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December 6, 2012
Volume 16 Number 47 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Celebration recognizes national designation in traumatic brain injury

Officials from the IU School of Medicine and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana joined together Dec. 5 at the IU Health Neuroscience Center to celebration their institutions’ recent designation as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System site.

Speakers at the evening event included D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU; Daniel Woloszyn, Psy.D., CEO of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana; and Flora Hammond, M.D., and James Malec, Ph.D., who will co-direct the new TBI Model System site. Dr. Hammond is also Covalt Professor and Chair of Medicine and Rehabilitation at the IU School of Medicine and chief of medical affairs at the RHI. Dr. Malec is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the IU School of Medicine and research director of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.

The IU School of Medicine and RHI partnership was selected as one of only 16 centers in the United States receiving the prestigious designation from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, which provided $2.1 million to researchers at the IU School of Medicine as part of the site designation in September.

“This award recognizes that the IU School of Medicine and RHI have an excellent continuum of care, a solid research plan and world-renowned clinical researchers,” Dr. Hammond said. “It ensures that this partnership can develop a stronger understanding and new treatment methods for people dealing with traumatic brain injuries, while helping current patients by sharing that information with clinicians and researchers worldwide.”

Along with sustaining and contributing to the nation’s oldest and largest database of long-term information on individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, organizations named to the TBI Model Systems program participate in local and collaborative research projects, focusing on the federal agency’s areas of emphasis including employment, health and function, independent living, and community integration. The Indianapolis site includes the Brain Research in Aggression and Irritability Network, or BRAIN, which develops and studies treatment of irritability and aggression caused by brain injuries.

A collaboration between IU Health and St. Vincent Health, RHI is an acute care rehabilitation hospital for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation that specializes in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and comprehensive medical rehabilitation for injuries or illnesses resulting in loss of function.


Arrow Palliative Care Research and Education Program names director

Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D., professor of medicine, has been selected to be the first director of the Mary Margaret Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

The Mary Margaret Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program was created by a $3.4 million grant from the Walther Cancer Foundation. The program will support the efforts of researchers and educators at the IU Simon Cancer Center to develop innovative studies that ultimately lead to earlier integration of palliative care into conventional cancer care, thus providing the highest quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families.

“I couldn’t be more excited about creating a center that will be on the cutting edge of research and education in this critically important area of medical practice,” said Dr. Frankel, who will be collaborating with palliative care physicians who practice at IU. “Communication and relationships are critical in palliative care so that all involved can participate fully in making informed decisions and reach a shared understanding of care goals especially when a cure is not possible.”

Palliative care is a rapidly developing medical specialty that emphasizes the relief of suffering from disease or treatment-related symptoms or of psychological, social and spiritual distress related to the disease or its treatment. Preliminary studies have suggested that palliative care provided to people with cancer at the same time as treatment leads to a better quality of life, fewer depressive symptoms and a longer life expectancy. Dr. Frankel’s research has focused on physician-patient communication and its effects on medical care delivery and outcomes. Recently he has studied how communication between physicians and patients with advanced cancer influences the transition to end-of-life care.

Dr. Frankel also serves as associate director of the Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, director of statewide professionalism competency at the IU School of Medicine and a senior research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute.


Arrow Annual Diversity Week event announces speakers

The 11th Annual Diversity Week Speakers Series has been scheduled for Jan. 22 to 25. Each presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wishard Hospital Myers Auditorium.

This year’s theme is "The Affordable Care Act and Its Effect on Patient Outcomes.”

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: Leroi Hicks, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hicks will present "A Call to Fix the Least Humane of All Inequities.”
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sweet-Cordero will present “The Road Less Traveled: Minorities in Academic Medicine."
  • Thursday, Jan. 24: Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., MSPH, MBA, associate vice president of health sciences and professor of surgery at the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki will present “The Affordable Care Act: Our Role in Increasing the Primary Care Workforce."
  • Friday, Jan. 25: Alicia D.H. Monroe, M.D., vice dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Monroe will present “Redirecting Our Focus to an Exceptional Patient Experience: Linking Best Evidence to Patient Values." She will also deliver a "Stepping Stones Presentation" from 7 to 8 a.m. in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005.

All events are free and open to the IU School of Medicine community.

Continuing Medical Education credits will be available

Lunch is included. To RSVP, visit the registration page.


Arrow Flu vaccination deadline — Dec. 15

The 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.

