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February 3, 2012
Volume 16 Number 4 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Nearly 700 women donate to Indy’s Super Cure

Nearly 700 women, 46 percent of whom represented minority populations, selflessly donated healthy breast tissue during Indy’s Super Cure Jan. 28 and 29 at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Indy's Super Cure, an initiative between the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center, successfully reached its goal of increasing minority participation among donors. African-Americans represented 36 percent of the donors, Latinas 7 percent and other minorities 3 percent. Tissue donations by minority women are crucial to the tissue bank’s goal of eliminating breast cancer in all women.

“I’m overwhelmed by the tremendous response,” said Anna Maria Storniolo, MD, co-director of the tissue bank and professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine. “In a typical year, about 500 women take time to donate a precious piece of themselves. In one weekend, a year’s worth of donors showed up. It’s still amazing to me, but it demonstrates the determination of women to contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer.”   

Dr. Storniolo, a physician/researcher at IU Simon Cancer Center, appeared live on the “Today” show at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, to discuss Indy's Super Cure and tissue bank. The NBC News program aired from Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. To watch the segment, visit

In addition, IU Health will sponsor “Indy’s Super Cure Night” in partnership with the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the Pacers host the Orlando Magic. Pre-game activities will include a ball exchange with local cancer survivors and recognition of breast cancer survivor Lisa Miller as the honorary scorer. Fans will get the chance to sign up to walk at Race for the Cure in April and to learn more about tissue donation to the Komen Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center. To purchase tickets, visit

The next breast tissue collections at the IU Simon Cancer Center will be March 10 and Nov. 3. Other collections will take place June 9 at the Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville, Ky., and Sept. 29 at Cook County Health & Hospitals System in Chicago. Register at

To see photos from Indy’s Super Cure on Jan. 28 and 29, visit the IUSM Flickr page.

For more information on last weekend’s event, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

A statement regarding the relationship between the Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center and recent funding decisions by Susan G. Komen for the Cure is online at


Arrow Faculty Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. and the IU School of Medicine have released a new guide to assist research faculty in navigating the complicated waters of technology transfer, intellectual disclosure and commercialization.

“The Faculty Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer” was developed by Mervin Yoder, M.D., assistant dean for entrepreneurial research at the IU School of Medicine and associate director for entrepreneurship at the Indiana CTSI. With topics that include a review of the technology transfer and patent processes and considerations for a start-up company, the 21-page publication serves as a straightforward “how to” for faculty who want to transform their ideas into a new company or other commercial opportunity.

"When you join the faculty as a researcher, everyone knows you're expected to make discoveries, publish papers and earn grants, but nobody really talks about technology transfer," said Dr. Yoder, who also serves as director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatrics Research at the IU School of Medicine and founder of EndGenitor Technologies, a biotech company in Indianapolis. "Going forward, I want to make sure all new faculty receive this guide so they’re aware of all the opportunities available to them to be successful."

To download the “Faculty Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer,” visit

For more information, visit


Arrow Watch the Big Ten Network segment on AMPATH

The complete television segment on the IU-Kenya Program from “Impact the World,” a new series from the Big Ten Network, is online at

The 6½-minute segment puts a national spotlight on AMPATH, the partnership program between IUSM, the Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. IUSM faculty and medical students share stories about how the program has evolved from its roots as an HIV/AIDS control program to also include individuals with cancer and diabetes, life-saving services to mothers and babies, ground-breaking health research, and educational opportunities for students and health-care providers in Kenya and Indiana.

IUSM community members appearing in the video include D. Craig Brater, MD, dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU; Joe Mamlin, MD, professor emeritus of medicine and co-founder of AMPATH; Jill Helphinstine, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics; and medical students Greg Martens and Sashana Gordon.

"Impact the World" is the first Big Ten Network collaborative campus program series produced in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference and its 12 universities. 

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Arrow Super Bowl campus impact reminders

A reminder that many classes, offices and other services at the IU School of Medicine will be affected by Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis from Friday, Feb. 3, to Monday, Feb. 6.

All IUSM classes for first- and second-year medical students on Friday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 6, are canceled. IUSM students should check with their clerkship directors regarding clinical rotations over the weekend of Feb. 4 and 5. The clerkship directors will make decisions about schedules based on the services to which students are assigned at that time.

