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IUSM Scope

March 23, 2012
Volume 16 Number 11 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Faculty News

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


Around Campus

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Evening of the Arts showcases talent, raises funds for free clinics

The 21st annual Evening of the Arts program, showcasing the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff, will be Saturday, March 24, at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, 1140 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior St.

Evening of the Arts raises funds to support clinics that provide free health care to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis, and where many of the medical students volunteer. Clinics to benefit from the fundraiser include IUSM Student Outreach Clinic, St. Thomas Clinic, Wheeler Mission and Gennesaret Free Clinic.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door the night of the show or in advance from the Office for Mentoring and Student Development, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 162, or online at

Prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for students; $15 in advance and $20 at the door for the general public, cash or check only. 

For more information, visit


Arrow U.S. ambassador to Australia meets with IUSM leadership

IU School of Medicine leadership participated in a “power breakfast” with the U.S. ambassador to Australia on March 22 at the Health Informatics and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building. The breakfast was hosted by Indiana University.

The Honorable Jeffrey L. Bleich, U.S. ambassador to Australia, met with IUSM leaders to discuss health care innovation and research. The visit is part of a larger US tour, “Opportunity Australia,” hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.

Participants in the discussion included D. Craig Brater, MD, IUSM dean and vice president for university clinical affairs; David Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs and founder and scientific director of ImmuneWorks Inc.; Mervin Yoder, MD, assistant dean for entrepreneurial research and founder of EndGenitor Technologies; and Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and associate dean for translational research; Tony Armstrong, president and CEO of the IU Research and Technology Corp.; and Bill Stephan, vice president of the IU Office of Engagement.

Topics under discussion included an overview of resources designed to catalyze research and innovation at the IU School of Medicine. This included the role of the IURTC in enhancing IU’s infrastructure to generate intellectual property and increase the number of disclosures and patents filed by IU investigators, as well as the mission of the Indiana CTSI to strengthen the translational research pipeline that brings new discoveries out of the lab and into clinical care. Other connections between the Indiana CTSI and Australia include a summer exchange program established last year to send medical students studying translational science to Australia National University.

In addition, Bleich met with business leaders and research developers from the Indianapolis community for a day of exchange beginning with a reception and luncheon at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis.

The visit to Indianapolis came only days after a visit to New York City, including meetings with a group of innovators at the Yale Club and dinner with the Australian Consul General to New York. The tour also included a visit to Washington, D.C., during which the ambassador met with officials from the U.S. departments of state, defense and commerce; and the Pentagon and the White House.

Other members of the AMCHAM delegation include Charles Blunt, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia; Joe Kaesshaefer, senior commercial officer at the U.S. Mission, Australia; and Jonathan Fritz, economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy, Australia.

To see photos from the ambassador’s visit, go to the IUSM Facebook page.


Arrow IU School of Medicine to host NIH regional seminar in April

The National Institutes of Health has selected IUSM as the local host for its 2012 Regional Seminar April 16 to 18 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

This comprehensive seminar will target researchers from across the state and region seeking first-hand information about the NIH grants process. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with hundreds of peers as well as experienced NIH employees.

“The opportunity to get advice on grant writing, federal policies, tools and other important information straight from the experts at the NIH will be a great benefit our research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students, as well as our partners within the research community across the state and region. I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in accessing NIH resources to take advantage of this event," said David Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs and August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research at IUSM.

The main seminar will kick-off Tuesday, April 17, with opening welcoming remarks by Eric Meslin, PhD, associate dean for bioethics and director of the IU Center for Bioethics at IU School of Medicine. In addition, Sally J. Rockey, PhD, deputy director for extramural research at NIH, will lead a discussion on the NIH’s role in supporting and encouraging biomedical and behavioral research across the globe.

