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September 13, 2012
Volume 16 Number 36 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM-Evansville celebrates 40th anniversary

The IU School of Medicine-Evansville celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the "Ruby Ball" held at the Centre in Evansville. The ball was attended by 330 guests, including honorees Raymond W. Nicholson, Jr., M.D., volunteer clinical professor of family medicine, and Mark D. Browning, M.D., volunteer clinical professor of medicine.

Founded in 1972, IUSM-Evansville is one of eight regional campuses in the state. Since 1994, the program has been housed in the Health Professions Center on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana.

"The medical school has always enjoyed the support of local community,” said Steven Becker, M.D., associate dean at the IU School of Medicine and director of IUSM-Evansville. “However, as the school expands to third- and fourth-year clerkships, more regional partners are joining in our mission. The Ruby Ball is a great example of how invested our local and regional medical communities are in the school’s continued success and productivity."

Patrick Shoulders, vice chair of the IU board of trustees, was keynote speaker for the event and endorsed the expansion plans for the school of medicine in Evansville.

"As a driver of economic development for the region, the future vision of IUSM-Evansville as the anchor to an academic health science center is closely aligned with Indiana’s life sciences economy," he said. "The vision matches future national health policies which are driving new models of research, education and provision of healthcare."

IUSM-Evansville currently educates medical students for the first two years of the four-year program and has more than 150 active volunteer clinical faculty members who regularly teach first and second year students. The program will expand to encompass all four years in the future.

The ball raised more than $180,000 to establish a new endowment that will support scholarships for local students attending IUSM-Evansville for all four years.


Arrow Initiative to support heart health with genetic testing

With support from the Strategic Research Initiative, physician-scientists at the IU School of Medicine and IU Health are implementing the state's first comprehensive program to implement genetic testing in research and clinical care in heart disease.

Research into the genetic underpinnings of heart disease has developed to the point that it’s now clear that many cardiovascular patients — and their families — will benefit from the tests, said Peng-Sheng Chen, M.D., Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology and director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen cited a rare but potentially fatal disease called long QT syndrome. Researchers have identified 13 genes associated with 75 percent of the cases of long QT syndrome, and tests now will enable physicians to determine which of the genes has the mutation responsible for an individual patient’s case.

"Not only will the tests determine which gene is responsible, we now are able to conduct tests of a patient’s relatives to determine which family members are at risk and in need of medical attention, and which are not,” said Dr. Chen.

Officials plan to offer genetic testing and counseling at all IU Health sites. To support the genetics research and testing programs, the Strategic Research Initiative will support development of three biorepositories. The Human Cardiac Tissue Biorepository will collect tissues from patients with heart failure or who have undergone cardiac surgery. An implantable device biorepository will collect tissue from patients with severe heart failure requiring the assistance of an implanted device, such as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. An ischemic heart disease biorepository will collect tissue from patients with coronary artery diseases who have undergone exercise stress testing.

The Strategic Research Initiative is a $150 million collaboration of the IU School of Medicine and IU Health focusing on research in cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurosciences, with the goal of taking the resulting discoveries and translating them into innovative therapies for patient care.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Cancer center unveils portrait of founding director

A memorial portrait of the late Stephen D. Williams, M.D., inaugural director of the IU Simon Cancer Center was unveiled during a ceremony today.

Family and colleagues of Dr. Williams, who served as director of the IUSCC from 1992 until his death in 2009, gathered for the event. Dr. Williams’ portrait hangs in the cancer center’s patient care building, the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, at 1030 W. Michigan St. It was painted by Indianapolis artist and Herron School of Art and Design graduate Rob Day.

The Indiana University Cancer Center was formed under the direction of Dr. Williams, who tirelessly led efforts for its establishment, after the National Cancer Institute awarded a planning grant to the IU School of Medicine for a cancer center in 1992. In 1999, the IU Cancer Center – now the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center – earned its first NCI designation. It is Indiana’s only NCI-designated cancer center that provides patient care and one of only 67 NCI-designated cancer centers in the United States. 

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Williams left his mark on the world.  He earned national recognition for his role in investigating the successful use of chemotherapy in the treatment of ovarian and testicular germ cell tumors.  He was consistently ranked among cancer care specialists in "America’s Top Doctors for Cancer," and the cancer center was consistently ranked during his tenure as among the top clinical programs in the country by "U.S. News & World Report."

Day, who has been commissioned to create a portraits for such leading magazines as "Smithsonian," "Time," "Business Week," "Esquire" and "GQ," has also worked locally with such clients as the IU School of Medicine and Robert H. McKinney School of Law. 


Arrow Flu vaccination rules and locations

IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents who serve as medical staff, are employed by, or receive training at IU Health and/or Wishard Health Services, are required to receive an influenza vaccination this flu season. The deadline for the vaccine is Saturday, Dec. 15.  

