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March 30, 2012
Volume 16 Number 12 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Faculty News

Student Showcase

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


Around Town

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow IUSM to collaborate on neonatal nursing program

The IU School of Medicine will collaborate with the University of Indianapolis and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to implement a new master’s degree program to address the growing need to provide intensive care for newborn infants.

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program is the only of its kind in the state and includes a mix of classroom instruction, online studies and clinical work in local health care facilities. Hands-on training and observation will take place at Wishard Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Riley’s neonatal intensive care unit.

“For the students to have access to those kinds of clinical experiences is unprecedented,” said Anne Thomas, dean of UIndy’s School of Nursing. “These new nurse practitioners will be thoroughly prepared to fill the gap in communities that simply don’t have enough neonatal physicians to meet the demand.”

The program is designed for working nurses, and the instructors will include active pediatricians and nurse practitioners and will lead to a specialized Master of Science in Nursing degree from the UIndy School of Nursing.

The Riley neonatal intensive care unit is one of the largest in the state and one of the top-ranked in the nation.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Indiana CTSI grants to spur community health projects

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Engagement Program will provide about $120,000 in small grants to seven innovative partnership projects between local community groups and researchers at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. These partnerships will focus on improving health and health care in neighborhoods across the state.

Projects supported by the Indiana CTSI CHEP pilot grant program involve partners from the Indianapolis Urban League, Safe Kids Indiana, the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, St. Joseph County Minority Health Coalition, La Plaza and HealthNet. They will seek to promote healthy habits, improve awareness on HIV, prevent obesity, curb smoking among expectant mothers, and explore water birth safety. 

"We’re pleased to provide pilot funding to some of the many talented community groups and researchers who are engaged in improving health and health care throughout Indiana,” said Douglas K. Miller, M.D., co-director of the Indiana CTSI CHEP and Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Aging Research at the IU School of Medicine. “These organizations and the partnerships they represent are the folks who go out in our communities every day to help people across the state experience better health care and achieve healthier lives.”

IUSM grant recipients include Joseph O’Neil, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics, IU School of Medicine; Mary Ott, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics; Lisa Staten, Ph.D., associate professor of public health, IU School of Medicine; Sarah Wiehe, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics; Michael Weiner, M.D., associate professor of medicine, IU School of Medicine.

All projects were selected for their strong potential to gain additional support from other agencies after the one-year “cultivation” period provided by the pilot funds. “We see all these projects as the start of long-term collaborations with the Indiana CTSI CHEP program,” Dr. Miller said.

For more information, including a complete list of grant recipients, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Irwin awarded IU President's Medal for Excellence

Glenn Irwin Jr., M.D., dean emeritus of the IU School of Medicine and chancellor emeritus of IUPUI, received the President's Medal for Excellence from IU President Michael A. McRobbie March 28 during the ground breaking ceremony for the IUPUI Science and Engineering Laboratory Building at the IUPUI Campus Center.

The President's Medal is one of the highest awards the university can bestow and recognizes, among other criteria, distinction in public service, service to IU and extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, sciences, education and industry.

Irwin graduated from the School of Medicine in the spring 1944 class, one of the school’s two wartime classes that year, which was the result of the school’s effort to produce more doctors to serve the troops injured in the war. After serving at the Schofield Barracks Hospital in Hawaii, he joined the faculty at the School of Medicine in 1950 and became dean in March 1965.

As dean, Dr. Irwin began the drive to build IU Hospital in June 1965. He presided during the development of the "Indiana Plan,” which called for a coordinated statewide system of undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, as well as during projects to enhance and expand Riley Hospital for Children and IU Hospital, and the openings of the Regenstrief Institute and the Ronald McDonald House. He was appointed as chancellor of IUPUI in 1973.

For more information, visit the IUPUI Newsroom.


Arrow Glick Eye Institute benefactor dies

Marilyn Glick, who with her husband Eugene supported vision research, clinical care and education by providing the foundation for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, will long be remembered for her dream to place Indiana University at the forefront of vision research. She died Friday, March 23, at her home.

"The entire Indiana University community experienced a great loss with the passing of Mrs. Glick,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “She led her life by example, finding solutions to problems and challenges that would clearly make the world a better place, and a place that could be seen and enjoyed by all.”