Health care providers are responsible for delivering the best care in the safest environment. This policy aims to protect patients from exposure to influenza, which has the highest death rate of any disease for which a proven vaccine exists and can be fatal in hospitalized patients who are seriously ill.

Flu shots are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays in Coleman Hall, Suite 100. IUPUI or IU Health ID is required to receive a free vaccine. An appointment is not required. (Please note the center will be closed Friday, Dec. 7.)

The deadline for the vaccine is Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, visit the Flu Policy FAQ.

To learn more about why this year’s flu shot is important, visit the Protect IU Blog.


Faculty News

Arrow Rothenberg and Chambers named fellowship directors

The Office of Graduate Medical Education has named two new fellowship program directors.

  • Jeffrey Rothenberg, M.D., is the new program director for the Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery Fellowship, established in 2008. Dr. Rothenberg also serves as an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology.
  • R. Andrew Chambers, M.D., is the new program director for the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, established in 1998. Dr. Chambers also serves as an associate professor of psychiatry and Raymond E. Houk Scholar in Psychiatry.

 These fellowships are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Arrow Program to feature proton therapy expert

Kevin McMullen, M.D., associate professor of clinical radiation oncology, will be the featured guest on the television program Full Circle the week of Dec. 10 as part of a special episode devoted to proton therapy.

A physician with the IU Health Proton Therapy Center in Bloomington, Dr. McMullen is a former U.S. Army flight surgeon and Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty member whose clinical work and research focus primarily on treating pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients. He is also interested in survivorship with regard to the long-term effects of cancer therapy. In addition to his faculty position, Dr. McMullen is the Indiana Lions Endowed Scholar in Cancer Survivorship, which was established to support research and efforts on behalf of cancer survivors.

The program includes an overview on protons and discussion on how they are used for treating prostate and other cancers. Full Circle will broadcast the program three times during the week of Dec. 10 on TV40 in Indianapolis, six times on TV51 in Bloomington and once on TV46 in South Bend. For exact air times, check your local listings.


Student Showcase

Arrow Video highlights IU Student Outreach Clinic

Janice Farlow, a third-year medical student, is featured in a new video that highlights student outreach activities at IUPUI, including the IU Student Outreach Clinic on the near east side of Indianapolis.

The clinic, which provides medical care to Indianapolis residents without insurance, operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Neighborhood Fellowship Church. The student-run clinic is a collaboration among the IU schools of medicine, dentistry, public health, and rehabilitation and health sciences; the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. The clinic celebrated three years of operation in August.

“Pastor Jim [Strietelmeier] has always helped us understand what an impact we’re making and that we’re always partners with the community,” Farlow said. "We’re not just coming in to provide services but we’re learning from them and making an impact on the community.”

Farlow appears at the 1:50 mark and again at the 2:35 mark.

To watch the video, visit the IUPUI YouTube channel.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Art exhibit features IUSM physicians and family

A new art exhibit featuring works by IU School of Medicine faculty and their families opened Dec. 1 in the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery, Room 240.

“Unexpected,” features new works by 11 Hoosier artists affiliated with the IU School of Medicine. All arists are IUSM faculty or are related to a faculty member. They are Jeffrey Rothenberg, M.D., associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology; Emil Pelech, M.D., assistant professor of clinical anesthesia; Jeffrey Greenberg, M.D., volunteer clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery; Men-Jean Lee, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology; William H. and Sallie E. Coleman Scholar in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Claudette Einhorn, a community member of the OB/GYN, Inc. Board and wife of Lawrence Einhorn, M.D., Distinguished Professor and Lance Armstrong Foundation Professor of Oncology; Ann Moriarty, wife of John Fitzgerald, M.D., executive associate dean for clinical affairs; Tal Rothenberg, son of Dr. Rothenburg; Krista Bermeo; Lee McHenry; Mark Oberting; and Zach Naze.

The exhibit features a wide range of works in a variety of three-dimensional mediums, including glass, wood, metal and ceramics, and will be on display throughout December.

In January, the gallery will host “Color and Form: Selected Works by Morton Bradley Jr., in partnership with the IU Art Museum.


Arrow Pulmonary Research Conference — Dec. 11

Thomas S. Inui, M.D., will present “A Snapshot of AMPATH Research in Eldoret Kenya” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

Dr. Inui is a Joe and Sarah Ellen Mamlin Professor of Global Health Research and professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, director of research for the IU Center for Global Health and a Regenstrief Institute scientist.

