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May 4, 2012
Volume 16 Number 17 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center to present Cancer Research Day — May 9

The IU Simon Cancer Center will host its annual research day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450.

Nearly 90 people will present their latest research at the event, including students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research from IUSM, IUPUI, IU Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute -- a collaboration between the IUSM and the University of Notre Dame. Poster presentation categories include basic science, translational and clinical research, population science and epidemiology, and behavioral science.

“Cancer Research Day is always an inspiring day as future and veteran scientists, not only from the IU Simon Cancer Center but other cancer organizations in Indiana, come together to showcase their latest research,” said Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center and H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology at IUSM. “This year is especially meaningful as I will have the opportunity to present the first Stephen D. Williams M.D. Lectureship Award to our guest speaker.”

The lectureship award will be presented to Michael Clarke, M.D., associate director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Clarke, an IUSM graduate, will deliver the keynote address, “Disregulation of Self Renewal in Cancer and Down Syndrome,” at 3 p.m.

The award is named after the late Dr. Williams, who served as founding director of the IU Simon Cancer Center from 1992 to 2009.

“As a physician-scientist, Steve left his mark on the world,” Dr. Loehrer said. “Thousands of women with ovarian tumors and men with testicular cancer are alive today because of his contributions.”

For more information on Cancer Research Day, visit


Arrow University Place Conference Center and Hotel changes

The University Place Conference Center and Hotel will be converted into a multi-use facility to include student housing, residential and campus dining and additional classroom space.

The conversion from a conference center and hotel into a multi-use facility will begin in December, with classrooms available for use in January and residential occupancy expected in fall 2013. The facility will employ about 50 IU employees and contract workers when complete.

The facility, in the heart of the IUPUI campus at 850 W. Michigan St., will offer residential space for 560 students, IUPUI’s first student dining hall that will seat 470 simultaneously and 30,000 square feet of classroom space – all critical needs of the IUPUI campus community as expressed by faculty, staff, students and administrators. The facility will retain the existing Faculty Club and restaurant.

IUPUI’s current campus housing is at capacity with more than 200 students wait-listed. Several studies have shown that students living on campus have higher retention rates and grade-point averages.

The decision comes after nearly a yearlong study of the complex’s viability by campus and Indiana University officials.


Arrow Secure email system to go live May 10

On May 10, Indiana University will complete its transition to Cisco IronPort, a secure email system that ensures identifiable medical, personal and financial information is protected when it leaves the IU network.

This change will affect all IU employees with Outlook Exchange email accounts, but only impact those who regularly email sensitive data. Students and others who use and will not use the new system.

To ensure a message is encrypted, employees must use one of three special terms in their email subject line. They are:

  • [secure message]
  • secure message
  • confidential

All elements of each of these terms must be used together. A subject line that reads “I want to secure this message” will not automatically encrypt. These terms are not case sensitive.

Cisco IronPort encrypts email and attachments that appear to contain critical or sensitive data (i.e. Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, protected health information, etc.) and holds them in Cisco’s “Registered Envelope Service,” where they are accessible to the recipient. The process is entirely transparent on the user’s end and will not affect users’ email interface within the IU system.

The system will encrypt most sensitive messages automatically. However, this is not 100 percent foolproof. Using tag lines correctly will guarantee a message is always secure. Employees are strongly encouraged not to solely 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 the IU Secure Email System, visit the UITS Knowledge Base or read the Secure Email FAQ.


Arrow OB-GYN launches fellowship program

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, will launch a three-year fellowship training program beginning in July 2012.

Giuseppe Del Priore, M.D., MPH, Mary Fendrich Hulman Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, serves as the director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Del Priore also serves as the Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology.

Maria de Leon, M.D., has been selected as the inaugural fellow. Dr. Leon is a graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Las Angeles and the Yale New Haven Hospital OB-GYN Residency Program.

The new program will accept one fellow per year.


Faculty News

Arrow IUSM faculty play basketball to score points against cancer

Ten physicians, researchers and lab technicians from IUSM took to the basketball court April 28 to score points in the fight against cancer.

Led by Bryan Schneider, M.D., a breast cancer specialist at the IU Simon Cancer Center, the IUSM faculty participated in the American Cancer Society Coaches’ Huddle, a basketball tournament to raise funds for cancer research and prevention. The team went 0-2 in the tournament.

“We were a bit out-manned, but it was still a great way to raise money for a great cause, and a chance to play some basketball,” said Dr. Schneider, a former basketball player who called the game the opportunity to exercise a different set of skills against the disease.

