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September 9, 2011
Volume 15 Number 35 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow 'Great News' from Wilkes on IUSM research

David S. Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs, has prepared short video introduction to the Strategic Research Initiative, a new collaborative research initiative planned by IUSM and IU Health.

To watch, visit

Questions to Robert Aull at 274-2325 or


Arrow Reminder to secure sensitive electronic data

Vince Sheehan, chief information officer for the IU School of Medicine, would like to remind all faculty, staff, residents and students that taking the time to ensure they have properly secured any and all sensitive electronic information is of the utmost importance to the reputation and safety of the medical school, themselves and their patients.

All IU data (including IU Health, Wishard, VA, etc.) must be securely protected regardless of where those data are stored, including personally-owned devices. Whether it’s a laptop, iPad, Smartphone, CD, or thumbdrive, if IU data resides there, it must be properly protected. These steps should be taken for all devices:

  1. Hard drives on laptops must be encrypted. IU licenses ensure that Symantec PGP Full-Disk Encryption software is available to all faculty, staff, residents and students at no additional charge. To download this software, visit
  2. All mobile devices must have local encryption enabled if it is a configuration option.
  3. All devices must be password protected for access.
  4. Sensitive data should not be sent via the university’s email system. Provisions are being made to better secure those transmissions, but for the time being, email should not be used to communicate any sensitive or confidential information.

Information Services and Technology Management and will gladly help identify and implement these security precautions on any device used to store IU data.

For additional information or assistance, contact the ISTM Help Desk at 274-5336 or


Arrow Write Winning Grants seminar

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will offer a seminar entitled, “Write Winning Grants” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Walther Hall (R3) Auditorium.

David C. Morrison, PhD, co-founder of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, and John Robertson, PhD, will address both conceptual and practical aspects that are associated with the grant writing process. Strategies designed to merit a fundable proposal will be emphasized.

For more information or to register, call 278-3089 or visit


Student Showcase

Arrow Kenya students participate in research ethics program

The IU-Moi University Academic Research Partnership (IU-Moi AREP) and IU Center for Bioethics will welcome seven students from Moi University to Indianapolis during this fall semester.

The students will be in Indianapolis from Sept. 8 through Oct. 22 to complete their practicum experience as part of Moi’s MSc in International Health Research Ethics program. They are the first group of students to come to Indianapolis as part of our partnership.

The practicum consists of two parts: core experiences and research activities. The core experiences section introduces students to research ethics and international relationships at IU. Six practicum environments have been identified for these experiences: “Human Subjects and Institutional Review Boards,” “Conflict of Interest,” “Research Compliance,” “Research Ethics,” “Education, and Policy (REEP),” “AMPATH Program” and “International Affairs.”

The research activities section provides students with opportunities to develop their master's thesis. As part of this section, students will participate in a short course on qualitative research methods. They will also conduct formal interviews with IU IRB members and staff about IU's research ethics policy and procedures, as well as with PIs about the construction of a research protocol. Individual topics include informed consent, participant selection and risk analysis. Mentors have been assigned to each student to guide them in their projects.

The practicum students are eager to meet new students and colleagues. To suggest department events in Indianapolis in which they may wish to participate, contact Kalli D. McBride at


Arrow Student Outreach Clinic open house Saturday

The IU Student Outreach Clinic will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St. The reception will begin at 1 p.m.; a brief program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. followed by tours.

This event celebrates the IU-SOC’s third year of providing free health care to Indianapolis residents without insurance. The student-run, volunteer clinic has been serving Indianapolis’ Near Eastside since 2008. Organized by IUSM students, the clinic has grown to include partnerships with the Butler University College of Pharmacy and the IU schools of dentistry, social work and law. Student volunteers from the schools work under the supervision of faculty members.

IUSM faculty are encouraged to attend the open house to learn more about the opportunities available to assist with the program. One or two faculty physicians oversee medical students every Saturday and additional physician volunteers are needed to ensure the continued success and growth of the clinic.

RSVP to or 432-2811.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Science and science fiction in bioinformatics

The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics will present a lecture by John Quackenbush, PhD, at 11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Health Informatics and Translational Science (HITS) Building, room 1110.

Dr. Quackenbush, PhD, professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will present “Network and State Space Models: Science and Science Fiction Approaches to Cell Fate Predictions.” The event will be hosted by Jake Chen, PhD, associate professor of bioinformatics.