Break-out sessions April 17 and 18 will encompass topics such as investigator career development, grant writing, working with international researchers, research integrity, peer review and compliance, federal regulations and policies, and electronic tools and resources. Dr. Rockey will return for a special session titled “Rock Talk,” a candid conversation about topics of concern to senior management at NIH. This session will be available April 17 and 18. The event will wrap from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 18 with a final Q&A session with NIH experts.

On Monday, April 16, NIH will host two half-day hands-on computer workshops on electronic Research Applications (eRA), which will help funding applicants navigate NIH’s electronic submission process and explore post-submission functionalities.

The main conference fee is $500, and the computer workshop is $250. To register, visit

Young investigators, post-docs, students at all levels and staff are needed to volunteer for all three days, with the benefit of a reduced conference fee. Volunteers not only get in free on the day they volunteer but get a discount if they want to attend another day. The fee for one day of the conference is $215 for volunteers. The computer workshop is $250, but volunteers can attend for $210.

Volunteers are asked to work a full day (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), but half-day volunteers may be accommodated. Volunteers will be asked to attend a 30-minute orientation session on Sunday April 15, or Monday, April 16, depending on their volunteer schedule.

To sign up to volunteer, visit this page. Questions about volunteering to Eric Schoch, IU Communications, at 317-274-8205 or


Arrow Marks Brothers and Beering Award lecturers named

Victor Ling, PhD, president and scientific director of the Terry Fox Research Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, will present the 2012 Mark Brothers Award lecture at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium, room 203. This event will be available via live Web streaming. 

The 2012 Steven C. Beering Award will be presented to Eric N. Olson, PhD, professor and chair of molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He will present the 2012 Beering Award lecture at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17 in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium, with a reception immediately following. This event will be available via live Web streaming.

Dr. Olson will also present a lecture to first- and second-year medical students, graduate students, postdocs and residents at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 in the Emerson Hall auditorium.

For addition information, visit


Faculty News

Arrow Faculty Elections — Voting open until April 6

The IUSM Faculty Council annual elections are now open. Faculty may cast their ballots by logging into Angel at and selecting the IUSM Faculty Election community group.  Per the IUSM faculty constitution, only full-time faculty members are eligible to vote.

Annual elections to committees and offices represent an important opportunity to participate in faculty governance of IUSM. All votes must be cast by Friday, April 6.

For technical issues, contact


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop series

As part of the ongoing workshop series from the Academy of Teaching Scholars, the following topics will be taught in April:

  • April 17: Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, 1:30 to 4 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1126
  • April 18: Discipline-Centered Instructional Development and Educational Assessment from 9 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1126, and Doing Real Work, Not Homework, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the IUPUI Library, room 1126
  • April 19: Web-Based Strategies for Supporting Learners, 2 to 4 p.m., online

These events are a partnership between the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

To register, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Israeli biochemist to speak on heart disease

Tony Futerman, PhD, will present a lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Futerman, professor of biological chemistry at the Weitzman Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, will present "Sphingolipids in Health and Disease.” Sphingolipids are a class of lipids that impact neural tissue.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, Occupational and Sleep Medicine.


Arrow Budygin to speak on drugs and dopamine

Evgeny Budygin, PhD, assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Emerson Hall, room 304

Dr. Budygin will present “Drug and reward associated changes in dopamine transmission: exploration with FSC-voltammetry and optogenetics.”

This event is presented by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.


Arrow Medical and molecular genetics presentation

Huajia Zhang, a doctoral student in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, will deliver a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Walther Hall, room 203.

This event is supported by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.


Arrow Grand Rounds on social media in medicine — March 28

Alexander M. Djuricich, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine and associate dean for Continuing Medical Education, will present “Social Media in Medicine and Medical Education: Fools’ Gold or Pot of Gold?” from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

This Grand Rounds presentation will focus on the intelligent use of social media in medicine. An avid user of social media, Dr. Djuricich blogs about medical education at and can be found on twitter at He also serves as the director of the medicine-pediatrics residency program.

This event will be presented by the Department of Pediatrics.