Established by Brad Stevens, coach of the Butler Bulldogs, with his wife, Traci, Coaches’ Huddle is a part of Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches that organizes basketball games at high schools and colleges across the United States to raise funds for the fight against cancer. The program has raised more than $75 million since 1993, including $250,000 raised last year in Indiana.

In addition to Dr. Schneider, the IU Simon Cancer Center team was composed of Joseph Dynlacht, Ph.D., associate professor of radiation oncology; Lang Li, Ph.D., associate professor of medical and molecular genetics and director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Milan Radovich, Ph.D., assistant research professor of surgery; Noah Hahn, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; Yunlong Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical and molecular genetics; Jian-Ting "J.T." Zhang, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and toxicology; Lindsey Mayo, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics; ChienWei Chiang, a scientific programmer from the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; and Heng-Yi Wu, a doctoral candidate in the IU School of Informatics.  

“We had an amazingly stacked team in terms of brainpower,” said Dr. Schneider, who also serves as an associate director of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine and associate professor of medicine at IUSM. “There had bioinformatics experts, molecular biologists, a radiation oncologist, medical oncologists and Ph.D.s – an incredibly talented blend of people skilled in many areas.”

The team was joined on Saturday by family, friends and staff from the IU Simon Cancer Center.

“A bunch of the laboratory people turned out to support the team,” Dr. Schneider said. “We didn’t advertise much, but word kind of spread across the labs on campus. The response was really nice.”

Other organizations that participated in Coaches’ Huddle included Kroger; Fifth Third Bank; Wells Fargo; Merrill Lynch; and BKD LLC, a financial services group.

The IU team also got a chance to drill with coach Stevens before the main event and played its second game, against the Lafayette Orthopedic Clinic, in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University.

“When I smelled that hardwood floor, I got goose bumps,” said Dr. Schneider, who played one year in high school and on an intramural team in college. “I haven’t played for a while, so the game was a very nostalgic experience. It was great to get back on the court.

“There was a day I could dunk,” he added with a laugh.

To see photos from the event, visit the IUSM Facebook page.


Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM student takes first place in pitch competition

A student from the IU School of Medicine was among the top winners of a “pitch competition” last week sponsored by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Tirajeh Saadatzadeh, a master’s student in cellular and integrative physiology at the IU School of Medicine, and Danielle Hall, a biology student at IUPUI, won first place — and the "audience choice" award — during the inaugural Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges event April 18 IUPUI students were asked to convince judges, persuasively and concisely, that their idea was an opportunity for potential investors in three minutes, without the need for a single PowerPoint. The prize for first place was $2,500.

"I absolutely loved participating in the competition because it gave me the chance to experience the work and creativity that go into producing and presenting an idea," Saasatzadeh said. "I've never done anything like this before so, for me, the entire experience was incredibly eye-opening and educational. This is a brilliant contest that really gives a voice to emerging entrepreneurs of all ages."

Saadatzadeh and Hall, members of “Team Positive Farming,” took the prize for their idea to create a farming collective in Mombasa, Kenya, home to thousands of HIV-positive individuals, many of whom lack employment or adequate nutrition. The students proposed a collective that would be maintained and used by 50 or more HIV-positive men and women who are part of the Community Light Programme, a support group co-founded by Saasatzadeh while she was volunteering in Kenya.

Among other ideas, Team Positive Farming recommended a farm full of maize, kale, cabbage, spinach and other nutritious grains and vegetables, as well as the raising of chickens, to provide both sustenance and income for community members.

For the full story, visit this page.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Calvi to present on cell regulation and cancer

Brian R. Calvi, Ph.D., associate professor of biologyy at IU Bloomington, will present "Cell Cycle Regulation of Apoptosis in Development and Cancer”  from noon to 1 p.m. in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

This event is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. The faculty host is Kenneth Cornetta, MD, Joe C. Christian Professor and chair of medical and molecular genetics.


Arrow Visiting scientist to present on Pompe disease

Nina Raben-Belenky, M.D., Ph.D., a staff scientist with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, National Institutes of Health, will present “Lysosomal and autophagic defects in Pompe disease” from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

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


Arrow Free skin cancer screenings — May 7

Free skin cancer screenings will be available from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, in recognition of Melanoma Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

Screenings will be available at Student Health Services in Coleman Hall; the dermatology clinic on the fifth floor of the Regenstrief Outpatient Building and the IU Dermatology Clinic, IU Health University Hospital, Room 3240.

