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June 1, 2012
Volume 16 Number 21 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM leads the way on intravenous kidney cell transplant research

IUSM scientists have successfully transplanted primary kidney cells intravenously to treat renal failure in rats, pointing the way to a possible future alternative to kidney transplants and expensive dialysis treatments in humans.

Katherine J. Kelly, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and Jesus Dominguez, M.D., professor of medicine, genetically modified the cells in the laboratory to produce a protein – called SAA – that plays an important role in renal cell growth, embryonic kidney development and kidney regeneration after an injury. Modified cells found their way to the appropriate locations of the damaged kidneys, resulting in regeneration of tissue and improved function in the kidney.

The authors point out there is a significant and expanding need for better kidney treatments because growing numbers of people are facing progressive kidney failure due to rising incidence of diabetes, hypertension and the aging of the population.

"Obviously there is a need for, and an opportunity for, regenerative medicine in kidney failure as well as other organs,” Dr. Dominguez said. There have been efforts to use stem cells to regenerate kidney tissue, but the benefits have not been long lasting, he noted.

In the IU researchers’ experiments, however, some of the reprogrammed adult kidney donor cells made their way back to the damaged rat kidneys and engrafted themselves into key locations for renal function, resulting in improved kidney function and limiting physical damage. In some cases the modified cells came from other donor rats. In other experiments, one of the rats damaged kidneys was removed and the treated cells were grown in the laboratory and then returned to the same rat.

“Ultimately, you can imagine taking a part of someone’s kidney, expanding those cells with appropriate growth factors in a tissue culture dish, and then giving the cells back,” Dr. Kelly said.

The researchers’ work has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology, which published an advance online version of the paper on May 16.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

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Arrow Innovative dementia care model assists 1,000th patient

The Aging Brain Care model, an innovative model of dementia care developed by researcher-clinicians at the IU School of Medicine that significantly reduces emergency department visits and hospitalizations, was recently used to treat its 1,000th patient.

Extending the definition of a patient to include family members who enable cognitively impaired individuals to live in the community, physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff members work closely with both the older adult and family caregivers — in the exam room and in the home, as well as over the phone and via email — to deliver care to improve both brain and physical health.

“Our research over the past decade has shown the importance of families and communities, in addition to medical care, in improving the quality of life for older adults with dementia,” said Christopher Callahan, M.D., Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Professor in Aging Research at the IU School of Medicine and director of the IU Center for Aging Research. “The (Wishard Healthy Againg Brain Center) uses a team-based approach to help get everyone on the same page in meeting the goals of care for the patient and their family caregivers.”

Earlier this month, Dr. Callahan treated Charles H. Herald Bishop Jr., 80, of Indianapolis, at the Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center — a research lab and a treatment facility focused on the mental status of elder adults and the first facility to use the ABC model. Bishop, who was referred to the HABC after being sent to Wishard by his primary care doctor, is the 1,000 patient seen at the HABC.

"I was starting to have some memory problems, and my doctor thought I had better have it looked at," said Bishop, who came to the center with his wife, Imelda. "(HABC) did some testing, and they did some monitoring of me walking around a bit."

Bishop and other patients who experience the Aging Brain Care model undergo a cognitive assessment that includes neuropsychological testing, MRI, medication review and a structured neurological and physical evaluation. Caregivers then work with the patient to develop a personal treatment plan that typically identifies potentially harmful medications, prescribes new medications, initiates brain and physical exercise regimens and works to reduce stress to improve daily life. Bishop now has follow-up appointments scheduled and said he hopes the center can keep him healthy and out of the hospital.

Malaz Boustani, M.D., director of the HABC and associate professor of medicine at IUSM, noted the center has seen reductions of 45 percent in hospital emergency department visits and 54 percent in hospitalization stays in patients compared to similar individuals not seen in the center.

"Patients treated with the ABC model have fewer behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia after one year than they had at the onset of treatment," he said, pointing out that the center has quickly become a nationally recognized leader in the care of older adults that receives referrals from across the country.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

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Arrow 2012 Memory University begins June 4

The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center will present the Fourth Annual Memory University from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays in June in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

This series is a unique program for both professionals and families to learn more about Alzheimer's disease from nationally known clinicians affiliated with the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center. Participants will learn the most up-to-date information and will also be able to ask the experts any questions they have about Alzheimer's and related disorders. Presentations are:

