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December 2, 2011
Volume 15 Number 46 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Indy’s Super Cure raises $1 million for Komen Tissue Bank

Indy’s Super Cure, a collaborative program between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center and 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, recently announced that it has raised $1 million for the Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank.

The $1 million milestone was reached in only four months. Allison Melangton, president and chief executive officer of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, says the Indy’s Super Cure team will now continue to raise money while the focus shifts to increasing global awareness and recruiting women from minority populations to donate tissue at a “super” donation on Jan. 28 and 29, the weekend leading up to Super Bowl week.

Also, on Nov. 20, Nancy G. Brinker, Komen’s sister and founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, announced the charity will give a $500,000 grant to the Komen Tissue Bank to collect healthy breast tissue samples in Kenya.

For more information on Indy’s Super Cure, visit


Arrow Presson to lead anesthesia department

Robert G. Presson Jr., MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesia effective Dec. 1, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

Dr. Presson, who is the Robert K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia and a professor of pediatrics, has served as interim chair of the department since June 1. His research interests include respiratory physiology, congenital heart defects and treatment in pediatric intensive care unit environments. Research interests include ischemia-reperfusion injury of the lung, animal models of IRI, computer-aided data acquisition and the statistical analysis of research data.


Arrow Wright named interim chair of public health

Eric Wright, PhD, professor of public health and division director of Health Policy and Management, will serve as the interim chair of the Department of Public Health during its transition to the School of Public Health at IUPUI.

Dr. Wright joined the Department of Sociology in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in 1996, where he was appointed associate professor in 2001. He joined the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI in 2005 to lead the development of the Center for Health Policy and was named associate dean in May 2009. He maintains an active research agenda in the area of health policy and health services research.

Dr. Wright will succeed Marie Swanson, PhD, who will focus on campus-wide activities as associate vice chancellor for public health.


Faculty News

Arrow IUSM Faculty Steering Committee nominations open online

IUSM Faculty Steering Committee is now accepting the faculty preferences sheet electronically. Faculty can submit nominations or self-nominate for the position of president- and secretary-elect, and service on standing committees, at

Nominations will close Monday, Dec. 12. For more information, visit


Arrow Simulation-based medical education director sought

The IU School of Medicine is seeking applications for the position of director of simulation-based medical education. This is a full-time tenure track or clinical track faculty position in which 40-50 percent FTE will be designated for serving as director.

The director will be responsible for assisting IUSM faculty in the development of curricula and performance-based assessments using a variety of simulation-based technologies. The position will report to the executive associate dean for educational affairs and will be a member of the IUSM Educational Executive Committee.

This position requires a terminal degree (MD, PhD, EdD) and seeks a faculty member with advanced training, professional development, education or extensive experience in simulation-based education. The successful candidate should bring expertise in program development, performance assessment and program evaluation. Experience in doing educational research and/or the development and dissemination of scholarly work in education will strengthen a candidate's application. For more information, see the complete job description at

Interested candidates should create a PDF file containing the following: a letter of interest, CV and contact information for three references. Send the PDF file by e-mail to Dr. Laura Torbeck, co-chair of the Search and Screen Committee at using "Director, Simulation-based Medical Education" as the subject of the message.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and 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 application from women and minorities.


Student Showcase

Arrow Students to host children’s book donation

The Pediatrics Student Interest Group is supporting Reach Out and Read with an event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Clearwater Crossing Barnes & Noble, 3748 E. 82nd St. in Indianapolis. Read Out and Read is a nationwide, non-profit organization that provides books for children during doctor’s visits.

Although this program typically offers books to children ages 1 to 5, Wishard Pediatric Primary Care Clinic has identified a need for books for older children ages 6 to 12. PedSIG’s goal is to recieve numerous books for this population of underserved children. The kickoff event will include crafts, face painting and a reading with Q-and-A session from nationally known children's author Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

Book donations can be made at the Dec. 11 event or online via A list of 13 preferred books for donation are available at the IUSM PedsSIG Facebook page. The shipping address for online book purchases is Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, 1002 Wishard Blvd. 2nd Floor, Indianapolis, IN 46217.

For more information, see the event flier. Questions to Lauren Bader at


Events & Lectures

Arrow Biochemist to present seminar — Dec. 5

Scott Briggs, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Purdue University, will present “Charge-Based Interactions in Histone Methylation" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326. His presentation is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the same location.