Arrow Presentation to focus on cancer drug development

Tsann-Long Su, a research fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, will present a seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Cancer Research Institute (R4), room 101.

Dr. Su will present Anticancer Drug Development from Target Identification to Bedside.”

This event is supported by the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.


Arrow Lecture to focus on stem cell research

Peggy Goodell, PhD, Vivian L. Smith Chair of Regenerative Medicine and director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center at Baylor College of Medicine, will deliver a presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326. Refreshments will be served in room 420.

Dr. Goodell will present “Molecular Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells.” Reuben Kapur, PhD, will host.

This event is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.


Arrow Last Lecture with Jim Lemons — watch online

The IUPUI Last Lecture with James Lemons, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, will be available via an Internet live stream at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Eskenazi Hall Basile Auditorium. To tune in, visit this page.

Dr. Lemons’ lecture is titled “The Unanticipated Consequences of Love.” He is Emeritus Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics and former director of the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at IUSM. The section’s nationally and internationally recognized newborn intensive care program is one of the largest in the country, providing state-of-the-art care for approximately 10,000 newborn infants and their families each year.

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life's lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained, and distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into important guidance for successive generations.

To RSVP by Friday, March 23, visit An archive of the lecture will also be online after March 30 on this page.


Arrow Medical Humanities and Health Studies seminars

Two seminars will be presented in April by the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program:

Judith B. Farquhar, PhD, will present "Sorting Minority Medicine in Contemporary China" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B26. Dr. Farquhar, professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, is a researcher on traditional medicine, popular culture and everyday life in contemporary China.

Nancy Rhodes, PhD, associate professor of communication studies at IUPUI, will present "Why Do Boys Drive So Fast? An Exploration of Gender Roles, Emotion, and Risk Perception" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the IUPUI Campus Center. This talk will focus on the results of recent survey and experimental work to better understand sex differences in teen risky driving, as well as explore the potential for communication interventions to reduce teen risky driving. 

To RSVP, email For more information, visit


Arrow Public health seminars — April 6 and 13

The Department of Public Health will present two seminars in April in the Education and Research Institute Building, 714 N. Senate Ave., room 220.

April 6: Paul W. Andrews, PhD, JD, will present “Depressive disorder or depression by design: Integrating evidence from molecules to the mind to understand the evolution of depression” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dr. Andrews, an assistant professor of psychology, neuroscience and behavior at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, focuses on the evolution of depression and the effects of antidepressants on the brain and the rest of the body. His work has been reported by prominent outlets such as Scientific American Mind and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

April 13: Justin R. Garcia, PhD, will present “Sexual Hook-up Behavior:  Trends and Implications for Sexual Health” from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Garcia, a Common Threads in Reproductive Diversity research fellow with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at IU Bloomington, focuses on the biological and evolutionary foundations of human behavior, particularly romantic love, intimacy and sexual behavior.  He is a co-investigator on the national Singles in America study funded by the online dating site


Arrow Women student-faculty mentoring mixer

Join members of the Women’s Advisory Council for the next women student/faculty mentoring mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Euphoria/Creation Café, 337 W. 11th St.

This mentoring mixer is an opportunity for IUSM learners and faculty to build their networks. The event is open to female medical students, graduate students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. 

This event is sponsored by the American Medical Women's Association Student Chapter, IUSM Women's Advisory Council and the Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

To register, visit


Arrow IUSM to simulcast TEDMED 2012

The IU School of Medicine is an official simulcast site for TEDMED 2012, an international conference on broad issues of importance to the health and medicine community. 

Interactive sessions for faculty, staff, students and alumni will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 in the Riley Outpatient Conference Center Auditorium; April 12 in the IUPUI Campus Center; and April 13 in Emerson Hall, room 304.

Lunch will be provided.  The event is co-sponsored by Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Continuing Medical Education, the IU Alumni Association, the Indiana AMA/ISMA-Medical Student Section and IU Communications for the IU School of Medicine. 