  • June 7: “The Importance of Emotional Engagement and Social Well-Being As We Age,” by Brad Mossbarger, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology at IUSM and a psychologist at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Mossbarger is focused on addressing the mental health needs of senior citizens at the VA Older Adult Mental Health Clinic through the evaluation and treatment of memory, mood, adjustment and other disorders. 
  • June 14: “Cognitive Stimulation and Aging,” presented by Frederick W. Unverzagt, Ph.D., professor of clinical psychology in clinical psychiatry and clinical medical and molecular genetics at IUSM. Dr. Unverzagt's research interests are focused on the clinical assessment of memory loss and cognitive impairment associated with neurodegenerative disease and breast cancer.
  • June 21: “The Importance and Impact of Exercise As We Age,” presented by Mark G. Urtel, Ed.D., associate professor of kinesiology at IUPUI. Dr. Urtel is a faculty partner in the department-sponsored PACE (Physical Activity using Civic Engagement) program, which serves individuals by creating comprehensive and innovative opportunities for physical activity and health programming.
  • June 28: “Importance of Diet and Nutrition As We Age,” by Sara A. Blackburn, D.Sc., clinical associate professor of nutrition and co-director of the Dietetic Internship in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI. Dr. Blackburn is a registered dietitian focused on the importance of nutrition for seniors stemming from her work in long term care.

These are free events but registration is required. To register, call 317-274-4939 or email dwert@iupui.edu. Participants may also register at the door starting at 1 p.m.

For more information, see the event flier.

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From the Dean's Office

Arrow A message on curriculum reform from Maryellen Gusic

Nationwide, undergraduate medical education is evolving in response to recommendations that integration of foundational and clinical sciences throughout all years of the curriculum are essential to best prepare students for the practice of medicine. Integration requires early clinical experiences and additional opportunities to learn and apply foundational science before postgraduate (residency) training.

As one of the largest medical schools in the country, and with a unique educational structure (one school, nine campuses), IUSM is in an incredible position to lead the way in improving medical education in order to better prepare the next generation of physicians. We owe it to our students and we owe it to our patients.

During the past two years, more than 250 members of the IUSM community have been involved in developing a new model for the medical school curriculum. This summer, a group of basic science faculty, students and clinical educators, is building on this work and incorporating the feedback that has been received thus far to continue the reform effort. 

Curricular change must be grounded in educational theory, supported by faculty talent and vetted by our community. We need your involvement in this journey. Please take the time to review what has been accomplished and the current status of our conversations. The team welcomes feedback from the entire IUSM community. As materials are developed by the team, the work will be posted online. Your comments, ideas and questions can be sent to iusmcurriculum@oncourse.iu.edu. A member of the team will review what you have written, collate input and provide responses or additional information as appropriate. 

Thank you in advance for your interest and commitment to this important work. 

Maryellen Gusic, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Indiana University School of Medicine

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Faculty News

Arrow Schneider honored for contribution to breast cancer research

Bryan Schneider, M.D., associate professor of medicine and of medical and molecular genetics, has been named the recipient of the year of the Young Investigator Award from the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Research and Education Foundation.

The annual award, which was given during a ceremony May 5 in Boston, recognizes investigators younger than 46 who have made substantial scientific or administrative contributions to ECOG, a membership-based research network whose large-scale cancer treatment clinical trials for major diseases have changed the standard of care for adult cancer patients and helped to individualize their therapy. The IU Simon Cancer Center and Dr. Schneider are members of ECOG.

“In his relatively short academic career, Bryan has excelled,” Patrick Loehrer, M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center and H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology at IU School of Medicine, wrote in nominating Dr. Schneider.

While a fellow, Dr. Schneider began a study to examine whether the genes of women without breast cancer were different from those with the disease. He and several colleagues developed the procedures and protocols for collecting, processing and storing specimens from women without breast cancer. They designed a questionnaire, recruited volunteers and managed the data they eventually collected at the 2005 Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure.

The team collected more than 1,200 blood samples the day of the race. Equally important, they proved that women would willingly donate blood or tissue to help in the fight against breast cancer and played a crucial role in the establishment of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center in 2007.

In 2009, Dr. Schneider earned a $5.8 million Promise Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Recently, he and his colleagues identified a genetic biomarker that causes neuropathy among some breast cancer patients using a class of chemotherapy drugs called taxanes. The finding may eventually lead to a blood test to determine if a patient is at risk of developing neuropathy, and contributes to the grant project's ultimate goal to predict which breast cancer patients will benefit from specific treatments and which could suffer significant side effects.

Dr. Schneider, who has yet to turn 40, is also Shawn Hanson Investigator in Breast Cancer Research and associate director of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine.

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Arrow Akingba participates in student commercialization program

A medical device developed by George Akingba, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery and medicine, is among the earliest projects to benefit from a new program that partners undergraduate students from various disciplines with a mentor to bring a faculty member's patent to market.

In the first launch of the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning’s Innovation-to-Enterprise Central (ITEC), Jim Plew and Rishi Chandra – undergraduate students at the IU Kelley School of Business at Indianapolis – and three biomedical engineering students from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology contributed to strategies related to bringing to market a new medical dialysis device developed by Dr. Akingba.