In addition, many IUSM offices will be closed or provide limited services on these dates. For a complete list of IUPUI class and office cancellations and closures, visit

Faculty, staff and students who need to access campus during this period should be aware that IUPUI has leased out a limited selection of parking spaces through Feb. 5. Anyone wishing to park in these spaces will pay $25. In addition, IUPUI will run a shuttle to downtown events on Feb. 3 and 4. For more information, including a map of the affected spaces, visit

For up-to-date information on downtown lane restrictions, park-and-ride locations, alternate routes and other information, visit or


Student Showcase

Arrow Medical students teach local students about substance abuse prevention

IU School of Medicine student volunteers from the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) project currently are leading classroom sessions at several elementary and middle schools across Indianapolis.

The program teaches fifth- and sixth-grade students to make informed decisions not to use drugs and alcohol and is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service-Learning.

“There are many programs out there with the same goal of teaching youth to stay away from drugs,” said Rachel Danforth, a third-year medical student. “What is unique about our program is the interaction among the volunteers and the younger students. The small group setting allows the students to ask questions that they may be nervous to other wise, and showing actual pathology specimens seem to really make an impression.”

The program teaches young students the normal physiology of major organs such as the heart, liver, brain and lungs. Medical students work in small groups, spending 15 to 20 minutes on each organ. Basic organ physiology is covered, highlighted by preserved organs for the youngsters to observe. The lesson also includes a discussion about the pathophysiology of drugs, alcohol and toxins.

Actual samples of diseased organs, including a cirrhotic liver and emphysematous lung, were donated by the IUSM Department of Pathology, and provide an informative and interactive experience for students. IUSM students also act out different peer pressure situations that the youth may experience offering advice, and suggestions for facing these tough dilemmas.

“This is also a great opportunity for medical students to learn how to teach and to interact with children,” Danforth said. “Being able to inform our patients is a very important part of our role as physicians, and there are not many times during first and second year when we are around kids. So this is beneficial practice for us as well.”

Second-year medical students Sam Beard, Brice Keefer and Ryan Kunkle serve as the project coordinators for the ASAP program.

Medical student volunteers of any year are welcome to participate in this program. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sam Beard at Two additional school visits are scheduled this spring.

The Office of Medical Service-Learning promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. For more information, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Signature Centers Initiative proposal workshop

A workshop for individuals interested in submitting high-quality proposals to the IUPUI Signature Centers Initiatives program will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the IUPUI Library, room 1126.

This workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of what constitutes a research center and its desired attributes. In addition, the review process and review criteria for Signature Centers Initiative applications will be discussed.

The workshop will be presented by two experienced reviewers of the Signature Centers Initiative applications in the fields of “Health and Life Sciences” and the “Arts and Humanities.”

To register, visit


Arrow Diabetes research lecture — Feb. 9

Gregory Wagner, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics will present a lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Daly Student Center, room 185. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Wagner’s lecture is titled “Mitochondrial Disease Reveals a Post-Translational Mechanism for Coordinate Control of Oxidative Metabolism.”

This event is presented by The IU Center for Diabetes Research.


Arrow Pharmaceutical research seminars

Two pharmaceutical research experts from Eli Lilly and Co. will present, as part of the Statistics in Pharmaceutical Research seminar series, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Health Information and Translational Science Building (HITS), room 1130.

Feb. 7: Ming Dauh Wang, PhD, will focus on early-phase clinical trials and the "learning" stage of safe, efficacious drug development and dose evaluation.

Feb. 9: Kyoungah See, PhD, will focus on statistical issues related to dose-finding studies, interactions with regulatory agencies such as the FDA, and drug development.

This series will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 19.


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 taught Tuesday, Feb. 7, through Friday, Feb. 10:

  • Feb. 7: Oncourse Advanced Features, 2 to 3 p.m., online
  • Feb. 8: Oncourse and Turnitin, 2 to 3:30 p.m., online
  • Feb. 9: eText Brownbag, Noon to 1:30 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1125M
  • Feb. 10:
    • Designing an ePortfolio, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., IUPUI Library, room 1130
    • Audience Response Systems in Medical Education: Clickers and More to Engage Learners, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Daly Student Center, room 186
    • Oncourse Tests and Surveys, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., online

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


Arrow FEED seminar explores clinician career development

Wendy Levinson, MD, will present an interactive session on “Career Development for Clinician Teachers and Educators: Ten Tips and Trips” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Walther Hall (R3), room 303-305.

