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May 18, 2012
Volume 16 Number 19 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM researchers develop prototype genetic risk test for schizophrenia

An IU-led research team, along with a group of national and international collaborators, has identified a group of genes associated with schizophrenia that together can generate a score indicating level of risk for developing the disease.

The scientists also were able to apply a panel of their top genes to data from other studies of schizophrenia and successfully identify which patients had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and which had not, according to a report published online May 15 by Molecular Psychiatry.

“At its core, schizophrenia is a disease of decreased cellular connectivity in the brain, precipitated by environmental stress during brain development, among those with genetic vulnerability,” said principal investigator Alexander B. Niculescu III, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience at the IU School of Medicine and director of the Laboratory of Neurophenomics at the Institute of Psychiatric Research at the IU School of Medicine. “For first time we have a comprehensive list of the genes that have the best evidence for involvement in schizophrenia.”

Schizophrenia is a relatively widespread psychiatric disease, affecting about 1 percent of the population, often with devastating impact. People with schizophrenia can have difficulty thinking logically and telling the difference between real and unreal experiences, and may engage in bizarre behavior.

When the test estimating the risk for schizophrenia is refined, it could provide guidance to caregivers and health care professionals about young people in families with a history of the disease.

Dr. Niculescu stressed that a score indicating a higher risk of schizophrenia “doesn’t determine your destiny. It just means that your neuronal connectivity is different, which could make you more creative, or more prone to illness.”

Dr. Niculescu is also a staff psychiatrist and investigator at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

To read the full story, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Pediatrician first to benefit from joint Indiana CTSI grant program

Kamnesh Pradhan, M.D., will never forget the moment when the grandmother of one of his patients — a young girl undergoing yet another MRI scan after a third round of chemotherapy — asked why they couldn’t observe her response to treatment with a blood test rather than another trip to the “scary machine.”

Dr. Pradhan, assistant professor of pediatrics at IUSM and a pediatric oncologist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, took the grandmother’s wisdom to heart by launching a study to find novel biomarkers for treatment response in the blood of children with malignant tumors. The project is the first to receive funding from a pediatric regional collaborative grant program supported by five translational science institutes across the Midwest, including the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Pradhan’s study examines the level of cells that promote angiogenesis — or the growth of new blood vessels — in tumors from children with malignant tumors. These novel cells, called circulating hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and endothelial progenitor cells, were identified during an earlier study that revealed tumors possess increased levels of these novel cells.

Seventeen patients have been enrolled at Riley Hospital, with an additional 12 patients at Rainbow Babies Hospital in Cleveland and the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington made possible by the collaborative grant. The investigators aim to enroll a total of 48 patients over the course of the two-year study.

In addition to the children’s hospitals in Indianapolis, Cleveland and Lexington, the grant mechanism supporting this research includes agreements with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, with each contributing $10,000 per institute engaged in the project.

To read the full story, visit the Indiana CTSI.


Arrow Cycling event to support IU Simon Cancer Center

24 Hours of Booty, the Official 24-Hour Cycling Event of the Livestrong, will take place from 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Butler University. All funds raised through 24 Hours of Booty of Indianapolis will benefit the IU Simon Cancer Center.

This non-competitive charity cycling event is geared for teams and individuals of all ages and cycling abilities to help raise funds, public awareness and support for the Livestrong and local cancer charities. Lance Armstrong, founder of Livestrong, was treated and cured of testicular cancer by Lawrence Einhorn, M.D., of the IU Simon Cancer Center.

To participate in the 24 Hours of Booty of Indianapolis, each rider is required to pay a $65 fee to register and raise a minimum of $200 before the ride.    

Participants can create their own team or join a pre-existing group. IUSM faculty and staff who want to join the IU Simon Cancer Center team, “Pedaling Cures,” should contact Theresa Vernon 317-278-2120 or

For more information or to sign up for the event, visit


Student Showcase

Arrow AMPATH participant named Google Scholar

Judy Wawira Gichoya, M.B.Ch.B., a fellow at Regenstrief Institute, has been named one of 70 scholars for the prestigious Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Gichoya will depart Indianapolis on June 30 to begin the second year of her fellowship at Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Consortium, a consortium Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, led by the Indiana University School of Medicine.