Arrow Presentation on genetic eye diseases

Timothy Corson, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology and biochemistry and molecular biology, will present “Chemical Genomic Approaches to Genetic Eye Disease,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203. Dr. Corson is also associate member of the IU Simon Cancer Center and Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.

This seminar is sponsored by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and hosted by Xin Zhang, PhD, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics.


Arrow Ethics lecture on aging and dementia

Susan L. Mitchell, MD, MPH, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at the Hebrew Senior Life Institute for Aging Research in Boston, will present “The Clinical Course of Advanced Dementia," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

This event, a part of the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series, is free and open to the public and does not require pre-registration. CE credit is offered to physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains at no charge.

For more information, visit Questions to Amy Chamness at 317-962-1721 or


Arrow Lecture to focus on HIV infection

Mario Ostrowski, MD, associate professor of medicine, immunology and laboratory medicine and pathology, at the University of Toronto, will present “The Role of Human Endogenous Retroelements in HIV Infection," from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and hosted by Andy Yu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology.

Refreshments will be available outside room 420 in the same building. 

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology will offer a seminar


Arrow Epigenetics Symposium — Dec. 9

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will host the 2011 Epigenetics Symposium from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

This symposium features talks from seven investigators at the IUSM, IUPUI, IU-Bloomington and Purdue campuses, including Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, associate dean for translational research at IU, Raymond E. Houk Professor of Psychiatry at IUSM and director of the Indiana CTSI.

A complete speaker list and presentation titles are available from the symposium website at This event will also feature breakout sessions and a welcome message from Jorge José, PhD, vice president of research at IU.

Students and postdocs are especially encouraged to attend and learn more about this growing research area. For more information, visit

This event is sponsored by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the Center for Medical Genomics, and OSU-IU Center for Cancer Systems Biology.

Questions to Dr. Liu at 317-278-9222 or


Arrow Health information exchange in diabetes treatment

The Diabetes Translational Research Center will host a presentation by Chandra Osborn, PhD, MPH, from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1110.

Dr. Osborn, assistant professor of biomedical informatics and medicine at Vanderbilt University, is interested in the role of health information exchange in patient care with particular emphasis on patient portals. Her presentation will be titled "Leveraging Patient Portals and Mobile Devices to Improve Diabetes Medication Management and Adherence."


Arrow Beering Lecture to feature cancer expert

The 2011 Steven Beering Lecture will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. 

Craig B. Thompson, MD, president and CEO of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will present “Cell Growth and Survival: It’s All About Metabolism.” Dr. Thompson also is a professor of immunology and microbial pathogenesis and cell and developmental biology at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thompson also will deliver a lecture to graduate and first- and second-year medical students, pre-docs, postdocs and residents titled “Metabolic Regulation of Epigenetics” from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Emerson Hall, room 304. 

Steven C. Beering served as the dean of the IU School of Medicine from 1974 to 1983, and then as the president of Purdue from 1983 to 2000. The Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science was established by several IUSM faculty in recognition of Dr. Beering after he left IUPUI. A list of previous recipients is online on this page.

Questions to Kelli Diener at 317-278-3048 or


Arrow Ophthalmology grand rounds — Dec. 14

Maria Grant, MD, will deliver an ophthalmology grand rounds presentation from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Glick Eye Institute, Spitzberg Hall.

Dr. Grant is a professor and director of translational research in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida. Her topic will be "Does bone marrow neuropathy drive the development of diabetic retinopathy?”


Arrow Lecture to focus on the cowpox virus

David J. Pickup, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University, will present “Cowpox virus and its interplay with the immune system, from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and hosted by Janice Blum, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology. Refreshments will be available outside room 420 in the same building.


Arrow Public health lecture on diabetes

Suthat Liangpunsakul MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and public health, will present a lecture titled “Alcohol-Induced Hepatic Steatosis and Ceramide," from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Daly Student Center, room 185.

This event is sponsored by the IU Center for Diabetes Research. Refreshments will be available prior to the presentation.


News to Use

Arrow New course in translational research

IUSM and the Indiana CTSI will offer a new course this spring in “Quantitative Aspects in Translational Research” (GRAD-G668).

The goal of this course is to train medical and basic researchers to work collaboratively to solve problems in translational research. Designed as a research-version of the reality show, “Survivor,” this course provides students with skills in quantitative analysis of complex research problems using simulation approaches. A series of lectures and interactive challenges will band students into research teams with the ultimate goal of developing the analytical skills needed to anticipate and predict outcomes of translational research. Students will hear lectures such as “Betting on horses or flipping coins,” “Everything you know is probably wrong!” and “Living in the Matrix: Math of the real world.” 

