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September 30, 2011
Volume 15 Number 38 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM to welcome teachers for Molecular Medicine in Action

Thirty-six high school teachers from across the state will gather on the IUSM campus Saturday, Oct. 1, for a hands-on program covering the latest developments in biomedical research.

The program, Molecular Medicine in Action for Teaching Professionals, will enable the teachers to learn from and work with IU scientists who are at the leading edge of research in such areas as cancer, stem cells and molecular biology.

Presenters will include Mark Kelley, Ph.D., Betty and Earl Herr Professor in Pediatric Oncology Research, who will discuss cancer research and Mervin C. Yoder Jr., M.D., director of the Wells Center and Richard and Pauline Klingler Professor of Pediatrics, who will discuss stem cells. Teachers also will participate in hands-on learning activities in the lab covering topics such as RNA silencing to block gene activity, the role of blood vessel development in cancer and other diseases, and the use of zebrafish in diabetes research.

The program for teachers was developed in conjunction with a similar annual program for high school students hosted by the Wells Center for the past 12 years. Approximately 50 of the state’s top high school science students gather each March for a two-day hands-on program covering the latest biomedical research techniques and discoveries.

Both student and teacher programs are free to participants, excluding travel costs. This event is sponsored by the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and Riley Children’s Foundation.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Medical student team takes first place in IUPUI Regatta

Four IUSM students were named the winners of the 2011 IUPUI Regatta during the third annual canoe race on the downtown canal Saturday, Sept. 24.

Gubernaculum, the 2011 IUPUI Regatta Champions, beat 109 other teams to take the coveted championship. The four member paddling crew, consisting of medical students Ethan Morrical, Andrew Oberlin, Matt Shew and Eduardo Salinas, crossed the finish line in seven minutes and 10 seconds. The team beat out the second place finishers by a whopping 45 seconds.

Gubernaculum will have their team name enshrined on the IUPUI Regatta Trophy and will receive commemorative wooden canoes as tokens of their win. Click here to see a photo of the champions relishing their victory. Additional photos from race are available on the Regatta Facebook page at or IUPUI Photo Album at

The IUPUI Regatta is an annual half-mile canoe relay race on the downtown Indianapolis canal that is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of IUPUI or IU that live in Central Indiana. Proceeds of the event go to support student scholarships at IUPUI.


Arrow Support medical research at area events

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will participate in several events focused on health and health care in October to encourage participation in projects aimed at accelerating health care research in Indiana.

The Indiana Biobank, a project to store and collect blood and tissue samples to benefit research, and INresearch, an online register for people interested in joining research studies, will invite participants to contribute a blood sample to the biobank or register their information to be considered for participation in a clinical trial. Since collection began this summer, Indiana Biobank has collected over 1,100 samples from the community. Events are:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4: 10th Annual Women’s Fair from 2-7 p.m. at Blue Chip Hotel and Casino in Michigan City, IN. Sponsored by Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital.
  • Friday, Oct. 7: “Healthy Women, Healthy Hoosiers: Healthcare Practice Across the Lifecourse” from 8 to 5 p.m. at the Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center in Indianapolis. Sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health Office of Women’s Health and Maternal Child Health.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8: Spotlight on Nursing 5K Run/Walk from 7 to 8:45 a.m. at Fairbanks Hall on the Downtown Canal (north end of canal at 11th Street). Title sponsorship by Indiana University Health.
  • Friday, Oct. 28: IUPUI Employee Health & Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center.

The Oct. 4, 8 and 28 events will include opportunities to contribute blood to the Indiana Biobank and sign up with INresearch. The Oct. 7 will provide information only, but interested individuals may schedule an appointment to provide a blood sample or register later for consideration in a research study at Giveaways will include hats, pens, bags, stress balls and other goodies.

For more information, visit


Arrow IUSM Art Exhibition — Oct. 19

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.

This year’s event will feature faculty, staff, students and alumni of the IU schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and health and rehabilitation sciences; VA, Wishard, and IU Health systems.

In addition to the exhibit at the Medical Science Building, some artists also will be featured in 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.