A Kenyan physician, Dr. Gichoya is the only student from Indiana named as a recipient or finalist this year. She is a Regional East African Center for Health Informatics (REACH) Fellow at Regenstrief. REACH is funded by NIH’s Fogarty International Center and focuses on three main areas: post-doctoral informatics training to East Africans to enhance clinical and public health research to improve health care delivery; short courses and practicum training to support the development, implementation, maintenance, evolution and use of electronic health records in low-income countries; and leadership development in global e-health.

Seventy scholars and 79 finalists from universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East or Africa were named this year. These students will attend the annual Google Scholars Retreat this summer, where they will have the opportunity to attend tech talks on Google products, network with other scholars and participate in social activities. Students from the U.S. and Canada will attend the retreat in Mountain View, Calif., and students from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will attend the retreat in Zurich, Switzerland.

For more information, visit this page.


Arrow IUSM commencement photo gallery

Four hundred and forty-two students, including 289 new doctors, graduated from the IU School of Medicine on Saturday, May 12, in the Indiana Convention Center Sagamore Ballroom.

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


Faculty News

Arrow New faculty breakfast connects colleagues

New IUSM faculty rose and shined early on Tuesday morning for the chance to meet new colleagues and chat over coffee and pastries with D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and associate vice president for clinical affairs at IU.

The informal breakfast took place in the dean’s offices in Fairbanks Hall overlooking the downtown canal and offered a chance to meet and greet some of the more than 100 new faculty who have joined the medical school between December and April.

“There’s truly a deep variety and richness to our faculty,” Dr. Brater said. “In this room alone we’ve got basic scientists, clinician educators and a lawyer who’s interested in health affairs. If you take that variety and extrapolate it out to the 2,000 faculty who make up our school, it’s really fantastic. We’ve got our own ecosystem.”

Dr. Brater also used the event to emphasize the role of the medical school administration — especially the Office of Professional Affairs and Faculty Development — in helping faculty excel in their chosen field of study.

“All the doors are open, the phones work, and email is like an itch we have to scratch,” he said. “We want your feedback because our job is to help you succeed.”

Praveen Kusumanchi, Ph.D., assistant research professor of medicine who joined the IUSM faculty in February after serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, said the breakfast was the perfect chance to meet colleagues who might become collaborators.

“I'm looking to meet new people who can help me start building up my career,” he said. “You can’t do it by yourself; research is all about collaboration.”

Amy Gilbert, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics who joined the IUSM faculty in October after serving as a research associate at Children’s Health Services Research and research assistant at the IU Center for Bioethics, agreed.

“This is absolutely great for networking,” she said. “It’s a chance to chat with people you otherwise might not have the opportunity to meet.”

The event was also a chance for more established faculty to meet new colleagues, said Elizabeth Le, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical medicine and rheumatologist at IU Health Methodist Hospital since 2002, who was eager to learn more about topics such as the increasing ties between IU Health and the IU School of Medicine. 

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

The next new faculty event will be a luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 15, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, followed by an afternoon orientation session presented by IUPUI.


Arrow Associate dean for undergraduate medical education sought

Maryellen Gusic, M.D., executive associate dean for educational affairs, has announced a search for the position of associate dean for undergraduate medical education.

The associate dean oversees and is responsible for strategic planning and the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs across our nine campuses. The associate dean reports directly to the executive associate dean for educational affairs and is a member of the executive dean’s leadership team.

The associate dean is assisted by the assistant deans of curriculum in the foundational and clinical sciences and the directors of student assessment and program evaluation.

View the complete job description online


Events & Lectures

Arrow IUSM Alumni Weekend — May 18 and 19

More than 120 IUSM alumni will celebrate their reunions during the 2012 Alumni Weekend, May 18 and 19. Alumni from the classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 2002 will meet in Indianapolis for campus tours, educational programming and social gatherings, including the 65th Annual Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon.

The weekend also will feature an annual alumni awards program at 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Scholar’s Hall at University Place Conference Center and Hotel, during which four alumni will be recognized for their achievements.

Campus faculty, staff and students who wish to attend the awards reception should contact the IUSM Alumni Association at

For more information on Alumni Weekend, including an event schedule and registration information, visit


Arrow Computational Biology and Bioinformatics seminar

Xinghua Lu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical information at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will present “Unifying knowledge mining and data mining to reveal signal transduction pathways" from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 21, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, Room 1110.

