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IUSM Scope

December 9, 2011
Volume 15 Number 47 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Faculty News

Staff News

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


Around Town

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Kovacs named associate dean for clinical research

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, professor of clinical medicine, will be appointed associate dean for clinical research at the IU School of Medicine on Jan. 1.

In this role, Dr. Kovacs will oversee clinical research activities at the IU School of Medicine. This includes increasing the number of researchers engaged in clinical trial research at the IU School of Medicine and working with the school’s hospital partners to increase patient enrollment in clinical research studies. He will also serve as an associate director with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, a statewide partnership between Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame to turn scientific discoveries in the lab into new patient treatments and therapies in the health care system.

Dr. Kovacs succeeds Rafat Abonour, MD, professor of medicine and of pathology and laboratory medicine, who has served in the position since July 2005. He has been a passionate advocate for clinical trial research and served as the founder of the Indiana CTSI Office for Research Recruitment.

Dr. Abonour will continue in his role as a renowned oncologist and researcher specializing in multiple myeloma and gene therapy at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.


Arrow Top cancer hospital CEO to address medical school

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.” He 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. The lecture will be available live via Web stream on this page.

In addition, Dr. Thompson will deliver a lecture to graduate and first- and second-year medical students, predocs, 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 AAMC data book contains Indiana physician stats

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released an updated data resource examining current physician supply and retention, medical school and osteopathic school enrollment, and graduate medical education in the United States.

The 2011 State Physician Workforce Data Book includes information on how many doctors practice in Indiana per 100,000, where the IU School of Medicine ranks compared to other states, how many IUSM students stay in-state for residencies, and how many stay to practice. The Indiana state profile, as well as similar profiles on other states, is available at

This report is an update to a prior edition released in 2009. To download the complete document, go to


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 Saysana to lead medical quality at Riley

Michele Saysana, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, has been appointed to serve as medical quality officer for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

In this position, Dr. Saysana will lead Riley Hospital’s quality and safety initiatives. An advocate for patient safety and quality of care, she holds professional certification in process improvement methods and served as a leader during a recent patient armband compliance initiative at IU Health.

Dr. Saysana is director of the pediatrics hospitalist program at Riley Hospital.


Staff News

Arrow IUPUI Staff Council — Dec. 14

The IUPUI Staff Council will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Center for Young Children, 321 Limestone St., Indianapolis.

For more information, including future dates and locations, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Presentation to focus on protein analysis

James Reilly, PhD, professor of chemistry at IU-Bloomington, will present "New Protein Analysis Methods and Their Application to Bacterial Proteomes" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the same room. This event is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Arrow Seminar on brain imaging — Dec. 14

Xiaoming Jin, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, will present "Two-photon imaging of the normal and injured central nervous system: techniques and applications" from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Research II (R2) Building, room 101

This event is presented by the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Group Forums.


Arrow Lecture to discuss targeted gene therapy

David A. Wilcox, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Transplant at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Dr. Wilcox will present "Platelet targeted gene therapy improved hemostatic function in canine models for Glanzmann Thrombasthenia and Hemophilia A."

This event will be presented by Medical and Molecular Genetics Seminar and hosted by Kenneth Cornetta, MD, chair and Joe C. Christian Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics.


Arrow Seminar 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 Harvard neurologist to present lecture

Fang Sun, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology at the Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, will present “Promoting neuronal intrinsic capacity for axon growth in the adult CNS” from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in Research II (R2), room 101.

This event is presented by the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute.


Arrow Women’s Advisory Council anniversary celebration

The IUPUI Women’s Advisory Council will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

This event is an opportunity for both men and women faculty and students to network and learn more about the council’s mission and opportunities.

To register, visit


Arrow IU Winter College speakers and courses

IU Alumni Association will offer its sixth annual Winter College session from Feb. 10-12 in Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. This event is an intimate weekend for alumni, donors, and friends interested in an enriching weekend of fellowship and learning that showcases IU’s most engaging and interesting faculty and alumni.

This year’s session, “American Vistas: This Land Is Your Land,” will include interactive classes led by some of Indiana University's most dynamic professors and keynote speakers, including  George W. Sledge Jr., professor of medicine and pathology and co-director of IU Simon Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Program, who will present "Brave New World: The Genomic Future of Medicine." Additional speakers include Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will speak at the opening dinner, and astronaut and IU alumnus David Wolf, who will appear at the farewell dinner.

For a complete list of speakers or to register, visit this page.


News to Use

Arrow Accent modification course for health care professionals

Enrollment is now open for the next session of Accent Modification for International Health Care Professions. The course will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 17 to March 20 in the Methodist Hospital Candlelight Room (A3050-A).

The goal of this course is to improve participants’ spoken communications with colleagues, patients and staff through modification — not elimination — of their international accents. In addition to the traditional concerns of accurate sounds, the classes focus on fluency (word stress, sentence rhythm and intonation). This course is open to international faculty, postdocs, fellows, residents, medical students and nurses. Classes will be led by an experienced ESL instructor and meet 10 consecutive Tuesdays.