For those interested individuals with a significant amount of research experience may be allowed to waive the prerequisite of “Tools & Techniques in Translational Research” (GRAD-G 667). 

For more information or to register, contact Carrie Hansel at and include a CV and student ID number.


Arrow Medical Spanish courses — spring semester

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI will offer two Spanish language courses designed for health care personnel in Spring 2012.

Beginning Spanish for Health Care Personnel II (S161) is a three-credit language instruction course for beginners with an emphasis on the communicative needs of health care personnel. It will be offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays. This course will include a service learning component. It is equivalent to first-year Spanish (S118). Prerequisites are S160 or S117.

Spanish for Health Care Personnel (S319) is a three-credit course designed specifically for those interested in learning Spanish in the context of material related to health care with an emphasis on vocabulary required for communicative competence in the medical fields. It will be offered from 6 to 8:40 p.m. Wednesdays or online. Prerequisite is S204 or equivalent.


Arrow Income processing training — Dec. 14

The Office of Financial Affairs is providing training in IUSM income processing from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in Fesler Hall, room 211 (Hurty Hall B).

This training is mandatory for IUSM fiscal officers and revenue processors and is not open to other schools at this time. This session will teach participants how to properly deposit and transport funds at IUSM and is being offered in an effort to implement better internal controls and ensure university policy compliance. After participants attend an IUSM revenue processing training session they are not required to attend another session; however, they are welcome to attend as a refresher.

To register, visit, and select "Income Processing for IU School of Medicine employees."

Questions to Andrea Johnson at 317-274-2346 or


Arrow Crispus Attucks High School mentors needed

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-College Program is seeking medical students, and graduate and undergraduate students in the science and health professions, to mentor or tutor middle and high school students at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.

Participants will provide mentorship in such skills as career exploration, goal setting and time management, or tutoring in math and science. The goal is to stimulate students' interest in and improve their ability to enter a career in biomedical science.

This is an opportunity to earn money while assisting Crispus Attucks students as they meet their educational goals and succeed.

Application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 12. To apply, contact Carrie Harris at 317-278-1783 or


Arrow Summer teacher assistants sought

The Division of Diversity Affairs is seeking talented teacher assistants to work with a summer experience for students in Grade 5 through 8 to open their minds to a potential career in health care.

The full day programs, Brain Link and MASH, provide students with classroom instruction and hands-on, laboratory-based enrichments experience in math and science as well as career awareness and exploration opportunities in health care.

This full-day summer program runs for three weeks between July 9 and 27. Only science, medical and MSMS student need apply.

Interested applicants should contact Carrie Harris at 317-278-1783 or


Arrow Holiday poinsettia sale — Dec. 8

Holiday poinsettias grown locally in the campus greenhouse will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, on the first floor of the IUPUI Science (SL/LD) Building.

Prices will range from $5 for a small plant to $15 for a large plant. Varieties include traditional red, classic white, pink, marble and speckled.

This sale is presented by the IUPUI Biology Club and will support its scholarships, service projects and other activities.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, pioneering zinc researcher Ananda Prasad, MD, PhD, will discuss treating colds with zinc supplements. Additional topics include graphic warning on cigarette labels, surgical techniques to reduce facial paralysis, blood tests to detect gender within seven weeks of conception and an interview with the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, on WFYI, 90.1FM. 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 IUSM internal grant applications deadline

The application deadline for the following IUSM internal grant programs is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

  • Biomedical Research Grant
  • Research Enhancement Grant

For application forms and further information visit this page.


Arrow Showalter Trust applications due Jan. 10

Applications are open for grant awards from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust. The areas of eligible biomedical research are broad and described by the benefactors as “the type of medical research that is most likely to permanently benefit mankind.”

Applications for funding will be reviewed in two stages. An initial review by the IUSM Biomedical Research Committee will select the most meritorious proposals for further discussion and ranking. The committee will then provide a recommended ranking to the Showalter Trustees who conduct a second review. Final funding decisions are made by the Showalter Trustees.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. Funds will be awarded no earlier than July 1. Applications must be received via email by the Dean’s Office of Operations at

For more information, visit


Arrow Postdoctoral awards in clinical and translational research

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Research Institute ) is seeking applicants for research fellowships in clinical-translational research. Clinical research includes epidemiological studies, clinical trials or other investigations involving human subjects. Translational research consists of either “T1 research” (interface of basic science to human studies) or “T2 research” (interface of human studies to the community). 