This event is presented by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The faculty host is Lang Li, Ph.D., assistant director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and associate professor of medical and molecular genetics and biostatistics.


Arrow Lecturer to discuss old age, autism and the brain

Adrian Lynn Oblak, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, will present "The Brain's Structural Changes in Autism and Old Age" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

This event is presented by the IUSM Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center.


Arrow Pediatric Scholars Day — May 23

The Ninth Annual Pediatrics Scholars Day will be 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

This multidisciplinary session will present academic projects conducted by students, residents, and fellows along with faculty mentors from different areas in pediatric research. Posters and presentations will be presented from basic science, clinical and community studies. This annual event highlights trainee work, recognizes mentor-supported research, and encourages future collaborative initiatives in child health.

The poster session will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium, followed by four platform presentations during the Pediatric Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. All students, trainees, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. 

For more information, contact June Dailey in the Pediatric Education Office at 317-944-4034 or


Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center Special Seminar

Eric Baehrecke, Ph.D., professor of cancer biology, Harper Cancer Research Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School, will present “Regulation and Function of Authophagy in Cell Survival and Death” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

For more information, visit


Arrow Spinal cord and brain injury conference — June 8

The Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund — a state-supported program that funds research for the treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries — will host a conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

“The Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund: A Program Making an Impact” will feature presentations and discussion about work supported by the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund. Keynote speaker will be Adam Taliaferro, a Penn State football player who was paralyzed after a routine helmet-to-helmet tackle during a game against rival Ohio State. Given only a 3 percent chance of ever walking again, Taliaferro's tale of recovery was chronicled by Scott Brown and Sam Carchidi in the 2001 book, “Miracle in the Making.”

Also scheduled are poster presentations on research funded by the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of the conference center. Afternoon breakout sessions will be led by IUSM faculty, including Xiao-Ming Xu, M.D., Ph.D., Mari Hulman George Professor of Neuroscience Research and professor of neurological surgery; James Malec, Ph.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at IUSM and research director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana; and Flora Hammond, Chair and Covalt Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at IUSM and director of medical affairs, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Additional presenters include Samantha Backhaus, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.

To register, visit this page. For more information, visit this page or see the event flier.

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Arrow Molecular biology workshop series — June 4 to 21

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will present the 2012 Molecular Biology Workshop June 4 to 21.

This workshop covers principles and applications of common molecular biology techniques and combines lectures and hands-on lab sessions. Lecture times will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., except June 4, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lab times will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

This workshop, which is open to IU faculty and staff, is also being offered as a three-credit graduate course, "Methods in Molecular Biology and Pathology" (IUPUI Course Number G890).

For more information, visit To register, contact Chao-Hung Lee, Ph.D., at 317-274-2596 or


Arrow AAMC Joint Professional Development Conference

Mark your calendars! The Association of American Medical Colleges will present the 2012 Group on Faculty Affairs and Group on Diversity Inclusion Joint Professional Development Conference from Aug. 9 to 12 in Indianapolis.

The theme of the first GFA/GDI Joint Professional Development Conference is “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Cultures: Transforming Ourselves, Our Faculty, Our Institutions.” This conference will provide a forum to highlight the collaborations that occur at academic medical centers by bringing together two influential AAMC professional development groups critical to the transformation of academic medicine.

IUSM speakers will include D. Craig Brater, M.D., IUSM dean and IU vice present for clinical affairs; Maryellen E. Gusic M.D., executive associate dean for educational affairs; George Rausch Ph.D., associate dean for diversity affairs and associate professor of family medicine; and Mary E. Dankoski, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development.

Plenary sessions will focus on subjects such as unconscious bias, inter-professional education and collaboration, talent management and transforming institutional culture.

To see a complete agenda, visit the AAMC website. The registration deadline is Friday, July 20. Online registration is $655. To register, visit this page.

For more information, contact Carlos LaTorre at 202-828-0502 or


News to Use

Arrow Secure email launch date moved to May 22

IU's transition to Cisco IronPort — a secure email system that ensures identifiable medical, personal and financial information is protected when it leaves the IU network — has been moved to May 22.

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 Remember to transfer LISTSERV lists before June 4

Effective June 4, IU is retiring all LISTSERV software and related hardware. Administrators of IU's LISTSERVs are asked to migrate all mailing lists to IU List, based on the Sympa mailing list software, throughout May. The migration will not be automatic and must be user-driven.