Dr. Levinson, Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and chair of medicine at the University of Toronto, will discuss practical approaches to positioning educational scholarship and the scholarship of service in the promotion and tenure process. Dinner will be provided.

To register, visit


Arrow Pediatric cardiologist to discuss fetal arrhythmias

The OB-GYN Grand Rounds speaker series will present a lecture from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb.  15, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Timothy M. Cordes, MD, associate clinical professor of pediatrics cardiology, will discuss “Fetal Arrhythmias: Diagnosis, management, and outcomes.”

Dr. Cordes also serves as director of the Echocardiography Laboratories at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.


Arrow Sixth Annual Indiana Life Science Collaboration Series

The next event in the Sixth Annual Indiana Life Science Collaboration Series, “The Confluence of Diagnostics and Therapeutics," will be from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the offices of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, in Indianapolis.

This event will feature a diverse and knowledgeable lineup of speakers and panel members experienced in various aspects of this unique sector of the industry. Keynote speakers are Brian Williams, director of Global Healthcare, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Mark Rutledge, director of marketing, Molecular Diagnostics at Roche Diagnostics. This event also will feature two panels: “Threading the Regulatory Needle” and “Partnering for Success.”

This conference series is sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg, Commissioning Agents, Roche Diagnostics, Eli Lilly and Co., Beckman Coulter, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the IU School of Medicine. 

The cost is $125 for one event or $400 for the entire series. To register or for more information, including a complete conference agenda, visit this page.

Questions to Kelli Conder at 812-856-0915 or


Arrow Register for NIH funding and grants seminar — April 16-18

The NIH has begun taking reservations for its Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration to be held April 16 to 18 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. About 35 NIH and HHS staff will be on hand to:

  • Demystify the application and review process
  • Clarify federal regulations and policies
  • Highlight current areas of special interest or concern

The workshops are appropriate for grants administrators, new and early-stage investigators, researchers, graduate students and anyone interested in the grants administration process. Topics include fundamentals of the NIH grants process, successful grant writing, the peer review process, career development awards, the SBIR/STTR program and much more.

The main seminar will take place April 17 to 18, with registration costing $475 to $550 depending on time of registration. April 16 will be devoted to optional electronic research administration (eRA) hands-on computer workshops costing $250.

For full conference and program details, and to register, visit

Note: Volunteers needed! As the host institution, the IU School of Medicine will be soliciting volunteers to help with registration, serve as room monitors and perform other tasks at the seminar. Volunteers will be able to attend sessions for free on the day they volunteer and at a sharply reduced cost on the other day of the seminar. To volunteer, contact Eric Schoch at


News to Use

Arrow Explore medical specialties at Operation MEDS

Operation: MEDS (Medical students Exploring Different Specialties), a speed networking/mentoring event for IUSM students and alumni, will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

This event is designed to help students who are unsure of which area of medicine they’d like to practice gain a better understanding about their areas of interest, as well as those who have already selected a specialty to learn more about their interests from IUSM alumni. The evening will include five 15-minute sessions to allow students the opportunity to talk with alumni physicians from different specialties and a friendly competition with the game of Operation.

Registration is $5. Dinner will be served, and door prizes will be given throughout the evening. For more information or to register, visit

Questions to Cora Griffin at 317-274-8828 or


Arrow UITS adds new training workshops

University Information Technology Services will offer additional workshops as part of their spring pilot offering workshops to faculty and staff at no charge.

For more information on these new workshops, visit the UITS IT Training web site at

Classes posted to this site are not listed in the paper schedule distributed earlier this semester.

Questions to 317-274-7383 or


Arrow Fidelity retirement consultant visit

Scott Noelcke, IUPUI’s Fidelity investments retirement consultant, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 8, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 308. 

Fidelity Investments offers free one-on-one consultations to faculty and staff in the IU Retirement Plan, the IU Tax Deferred Account Plan (403b) and the IU Retirement Savings Plan (457b). Noelcke will answer questions and provide personalized planning and guidance about reaching retirement goals. 