For more information, visit


Arrow TRIP Community Showcase — Sept. 12

IUPUI Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Community Showcase will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

This event is an opportunity to engage with distinguished faculty scholars as they present their translational research and illustrate how they improve people’s lives at the IUPUI TRIP Community Showcase. Presenters include J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and Alexia M. Torke, MD, assistant professor of medicine.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit

For more information, visit


Arrow The Genetics Portrait Project

The Medical Humanities-Health Studies program will present the first talk in its 2011-2012 Seminars in Medical Humanities and Health Studies series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 148.

Stefan Petranek, MFA, professor of photography at the Herron School of Art and Design, will discuss his photographic project, “The Genetics Portrait Project,” an artistic investigation of how individuals in U.S. society perceive genetic research and the impact it will have on society’s future. This project explores the social implications of genetic research, capturing a snapshot of our current perception of how it will shape the future.

For more information about the seminar, please see the event flyer. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Refreshments will be provided.

Questions to Kelly Gascoine at 278-1669 or


Arrow Session on finding research funding

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will present “Finding Funding” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the IUSM Library, room 106.

This session will provide an overview of the various types of external funding sources, identify tools to locate funding opportunities, explain how to design a funding search, and demonstrate various knowledge management systems that contain thousands of funding opportunities available by the university subscription.

To register, visit

Questions to Etta Ward at


Arrow Seminar to address social media pitfalls

“How Administrators Can Avoid Social Media Landmines” will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Daly Student Center, room 185.

Participants will join a national conversation with Deborah Gonzalez, founder of Law2sm, LLC, a legal consulting firm specializing in digital and social media, and Rob Jenkins, associate professor of English and columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Following the teleseminar, participants will engage in a face-to-face discussion led by Gabe Bosslet, MD, associate fellowship director at IUSM.  Participants are required to attend both parts in person.

For more information and to register, call 278-3089 or visit


Arrow 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 for Fantasy?”

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

For information, visit


Arrow Day of Caring — Sept. 16

Register now to volunteer with the IUPUI Day of Caring from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

This annual service project includes assisting neighborhood partners and organizations throughout Indianapolis with clean ups, planting and other needed projects. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, lunch and a chance to help out their community.

For more information, visit


Arrow Presentation on NIH public policy compliance

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI University Library and Ruth Lilly Medical Library will present a workshop entitled, “NIH Public Policy: What You Need To Know to Comply” from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the IUPUI Library, room 1126. A repeat session is also scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, in the same location.

The NIH Open Access Policy has been a requirement of NIH grant recipients since 2008. IUSM librarian Elizabeth Whipple will outline how to be compliant in your NIH applications, proposals and progress reports. The process of retaining author rights and gaining copyright permission to submit manuscripts, pertinent resources to ensure compliance, and the various ways to submit a manuscript to PubMed Central will be covered. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

To register for the Sept. 20 event, visit this page. To register for Sept. 23, see this page.

For more information, visit


Arrow Conference on women and self-promotion

The Annual Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Leadership Seminar will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Fairbanks Hall, rooms 1110 and 1112.

The seminar will feature networking, career planning and professional development opportunities, including a keynote presentation entitled "If Only They'd Ask: Self-Promotion and Women" by Jennifer Lawless, PhD, associate professor of government and director of the Women and Politics Institute, at American University.

This event is free and open to all IUSM and IUPUI students, faculty and staff. Lunch will be served.

For more information or to register, call 278-3089 or visit


News to Use

Arrow Research Coordinator Certification Program — fall sessions

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and IU Office of Research Administration will offer its second series of training sessions from the Research Coordinator Certification Program this fall.

This program serves as a way to recognize experienced research coordinators, provide additional education relative to the campus-specific aspects of conducting clinical research and foster the implementation of best practices for advancing the research enterprise. RCCP is designed to offer benefits not only to the individual participants, but also their research teams, departments and schools.

The fall 2011 RCCP sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Oct. 27, IUETC Building, room 100
  • Thursday, Nov., IUETC Building, room 100 and the Bose McKinney conference room
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, IUETC Building, room 100 and the Bose McKinney conference room
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, IUETC Building, room 100

There is no cost to attend this program; however, applicants must possess at least three years of clinical research experience and an up-to-date certification (e.g., ACRP, SOCRA, etc.). Approximately 20 participants will be selected for participation in the fall 2011 program. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, including course outcomes and selection criteria, visit news/reepfall2011. To apply, visit Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 30.