IU List will enable users to manage mailing lists of large numbers of subscribers with customizable settings, create digests of messages and maintain archives of past communications.

A message will be added to the top of all of IU's LISTSERV emails mid-May that reminds users to migrate lists before they become inactive June 4. Those who no longer wish to sponsor an active list can transfer sponsorship to another eligible sponsor or delete inactive lists from the LISTSERV service.

For instructions on how to migrate from LISTSERV to IU List, visit the IU Knowledge Base.


Arrow Deadline to change old passphrases — Sept. 10

Passphrases more than two years old must be updated by Sept. 10. All passphrases for Central Authentication Service-authenticated sites at IU will automatically expire if they were created more than two years before that date.

University Information Technology Services is implementing this security measure to protect valuable personal data from hacking and misuse.

To avoid losing access to important IU resources, such as OneStart, Oncourse and Student Information Services, it is recommended that all IU faculty, staff and students reset passwords with the Service Passphrase Reset:

IU has always recommended that employees change passwords frequently as a security measure; the enforcement of passphrase expirations will help to clarify that objective and ensure compliance.

Users will still be able to authenticate to non-CAS services, such as workstations, email and VPN.

For assistance changing a passphrase, visit the UITS Support Center.

For more information, visit this page.


Arrow Volunteer for medical student skill training day

IUSM is seeking volunteer instructors to facilitate a technique-focused, procedural skills training day for incoming third-year medical students on Tuesday, June 12, in the Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall, Room 4100.

This event will educate more than 300 incoming third-year students about common procedural skills before they are encountered during clinical experiences. Volunteer instructors are needed to teach peripheral IV access, airway management, arterial puncture and Foley Catheter insertion. Faculty, resident and inter-professional instructors from various IUSM departments and other units on campus are sought to assist with this training effort.

Volunteers should consider this event a once-a-year endeavor. The preferred time commitment is at least a four-hour block, either from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Educational materials, structure of the sessions, and other information will be provided.

For more information or to volunteer, email and indicate skills station interest and preferred time.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on "Sound Medicine," Douglas P. Zipes M.D., professor emeritus at IUSM, will discuss new research that suggests Tasers, which are commonly used by law enforcement officials to stun and can deliver shocks up to 50,000 volts, are capable of inducing abnormal heart rhythms and even cardiac arrest. In addition, Stephen Jay, M.D., a professor of medicine and public health at IUSM, will discuss the controversy around the use of "pink slime" in ground beef; University of Wisconsin exercise experts talk about the impact of breast cancer on the ability to maintain an activity lifestyle; and the author of "Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment — and Your Life" comments on how living in the moment can improve health.

“Sound Medicine," an award-winning radio program that covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine, is co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio and underwritten by IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. The program next airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, on WFYI 90.1 FM, and is also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

For more information on this episode, visit the IUSM Newsroom, or visit the "Sound Medicine" website.



Arrow Indiana 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.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 21. To access 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).”

Applications are also available at

For more information, contact Lisa Dinsmore at


Arrow RESPECT Center Pilot Grant Award — applications due May 21

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 Domestic violence prevention workshop proposals — due June 1

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 one 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 Nominations for teaching awards and faculty honors

Nominations are sought for Distinguished Professorships, Distinguished Teaching Awards, Associate Instructor Awards, and the Ehrlich, Pinnell and Ryan awards.

Nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically for all awards.

The due date is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. To submit a nomination, visit and enter your CAS username and password to access the submission form.


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 Senior Banquet awardees

IUSM students who distinguished themselves over the past four years were honored during the annual senior banquet and awards ceremony on Friday, May 11, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Awards granted during the ceremony were:

John Barnhill Award (Anatomy): Shaheryar Faruq Ansari
Student Excellence in Anesthesia: Brian Andrew Bark
Department of Dermatology Award: Shayna Gordon
Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine: Anar Mukesh Desai
Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award: Kyra Dawn Reed
Department of Family Medicine Award: Isaac Matthew Gatwood
John B. Hickam Award (Medicine): Sandeep Rajan Mehta
Alexander Treloar Ross Award (Neurology): Jordan Davis Raynor and Erin Lynn Stewart
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Medical Student Award for Excellence in Neurology: Breyanna Nicole Grays
Roy Rheinhardt Memorial Award (OB/GYN): Tara Alyce Ranard
Floyd T. Romberger Jr., MD Teaching Award (OB/GYN): Jessica Marie Martin
Edward C. Weisberger, M.D. Award (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery): Mark E. Query
J. Donald Hubbard Award (Pathology): Jonathan B. Hoover
Carleton D. Nordschow Award (Pathology): Euna Choi
Lyman T. Meiks Awards (Pediatrics): Laura Elizabeth Stage (Clinical) and Andrew Lyle Rodenbarger (Research)
John E. Heubi Award in Ambulatory Pediatrics: Abigail Anne Haste
K.K. Chen Award (Pharmacology and Toxicology): Stacy Elaine Dixon
Indiana Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award: Garbriel Cotts Smith
Patricia Sharpley Award (Psychiatry): Aimee Elizabeth Sirois
Student Excellence in Radiology (Radiology): Drew Anthony Streicher
American College of Surgeons Award (Surgery): Marita Dawn Bauman
Community Service Leadership Award "Fort 4Fitness": Jason Lawrence Siegel
Mary Jean Yoder Award: Lauren Marie Guggina
Dean’s Award: Michael Tyler King
Marcus Ravdin Award: Shaheryar Faruq Ansari

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society: Rhiannon Rae Amodeo-Bankert, Shaheryar Faruq Ansari, Nikita Barai, Lilly Agnes Bellman, Michael Joseph Bender, Anthony Michel Betbadal, Joseph Donald Brogan, Tarah Jean Brown, Kristin Marie Buzzitta, Ryan Matthew Dhaemers, Evan Matthew Dickerson, Sarah Elizabeth Dilley, Terry Christopher Easton, Victoria Sophia Fahrenbach, Daniel Peter Fox, Emily Margaret Garritson, Pauley Thalia Gasparis, Robert William Godley II, Shayna Lee Gordon, Laruen Marie Guggina, Jonathan B. Hoover, David J. Kiefer, Michael Tyler King, Kendell Ryan Klingler, Scott Andrew Linger, Jay Edward Mast, Sandeep Rajan Mehta, Linda Yu Meyers, Eric David Miller, Ryan Michael Mills, Peter Joseph Morone, Paul Joseph Niziolek, Paul William Porter, Sally G. Primus, Mark E. Query, Elizabeth Marie Riddell, Aimee Elizabeth Sirois, Sarah Laupus Skillman, Gregory James Slabaugh, Hillary Jane Jones Spencer, Laura Elizabeth Stage, Kathryn Sara Stevens, Drew Anthony Streicher, Michael John Toole, Arie Gerhard Trouw, Kevin Michael Trulock, Anita Ahmed Turk, Todd Joseph Wannemuehler and Leonard Scott Weiss.

Gold Humanism Honor Society: Shaheryar Faruq Ansari, Nikita Barai, Wesley R. Barnes, Tarah Jean Brown, Kristin Marie Buzzitta, Elaina Y. Chen, Mary Ellen Clegg, Jessica Jacqueline Donaldson, Laruen Marie Guggina, Micah Alexander Hatch, Lesley Anne Higgins, Michael Tyler King, Yiping Li, Brandon Dean Morrical, Gina Marie Nuzzo, Alexander Onyancha Ondari, Nicholas Anthony Pipito, Kyra Dawn Reed, Joshua Dale Rouch, Aliese Anahid Sarkissian, Laura Elizabeth Stage, Julie Elizabeth Stark, Jennifer Trotter, Anita Ahmed Turk, Leonard Scott Weiss, Megan Kathleen Werntz, Minkkwan Wungwattana and Rachel S. Wyss.