Eligible candidates must fall into one of two categories:

  • Clinician-scientists with a doctoral degree (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, veterinarians, allied health care professionals, etc.)
  • Basic scientists with a PhD who are doing translational research that involves some component of human subjects research and has high potential for early translation into impacting patient care

This award requires two co-mentors who are faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician and a PhD-scientist). Applicants must be full-time junior faculty or research scientists eligible to apply as principal investigator on an NIH grant or career development award but who have not yet been a principal investigator on an R01 or equivalent grant. Postdoctoral clinical or research fellows are not eligible to apply unless institutional arrangements have been made for a full-time faculty or research scientist appointment by summer 2012.

Benefits include partial salary support, tuition and fees for required and elective coursework, pilot research monies and travel funds to attend the national CTSI young investigator meeting. 

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 1. Awards will begin July 1.  For complete application information, including eligibility guidelines and forms, visit, log in using your institutional username and password and select “CTSI Young Investigator Award in Clinical — Translational Research — 2012.02.”

Questions to Donna Burgett at 317-630-7447 or


Arrow Indiana CTSI offers predoctoral training awards

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute  is seeking applicants for predoctoral training awards in translational research. Eligible candidates are second- or third year pre-doctoral graduate student at one of the CTSI partner institutions: Indiana University, Purdue University or the University of Notre Dame.

Translational research refers to the process by which research in the lab translates into patient treatment (i.e.: “bench to bedside”). Translation may involve (T1) applying discoveries made during research to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans or (T2) carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both.

Benefits include an annual stipend of $24,500 (comparable to other pre-doctoral training positions), as well as partial tuition and fees for coursework relevant to the applicant's research, mentoring with a faculty member whose research program includes peer reviewed extramurally funded clinical or translational research and the opportunity to network with other pre and post-doctoral trainees, program mentors and allied researchers from multiple institutions in Indiana. This award also includes travel support to attend a national meeting with similar trainees from 40 other medical schools and research institutions.

For complete application information, including eligibility guidelines and forms, visit, log in using your institutional username and password and select “CTSI Predoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research — 2012.02 (TL1).”

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Funding is renewable for an additional year based upon progress attained.

Questions to Colleen Gabauer at 765-494-9256 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.

Funding updates categorizes include sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

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



Arrow Faculty books

Romil Saxena MD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, is the author of Practical Hepatic Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach. This new volume is a practical guide to diagnosing liver biopsy. Dr. Saxena presents diagnoses according to a pattern-based organization that covers histological patterns of injury.

The book is a resource for practical, hands-on information aim at solving tough diagnostic challenges for all major neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the liver. It is part of the new “Pattern Recognition” series from Saunders publishing.

To access the fully searchable contents online, along with a downloadable image bank, visit


Traffic Updates

Arrow Union Drive closure and shuttle changes

The Grey Line shuttle route has been adjusted as of Nov. 29 due to the closure of Union Drive and expansion of the Eskenazi Health (Wishard) construction site. The route will no longer use Riley Hospital Drive but instead will go from Medical Drive to Michigan to the new Eskenazi Health garage. Revised route shuttle stops are: Campus Center, Michigan/Barnhill, Ball Residence, Eskenazi garage and Campus Apartments.

The route will remain a 20 minute route between 6 a.m. and 9:40 p.m. Times will be reduced to 10 minutes during peak hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The closure of Union Drive will be permanent. For more information, visit


Around Town

Arrow Alumni Holiday Night at the Children’s Museum

The IUSM Association will offer discount tickets to residents, fellows and fourth-year medical students at this year’s Alumni Relation’s Holiday Night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Bring your family and come enjoy an evening of holiday cheer, good food, great times, Santa, the Jolly Slide and festive holiday music on all five floors of the museum. Also, special guest Charles D. Beeker, an IU underwater archaeologist, will present a lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Captain Kidd’s lost ship, Cara Merchant, open to adults and children ages 12 and over.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Five-dollar discounts are available to residents, fellows and fourth-year medical students.

For more information or to register, 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” page on the IUSM web site. This section 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 manages the MedTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents an 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 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

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