The Glicks’ gift of $30 million to Indiana University allowed the creation of an endowment and provided the support necessary for the creation of the Glick Eye Institute, a 77,000-square-foot building that provides clinical space, research labs, educational opportunities and an administrative home for the Department of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The gift that allowed for the development of the Glick Eye Institute was the capstone of the couples’ philanthropy and the culmination of Mrs. Glick’s longstanding interest in vision care and the prevention of blindness.

“It was her wish, indeed, her directive, that cures for blindness and treatments for vision threatening diseases happen at Indiana University and in this building,” said Louis B. Cantor, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. “She knew that she would not live to see the benefits of this work, but that was her challenge to us. It was something very personal to her, and something directed very much from her heart.”

Her philanthropic spirit was part of her DNA. It was who she was,” added Dr. Cantor, who knew Mrs. Glick for many years and spoke at her funeral on Monday.

Gregory P. Gramelspacher, MD, professor of medicine, also spoke at the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine, 1160 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, Ind.

For more information, visit


Arrow Statewide public health conference — April 3-4

The fifth Indiana Joint National Public Health Week Conference will be April 3 and 4 at the IUPUI Campus Center. It coincides with the American Public Health Association's National Public Health Week and shares the theme, "A Healthier America Begins Today."

This event is aimed at public health practitioners, students and academics and will feature research presentations, networking mixers and speeches by national leaders. Speakers include Robert M. Saywell, professor emeritus and senior investigator in the Bowen Research Center at IUSM, who will present his research on childhood obesity at 10:30 a.m. on April 4, and David McSwane, DrPH, professor of public health at IUSM, who will present "Addressing Food Safety Issues Associated With Ready-to-Eat Produce" at 2:30 p.m., April 4.

Additional highlights include a keynote by Adewale Troutman, MD, director of public health leadership at the University of South Florida and president-elect of the American Public Health Association, who is an internationally known expert in community activism and health equity.

This conference is presented by the Department of Public Health at the IU School of Medicine; the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at IU Bloomington; Purdue University; the Indiana Public Health Association; the Indiana Society for Public Health Education; the Indiana State Department of Health; the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and the Indiana Public Health Training Center.

Two-day registration is $160 for general registration and $80 for students. Single day registration is $85 or $45 for students. To sign up, visit

Questions to Kate Johnson at 317-274-3178 or

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Faculty News

Arrow Christopher Weaver named Wishard CMO

Christopher S. Weaver, MD, MBA, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been named chief medical officer at Wishard Health Services.

Dr. Weaver will provide medical staff leadership and have senior administrative responsibility for quality, medical management and transition support, health information management, clinical documentation management, health care systems management, and clinical care and business integration. He will report directly to Lisa E. Harris, MD, chief executive officer and medical director at Wishard Health Services and John F. Williams, Jr., M.D. Scholar and associate Professor of medicine at IUSM.

Dr. Weaver previously served as vice president of clinical and business integration at Wishard as well as eight years as the associate program director for the emergency medicine residency and the emergency medicine/pediatrics combined residency at IUSM.

For more information, visit the Wishard Newsroom.


Arrow Spitzberg named vice chair of adult clinical affairs

Daniel Spitzberg, MD, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology, has been named vice chair for adult clinical affairs in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.

“Since joining our full-time faculty four years ago, Dr. Spitzberg has brought his considerable experience from years in private practice combined with his previous 14-year faculty affiliation with the department, enhancing our clinical programs,” said Louis B. Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Spitzberg began his medical career intending to become a neurosurgeon. Enticed by ophthalmology and the opportunity to teach medical students and residents, Dr. Spitzberg switched to ophthalmology while in the Army. Dr. Spitzberg had several private practices in Indianapolis and returned to IU in 2008 at the urging of Dr. Cantor and Robert D. Yee, M.D., who was then chair of the department.

Last year, Dr. Spitzberg and his wife Alana provided support to the Glick Eye Institute, naming the 100-seat first floor conference room.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Carroll blogs on politics of health care for JAMA

Aaron E. Carroll, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has been named to a select team who will provide insight about the political aspects of health care this election year on The JAMA Forum, a new Journal of the American Medical Association blog.

The most widely circulated medical journal in the world, JAMA launched its coverage of the presidential campaign with a Jan. 25 blog posting by Dr. Carroll and Boston University health economist Austin Frakt, PhD, on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

On Tuesday, March 27, Dr. Carroll weighed in on the Supreme Court’s role in health care legislation with a timely post titled "The Other Important Issue Before the Supreme Court: Medicaid Expansion.”