For more information, visit


Faculty News

Arrow Fall Faculty Meeting – Oct. 31


This year's IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting will focus on the future of the relationship between IUPUI and the School of Medicine.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Uday Sukhatme, ScD, executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties at IUPUI, and D. Craig Brater, MD, dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU, will share details on the possible creation of an IU health sciences campus in Indianapolis, as outlined in the New Academic Directions report.  This event will be available via live online streaming or via video conferencing. 

IUSM faculty members may submit questions in advance that they would like addressed at the meeting. To submit a question for Drs. Sukhatme and Brater, or to request additional information, visit

Please join us for this important conversation, which has far-reaching implications for the future of the school and the campus.

Richard Gunderman, MD
IUSM Faculty President


Student Showcase

Arrow Medical Spanish lunchtime practice sessions

Medical Spanish is a project sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service-Learning that provides Spanish speakers of all levels the chance to develop their listening and speaking skills in an informal and non-threatening setting. 

These lunchtime session feature a small amount of instruction followed by ample time to practice speaking Spanish with others. Lunch talks give doctors and healthcare workers an opportunity to share about their experiences working with the Hispanic community (and may be presented in Spanish). Twenty or more students usually attend sessions.

Information on dates and locations for this semester and the spring will be provided in the coming weeks via email. To join the mailing list, contact In addition, Medical Spanish will offer a four-week Spanish course will be offered to medical students for a nominal fee in both June and July.

This year’s student volunteer co-chairs for the group are James Godzik (MS 3), Anna Maria Gramelspacher (MS 4) and Paul Durand (MS 4).

The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. For more information, visit for more information. Questions to


Events & Lectures

Arrow Lecture on the history of medicine in China

The Seminars in Medical Humanities and Health Studies and the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Speakers Series will co-sponsor “Rockefeller Medicine in China,” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 311A&B.

Mary Bullock, PhD, Distinguished Visiting Professor of China Studies, Emory University, and president emerita, Agnes Scott College, will present. Dr. Bullock is author of “The Oil Prince’s Legacy: Rockefeller Philanthropy in China,” which traces the ways in which the Rockefeller family’s philanthropy in China came to focus on elite science and medicine. Her presentation will cover this topic as well as the modern work of the Peking Union Medical College, China Medical Board and current and historical medical issues in China. 

A second event of related interest will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 309. Peter Geithner, an expert on Chinese philanthropy, will chair a panel discussion, "The Growth of Private Philanthropy in China.”

For more information on the Bullock lecture, see the complete event brochure.

To RSVP, contact Kelly Gascoine at 278-1669 or


Arrow Presentation to focus on personalized medicine

The Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine will host a presentation entitled “Genetic Biomarkers of Drug Risk for Clinical Care: The Past, Present and Incredible Future” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

Bruce Carleton, PharmD, professor of pediatrics and co-chair of the division of translational therapeutics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, will present. He also serves as director of the pharmaceutical outcomes program at British Columbia Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Carleton’s research focus is on the impact of drug therapy on human health and quality of life. He is particularly interested in developing better ways to evaluate the effectiveness of drugs, medication-use models designed to improve patient health, as well as practical surveillance systems to improve the safe use of medication.


Arrow Helft to present Fairbanks Ethics Lecture

The Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics will present the first event in the 2011-2012 Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Paul R. Helft, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, will present “Approaches to the Problem of Futile Treatment.” The lecture will examine the nature of conflicts surrounding futile treatment in hospitals, describe factors that contribute to futile treatment in hospitalized patients and consider approaches to managing conflict surrounding futile treatment of hospitalized patients using effective communication strategies.

Free CME/CE credit will be offered. For more information on this lecture, see the event flyer at For more information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, see

Questions to Amy Chamness at 962-1721 or


Arrow Nursing lectures to focus on cultural competence

The IU School of Nursing Davis-Sams Visiting Professorship will present several lectures on cultural competence, research and “global nursing” Oct. 5-6. They include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5: “Developing and Maintaining a Research Trajectory” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the School of Nursing, room 242
  • Thursday, Oct. 6: “Global Nursing” (brown bag lunch) from noon to 1 p.m. in the School of Nursing, room 127
  • Thursday, Oct. 6: “Engagement of Vulnerable Populations Using Culturally Sensitive Participatory Action Strategies” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium

The 2011 Davis-Sams Visiting Professorship is Adey Nyamathi, PhD, associate dean for international affairs and scholarly activities and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Community Health Research at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Nursing. Her research focuses on providing intervention programs to homeless and drug-addicted populations at risk for HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis A, B and C infections.

