculpture, “Open Eyes,” sited outside the main entrance on the east side of the new building. The Glick Eye Institute also contains more than 50 other pieces of original art by Indiana artists.

In addition, more than 100 community members turned out for the Glick Eye Institute Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, including more than 80 who received free vision screenings. The event also featured tours, an art project for kids, painting by participating artist Joani Rothenberg and visits to the on-site optical shop.

To see photos from the dedication ceremony, see the IUSM Flickr page. To see images from Community Day, go to the IUSM Facebook page.

For more information on the Glick Eye Institute, see the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Grant opportunity provides access to core facilities

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is accepting applications for its fall 2011 Core Pilot Funding Grant program.

This program will fund up to $10,000 in services provided by the Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities, with the specific goal of funding projects with outstanding scientific merit and potential to generate extramural funding or novel intellectual property. For more information on Indiana CTSI-designated cores, visit (Eligible cores marked by the Indiana CTSI logo.)

IUSM, IUPUI, IU-Bloomington, Purdue and Notre Dame faculty are eligible to apply for core services from any of the CTSI partner institutions. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

For more information, including complete application guidelines and forms, visit and log in using your university ID.

Questions to Lilith Reeves at


Arrow Art exhibition seeks entries

The fourth annual IUSM Art Exhibition “Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

Artists can submit their proposed entries to The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. The web site is self-explanatory but if you have questions, contact Tom Weinzerl at or Kim Harper at

This year faculty, staff, students and alumni of the IU schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and health and rehabilitation sciences; VA, Wishard, and IU Health systems are invited to submit artwork. 

In addition to the exhibit at the Medical Science Building, artists will have the option of submitting their works for a month-long exhibit at the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery. That exhibit will be Oct. 31 to Dec. 2. The “Meet the Artist Reception” for the show, which is open to all, will be at the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. 


Student Showcase

Arrow Apparel sale showcases student pride

American Medical Women's Association is hosting an apparel sale to medical students who want to show some pride in IUSM.

IU School of Medicine apparel will be available online through Sept. 23 Many styles of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants are available. Orders are available to medical students, parents, family, friends, spouses, significant others on all campuses.

Proceeds from the sale will support AMWA such as educational seminars for medical students about women's health, mentorship opportunities for women in medicine, and donations to local women's agencies. Once all orders have been placed, apparel will be shipped in bulk to each campus, or individually to parents/others as requested.

To explore available merchandise, see this form and follow instructions for ordering. Or visit and log in with the username “iu” and password “iusm20.”

Questions to Rachel Teat at


Events & Lectures

Arrow Presentation on preventative pediatric interventions

Children’s Health Services Research will present the next event in their “Works in Progress” lecture series at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the the Health Informatics and Translational Science (HITS) Building, Legacy Boardroom, second floor.

S. Maria E. Finnell, MD, assistant professor of pediatric infectious disease, will present “A prioritization scheme of pediatric preventive interventions for implementation in a clinical decision support system.”

To register, RSVP Loyce Stultz by Friday, Aug. 26, at 278-0552 or


Arrow Public health informatics symposium — Aug. 31

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics will present its second annual public health informatics symposium from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Health Informatics and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, atrium and room 1110.

This event is free, but space is limited to 100 participants and registration is required. To RSVP, contact Colleen McCormick at 423-5670 or

For more information, visit


Arrow Building a Career in Science Writing

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will host “Nuts, Bolts, Art and Craft:  Building a Career in Science Writing,” a presentation by Dan Ferber, PhD, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Ferber is contributing correspondent for Science magazine and award-winning writer for many national magazines, including Wired, Popular Science, New Scientist, Audubon, Sierra, Nature Conservancy, Reader's Digest and Women’s Health. He is also co-author of Changing Planet, Changing Health, a book on the effect of climate change on public health. He holds a PhD in biology from The Johns Hopkins University

This event is open to all postdocs, students and faculty. To RSVP, visit


Arrow Lecture to focus on adolescent depression

The Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds will present "RU Blue??: Improving Care for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care" at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington, will present. Dr. Richardson's research focuses on the interactions between mental and physical health in adolescents, improving detection and management of child and adolescent depression, and developing collaborative treatment models to improve outcomes for mental health conditions.


Arrow Quality of life in women’s health presentation

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will present a grand rounds lecture from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Lisa Hess, PhD, assistant professor of public health and obstetrics and gynecology, will present “Quality of Life in Women’s Health: Is it a philosophical or clinically measureable concept?”

For more information, visit


Arrow LGBT reception — Sept. 8

The IUPUI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Faculty and Staff Council and the Advocates for Sexual Equality Undergraduate Student Group will host a fall reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Herron School of Art and Design Grand Hall and Herron Galleries, first floor, 735 W. Michigan St.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Food will be served. To RSVP, email by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.


Arrow Special education web conference

The Indiana Resource Network will host a web conference, “What Educators Wish They Knew Their First Year,” from Sept. 12-16.

This conference will help both new and experienced professionals working at schools expand their toolbox for working with students with special needs with 17 presentations on topics from behavioral assessment to preparing for life after high school.

This event is supported by the HANDS in Autism Program, an extension of the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center of the IUSM Department of Psychiatry.