Dr. Carroll has been a guest blogger for The Washington Post and contributes to He is a frequent guest on Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. In addition to contributing to The JAMA Forum, he writes on health care policy at his own blog.

Dr. Carroll is director of the IU Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, vice chair for health policy and outcomes research in Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, and is a Regenstrief Institute-affiliated scientist.

To read The JAMA Forum, visit


Arrow Faculty Elections — one week left to vote

The IUSM Faculty Council annual elections are 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


Student Showcase

Arrow Evening of the Arts photos put spotlight on student talent

The talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff were on abundant display during the 21st annual Evening of the Arts program Saturday March 24 at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. To check out some of the many musical, dance and vocal performances in the spotlight during this year’s festivities, visit the IUSM Facebook page.

Evening of the Arts raises funds to support local clinics that provide free health care to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis, including many staffed by IUSM student volunteers. Clinics to benefit from the fundraiser include IUSM Student Outreach Clinic, St. Thomas Clinic, Wheeler Mission and Gennesaret Free Clinic. Over the past 15 years, EOTA has donated more than $22,000 in support of the health needs of central Indiana's homeless population.

For more information, visit


Arrow Life-Health Sciences Internship Program poster session

The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

Current interns will present posters of their work and during a celebration of five years of the program. All are welcome.

For more information and to RSVP, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Biochemistry and Molecular Biology lecture

Michael Ibba, PhD, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Ibba, professor of microbiology and co-director of the cell and molecular biology training program at Ohio State University, will present "Translating Salmonella's Deadly Alphabet.”

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


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 a 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. 

For more information, visit

To RSVP, email


Arrow Gunderman to present Fairbanks Ethics Lecture — April 4

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, will present “Bearing the Fire,” the next lecture in the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Methodist Hospital Pettigrew Auditorium. This event will be broadcast live to the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Gunderman is a professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, philanthropy, and in the Honors College at Indiana University, where he also serves as vice chair of radiology.

Free CME/CE credit will be offered. Attendees may eat during the presentation in the Petticrew Auditorium. Food and drinks are not allowed in the ROC auditorium. Lunch will not be provided. 

Questions to Amy Chamness at 317-962-1721 or More information on the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at


Arrow Glick Eye Institute launches Vision Science Lecture Series

Chris A. Johnson, PhD, will be the first speaker in the Glick Eye Institute Vision Science Lecture Series to be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Spitzberg Hall at the Glick Eye Institute.

The new series, started by Lyne Racette, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, will feature research experts in vision science. Dr. Johnson, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and director of the Visual Field Reading Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will present “What’s New in Perimetry.”

Dr. Johnson’s interests include perimetry and the psychophysical evaluation of visual function in glaucoma and retinal diseases; the development of automated diagnostic visual field tests; imaging and topography of the optic nerve head and retinal nerve fiber layer; visual factors related to performance in driving a motor vehicle.

In addition, Dr. Johnson will present “Structure-Function Relationships in Glaucoma” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the same location. On Friday, April 6, he will deliver the Oxyopia Lecture at noon at the School of Optometry in Bloomington.


Arrow Lecture on diabetes drug discovery

Guoqing Cao, PhD, will present a lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Daly Student Center, room 185.

Dr. Coa, vice president and global head of the Discovery Biology Division at Hengrui Pharmaceutical R&D, will present “Lipid Metabolism and Drug Discovery for Cardiometabolic Disorders.”

This event is presented by the IU Center for Diabetes Research. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m.


Arrow FEED seminar explores health care and higher education

Trudy Banta, EdD, professor of higher education at IUPUI, and her son Logan Banta, MBA, will present an interactive session on “Benchmarking in Health Care and Higher Education: Learning from One Another” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Fairbanks Hall, room 1109.

Dr. Banta, a national expert on outcomes assessment, will discuss the commonalities between the health care industry and higher education and the ways they can work together for success. Space is still available and dinner will be provided.

To register, visit


Arrow Instructional Technology Showcase — April 5

IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning will present an instructional technology showcase from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium. 

This event is an opportunity to learn innovative techniques to enhance your use of learning technology. Presentations will include:

  • iPad Learning Community: Explore how faculty in the health professions are working together to find innovative uses of iPads for teaching and learning
  • Audience Response Systems (ARS) or "clickers”: Learn about how these powerful tools can make your lectures or presentations more interactive
  • Adobe Connect and Presenter: Discover the advantages of web conferencing interaction and the ability to transform PowerPoint presentations with narration and interactivity
  • Oncourse: IUSM is transitioning to this new learning management system. Come see a demonstration of the most useful tools and features

This open house event is open to all faculty and learners.  Attendees will receive a free IU flash drive and lunch will be provided throughout the two-hour event.