To RSVP, visit

Questions to Marsha Baker at (317) 278-2206 or

This event is supported by the Office of Diversity and Enrichment.


Arrow Women's health conference — Oct. 7

The Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Women’s Health and Maternal Child Health will present “Healthy Women, Healthy Hoosiers: Healthcare Practice Across the Lifecourse” Friday, Oct. 7, at the Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center.

This one-day regional conference will explore topics including cultural competency in patient practice, gender-specific mental health and emotional wellness, pre-natal substance use and abuse, engaging women of childbearing age, domestic violence, gender disparities and health equality. Health care providers, practitioners, social workers, nurses, substance abuse counselors and other public health professionals are encouraged to attend. The day will end with idea-sharing and networking.

Requests for proposals for conference speakers, presentations and posters and online registration coming soon.

Questions to Charrie Palmes Buskirk at 233-3833 or


Arrow Health Insurance Exchange Symposium

The IU Center for Health Policy will co-sponsor a Health Insurance Exchange Symposium from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Indiana Government Center Auditorium, 402 W. Washington St.

This symposium will feature national experts in the fields of medicine, insurance and health policy to discuss the implications of a health insurance exchange in Indiana. Legislators, policy makers, health and insurance industry professionals, employers and the general public are welcome to attend.

For more information, see the event brochure. This is a free event, but space is limited. To register by Thursday, Oct. 6, visit

Questions to Lyndy Kouns at 278-5905 and


Arrow Stage drama to begin Disability Awareness Month

Sponsored by Adaptive Education Services and a host of others, “Nobody Needs to Know” will be performed from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m on Thursday, October 13 in the Lilly Auditorium.

The narrative follows characters with mental illnesses but is ultimately a play about people and their individual struggles to make a place for themselves in the world. Playing on themes of hope, community support, and fear driven by social stigma, the characters share their stories of recovery and healing and create an eye opening discussion for the audience.

For more information, visit


Arrow Autism screening and interventions workshops

The Riley Child Development Center will present two workshops on autism Friday, Oct. 21, in the Riley Outpatient Conference Center. They are:

  • Autism Screening and Referrals: Bill Beechler, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, will present on autism screenings and referrals from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics will include how to quickly and accurately assess for early delays that may indicate a pervasive developmental disorder and procuring the resources to provide families the proper interventions and services
  • Autism Interventions: This panel discussion from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature local service providers working in the autism community. Panelists will provide an overview of current research based treatment options and available resources for Autism Spectrum disorders.

Both events are open to health care providers and students from all disciplines. Registration is $50 for each session or $80 for both. Certificates of completion for three contact hours for each session will be provided to participants.

For more information or to register, visit

Questions to Cristy James at


Arrow Indiana CTSI webinar to feature partnerships

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 the Indiana CTSI’s partnerships with Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, 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


News to Use

Arrow Data management evaluation sessions — register today

IUSM and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute are considering purchasing a clinical trials management system (CTMS) and electronic data capture system (EDC).

A request for applications was submitted to 20 vendors on July 1, with 11 vendors responding by Aug. 1. A core team has narrowed the 11 vendors down to three vendors with each of these three vendors scheduled to visit the IUPUI campus in October to perform product demonstrations and to answer questions related to their products. 

Anyone interested in these systems is encourage to in providing input into the selection process and help evaluate the systems’ user-friendliness. To participate, register by Friday, Sept. 30 at this page: On-Line Registration Form (right click, then open hyperlink)

Dates, times, and locations are noted in the on-line registration form. For more information, visit this page.

Question to Bob Davis at 274-2735 or


Arrow Psychiatry offers transcranial magnetic stimulation

Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry now offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression at the Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic at IU Health University Hospital.

TMS is a treatment which involves magnetic stimulation of the front part of the brain. The therapy does not require anesthesia and is conducted in a fully awake state while a person is sitting down in a reclining chair. Clinical trials have shown that many patients experience a 50 percent decrease in their symptoms and even a complete remission of them.

For further information or to arrange an evaluation, call Becky McMahon at 948-1333 or visit


Arrow Watch the State of the University address

IU President Michael McRobbie delivered his annual State of the University address on Sept. 27 in the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.