Free flu vaccines will be available at the IUPUI Health Services Flu Vaccine Clinic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 20 in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium. Individuals who plan to receive a flu vaccine should bring a valid IU picture ID and consider wearing a short sleeve shirt. 

Individuals unable to attend the Flu Vaccine Clinic but who want to obtain the vaccine can check IUPUI Health Services flu page for additional flu vaccine clinic dates and locations on campus this fall, or visit IUPUI Health Services at Coleman Hall, Suite 100, Monday through Friday for a free flu vaccine. 

For more information on the flu vaccination policy, visit the Flu FAQ.


Faculty News

Arrow Abonour to cycle 200 miles for multiple myeloma research

Rafat Abonour, M.D, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and professor of medicine, met Myron Gill after unexplained tremendous back pain sent him to the doctor 13 years ago.

Gill, who had no other symptoms, was eventually diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. Today, he plays an important part in the annual cycling event Miles for Myeloma undertaken for the past eight years by Dr. Abonour, also a physician-researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Gill and others are part of the road crew, a group of volunteers who scout out the planned route and look for alternatives that might provide safer conditions for Dr. Abonour and the other riders who join him. Gill himself has ridden in Miles for Myeloma five times.

Dr. Abonour takes off on this year’s ambitious ride on Friday, Sept. 28, near Cincinnati and finishes the day in Columbus, Ind.  The next day, he and his fellow riders will cover the hilly distance between Columbus and Indianapolis. The complete distance is more than 200 miles. A finish-line celebration will be at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in front of the University Place Hotel on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. 

To date, the cycling event has raised nearly $2 million for multiple myeloma research at the IU Simon Cancer Center.  Dr. Abonour said those research dollars have helped to attract other leading multiple myeloma investigators to the cancer center.

Myron Gill, now 72, underwent radiation, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant as part of his journey to remission. He returns to the cancer center every two months for follow-up visits. He’ll also be at the Miles for Myeloma finish-line celebration.

More than 350 myeloma patients and family members are expected to gather to watch the trek end.  All are welcome to attend.


Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM scholars travel to Australia for exchange program

IUSM students, graduate researchers and junior faculty traveled to Australia from June 29 to July 7 to participate in the second international exchange program between the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

The Indiana CTSI-ANU exchange program aims to create international scholars with expertise in translational science. The program grew from a partnership between ANU, a prestigious public teaching and research university located in the governing capital of Australia, and the Indiana CTSI, a collaborative research institute between IU, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. The first scholars to participant in the program were selected from scholarship and degree programs established by the Indiana CTSI in its first four years.

“I particularly enjoyed hearing about the process of developing a novel therapeutic and working with industry to see it reach first proof of concept in humans and clinical trials, as these are issues not often addressed in the academic setting,” said Rikki Enzor, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the IU School of Medicine who participated in the trip.

Enzor and a fellow graduate student trip participant from Purdue are supported by Indiana CTSI Training Awards. Aisha N. Davis and Renecia Watkins, who also traveled to ANU for the program, are IUSM students enrolled in the translational science master’s degree program.

Also participants in the trip were Melissa Kacena, Ph.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and John P. Breinholt III, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, who are supported by the Indiana CTSI Young Investigator Award.  

To read the full story, visit the Indiana CTSI.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seminar

Holly Goodson, Ph.D., will present “Microtubule Plus-end Tracking Proteins: Function and Mechanism” from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

Dr. Goodson is associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and associate director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity at the University of Notre Dame.

Refreshments will be available in MS326 at 3:30 p.m. This seminar is presented by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Arrow Presentation to focus on neuronal injury — Sept. 18

C. William Shuttleworth, Ph.D., professor of neurosciences at the University of New Mexico, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Research II (R2) Building, Room 101.

Dr. Shuttleworth will present “Mechanisms underlying neuronal injury following spreading depolarization events.”

This event is presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop series

As part of the ongoing workshop series from the Academy of Teaching Scholars, the following topics will be offered later this month:

  • Tuesday, Sept 18: Oncourse Calendar Tool, noon to 1 p.m., Online, Adobe Connect Meeting Room
  • Friday, Sept. 28: “Making the Most of Your Presentations,” 10 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Campus Center Theatre

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

To register, visit Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Arrow Johns Hopkins professor to present on gene regulation

Jiang Qian, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will present DNA methylation dependent gene regulationfrom noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

Dr. Qian is affiliated with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

This seminar is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and hosted by Yunlong Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of Medical and molecular genetics and medicine.


Arrow Succeed in research and scholarship workshop

The Center for Research and Learning will offer "The Nine Golden Rules to Succeed in Research and Scholarship" workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the IUPUI University Library, Room 2115 E.