To register, 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 Seminar to focus on lung cancer

Janet M. Hock, BDS, PhD, will present an Indiana Bone and Mineral Study seminar from 4-5:30 pm Tuesday, April 10, in Medical Science Building, room 122A.

Dr. Hock, a professor at the University of Maine and the founding director and senior investigator at the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, will present “Challenges in Modeling Bone Metastases of Lung Cancers.”

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


Arrow Yale neurobiologist to present seminar

Elizabeth A. Jonas, MD, associate professor of medicine-endocrinology and neurobiology
at the Yale University School of Medicine, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Research II (R2) Building.

Dr. Jones will present “Mitochondria and synaptic plasticity: Role of ATP synthase in synaptic function and neuronal degeneration.”

This lecture will be presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.


Arrow IUPUI Research Day speaker change

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, PhD, assistant director of the National Science Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 IUPUI Research Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

Dr. Ferrini-Mundy is responsible for management of the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources and is involved in strategic planning and leadership for the scientific and education mission of the NSF. Subra Suresh, PhD, director of the National Science Foundation, was previously scheduled.

This annual event is an opportunity to highlight work by researchers across the IUPUI campus. IUPUI Research Day is hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

For more information, visit

Questions to Etta Ward at 317-278-8427 or


Arrow IUSM to simulcast TEDMED 2012

The IU School of Medicine is an official simulcast site for TEDMED 2012. An interactive session for staff, students and alumni will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Wednesday, April 11, at the Riley Outpatient Conference Center (ROC) Auditorium; Thursday, April 12, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 305; and Friday, April 13, in the Emerson Hall auditorium, room 304. 

This program covers broad issues of importance to the health and medicine community. Viewers of TEDMEDLive at IUSM will be active participants, able to send questions electronically to the speaker in real-time, and the speaker may answer their question directly from the TEDMED stage. The event is open to the IUSM and IUPUI community.

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. 

Lunch will be provided. To register, visit


Arrow Expert to discuss oral health at Dental Research Day

Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), will discuss the institute’s role in advancing oral health from 1:35 to 2:15 p.m., Monday, April 16, at the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450A-B.

Dr. Somerman’s presentation will be the keynote address at the IU School of Dentistry’s Research Day. Held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dental Research Day is open to everyone on campus and will include 120 poster presentations and clinical case reports by dental faculty, staff and students as well as undergraduates and student researchers from several other Midwestern dental schools.

 The event will also feature a presentation by George K. Stookey, PhD, IU Distinguished Professor Emeritus, titled “Improved Health Through Research,” from 1 to 1:35 p.m., Stookey, former associate dean for research and director of the Oral Health Research Institute at the School of Dentistry, serves as president and CEO of Therametrics Technologies, Inc., Noblesville, Ind.

For more information, email Sopanis D. Cho, DDS, at


News to Use

Arrow IUSM to implement secure email system

The IU School of Medicine will begin to use Cisco IronPort, a secure email system, to encrypt email containing sensitive data on April 9. This process will ensure that identifiable medical, personal and financial information is protected when it leaves the IU network.

Only IU faculty and staff on the Indianapolis campus will be affected at this time.

Cisco IronPort ensures that email and attachments that appear to contain critical or sensitive data (i.e. social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, protected health information, etc.) will be encrypted and held in Cisco’s “Registered Envelope Service,” where it can then be accessed by the recipient. The process is entirely transparent on the user’s end and will not affect users’ email interface within the IU system.

Messages also may be encrypted by including the phrase “[secure message]” in the subject line (no quotation marks). Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the function when sending an email containing Protected Health Information or any other critical data in the body or attachments. Do not rely on the automatic scan to catch all critical data.

The new system does not affect IU’s privacy policy (IT-07) and does not allow anyone at IUSM and IU additional access to email.

For more information on how to use IronPort on the UITS Knowledge Base web site at or see the Secure Email FAQ at


Arrow Faculty Promotion Materials available

Faculty promotion dossier materials for promotions effective July 1, 2013 are available on the web at

Dossiers will be due in the Dean's Office (Academic Administration) no later than July 6, 2012. 