“There’s only so much engineers and physicians can do,” said Dr. Akingba, a vascular surgeon. “You always need the business people to help you keep your direction and your focus, so that at one point in time you can decide if your startup is a money pit or a pot of gold.”

The device – a modular arterio-venous shunt device – assists in opening and closing a tube that connects blood flow during dialysis, and could improve the tube’s durability.

The modular arterio-venous shunt device… could make a huge impact on all dialysis patients.” Plew said. “We’re comparing the device to its competitors and going through all the government regulations and possible future funding,"  Chandra added.

The group will investigate various routes to commercialize the device, which has been patented, and research the necessary industry procedures to put it to use. At the end of the project, ITEC students will advise Dr. Akingba on whether to start a business based on the device or to license it to another company.

For more information, visit the IUPUI Newsroom.

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Student Showcase

Arrow Alpha Omega Alpha student research scholarships

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the national honor society for medical students, awards more than half a million dollars each year in funding through the Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships.

The awards include $5,000 in research funding, with $1,000 available for travel to a national meeting. These fellowships encourage and support student participation in research and other scholarly projects with a faculty mentor. This experience will help students learn how to develop and participate in a research project, better understand the science and scholarship of medicine, and encourage participants to pursue careers that include medical or health-related research. 

Students need not be Alpha Omega Alpha members to apply.  For more information, visit the Alpha Omega Alpha website or contact Richard Gunderman, M.D., at rbgunder@iupui.edu.

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Events & Lectures

Arrow Molecular biology workshop series begins June 4

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 www.iupui.edu/~mbwkshp. To register, contact Chao-Hung Lee, Ph.D., at 317-274-2596 or chlee@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Special presentation on personalized cancer therapy

Srinivasan Madhusudan, Ph.D., will present “Targeting DNA Base Excision Repair for Personalized Cancer Therapy” from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

Dr. Madhusudan is clinical associate professor of medical oncology and director of the Translational DNA Repair Group at the University of Nottingham School of Molecular Medical Sciences in Nottingham, England.

This special seminar is presented by the IU Simon Cancer Center. For more information on professional education from the IU Simon Cancer Center, visit www.cancer.iu.edu/education.

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Arrow Learn to use EndNote X5 — June 7

The Ruth Lilly Medical Library will offer a class on EndNote X5 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, in the IUSM Library, Room 227.

The class will provide an overview on how to use EndNote X5 bibliographic software in the medical sciences.

For more information, visit library.medicine.iu.edu or contact Sherry Kieper at skieper@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Conference

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 on 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 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.

For more information, see the event flier.

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Arrow 36th Annual Garceau-Wray Lectureship

Simon, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 36th Annual George J. Garceau and James B. Wray Lecture from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

Dr. Simon’s lecture, “When Is a Subcutaneous Lipoma Not a Lipoma?” will take place during a conference for orthopedic surgeons, residents and orthopedic allied health professionals from 8 to 3:45 p.m. The event also will feature presentations by local residents and fellows, and  bring together the most recent advances in the field of orthopedic surgery by allowing experts, community physicians and researchers to come together to address a variety of orthopedic topics in the area of diagnosis and treatment for hip, spine, shoulder, knee, pediatrics, trauma, foot and ankle disorders.

Registration is $100; IUSM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, faculty, staff, and residents-in-training may attend free of charge. Registration is required.

To register or for more information, visit event brochure.

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Arrow Bioinformatics seminar on Crohn’s disease

Ken Hui, M.D., of the Yale University School of Medicine will present a seminar from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, June 18, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, Room 1110

Dr. Hui will present “Integration of Population-Specific Novel and Established Genetic Variation for the Identification of Crohn’s Disease-Associated Loci in Ashkenazi Jewish Individuals.”

This event is presented by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and hosted by Lang Li, Ph.D., assistant director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and associate professor of medical and molecular genetics and biostatistics, and Yunlong Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and medical and molecular genetics.

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Arrow Australian biostatistics expert to present short course

Matt Wand, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Statistics at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, will present a short course on semiparametric regression from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Health Informatics and Translational Science (HITS) Building, Room 1110.

Semiparametric regression is concerned with the flexible incorporation of nonlinear functional relationships in regression analyses. Assuming only a basic familiarity with ordinary regression, this short course explains the techniques and benefits of semiparametric regression in a concise and modular fashion. For more information, see the course flier.

This course is offered by the Department of Biostatistics. Registration costs $40 for students, $80 for faculty and staff and $120 for attendees outside IU. The registration deadline is Friday, June 15.

To register, contact Ann Lyon at annlyon@iupui.edu or harezlak@iupui.edu.

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News to Use

Arrow Volunteers sought for medical student skills training

Volunteer instructors are needed to facilitate a 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 technique-focused, procedural skills before they are encountered during clinical experiences. Volunteer will 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.

This is a once-a-year event. 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 ahumbert@iupui.edu and indicate skills station interest and preferred time.