In the speech, President McRobbie focused on steps the university has taken to thrive despite a flagging economy and touted a record-breaking year for research funding, which has surpassed the $500 million mark for the first time in IU’s history. He also announced that the IUPUI fundraising campaign has garnered a landmark $1 billion in contributions.

For more information, see the IU Newsroom. To read a transcript of his speech, see video highlights or watch the complete address, visit


Arrow United Way Campaign update

Since its kickoff event last week, the 2011 IUPUI United Way Campaign has raised $148,853 to benefit United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI).

This year’s fundraising goal has been set at $395,000. A new gift of $150 or an increased gift of $150 (as an undesignated gift to UWCI) can make donors eligible for Indianapolis Colts prizes throughout the season, as well as a chance to win two tickets to the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Stadium in Indianapolis.

For more information or to donate, visit

Questions to Jana Hill at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, an expert on drug use in sports discusses the new plan to test NFL players for performance-enhancing drugs, and a contraceptive researcher provides details on a potential new birth control pill for men. Also, IU pediatricians Rachel Vreeman, MD, and Aaron Carroll, MD, authors of “Don’t Cross Your Eyes,” will discuss common misconceptions about diet and exercise. Sound Medicine airs 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 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 Fall Core Pilot Funding Program — Request for Applications

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

This program will fund up to $10,000 in services provided by 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.)

Faculty at IUSM, IUPUI, IU-Bloomington, Purdue and Notre Dame 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, chief scientific officer, Indiana CTSI, at


Arrow Global Health Education Consortium Awards

IUSM faculty, students, and residents are eligible for the annual Lancet and Valji Awards from Global Health Education Consortium.

These awards recognize excellence in global health activities, including student research and leadership, community service and teaching excellence. Awards of $1,000 and plaques recognizing the global health achievement will be presented by The Lancet and Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji at the GHEC 2011 Global Health Conference in Montreal Nov. 13-15.

The application deadline is Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information, see this page.

Questions to


Arrow IU Health Value Fund grant application deadlines

Submissions for the IU Health Values Fund for Research and Education grant applications and proposals are due noon on Monday, Oct. 17.

All IU employees submitting application must have their proposals into the IU/Office of Research Administration five full business days before the Oct. 17 deadline. Additional requirements include approval of the application by one’s PIs and all cognizant chairs, directors, deans and, if required, vice president, chancellors or provost. The narrative and literature cited must be uploaded to the proposal packet two business days prior to the sponsor’s submission deadline.

These new rules were implemented Jan. 1, 2011. For more information on all internal submission guidelines, visit the IU ORA website or the IU Sponsored and Research programs website at

IU employee with questions about these guidelines should contact the IU Sponsored and Research programs through Terry White at or 274-2221 or Amy Clifford at or 274-0151.


Arrow Symposium on teaching excellence accepting proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2012 Edward C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching. The symposium will take place on Friday, March 2. Proposals that cross disciplines, come from graduate students, or involve student presenters are strongly encouraged. The symposium brings the higher education community together to examine the various instructional strategies that encourage student learning.

Deadline to submit is Tuesday, Nov. 1. For more 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 Renbarger named national Presidential awardee

Jamie L. Renbarger, MD, Nora Letzter Scholar in Pediatrics and assistant professor of pediatrics, medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology, has been named a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama.

Dr. Renbarger’s primary research interests include using genomic tools to reduce the impact of side effects that frequently affect children with cancer who are being treated with the drug vincristine. The Presidential awards, established in 1996, are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers and reflect the administration’s priority “on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy,” according to a statement from the White House.

Renbarger is also associate director of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine and a member of the IU Simon Cancer Center.

For more information, see the IUSM Newsroom.


Around Campus

Arrow Pride Month panel discussion

In conjunction with Disability Awareness Month and LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Intersex and Allies) Pride month, “Cultural Competency and Accessibility: Considering the Other,” will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in University College, room 104.

This panel discussion brings members from the LGBTQA and disability communities to discuss the intersection of cultures seemingly made invisible and subsequently facing issues of access and inclusion. The event will cover both historical and current issues that affect members of the disabled and queer communities.

For more information, 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 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.