For more information or to register, visit

Questions to 317-962-2275 or


Arrow HOST program seeks participants

HOST, or Helping Our Students Travel, is designed to help medical students save money and create alumni connections during their travel for educationally related programs.

Students participating in the program benefit from free housing and/or meals, mentor relationships and local insight into the medical community from IUSM alumni. This program has been successful due to the generosity of alumni across the country and has helped save students thousands of dollars in educationally related travel expenses over the past five years. 

For more information on HOST, or to register as a student or an alumni host, visit

Questions to Cora Griffin by email at 317-274-8828 or


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 Mentors needed for medical magnet school

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 Masters of Science in Medical Science students need apply.

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


Arrow Hoosier women insight study

The Indiana Commission on Women has released a report based on “listening sessions” conducted with women around the state about needs and priorities of Hoosier women and girls, including a session held on the IUPUI campus in March.

To see a six-page synopsis of the study, visit

For more information on the project, visit


Arrow Scope holiday publication schedule

Scope will not publish Dec. 23 and 30 or Jan. 6 due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The next issue after this haitus will be Friday, Jan. 13.

Next Friday, Dec. 16, will be the final issue of Scope for this year. Please remember to consider this limited publication schedule when submitting items that contain events and deadlines.

For details about how to submit info to Scope, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, a followup on the 40-year-old “marshmallow” study measuring kids’ ability to delay gratification. Also, an IU plastic surgeon discusses the DIEP breast reconstruction technique and hear interviews with the authors of the books, The Man Who Couldn’t Eat and Kidney Steps.

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 week's program, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, see the Sound Medicine website.



Arrow Nominations sought for Beering Award, Mark Brothers Lecture

Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Steven C. Beering Award and the Mark Brothers of South Bend Lecture.

The IUSM Beering Award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to the advancement of biomedical or clinical science. The award is presented annually and consists of a $25,000 prize. The recipient is asked to present one major lecture to the medical community at the time the award is bestowed and to spend about three days at IUSM delivering one or two additional lectures to smaller groups.

The Mark Brothers Lectureship was created and endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Guey C. Mark to recognize nationally and internationally renowned medical scientists of Asian descent. The recipient is asked to present two lectures — one clinical and one research — to the medical community, and to spend about two days on campus, during which one or two additional lectures to smaller groups are planned. The recipient will receive a plaque and a check in the amount of $4,000.

Nominations should be sent in PDF file format and accompanied by a summary statement emphasizing the most important academic accomplishment(s) of the nominee, importance to biomedical or clinical science and why he or she is deserving of the honor.  A curriculum vitae and a list of key publications is also requested.

Nominations are due Monday, Jan. 9. Send submissions to Tim Lofton at


Arrow IUSM internal grant applications deadline — Jan. 10

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 Research Trust applications — submissions open

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 VA Medical Center small research grants — Jan. 15

The VA Medical Research Service at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center requests applications for small research grants.

Up to three grants of $15,000 to $25,000 each will be awarded from funding provided by the Indiana Institute for Medical Research. Applicants should be a qualified VA investigator (MD, DO or PhD) with an academic rank not exceeding assistant professor and no current or prior history as a principal investigator of NIH or VA funding.

Applications should be directed at the study of discrete projects intended to produce preliminary data in support of a future application for a VA Career Development Award or Merit Review grant. The applicant must remain qualified to apply for VA funding throughout the funding period.

For more information, see the complete application. Applications are due Sunday, Jan. 15, with notification by March 15.


Arrow Community-Based Research Grants — request for applications

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Engagement Program is requesting applications to support community-based research projects.

This request for applications will provide funds to academic and community partners to assist in the development and successful completion of collaborative, community-based research planning or implementation projects. Indiana CTSI CHEP support will range from $1,000 to $5,000 for planning projects and $10,000 to $20,000 for implementation projects during the 2011-12 fiscal year for this RFA.

For the purposes of this opportunity, community-based research will be defined as collaborative efforts with at least one community-based organization and one academic partner.  Planning or implementation projects must be joint efforts pursuing one or more of the following objectives: (1) improve an important feature of health or health care, (2) perform a needed evaluation of a valuable health-related program, or (3) develop a relationship for a community-based implementation project that can lead to (1) or (2). Preference will be given to projects likely to lead to extramural funding that supports the continuation or expansion of the proposed project or results in intellectual property.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 30. Awards will be announced March 1. The final allocation amount will be based on the number and quality of applications received. No applications will be funded for more than $20,000. Proposed project periods cannot exceed 12 months from the project start date, although applications for additional funding in the next year’s funding cycle will be considered based on progress.

For complete application guidelines and forms, visit, log in using your institutional username and password and select “CHEP Community-Based Research Awards (CBR)”.

Questions to Emily Hardwick at (317) 278-2821 or


Arrow Proposals sought for community-based research symposium

The 23rd Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium will be Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the IUPUI Campus Center. The symposium will examine how IU and the work of its people have shaped Indianapolis, and how the university has been shaped by the local community.