To inform the Dean's Office of the intent to submit a dossier for promotion, contact Lynn Wakefield at no later than July 1, 2012. For advice on dossier preparation, contact Deb Cowley at To see sample dossiers, visit


Arrow Physicians sought for medical mission

The Timmy Global Health chapter at IUPUI is seeking doctors, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and pharmacists interested in providing medical care abroad to accompany 14 students to Monte Cristo, Dominican Republic on a medical brigade trip May 23-31.

The cost per medical professional is $952 plus airfare. This cost includes ground transportation, lodging, and all meals.

For more information or to join the medical brigade, contact Jenny Romine, vice president of Timmy Global Health at IUPUI, at


Arrow Free HIV/STD Testing — April 5

Free HIV/STD testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday April 5, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 308.

Testing is free, safe and confidential and conducted by the Bellflower Clinic and the Damien Center. Tests include Rapid HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and HIV. No appointment is necessary.

Testing is sponsored by Student Health Services, part of the Division of Student Life.

For more information, call 317-274-WELL.


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, the show will be devoted to the hot-button topic of health care rationing: what it is and where it occurs. The episode will be a discussion by Aaron Carroll, MD, associate professor of pediatrics; Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics; and influential bioethicist Arthur Caplan, PhD, Sydney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 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 Spirit of Medicine Request for Applications — due April 13

The Spirit of Medicine Reading and Discussion Program is accepting applications for its second year from interested IU medical students.

This spirituality and medicine program, supported by an IU Health Values Fund, will begin in August. The application deadline is Friday, April 13.

The program will include monthly evening meetings to discuss seminal readings and meet with thought leaders in spirituality and medicine. Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the campus of IUPUI and will include dinner. Participants will attend two lectures presented by notable visiting scholars held in collaboration with the Medical Humanities Program and the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. Spirit and Medicine participants will have the opportunity to engage these experts in conversation. This program is led by Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD and Emily Beckman, DMH.

Applications should include contact information, details about educational background and current IUSM status (year in school and campus), a one-page statement of interest explaining in detail why the applicant is interested in the program, and how participation might make a significant difference in the applicant’s future in medicine.

Submit application to Dr. Beckman at or mail Medical Humanities -- Health Studies Program, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 425 University Blvd., Cavanaugh Hall, Room 406, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140.


Arrow Masters in Translational Science fellowships — applications due April 15

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 Fairbanks Center ethics fellowship applications are 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 health care 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 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, see the detailed course brochure at

For a physical brochure and printer-friendly version of the registration form, email Ann Lyon at


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 Grannis author on Institute of Medicine report

Shaun Grannis, MD, associate professor of family medicine, is a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that wrote the report “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health,” released on March 28. The report examines what it will take to catalyze greater coordination and collaboration between the fields and specific ways that two key federal agencies -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration -- can foster this integration. Dr. Grannis is director of the Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute.


Arrow Honors

Noll Campbell, PharmD, adjunct assistant professor of medicine and a Regenstrief Institute investigator, has been chosen by the American Geriatrics Society to receive a Merck/American Geriatrics Society 2012 New Investigator Award. This recognition is presented to individuals whose original research reflects new and relevant work in geriatrics. The award will be presented at the AGS annual scientific meeting in Seattle in May. For more information, see the IUSM Newsroom.

Erin Phipps, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, and Marcia Shew, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical obstetrics and gynecology, have been named recipients of the of the American Medical Women’s Associations Exceptional Mentors Award. Dr. Phipps was honored in recognition for her patient skills and excellence in teaching, and Dr. Shew for being “a role model for compassionate and dedicated patient care.” Both were nominated by IUSM students. Drs. Phipps and Shew will be recognized at the 97th Annual American Medical Women’s Associations Conference in Miami in April.


Around Town

Arrow Emeritus is sculptor behind “Life Evolving”

Biagio Azzarelli, MD, professor emeritus in pathology, neuropathology and neurosurgery, is the artist behind a large work of public art being erected this week in Indianapolis.

“Life Evolving,” depicts a ribonucleic acid nucleotide molecule, is a 40-foot-tall metal sculpture being installed south of Eli Lilly and Co.'s downtown campus.

Dr. Azzarelli, a Chilean native and Indianapolis resident, retired from IUSM in 2005. He is profiled by reporter Erika Smith in the March 29 issue of the Indianapolis Star.


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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

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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).

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