Questions to


Arrow Bilingual volunteers sought for Latino outreach event

The Division of Diversity Affairs seeks Spanish/English bilingual volunteers for the IUSM outreach tent at “Fiesta Indianapolis,” the largest Indianapolis Hispanic/Latino event from noon to 6 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 17.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to provide basic health education and share information about the School with visitors. This program is a part of the National Medical School Outreach Month and is supported by the Society of Latino Medical Students, the Medical Spanish Interest Group, the Global Health Interest Group, and the Division of Diversity Affairs.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Javier Sevilla-Martir at


Arrow IUPUI Regatta team registration ends today

Friday, Sept. 9, is the final day to register for the IUPUI Regatta, the campus’ annual boat race on the downtown canal. Alumni, faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in this new campus tradition Saturday, Sept. 24. Teams can include all students or any mix of alumni, faculty, staff and students (at the alumni, faculty, and staff price). To sign up, visit

In addition, The Herron School of Art and Design Alumni Association will host a “Captured ‘En Plein Air’ Art Contest” during the IUPUI Regatta. The contest will be open to amateur and professional artists 18 years and older. Using their own supplies, participants may create original artwork in any medium in competion for cash prizes. Entry costs $10 and includes an official "Artist" Regatta T-Shirt. For complete rules, see

The Third Annual IUPUI Regatta is a canoe race on the downtown canal that pits teams of up to eight people in a half-mile relay. The race begins at the north end of the canal and proceeds to the USS Indianapolis basin and back. Additional Regatta attractions will include live bands, face painters, local food vendors, dog shows and clowns.

Campus events leading up to the event will take place Sept. 19-23, including a Greek battleship contest, concerts and a gladiator water balloon competition.

For more information, see or visit the Facebook page at To follow the IUPUI Regatta on twitter, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, IU skin cancer expert Doug Schwartzentruber, MD, will provide details on two new drugs that tackle metastatic melanoma, a deadly form of the disease. In other segments, guests address the topics of no-cost medical school, ill-effects from Facebook and the characteristics of great physicians. Sound Medicine airs 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 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 IU Health Values Fund grants

Applications are being accepted for the 2012-2013 IU Health Values Fund grants. They include:

  • Medical Research
  • Medical Education

There will be an informational session on the medical research grant from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the IU Simon Cancer Pavilion 101, and on the medical education grant from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Methodist Hospital DG 433.

Application are due by noon, Monday, Oct. 17, with funding beginning in the early to mid-spring. Questions to Rob Clark at 962-9653 or

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

For more information, visit


Arrow Annual learning and technology event — proposals sought

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is accepting proposals for the Advancing Learning with Technology Symposium (ALT), formerly known as "Power Up Your Pedagogy."

The ALT Symposium brings the higher education community together to examine and showcase instructional technology strategies that impact learning across a variety of disciplines. Proposal guidelines are available at

Send proposals to The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 16.

For more information, contact Mark Alexander at 274-1300 or


Arrow Alpha Omega Alpha grants and awards

A number of grant and award opportunities are available from the Indiana chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. They include:

  • Robert Glaser Distinguised Teacher Award (for faculty)
  • Helen Glaser Student Essay Award
  • Carolyn Kuckein Student Research Fellowship
  • Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award
  • Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award (for faculty)

For more information on these awards, including deadlines, contact Richard Gunderman, MD, AOA-Indiana chapter councilor, at or email


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 Schneider receives breast cancer research award

Bryan Schneider, MD, associate professor of medicine and medical and molecular genetics and Shawn Hanson Investigator in Breast Cancer Research, is the recipient of the 2011 Advanced Clinical Research Award in Breast Cancer from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (formerly the ASCO Cancer Foundation).

Dr. Schneider will receive a three-year, $450,000 grant supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to do additional research on the relationship between taxane-induced neuropathy and clinical outcomes after adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer.

About one-third of patients who receive chemotherapy with a taxane develop neuropathy, which can hinder a patient from receiving a full dose of chemotherapy. ACRA recipients are selected based on their unique patient-oriented approaches to research. Additional selection criteria include the significance and originality of the project, appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research methods, potential impact of the research, and prior research experience, and accomplishments of the applicants.

Dr. Schneider will be recognized at the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco this weekend.

For more information, visit the IUSCC Newsroom.


 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)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.