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Arrow Registration open for cycling fundraiser

Registration is open for 24 Hours of Booty, the official 24-hour cycling event of Livestrong, which raises funds, public awareness and support for the Livestrong and local cancer charities. All funds raised through 24 Hours of Booty of Indianapolis will benefit the IU Simon Cancer Center.

This non-competitive charity cycling event, geared towards teams and individuals of all ages and cycling abilities, will take place from 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Butler University. To join the IU Simon Cancer Center team, "Pedaling Cures," contact Theresa Vernon 317-278-2120 or tm5@iupui.edu. To create a new team or join other pre-existing groups, visit www.24hoursofbooty.org.

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.

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Arrow LISTSERV lists transfer deadline 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 was added to the top of all of IU's LISTSERV emails mid-May reminding 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.

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Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week, “Sound Medicine” will examine the role of venture philanthropy on the development of a new drug that treats the underlying cause of a rare form of cystic fibrosis, a debilitating genetic disease that patients typically succumb to by their early 30s. Additional topics will include an analysis of slowing health care sector spending by health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D.; new flight recommendations for people with deep vein thrombosis; and a discussion with the author of “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America.”

“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, June 3, 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, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, visit this page.

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Opportunities

Arrow Domestic violence prevention workshop proposals due today

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. Anyone 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 cburton@icadvinc.org; mail to Caryn Burton, ICADV, 1915 W. 18th St., Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46202; or fax to 317-917-3695.

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Arrow 2012 Statewide IT Conference requests proposals — due June 4

The 2012 Statewide IT Conference, a showcase for information technology at Indiana University, is seeking proposals for breakout sessions and “lightning talks” at this annual event from Sept. 25 to 26 in Bloomington.

Breakout sessions and lightning talks let attendees discuss, brainstorm and collaborate on the latest initiatives shaping information technology at IU. Proposals may be for an hourlong or 15- to 30-minute presentation. Successful proposals will reflect elements of one of six different tracks. For more information, visit statewideit.iu.edu/submit-a-proposal.

Proposals that do not fit these catagories may be considered for a "birds-of-a-feather” gathering. These gatherings will take place during the staff appreciation event in the Cyberinfrastructure Building on Sept. 24. 

Breakout session and lightning talk proposals are due Monday, June 4.

For more information, contact Janae Cummings at statewideit@iu.edu.

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Arrow Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research grants

The Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research is seeking application for grants to support clinical and translational cardiovascular research projects. The research projects must be relevant to cardiovascular disease and provide information to enhance an application for a larger extramurally funded research activity.

The maximum amount for this grant is $80,000 per year for up to two years. Applicants must have an Indiana University faculty appointment or demonstrate a close link to the IU Health Cardiovascular Programs. IU Health physicians with affiliate appointments are eligible to apply.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m. Monday, June 18. Complete applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, July 2. To apply, visit www.indianactsi.org/grants. Log in using your institutional username and password and select "Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research: Research Grants -- 2012.07."

For more information, email info@indianactsi.org.

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Arrow Nominate a cancer research lecturer — June 20

The American Association for Cancer Research seeks nominations for its 2012 Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The recipient of this year’s award will receive a $5,000 honorarium and present a 45-minute lecture at the fifth annual AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. The conference will be Oct. 27 to 30 in San Diego, Calif.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, June 20. For more information, visit www.aacr.org/ScientificAwards or contact Monique P. Eversley at awards@aacr.org.

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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.

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Kudos

Arrow Honors

Lawrence Einhorn, M.D., Distinguished Professor and Lance Armstrong Foundation Professor of Oncology, will be honored June 9 by the University of Iowa Alumni Association during the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon. Dr. Einhorn will be presented a Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement, which is given for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human service. Dr. Einhorn is being recognized for developing a cure for testicular cancer.

Rivienne Shedd-Steele, director of the Office of Health Disparities and Outreach at the IU Simon Cancer Center, has been named a Cancer Control Champion by the Indiana Cancer Consortium in recognition of her “outstanding leadership in implementing the Indiana Cancer Control Plan.”

Priscilla Walker and Melanie Huffman, both IUSM students, have been awarded William J. Wright Scholarships by the IU Simon Cancer Center. This scholarship is awarded to third- and fourth-year medical students, physicians in cancer-related postdoctoral programs and/or medical doctors employed by IUSM and pursuing cancer-related fellowship training who demonstrate commitment to, or potential for, conducting cancer research as well as outstanding character and well-defined professional goals.

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 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at cme.medicine.iu.edu. 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.

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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 medicine.iu.edu.

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 medschl@iupui.edu.

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Arrow MEDTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations manages the MEDTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium 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 communications.medicine.iu.edu/get-the-word-out/medtv.

For more information, call 317-274-7722.

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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 scopemed@iupui.edu
  • 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.

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