Faculty and staff not located at the Indianapolis campus may access financial planning or guidance between 8:30 a.m. and midnight EST by phone at 800-343-0860. Regional campuses also may check with the HR office about onsite visits at their location.

To schedule an appointment on Feb. 7 or 8, contact 800-642-7131.


Arrow HDHP Health Plan review session

The IUPUI Human Resources Administration will present an information session on the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) PPO and Health Savings Account (HSA) from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 307.

This session will highlight the distinction between the HDHP medical plan and the health savings account, including explanations about prescription benefits. The tax advantages of the HSA and eligible expenses will be reviewed as well as the flexibility of using the HSA. There also will be a demonstration of website tools for Anthem, Medco and Chase to assist attendees in maximizing the convenience and benefits of the HDHP and HSA. 

This event does not require a reservation.


Arrow LGBT Faculty Staff Council

Faculty and staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are invited to attend the IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council meeting at noon Friday, Feb. 17, in the IUPUI Faculty Club.

Allies of the community are also welcome. A buffet lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. for those in attendance for $5 (cash only), but attendees should feel free to bring their own lunch if they wish. 

To RSVP, along with any dietary restrictions, contact


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, IU bioethicist Eric Meslin, Ph.D., discusses bird flu research efforts that were suspended on bioethics grounds. Other topics will include predictors for breast cancer, treatment for liver cancer, a new diet craze, and the author of The Complete Book of Bone Health.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. It is underwritten by IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

For more information on this episode, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, visit the Sound Medicine website.



Arrow Indiana Academy of Science meeting — proposals due Feb. 10

Herbert Cushing, MD, acting associate dean for Medical Student Academic Affairs and associate professor of clinical medicine, encourages all IUSM faculty and students to participate in the 127th Annual Academy Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science on Saturday, March 10, at the Stewart Conference Center at Purdue University. 

The 127th Annual Academy Meeting is an opportunity for scientists from industrial and academic sectors, science educators, and graduate and undergraduate students in Indiana to explore the universe through the eyes and work of locally and nationally recognized colleagues.

Speakers will include Rajesh Agrawal, PhD, recipient of the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue; Dr. Michelle Thaller, a nationally recognized NASA astronomer; and Tony Bennett, PhD, superintendent of public schools for the state of Indiana.

To register, or to submit a paper or poster presentation proposal by Friday, Feb. 10, visit


Arrow Women's Student Leadership Awards nominations

Nominations are open for the annual Women's Leadership Awards given to outstanding students during Women's History Month by the Office for Women and the Office of Student Involvement. All current IUPUI students, faculty and staff may nominate students. Criteria and nomination forms can be found at the link below.

Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 10. Winners will be announced at the 15th Annual Women's Leadership Awards.

To apply, visit


Arrow Core Equipment Funding — request for applications

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking proposals from Indiana CTSI-designated cores at the IU School of Medicine to support the purchase of equipment that will enhance the research environment and contribute to the research mission of the school and Indiana CTSI.

Proposals requesting $5,000 to $100,000 will be accepted. Requests for equipment costing more than $100,000 will be entertained if matching funds to cover the balance are identified. Indiana CTSI-designated cores are laboratories whose operational policies have met the standards established by the Indiana CTSI. For more information, visit Only IU School of Medicine cores are eligible for this grant.

The submission deadline is Friday, March 30. For complete application information, including eligibility guidelines, submission forms and a proposals presentation checklist, visit Log in using your institutional username and password and select “Indiana CTSI / IUSM Core Equipment Funding -- 2012.03 (COREQ).”

Questions to Lilith Reeves, TTR program manager, at


Arrow Bioethics fellowship — proposals due March 30

The Miles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics is an endowed fellowship that may be awarded to a new or returning student in either the bioethics or international research ethics concentrations of the Philosophy MA program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

This fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend, partial tuition fee remission for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters, and health insurance. The purpose of the fellowship is to support a research project that concretely applies philosophical/ethical principles to real-life situations in the health care or biomedical research context.

The proposed project should connect the student with faculty and resources in one or all of the following: the Myles Brand Chair in Cancer Research in the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the IU Center for Bioethics or the Department of Public Health in the IU School of Medicine.

Questions to Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, at

To apply, email proposals by Friday, March 30, to Eva Jackson 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 preproposal or proposal submissions.

Funding updates categorizes include sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

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


 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.