All the webinars are free. To register, visit


Arrow Annual Aprison Lectureship in Biological Psychiatry

The IUSM Department of Psychiatry will host the sixth Morris H. Aprison Annual Lectureship in Biological Psychiatry from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 16, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Guest lecturer Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and chair of psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, will present “Early Detection in Schizophrenia: Feasible or Fantasy?”

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. This is a CME credit-eligible event.

For information, visit


News to Use

Arrow Human subjects protection — feedback requested

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking entitled, “Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators,” which seeks input from the national research community on a variety of changes under consideration to the federal regulations that address human subjects research.

Jorge José, PhD, vice present for research at IU, has created a task force to prepare an institutional response to this request. The task force invites researchers and research staff to submit comments, questions and concerns about the proposed changes in human subjects regulations. These comments will be review in preparing the institutional response to ensure the researcher community voice is heard and reflected.

For additional information about the proposed changes and/or to submit a public comment, visit or email

Feedback due by the end of the day Friday, Sept. 2. IU will submit its intuitional response by Sept. 26.


Arrow Health engagement program changes

Patricia Whitten Hollingsworth, director of the IU Office of Health Engagement, has announced that biometric screening will no longer be tied to the new benefit premiums in 2012. The decision was made following a review of the program and feedback from IU employees.

Biometric screenings were implemented September 2010 as part of a new initiative designed to allow employees covered by an IU medical plan to reduce a portion of their medical plan premiums when they and their covered spouses/domestic partners complete certain health-related activities that promote healthy behaviors and health improvement.

The IU Health Engagement Program continues to collect information from many constituents to build a comprehensive employee health engagement plan. A website and mechanisms to attain additional employee input are forthcoming.


Arrow Free online courses in women's health

The FDA Office of Women's Health in collaboration with the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health is offering a new, web-based course entitled "Sex and Gender Differences in Health and Behavior."

The new course is the second in a series on “The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health.” Participants will learn about sex and gender differences in the course of disease and consider issues that arise when treating and managing these conditions. A research methodology framework to incorporate sex and gender differences in the design of studies is also included.

The course includes six lessons and takes approximately six hours to complete. CME credits are available from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

For more information about the course, visit


Arrow Scientific calendar discontinued

After a recent assessment of the IUSM Scientific Calendar, this tool will be discontinued as MEDTV and the SCOPE newsletter are IUSM’s key methods for disseminating pertinent information to the medical school community. 

For additional information or assistance, contact Kelli Diener at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, a Harvard sleep expert argues that errors made by overtired medical residents are endangering patients and driving up healthcare costs. Additional topics include reversing blindness with stem cell therapy, tackling urban “food deserts” and an interview with Rebecca Gladding, author of You Are Not Your Brain. Sound Medicine airs 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, on WFYI, 90.1FM and on many other public radio stations nationwide.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio. It is underwritten by IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

For more information on this episode, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, see the Sound Medicine website.



Arrow Program Project Planning Awards — request for applications

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, with support from the IU School of Medicine, is offering a new funding mechanism to support the submission of Program Project Grant (PPG)-type extramural applications and similar multi-PI funding opportunities.

Indiana CTSI Program Project Planning (P3) Awards will range from about $75,000 to $100,000. P3 Awards are designed to support PPG-type grants spanning bench to bedside T1 research and clinic to population-based T2 studies at IUSM. Program project grants eligible for P3 award support are broadly defined as any multi-PI, multi-project extramural grants with annual direct budgets of $600K or higher in direct costs per year, including NIH P series, U series or other unique mechanisms from federal government agencies.

The applications may be submitted throughout the year. For more information, see the complete application guidelines at To apply, visit and and log in using your university ID.

Questions to the Indiana CTSI at 278-2874 or


Arrow RESPECT Center grant proposals — due Aug. 29

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

The goal of the pilot study is to generate preliminary data that will facilitate investigators competing successfully for extramural research funding. This award will fund up to three pilot projects, each worth up to $15,000. The start date for these grants will be Oct. 1. Funded proposals must present their work at a statewide conference to be held in spring 2013.

All IUPUI teaching and research faculty who are qualified to apply for NIH funding are eligible to apply for this pilot grant opportunity. Preference will be given to new investigators and to research that fosters trans-disciplinary collaboration.

The RESPECT Center is funded by the IUPUI Signature Center Initiative with support from the IU schools of nursing and medicine (division of general internal medicine and geriatrics), IU Simon Cancer Center and IU Health.

Pilot grant proposals are due 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. For more information, see the complete call for proposals. Questions to Molly Donovan at 278-7749 or


Arrow IUSM internal grant applications — due Sept. 1

The application deadline for the following IUSM internal grant programs is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

  • Biomedical Research Grant
  • Research Enhancement Grant

For application forms and further information 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 updates categorizes include sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

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



Arrow Honors

Flora Hammond, MD, chair and Covalt Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has received the Brain Injury Association of America's 2011 William Fields Caveness Award. This award is presented to an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of people who have sustained a brain injury.

Debra Hickman, VM, director and associate research professor of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center and adjunct associate research professor of cellular and integrative physiology, will receive the 2011 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Pravin N. Bhatt Award. This award honors an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions to the fields of laboratory animal science or comparative medicine. Dr. Hickman will be granted the award during the AALAS National Meeting Awards Ceremony Sunday, Oct. 2, in San Diego.


 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 left-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. 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, Gatch Hall (formerly Clinical Building), Research II (R2), 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, read the MedTV guidelines and find our online submission form at

Questions? Phone 274-7722.


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)

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