This session will provide insights for faculty on how to succeed in research and scholarship. The workshop is focused toward new and early career investigators; however, mid-career faculty should find information of interest as well.

To sign up, visit the registration page.


Arrow First Annual Public Health Research and Service Symposium

The inaugural IUPUI Public Health Research and Service Symposium will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Scholars Hall at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center.

This event will showcase the research and service of faculty, staff, and students in public health programs at IUPUI. Presenters include Eric Wright, Ph.D., interim chair and professor of public health; Terry Zollinger, Dr.PH, professor of public health; and Kathryn Coe, Ph.D., professor of public health.

The symposium will follow the naming ceremony for the new IU School of Public Health-Indianapolis at 10:30 a.m. The IU School of Public Health-Indianapolis will be established from the Department of Public Health at the IU School of Medicine.

For a complete agenda or to RSVP, visit the registration page.


Arrow Marfan Syndrome patient education conference

An educational conference for patients and health providers on Marfan syndrome will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

The purpose of the conference is to address and review commonly experienced symptoms of both children and adults with Marfan syndrome.  Conference presenters include medical professionals who have encountered multiple patients with this condition and are familiar with their treatment and management.

IUSM presenters include Fred Rescorla, M.D., Lafayette F. Page Professor of Pediatric Surgery; Randall Loder, MD, chair and George J. Garceau Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; andKathryn M. Haider, M.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology. Dr. Rescorla also serves as director of pediatric surgery at the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Additional presenters and information is available in the event brochure. This event is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.

To register, download the registration form or email


Arrow Author to present History of Medicine lecture

Jason Karlawish, M.D., professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his recent book, “Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Emerson Hall, Room 304.

Dr. Karlawish’s books concerns U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon William Beaumont and a young man, Alexis St. Martin, saved by the surgeon after a shotgun misfires. The accident leaves St. Martin with a hole in his stomach that the doctor uses to understand human digestion. Beaumont's care of St. Martin continues for decades, but the motives for his attention remain unclear as his desires for wealth and prestige as a surgeon grows.

Fore more information, see the event brochure. This seminar is presented by John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society.

Food will be served. To RSVP, email


Arrow FEED session on vitality survey — Oct. 8

The first Faculty Enrichment and Education Development session will be from 5:15 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, in the Riley Outpatient conference center, Rooms A and B.

This interactive seminar will present how the institution uses data from the Faculty Vitality Survey to improve policies and programs, and how individual “vitality” shapes the culture at IU.

FEED is a quarterly series of workshops on key topics in academic medicine offered over dinner.

For more information or to register, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


News to Use

Arrow Komen tissue collection in Chicago

Do you have friends or family in the Windy City? If so, tell the women who are important to you about that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center’s breast tissue collection from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago.

The Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center is the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world. Physicians, staff and volunteers from the Komen Tissue Bank and Stroger Hospital of Cook County’s Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program will collect the tissue samples from women volunteers for the tissue bank.

An appointment time is required to donate. To sign up, visit the registration page  or contacting Liz Way at 866-763-0047 or


Arrow Medical care in rural Africa seminar audio online

Audio of Ellen Einterz's Aug. 27 talk, "In Minute Particulars: Humanitarian Medicine in Rural Africa," has been posted on the Medical Humanities and Health Studies website.

Dr. Einterz is adjunct associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and medical director of a district hospital in northern Cameroon. Her presentation focused on the challenges and joys of providing medical care in Africa, including the need to surmount cultural barriers and to work with so few resources brings health workers closer to patients.

To listen to the audio, visit the Medical Humanities and Health Studies audio archive.


Arrow Accreditation process invites public comment

IUPUI, including its Columbus regional education center, invites the public to submit comments about the institutions in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, an independent corporation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

IUPUI has been accredited by the commission since 1972 and is reviewed every 10 years for reaffirmation of accreditation. IUPUI will host the commission for a comprehensive site visit Nov. 5 to 7.

In preparation for this visit, the public may submit comments that address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution and its academic programs by Sunday, Sept. 30. Comments can be either submitted via the commission’s website or mailed to Public Comment on IUPUI, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411.


Arrow New online mentoring portal available

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has launched an online mentoring portal to create a centralized resource for the faculty, staff and departments in the IU School of Medicine. The site includes resources for individual faculty members (both mentors and mentees), as well as academic departments.

This initiative comes in response to the recommendations made by the 2009 IUSM Task Force on Mentoring. In response to this report, OFAPD enlisted the help of Julie Welch, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, as a Faculty Fellow, to develop the extensive resources and toolkit. The goal of the project is to recognize and support the need for mentoring of all faculty within the School. A spring 2013 Faculty Enrichment and Education Development (FEED) session will be dedicated to providing more information on these resources.