Appointments are required. To schedule a visit, contact 317-944-7744.

This event is supported by the IU Department of Dermatology.


Arrow Biostatistics for health care researchers

The Department of Biostatistics will offer a short course on basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature from 1 to 5 p.m. May 8, 9 and 10, in the Health Informatics and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building. 

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, or email to request a hard copy of the brochure and printer-friendly registration form.


Arrow Harvard research professor to present seminar

Thomas P. Stossel, M.D., will present “Can Actin Cytoskeletal Research Improve Inflammation Control?” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

Dr. Stossel is American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine, director of the translational medicine division and senior physician in the hematology division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m. This event is presented by the graduate students of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.



Arrow Neurologist to deliver John Mealey Jr. Lecture

E. Antonio Chiocca, M.D., Ph.D., will present the John Mealey Jr. Lecture at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Petticrew Auditorium at Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Chiocca is professor and chair of neurosurgery at Ohio State University Medical Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. His lecture is titled “Gene- and Virus-Based Therapies.”

Breakfast will be available before the lecture at 6:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, IUSM Department of Neurological Surgery.

For more information, visit or contact Anna Hileman at 317-396-1283.


Arrow Seminar to focus on bone marrow targeted therapy

Laura M. Calvi, M.D., will present a combined Indiana Bone and Mineral Study and Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Cancer Research Building (R4), Room 101.

Dr. Calvi, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, will present “Therapeutic opportunities targeting complex regulatory interactions in the bone marrow.”

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


Arrow Workshop on MetaMiner pathway analysis tool

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute will host an online workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

This workshop will focus on MetaMiner, a product designed for disease-specific analysis of metabolic pathway information from GeneGo, an online provider of biological pathway analyses, biomarker identification, disease profiling and drug targeting. GeneGo services are available to all faculty at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame via a full license access agreement with the Indiana CTSI. To learn more about GeneGo access via the Indiana CTSI, visit this page. To learn more about MetaMiner, visit this page.

To participate in the meeting, visit this page, and enter the meeting number of 654 228 211. The meeting password is “Metaminer.”

To join the audio conference, call 877-384-0533 and enter “93302032” followed by the “#” sign. To add this event as a calendar item in Microsoft Outlook or other scheduling program, click here.

For assistance, visit this page and select “Support” from the left navigation bar.


News to Use

Arrow Methodist and Riley to host farmer's markets

Two IU Health hospitals in Indianapolis will host farmers markets with fresh fruits and vegetables starting in May. To stock up on healthy produce, visit:

  • Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Riley Outpatient Center entrance.
  • IU Health Methodist Hospital from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in Rotunda Way (by cafeteria).
The markets will remain open through July.


Arrow Travel Management Services new mailing address

Travel Management Services will relocate offices May 4. The office, which will remain housed in the Poplars Building in Bloomington, will move from the first to the sixth floor, Room 613.

Any receipts or other documentation sent to the previous address will be automatically forwarded, but using the correct address in the future will expedite deliveries. All phone and fax numbers associated with Travel Management Services will remain the same. The travel email help desk will remain

The office will be closed for business on Friday, May 4, to facilitate the move, but limited staff will be working remote locations. The travel email help desk will be monitored throughout the day.

For travel emergencies on May 4, contact Marsha De Vol at 812-855-2223.


Arrow Reminder to update passphrases

Faculty and staff with passphrases more than two years old are required to update their information. On Sept. 10, UITS will begin phasing in passphrase expirations starting with the oldest passphrases. Users who do not change their passphrase by the deadline will lose access to CAS-authenticated sites such as OneStart, Oncourse and PeopleSoft.

Members of the IU community are encouraged to act before the deadline or take advantage of the Self-Service Passphrase Reset tool. For more information on this service, visit

Over the next month, IUSM Information Services and Technology Management will host infoshares and meetings to ensure employees have the tools and expertise required to make this a successful campaign.

For more information, visit this page.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week, in honor of National Nurses Day on May 6, Sound Medicine will explore some of the issues and concerns in the field of nursing today and in the future. Nurses from across Indiana will address the nursing shortage and what the future may hold, challenges of their profession — the years of education, the hours, the emotional demands — and the rewards. In addition, Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will take listeners into the world of nursing with profiles of three Indianapolis-area nurses who provide insight into the special world of delivering care and comfort as a nurse.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 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, or listen online at the Sound Medicine website.



Arrow Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund — applications due May 21

The state of Indiana is seeking applications for its 2012 Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund research award program. This program supports research for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery.