To register, visit


Arrow Networking event to address physician gender wage gap

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will host “The $16,819 Pay Gap for Newly Trained Physicians: The Unexplained Trend of Men Earning More Than Women” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Fairbanks Hall.

This networking event for female house-staff and practicing physicians features Deb Tanner, executive vice president and group president of Covance, R&D Laboratories, who will present “Tales From the Negotiating Table: Where We Succeed and Where We Fail,” and Ann Zerr, MD, who will present “Medical Leadership and Women: What Mistakes Do We Make?”

All physicians, house staff and fellows are invited. To register, contact Heidi Martens at 317-261-2060 or

This event is sponsored by the IU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, American Medical Women’s Association, Indiana State Medical Association, the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council, IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and American Medical Association-Women Physicians Congress.


News to Use

Arrow ReSEARCH Connect to foster faculty collaboration

IUSM has invested in SciVal, a national research database service that will give its scientists a powerful tool to support their research.

SciVal, a product of Elsevier that is being labeled ReSEARCH Connect at IUSM, enables its researchers to find scientists who are conducting research in similar areas, or have useful complementary expertise, whether at the IU School of Medicine or other universities that participate in SciVal.

“This is an age of collaboration in medical research,” said David S. Wilkes, MD, executive associate dean for research affairs at the IU School of Medicine. “Successful science increasingly demands that investigators work in multi-talented teams, especially if they want their discoveries to be translated into new medical treatments and procedures and not languish in the laboratory.”

More than 830 IU School of Medicine faculty who conduct research are included in the ReSEARCH Connect database. Using data from the researchers’ scientific publications and grants from the National Institutes of Health, ReSEARCH Connect creates a research profile that reveals connections to other investigators working in similar research areas. The technology aims to connect these highly specialized researchers from IUSM’s 27 different departments to others with relevant expertise at IU and other universities.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Biostatistics for health care researchers short course

The Department of Biostatistics will offer a short course from 1 to 5 p.m. May 8, 9 and 10 on basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature. 

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to recognize common study designs and statistical methods used in medical research; discuss complex study design and analysis with a statistician; specify basic concepts of data management; identify appropriate use of statistical procedures when given a common study design; and implement simple statistical analyses under the guidance of a statistician.

The course will be open to faculty, fellows, residents, students and staff.  Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 registrants. 

For more information, including a detailed brochure and printer-friendly version of the registration form, visit

Questions to Ann Lyon at


Arrow IUPUI Health Services to close March 26 to 28

IUPUI Health Services at Coleman Hall will close all day Monday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 28, to implement a new electronic medical records system. The Coleman Hall location will also close Tuesday afternoon, March 27. IUPUI Student Health Services at the IUPUI Campus Center will also close from March 26 to 28.

During these closures, employees and students with an injury that requires immediate attention should report to the University Hospital ER. Employees and students who experience a needlestick, other contagious disease exposure or minor injury, or those who aren't sure whetehr their injury requires going to the ER, should contact an IUPUI Health Services staff member by paging the OUCH pager at 317-312-6824. The staff member will advise the employee of the appropriate management of the situation.

Appointment times are being limited during the electronic medical records system implement and training period.


Arrow Hoosier science fair judges needed

Volunteer judges are needed for the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 31, in the IUPUI Campus Center. Students in Grades 5 to 12 who have won at the regional level will be presenting their research

The high school  students are competing for an expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held the second week of May in Pittsburgh, Pa. and will be representing Indiana at this international competition. Judges are needed especially for the high school division.

Judging will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior division judges should be at the postdoctoral or resident level or higher. Lunch will be provided.

To volunteer, register at


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, IU health policy expert Aaron Carroll, MD, and bioethicist Art Caplan, PhD, will discuss the Affordable Care Act, which will soon face a U.S. Supreme Court challenge for its controversial “individual mandate” provision.

Additional topics will include new vaccine recommendations — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that adults 65 and older receive the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that adolescent boys as well as girls receive the human papilloma virus vaccine — and a talk with the author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, on WFYI 90.1 FM. 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, visit the Sound Medicine website.