For more information, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Arrow Income processing training — Oct. 3

The Office of Financial Affairs is providing training in IUSM income processing from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Fesler Hall, Room 211.

This training is mandatory for IU School of Medicine fiscal officers and revenue processors and is not open to other schools at this time. This session will teach participants how to properly deposit and transport funds at IUSM and is being offered in an effort to implement better internal controls and ensure university policy compliance. After participants attend an IUSM revenue processing training session they are not required to attend another session; however, they are welcome to attend as a refresher.

To register, visit the Financial Management Services website, and select "Income Processing for IU School of Medicine employees."

For more information, email Andrea Johnson at 317-274-2346 or


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on "Sound Medicine," Palmer MacKie, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine and Andrew Chambers, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, discuss the impending epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and the system they are developing to combat this epidemic at Wishard Hospital.

Also on this week’s show, an antibiotic that could be used to fight bacteria-resistant “superbugs” without the risk of hearing loss, the effect of marriage on heart surgery survival rates and the author of "The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook," which includes tips for people caring for seriously ill husbands.

"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, Sept. 16, on WFYI 90.1 FM. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

The program is available via website, podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on this week’s show, visit the IUSM Newsroom.



Arrow Internal travel grant applications open

The IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs has announced the 2012-13 internal grant competitions for faculty members at all IU campuses as part of the implementation of the IU International Strategic Plan. These competitive grants provide funding for a broad range of opportunities to support faculty members in their efforts to enhance IU’s international engagement.

  • International Short-Term Visitors Grant (Revised)
  • Overseas Conference Grants (Revised)
  • Language Learning Grants
  • Overseas Study Program Development Grants
  • Short-Term Faculty Exchange Programs
For specific grant deadlines and application information, visit the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs grants page.


Arrow Hematology research applications due Sept. 14

The IU Center of Excellence in Molecular Hematology is seeking applications to support research that focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of normal murine and human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell regulation and the hematopoietic parameters impacting the efficient use of these cells in transplantation and gene therapy such as homing, cell cycle regulation and the status of the hematopoietic niche.

IU faculty at the rank of assistant professor or an equivalent research rank are eligible. Investigators with outside funding can apply provided there is no overlap between their funded research and the proposal submitted for this mechanism. Previous recipients of CEMH Pilot and Feasibility program grants are not eligible. For additional application guidelines, download the complete RFA.

Funding for a maximum of $12,500 should be requested for supplies and fees. No salary support for any personnel is permitted. Funding is for one year. Applicants are expected to submit a detailed progress report at the end of their funding period.

Applications are due 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, to Edward F. Srour, Ph.D., at, or April D. Maines at


Arrow FORCES program grants -- due Sept. 15

The Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success program is designed to support IUPUI researchers in the successful transformation of their research findings into commercially viable outcomes.

The key goals of FORCES are to support the realization of short-term projects that will enhance commercial value of IUPUI intellectual property assets, by facilitating commercialization of inventions, technologies or other intellectual property derived from existing research projects, and development of research initiatives that show great promise for commercialization of the research outcomes.

For more information, visit the grant application page.

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 15.


Arrow Indiana CTSI fall core pilot grants open

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking applications from faculty whose research may benefit from technologies and expertise offered by core facilities at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

The Indiana Fall Core Pilot grant program provides up to $10,000 in core services. A complete list of core facilities is online; only cores denoted with a CTSI seal are eligible. The primary goal of this program is funding projects with outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property.

To access complete grant guidelines and application forms, log into the Indiana CTSI grants system using your university ID and select "Indiana CTSI Spring Core Pilot Funding Program – Request for Applications."

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. This grant is available to Indiana University (IUSM, IUPUI, IU Bloomington) Purdue and Notre Dame faculty.

 For more information, email Lisa Dinsmore at


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

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

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


Around Town

Arrow Grassy Creek health day

The IU School of Medicine Division of Adolescent Medicine will join community groups across Indiana to offer free health screenings and childhood immunizations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Grassy Creek Health Center, 9443 E. 38th St.

Community Day 2012, which provides assistance to residents of the Eastside neighborhoods, returns this year after a one-year absence. Health screenings at event will include asthma, cholesterol, glucose (diabetes), skin cancer, blood pressure, body mass index, STD, HIV, sickle cell and vision. Free immunizations for children from 4 to 16 years of age will also be offered. Parents must bring their child’s shot records.

Event booths will provide information on topics such as child safety, women’s health, asthma education, Medicaid, financial counseling, mental health, educational opportunities and physical fitness. The event also will include a kids’ carnival with games and music from a local DJ.

For more information, call 317-554-5208.


 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

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The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students and residents on Thursdays, 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:

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