The maximum amount for these grants is $60,000 per year for up to two years. Applicants must be affiliated with an Indiana-based research institution or organization, but national and international collaborations are encouraged. This grant is administered for the state of Indiana by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Applications deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 21. 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 “Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund Grant Program - 2012.05 (SCBI).”

Application are also available at

For more information, contact Lisa Dinsmore at


Arrow RESPECT Center Pilot Grant Award — request for applications

The Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center has issued a call for pilot proposals to facilitate the development of research focused on improved communication and decision-making for patients facing serious or advanced illness.

The RESPECT Center will fund one pilot project — up to $15,000 — with a starting date of July 1. All teaching and research faculty at IUPUI who are qualified to apply for NIH funding are eligible to apply for this pilot grant opportunity. Preference will be given to new investigators and to research that fosters trans-disciplinary collaboration. The goal of this grant is to generate preliminary data that will facilitate investigators competing successfully for extramural research funding.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, to Laura Holtz, RESPECT Center project manager, at

For complete application details, visit this page or contact Laura Holtz at 317-423-5602 or


Arrow Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence workshop proposals

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks workshop proposals to be considered for presentation at the 30th Annual Fall Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference on Oct 9 and 10 at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel.

The conference will offer a wide spectrum of workshops designed to increase the understanding of individuals who work with survivors of domestic violence. Any individual whose proposal is accepted will be offered the choice of a $100 honorarium ($50 honorarium for panelists), or the option of attending the conference at no cost.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 1. To download a submission form, visit this page.

To submit a proposal, email forms to Caryn Burton at; mail Caryn Burton, ICADV, 1915 W. 18th St., Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46202, or fax 317-917-3695.


Arrow Hester Scholarship fund applications due July 16

The IU Simon Cancer Center Merilyn Hester Scholarship fund was created to assist M.D. and/or Ph.D. students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences; who have demonstrated an interest and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or oncology research and who have not received another type of scholarship for the year. Successful applicants are students who have a strong academic record, outstanding character and well-defined professional goals.

Available funds are for $8,000 a year with the number of awardees determined by the quality of applications and available funds in a given year. Fund distribution details are:

  • M.D. students or M.D./Ph.D. students without tuition assistance; up to $8, 000 applied toward tuition. Start date is Aug 6.
  • All Ph.D. students or M.D./Ph.D. students with tuition assistance; up to $4,000 disbursed to the recipient as a one-time pay increase and up to $4,000 disbursed to the research lab ($2,000 for travel to attend scientific meetings and $2,000 for supplies to offset lab expenses)

The application deadline is Monday, July 16.


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — April 2012

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during April 2012, excluding commercial projects. Amounts shown are based on the first budget period/year:

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Randy R. Brutkiewicz, Ph.D.
NIH-NCI New Immune Evasion by Multiple Myeloma: Role of the Rho Kinase Signaling Pathway 4/19/12 3/31/13 $319,550
D. Wade Clapp, M.D.
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command New Generation and initial characterization of an NF2 model that develops intracranial vestibular Schwannomas and meningiomas 4/15/12 4/14/14 $155,500
Daniel Owen Clark, Ph.D.
NIH-NIDDK New RCT of Video-Conference and in-person weight loss services for adult CHC patients 4/3/12 3/31/13 $586,913
Gregory Andrew Cote, M.D.
NIH-NIDDK New Optimizing the role of ERCP in evaluating indeterminate bile duct strictures 4/1/12 3/31/13 $176,319
Tatiana M. Foroud, Ph.D.
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research Contin/
PROGENI Family Study 1/1/11 12/31/12 $238,458
Nasser Hausam Hanna, M.D.
Hoosier Oncology Group New A Phase 2, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of IPI-504 and Docetaxel in Previously Treated Patients with Stage IIIB or IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer 2/15/12 2/14/15 $67,279
Leslie Ann Hulvershorn, M.D.
Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction New Expansion of the Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Clinic (ADDC) at the Riley Hospital for Children 7/1/12 6/30/13 $183,409
Travis Jason Jerde, Ph.D.
NIH-NIDDK New IGF-mediated proliferation in inflamed prostate 4/5/12 3/31/13 $120,396
Men-Jean Lee, M.D.
NIH-NICHD New A longitudinal study of loss of imprinting in first trimester CVS samples compared to placental samples at birth 9/25/11 8/31/12 $290,885
Gregory Scott Montgomery, M.D.
Seattle Children's Research Institute New GOAL 'G551D Observational Study' 9/1/11 8/31/14 $12,658
Zachary Paul Neeb, Ph.D.
NIH-NHLBI New Pax genes in cardiac development 4/2/12 3/31/13 $52,500
John I. Nurnberger Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Howard University New Using olfactory epithelial tissueto define molecular mediators of lithium action 6/17/11 3/31/12 $7,500
R. Mark Payne, M.D.
Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance New HECHT: PAYNE PILOT STUDY, COMPOUND 3 3/20/12 11/30/12 $38,663
Brenda Bradley Poindexter, M.D.
Duke University New Pediatric Trial Network: Pharmacokinetics of understudiedd rugs administered to children per standard of care 12/8/11 8/14/14 $124,000
Jamie Lynn Renbarger, M.D.
St. Baldrick's Foundation New St. Baldrick's Foundation 2012 Summer Fellowship Award 5/1/12 8/30/12 $5,000
Alexander G. Robling, Ph.D.
Children's Hospital Boston New Genetic and chemical biological studies of a novel Wnt regulator Tiki2 9/16/11 8/31/12 $59,664
Michael Stephen Sturek, Ph.D.
Purdue University New Does high calcium exacerbate atherosclerosis? 1/1/12 12/31/12 $53,750
Timothy Alan Sutton, M.D., Ph.D.
Dialysis Clinic Inc. Contin/
Molecular mechanisms of p53 and HIF interactions in acute kidney injury. 12/1/10 11/30/12 $50,000
Robert S. Tepper, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University New Effect of positive airway pressure on reducing airway reactivity in patients with asthma 9/1/11 6/30/12 $40,373
Johnathan David Tune, Ph.D.
American Medical Association New Adult derived stem cells release paracrine factors that differentially regulate vascular tone under normoxic and hypoxic conditions by modifying endothelial nitric oxide bio-availability. 3/1/12 2/28/13 $2,490
Jian-Ting Zhang, Ph.D.
NIH-NCI New Molecular mechanism of orlistat hydrolysis by FASN for targeted drug discovery 4/1/12 3/31/13 $30,882
Feng C. Zhou, Ph.D.
Purdue University New Medical Research Program 3/1/12 2/28/15 $70,000


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

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



Arrow New Books

Karen Roos, M.D., John and Nancy Nelson Professor of Neurology and professor of neurological surgery, is the editor of “Emergency Neurology,” published in March 2012 by Springer. This comprehensive diagnosis and treatment textbook is designed to help medical practitioners who make time-sensitive decisions differentiate between symptoms such as back pain and headaches to determine when they are indicators of a neurological emergency, including a subarachnoid hemorrhage, meningitis or spinal cord compression.


Arrow Honors

Richard Gunderman, M.D. Ph.D., will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Northwestern University's Garrett Theological Seminary on May 11. The award will be given during the seminary’s 155th commencement, for which Dr. Gunderman will serve as speaker. Dr. Gunderman is professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy at IU. He is being honored for "a distinguished career of educational and scholarly excellence,” according to Philip Amerson, president of the Garrett Theological Seminary President.

Tochukwu Iloabuchi, M.D., a fellow with IU Geriatrics; Todd James, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine; Michael LaMantia, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; Arif Nazir, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine; and Kathleen Unroe, M.D., visiting assistant research professor of medicine, are among only 83 advanced fellows and junior faculty members in the field of geriatrics who will share in $2.5 million in career development awards from the John A. Hartford Foundation. The Centers of Excellence program is funded by the foundation, a champion of improving health care for older adults, and administered by the American Federation for Aging Research. All 83 recipients of the new career development awards are based at Hartford Foundation Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training. For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

George Sledge, M.D., Distinguished Professor and Ballvé Lantero Professor of Oncology, medicine and pathology and laboratory medicine, has been named a 2012 Prestigious External Award Recognition recipient in honor of having been named an Indiana University Distinguished Professor. Distinguished professorships are the most prestigious academic appointment IU offers. The rank of distinguished professor honors outstanding scholarship, artistic or literary distinction, or other achievements that have won significant recognition by peers.

Johnathan Tune, Ph.D., associate professor of cellular and integrative physiology, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Pickering Bowditch Award from the American Physiological Society. The award is presented to a distinguished, young physiologist less than 42 years of age, who has made original and outstanding contributions in physiology. The Bowditch Award is regarded as one of the society's highest honors. The award will be granted April 21 at the Boston Convention Center, in conjunction with the Society's annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2013.


 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.


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