Chancellor’s Scholar Award for Academic Achievement: Shaheryar Faruq Ansari
Dr. Jeffrey C. Darnell Medical Student Geriatrics Achievement Award: Staci Lynn Hollar
Red Shoes Award: Noah Scott Kersey and Scott Arthur Pletzer
Jay Thomas Award (Bloomington): Sandeep Rajan Mehta
John H. Edwards Fellowship Award: Kevin Michael Trulock

IUSM students also honored their professors with the Medical Class of 2012 Faculty Awards:

Basic and Clinical Science Teaching Awards: Michael A. Agostino, M.D. (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery); Mark W. Braun, M.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine); Thomas E. Davis Jr., M.D., Ph.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine);  Michael J. DeMotte, M.D. (Psychiatry); John D. Emhardt, M.D. (Anesthesia); Richard B. Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., MPH (Radiology and Imaging Sciences); Mitchell A. Harris, M.D. (Pediatrics); Aloysius "Butch" J. Humbert, M.D. (Emergency Medicine); Regina A. Kreisle, M.D., Ph.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine); David E. Matthews, M.D. (Surgery); Glenn J. Merkel, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology); Robert M. Pascuzzi, M.D. (Neurology); Joseph A. Prahlow, M.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine); Scott E. Renshaw, M.D. (Family Medicine); Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, M.D. (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Dale W. Saxon, Ph.D. (Anatomy and Cell Biology); T. Robert Vu, M.D. (Medicine); Gabi N. Waite, Ph.D. (Cellular and Integrative Physiology); W. Brett Zimmerman, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Toxicology); and Janice Zunich, M.D. (Medical and Molecular Genetics)
Support Staff Award:
José R. Espada (Director, Medical Student Affairs-Student Financial Services)
Outstanding Clerkship:
Emergency Medicine
Golden Apple Award (Outstanding Professor):
Robert M. Pascuzzi, M.D. (Neurology)


Arrow Trustee Teaching Award recipients

The 2012 IUSM Trustee Teaching Awards were announced during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. The recipients are:

Benjamin D. Bauer, M.D. (Pediatrics); Richard Bihrle, M.D. (Urology); Eric E. Boss, M.D. (Psychiatry); Jennifer N. Choi, M.D. (Surgery); John C. Christenson, M.D. (Pediatrics); Dylan D. Cooper, M.D. (Emergency Medicine); Brian S. Decker, M.D. (Medicine); Michael J. DeMotte, M.D. (Psychiatry); Joseph R. Dynlacht, Ph.D. (Radiation Oncology); Roman Dziarski, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology); Lyle P. Fettig Jr., M.D. (Medicine); Larry R. Ganion, Ph.D. (Anatomy and  Cell Biology); George D. Gantsoudes, M.D. (Orthopaedic Surgery); Nasser H. Hanna, M.D. (Medicine); Maureen A. Harrington, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Paul R. Helft, M.D. (Medicine); Kelly M. Kasper, M.D. (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Hal D. Kipfer, M.D. (Radiology and Imaging Sciences); Michael J. Klemsz, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology); Regina A. Kreisle, M.D., Ph.D. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine); Michael J. Lannoo, Ph.D. (Anatomy and Cell Biology); Carl F. Marfurt, Ph.D. (Anatomy and Cell Biology); Glenn J. Merkel, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology); John M. Miller, M.D. (Medicine); Pragya Mishra, M.D. (Medicine); Jean P. Molleston, M.D. (Pediatrics); Patrick O. Monahan, MA (Biostatistics); Kristine A. Nanagas, M.D. (Emergency Medicine); Alexander G. Obukhov, Ph.D. (Cellular and Integrative Physiology); Valerie D. O’Loughlin, Ph.D. (Anatomy and Cell Biology); Kelly L. Paul, M.D. (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation); Joseph A. Prahlow, M.D. (Pathology and Laboratory and Medicine); Bruce W. Robb, M.D. (Surgery); Karen L. Roos, M.D. (Neurological Surgery); Kumar Sandrasegaran, MB, Ch.B. (Radiology and Imaging Sciences); Mark F. Seifert, Ph.D.; (Anatomy and Cell Biology); Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, M.D. (Family Medicine); Elaine N. Skopelja, MALS (Knowledge Informatics and Translation); Jodi L. Smith, M.D., Ph.D. (Neurological Surgery); William J. Sullivan Jr., Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Toxicology); Timothy A. Sutton, M.D., Ph.D. (Medicine); Dorata A. Szczepaniak, M.D. (Pediatrics); Julie A. Vannerson, M.D. (Medicine); Daniel E. Wertman Jr., M.D. (Radiology and Imaging Sciences); John W. Wolfe, M.D. (Anesthesia); Stephen E. Wolverton, M.D. (Dermatology); Eric R. Wright, Ph.D. (Public Health) and W. Brett Zimmerman, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Toxicology).


 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.