Posters, electronic and other visual presentations that showcase community-engaged research, teaching and learning are encouraged. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Feb. 3.

To submit a proposal, see the complete application form.

Questions to John Dichtl at


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — November 2011

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during November 2011, excluding commercial projects. Amounts shown are based on the first budget period/year:

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Peng-Sheng Chen University of Pennsylvania New The contribution of Melanocyte-like cells to atrial function and development 6/15/2011 5/31/2012 $45,703
Timothy William Corson International Retinal Research Foundation New Determining the mechanism of action of a novel pharmacotherapy for retinal neovascularization 10/7/2011 11/7/2012 $57,100
Tatiana M. Foroud NIH-NIA Continuing/
National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease (NCRAD) 9/30/2011 6/30/2012 $945,143
Gary D. Hutchins Purdue University New Neuroimaging for Early Diagnosis of Manganese Toxicity in Humans and Rodents 9/12/2011 4/30/2012 $109,037
Debomoy K. Lahiri Alzheimer's Association New Novel regulation of APP and beta-secretase (BACE) in Alzheimer's disease 10/1/2011 9/30/2012 $66,230
Gilbert C Liu NIH-NLM New Delivering Geospatial Intelligence to Health Care Professionals 9/1/2011 8/31/2012 337,488
David Grayson Marrero NIH-NIDDK New Improving Medication Adherence in Type 2 Diabetes Using Integrated eTechnology. 9/21/2011 8/31/2012 $241,646
Kieren James Mather NIH-NIDDK New Preservation of Beta Cell Function in Prediabetes/Early Type 2 Diabetes 9/20/2011 6/30/2012 $755,513
Carmella Evans Molina NIH-NIDDK New Mechanisms of Beta Cell Function in Health and Disease 9/15/2011 8/31/2012 $334,950
Irina Petrache US Veterans Affairs Continuing/
IPA Agreement for Yuan Gu 10/1/2011 9/30/2012 $16,662
Greg Alan Sachs National Palliative Care Research Center New Promoting Effective Advance Care Planning for Heart Patients. 9/6/2011 9/5/2013 $154,000
Seyed Hamid Sayar Purdue University New Biosensor technology to monitor leukemia-related kinase activity in patient cells 9/23/2011 8/31/2012 $22,903
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds American College of OB/GYN New Predictors and Outcomes Associated with Antepartum Discharge Against Medical Advice 7/1/2011 6/30/2012 $10,000
Qihui Yu Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation New A Novel Therapeutic Strategy to Eradicate HIV-1 Infection 10/15/2011 9/30/2013 $489,506
Qi-Huang Zheng Indiana State Department of Health New Non-Invasive in Vivo Assessment of TBI with PET and New TSPO Radioligands 9/1/2011 8/31/2013 $120,000


Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer 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, multidisciplinary and technology:

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



Arrow Were named a winner of 2011 Innovators Challenge

Martin Were, MD, assistant professor of medicine, has been selected as a winner of the mHealth Alliance and Rockefeller Foundation’s Top 11 in 2011 Innovators Challenge.

The Challenge's goal is to recognize individuals who have used mobile technology in innovative ways to improve health systems and outcomes particularly in the most remote areas of the world. Dr. Were is being recognized for the development and evaluation of innovative mobile health solutions for use in resource-limited settings and for their large-scale deployment by AMPATH, an IU-Kenya partnership created to fight HIV and other chronic diseases in Africa.

OpenMRS, an open-source electronic record system developed by the Regenstrief Institute, is now used in over 50 countries. The system accommodates any disease condition, and guidelines are easy to update. To watch an online demonstration, see this video.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Schneider’s research named a top cancer advance

Breast cancer research conducted by Bryan Schneider, MD, associate professor of medicine, and colleagues has been named one of the top clinical cancer research advances of the year by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Schneider’s research has identified a genetic biomarker that causes neuropathy among some breast cancer patients using a class of chemotherapy drugs called taxanes and is featured in the 2011 Clinical Cancer Advances: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer. Dr. Schneider’s study is one of the first genetic biomarkers to have been reported for neuropathy caused by taxanes, which includes paclitaxel or Taxol.

Dr. Schneider also is a physician and researcher at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

For more information, see the IUSM Newsroom.


Around Town

Arrow Bleed Blue Blood Drive — Dec. 10

The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Blood Center will kick off the 12th annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive and Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The event is the largest single-day blood drive each year in Indiana with many local health organizations offering free screenings and health information on Lucas Oil Plaza and along the concourse during the blood drive. Among the organizations present will be representatives from the Indiana Biobank and INresearch, two projects managed by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute to advance researchers' access to clinical data and promote public participation in research studies.

Appointments are required to donate and 2,500 donor appointments are available. Participants will receive a regulation-sized Colts football featuring Colts center Jeff Saturday and a special discount at the Colts Pro Shop.

To schedule an appointment, 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

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents on Fridays, except on holiday weekends.

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 St., LO 401, IUPUI
  • Fax your information to (317) 278-8722

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In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

  • Acronyms
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  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)
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To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.