Arrow Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics — due March 30

The Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics is an endowed fellowship that may be awarded to a new or returning student in either the bioethics or international research ethics concentrations of the master's degree in philosophy program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

This fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend, partial tuition fee remission for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters, and health insurance. The purpose of the fellowship is to support a research project that concretely applies philosophical/ethical principles to real-life situations in the health care or biomedical research context.

The proposed project should connect the student with faculty and resources in one or all of the following: the Myles Brand Chair in Cancer Research in the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the IU Center for Bioethics, or the Department of Public Health in the IU School of Medicine.

Questions to Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, at

To apply, email proposals by Friday, March 30, to Eva Jackson at


Arrow Submit an abstract for Cancer Research Day

The IU Simon Cancer Center is accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day on Wednesday, May 9, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

Abstracts should be submitted for basic science, translational/clinical research, population science/epidemiology or behavioral categories. Please submit all abstracts to by Friday, April 13. Use this abstract template.

Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI, IU Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between IUSM and the University of Notre Dame, are eligible to present at Cancer Research Day.

Cash awards for best posters by graduate students, post-doctoral/medical fellows, research technicians and clinical nurses in all research categories will be selected by a review board.


Arrow Indiana CTSI fellowships to support a year in translational research

IU School of Medicine students interested in taking a year off from medical school to pursue a master’s degree in translational science may apply for special fellowship program from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Research Institute. These fellowships provide a $24,500 stipend and health insurance .

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at IUSM with at least one year completed and not on academic probation.
  • Not be combined degree students (MD/PhD).
  • Make a commitment to complete the MS in Translational Science requirements and conduct 12 months of continuous, full-time research with minimal interruptions.
  • Be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be able to identify co-mentors who are faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (one clinician-scientist and one non-clinician-scientist).

Previous research experience is advantageous, but not required.

Funding is for one year. Benefits include a stipend of $24,500 and student health insurance. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, April 15, and awards may begin no earlier than May 15. 

To apply, email a CV to Carrie Hansel at Eligible candidates will be contacted with more information on how to proceed. 

Questions to Hansel at 317-278-5842.


Arrow AOA Distinguished Teaching Award nominations due April 20

Nominations are sought for the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Awards. These awards recognize the significant contributions that gifted teachers make to medical education. Each awardee will receive a $10,000 grant.

Each medical school may nominate one faculty member only. For more information on nominations criteria, visit

Application deadline is Friday, April 20. Nominations to Nuria Morral, PhD, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics and chair of the IUSM Awards Committee, at


Arrow Fairbanks Center ethics fellowship applications open

Applications are available for the 2012-13 Clinical Ethics Fellowship sponsored by the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.

This nine-month, part-time fellowship focuses on training healthcare professionals in clinical ethics, including ethics consultation, hospital ethics committee work and ethics research. Eligible candidates include physicians, nurses, chaplains and social workers. Other members of the community (e.g. attorneys or members of administrative staffs) may also apply. 

Admission is competitive and requires a written application (including several brief narrative essays), a letter of support from the applicant’s immediate supervisor, one letter of recommendation and interviews with Fairbanks Center representatives.

Application deadline is Monday, April 30. For more information or access an application, visit

Questions to Patty Bledsoe, program manager for the Fairbanks Center, at 317-962-9260 or


Arrow Partnership grants from Indiana CTSI and West Virginia CTSI

Applications are sought for a new joint pilot award from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This award will provide up to $50,000 to clinical and translational projects that address health and health care issues relevant to Indiana CTSI and West Virginia CTSI.

Projects will be funded for 18 months and must be collaborative efforts between faculty at WVCTSI institutions (West Virginia University, Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University-Charleston and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine) and Indiana CTSI institutions (Indiana University, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame). Each institution will provide 50 percent of the total grant ($25,000 per institution). Applicants must be co-principal investigators on the project. All faculty members with full-time appointments regardless of rank are eligible to apply.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Projects likely to lead to longer-term collaborative efforts will receive the strongest consideration for funding. This includes not only biomedical, clinical and population research, but also research in areas that enhance clinical and translational research, such as biomedical informatics, biostatistics research and community based projects.