For more information, email Sandy Bert at


Arrow Brater to address IUSM-Lafayette expansion

D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU, will address the expansion of the IUSM-Lafayette campus during an “Eggs ‘N Issues” seminar at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 356 E. State St., West Lafayette.

This event is hosted by the Greater Lafayette-West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $15 for members or $25 for nonmembers.

To sign up, visit the registration page. For more information, visit the event Web page.


Arrow Eye surgery by trains and planes

Yang Sun, M.D., Ph.D., and Daniel Neely, M.D., will present “International Ophthalmology: Eye surgery by trains and planes” from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, during the Department of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.

Dr. Sun, assistant professor of ophthalmology and dermatology, will discuss his recent trip to China where he traveled with Lifeline Express, a group that provides training and surgery on a train. Dr. Neely, professor of ophthalmology, will discuss his recent trip to South Africa with ORBIS International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization devoted to blindness prevention and treatment in developing countries. ORBIS uses an airplane with an operating room to provide training to local physicians and surgeries to patients who otherwise would not receive eye care.

Both programs work with local hospitals and physicians and provide training and surgical instruction in remote locations where access to ophthalmic care is needed. Dr. Neely is also senior medical advisor of ORBIS' Cyber-Sight telemedicine program.

For more information, visit the Glick Eye Institute Grand Rounds Web page.


Arrow Matei to present on ovarian cancer

Daniela E Matei, M.D., associate professor of medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology, will present Tissue Transglutaminase in Ovarian Cancer?” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

Dr. Matai is also co-leader of the Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

This seminar is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. Xin Zhang, Ph.D., will host.


Arrow Annual Holiday Night celebration — Dec. 12

Faculty, medical students, house staff and alumni are welcome to participate in the IUPUI Holiday Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

The IU Alumni Association sponsors this annual event at one of Indianapolis' cherished cultural institutions, during which the museum will be open just for the IUPUI campus. Lots of holiday fun and a full dinner buffet are included with the price of admission. Events include music, food, Santa, the “Jolly Slide,” carousel rides, a coloring contest and the opportunity to create a personalized Hot Wheels car to take home.

There will also be a chance to check out the IUPUI Engineering and Technology's Motorsports Show Car and hear a presentation from Scott Raymond, a professional motorsports engineer and IUPUI professor, at 6:30 p.m.

IU School of Medicine medical students and house staff are eligible to attend at the discounted IU Alumni Association membership rate of $19.50 when registering. (Admission for adult nonmembers is $24.50.) Admission for children ages 3 to 12 is $15. There is no cost for children younger than 3. To sign up, visit registration page.

For more information, contact Yvonne Owens at 317-274-4964 or


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 Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • Dec. 12: “Getting Video to Learners,” 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Medical Research Library Building, Room 225.
  • Dec. 13: “Fostering Hope: A Primer on Hope Theory for Educators, Mentors and Clinicians,” noon to 1:30 p.m., VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room B11.

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 the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development website.


Arrow Microbiology and immunology seminar

Alex Duncan, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

Dr. Duncan will present “The Role of Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses in Gonococcal Infection Pathogenesis.”

This event is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Stan Spinola, M.D., chair and professor of microbiology and immunology, will host.

Refreshments will be served outside Room 420.


News to Use

Arrow Review the IU Adverse Weather Policy

As the weather grows cold, employees are encouraged to review with the university's Adverse Weather policy.

The university generally does not close because of adverse weather. When the campus remains open during adverse weather, employees are expected to use their best judgment. If adverse weather creates extreme travel hazards, they should not endanger themselves or ignore the statements of local officials regarding travel. Employees should make every effort to notify their supervisor if they cannot get to work, and advance notice requirements for use of time off will be waived.

If adverse weather conditions are widespread and extremely severe, IU’s president and the chancellors of other campuses may close campuses. These closures will be announced on local radio stations.

The cancellation of classes does not mean the campus is closed. Closing the campus is a specific action of a chancellor separate from a decision to cancel classes. Pay continues for all employees for whom the closing occurs on a scheduled workday. Employees do not have to charge the absence to an allowance or make up the time.

For positions that require employees to work during campus closures, supervisors are to notify employees of this requirement and to contact Office of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims to have Emergency ID cards issued to these employees in advance.


Arrow Survey targets cancer patient navigators

The Indiana Cancer Consortium is conducting a comprehensive survey, the 2012 Indiana Patient Navigation Assessment, to better connect, educate and share best practices among patient navigators in Indiana.