For complete application information, including eligibility guidelines, submission forms and a proposals presentation checklist, visit Log in using your institutional username and password and select “CTSA Partnership Grant - Indiana CTSI and West Virginia CTSI - 2012.05 (WVP).”

Questions to Holly Legleiter (WVCTSI) at 304-293-7207 or or Lisa Dinsmore (Indiana CTSI) at 317-278-2874 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 offer weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

Funding opportunity categories include the sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

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



Arrow Honors

Malaz Boustani, MD, associate professor of medicine and an investigator at the Regenstrief institute; Alexander Niculescu, MD, PhD, associate professor psychiatry; and Alexander Robling, PhD, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, have been named recipients of the 2012 Frontiers Trailblazer Award. This award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly activity accomplishments on the part of first- through third-year associate professors. The Trailblazer award honors outstanding IUPUI researchers who are “showing great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.” Each Trailblazer award includes a $1,000 cash prize to support the recipient’s research. The award will be presented during the IUPUI Research Day at 1:10 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Melissa Kacena, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Pamela Perry, communications director at the IU School of Medicine, will receive Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader Awards from the IUPUI Office for Women and Campus and Community Life. Dr. Kacena will be honored in the “newcomer” full-time faculty category, and Perry will be recognized for her leadership in the “veteran” full-time staff category. Dr. Kacena is a researcher focused on improving the treatment of metabolic bone disease and fracture healing. Perry, who joined the IUSM staff in 1988 as the founding director of the IUSM Office of Public and Media Relations, is also the founding producer of Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio that airs across the country. The Leadership Awards were established in 2002 to recognize excellent female faculty, staff and students nominated by their colleagues. The award will be presented from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450A.

Eric Shin, a fourth-year IUSM student pursuing an academic career in cardiovascular medicine and research, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2012 Seed Grant Research Program. This award provides medical students, residents and fellows with grants of $2,500 for basic science or clinical research projects. The recipients are studying cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, neoplastic diseases and pancreatic cancer. Shin was one of only 43 recipients in the nation selected to receive a grant from this program.


Around Campus

Arrow Documentary screening on global pregnancy health

As part of Women's History Month, VOX IUPUI will screen "No Woman, No Cry" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the IUPUI Library, room 1126. 

This documentary, produced by Christy Turlington Burns, focuses on pregnancy and pre- and post-natal care in the developing world to increase dialogue and action on issues of maternal and child health, including access to safe abortion.

For more information, visit


Arrow Art teacher shines spotlight on DNA Tower

The large glass-blown sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium will be featured on “Artrageous With Nate,” an online program that opens the door to the world of arts to children, created by Nate Heck, an IU alumnus and elementary art teacher.

The sculpture, dubbed "DNA Tower," will be highlighted along with another local piece by Chihuly on display at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. The program will help bring to light a “hidden gem” that has graced the IU School of Medicine for nearly a decade.

"Our goal with Artrageous is to interest kids, and get them into the doors of museums and art galleries," says Heck, who led a group elementary children in creating a 30-foot Chihuly-inspired sculpture, made out of two-liter bottles, which was displayed at the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis.

To read the whole story, with photos, 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 other useful 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 left-hand side of the school’s home page at

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



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 and corridor/lounge, the Daly Student 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

For more information, call 317-274-7722.


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. Photos are encouraged with submissions and also may be used on the IUSM homepage or social media channels.

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • E-mail the information to
  • Mail the information to Kevin Fryling, IU Communications, 251 N. Illinois St., North Tower, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Campus mail; no postage required)
  • 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 M.D. or Ph.D.)
  • For more info, see the Scope Style Guide (PDF)

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