“This survey aims to begin building a substantial network of patient navigators and patient navigator programs in order to foster collaboration and education across the state,” said Rivienne Shedd-Steele, director of the Office for Health Disparities and Outreach at the IU Simon Cancer Center and chair of the Patient Navigation Committee. “The potential impact the ICC can make on connecting patient navigators in Indiana is substantial considering Indiana’s cancer burden.”

The assessment was developed by the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Patient Navigation Committee, which encourages health care organizations, patient navigators and other health care professionals to share the assessment to ensure it represents the largest possible sample of patient navigators throughout the state.

Survey results will be published and distributed later this winter.

For more information, email


Arrow NIH Public Access Policy compliance assistance

Are you a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher? Are you familiar with the NIH Public Access Policy?

In spring 2013, NIH will begin to hold the processing of noncompeting continuation awards if publications that arise from these grant awards not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, which went into effect in 2008. For more information on this new rule, visit the NIH Office of Extramural Research website.

For assistance on publication compliance, contact Beth Whipple, IUSM librarian, at 317-278-6179 or


Arrow IUPUI Health Services closed Dec. 7 to 9

IUPUI Health Services in Coleman Hall will close at noon Friday, Dec. 7, and reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10. 

During that time, employees and/or students with an injury that requires immediate attention should report to the University Hospital Emergency Room.

Employees and students who experience a needlestick, other contagious disease exposure, or minor injury, or are unsure whether their injury requires emergency care, should contact IUPUI Health Services by paging the OUCH pager at 317-312-6824. A staff member will advise regarding appropriate action.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on "Sound Medicine," Diane Von Ah, Ph.D., assistant professor at the IU School of Nursing, will discuss strategies to improve the effects of “chemo brain,” a term coined for cognitive problems such as memory difficulties and slow processing speed experienced  by patients receiving chemotherapy.

Also on this week’s show, a physician from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine discusses the cultural changes driving the increase in knee replacements, including the desire to maintain an active lifestyle; a geriatrician discusses the medical risks of loneliness; and the vice president of creative development at the Brand Institute Inc. discusses the process behind naming new drugs, including regulations banning names that may imply benefits that cannot be backed up by clinical research.

"Sound Medicine," an award-winning radio program that covers controversial topics, breakthrough research and the application of medical advancements, 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, Dec. 9, 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 Nominate a Distinguished Alumnus candidate

Each year, the Indianapolis Chapter of the IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club recognizes an alumnus for his or her distinguished accomplishments and service. 

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is bestowed upon an IUPUI campus alumnus in recognition of his or her outstanding professional leadership, productive citizenship, and commitment to the advancement of IUPUI. For the purpose of this award, an alumnus is defined as a graduate of the IUPUI campus. Applicants will be considered for their career achievements, civic involvement and demonstrated commitment and service to the IUPUI campus

The award recipient will be publically recognized during the 44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner hosted by the IUPUI Black Student Union on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Indiana Roof Ball Room in Indianapolis.

For more information, or to apply, view the complete application, or contact Jana Hill at 317-274-5086 or

Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 17.


Arrow VA Young Investigator Award — applications due Jan. 14

The VA Medical Research Service at the Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center is requesting applications for small research grants. 

Up to two awards of $25,000 to $30,000 each will be awarded from funding provided by the Indiana Institute for Medical Research Inc.

Applicants should be a qualified VA investigator (M.D., D.O. or Ph.D./R.Ph.) with an academic rank not exceeding assistant professor and no current or prior history as a principal investigator of NIH or VA funding. Applications also should be directed at the study of discrete projects intended to produce preliminary data in support of a future application for a VA Career Development Award or Merit Review grant.

 Applications must remain qualified to apply for VA funding throughout the funding period.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 14. Full submissions may still be submitted until Monday, Jan. 28 if an email “letter of intent” with topic and title is received by Jan. 14. Award notifications will be made March 25.

For more information, see the application guidelines or email


Arrow Mobile computing in medical education — call for proposals

Online proposal submissions are being accepted for the IU School of Medicine’s inaugural Mobile Computing in Medical Education Conference on May 31. The conference will focus on how iPads and mobile tablets can increase learner engagement. Sessions will include 50-minute workshops and 10-minute presentations of pilot research and innovative practices.

Submission deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit the application webpage.


Arrow Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Research Institute is seeking applicants for special research fellowships in clinical-translational research. Clinical research includes epidemiological studies, clinical trials or other investigations involving human subjects. Translational research consists of either “T1 research” (interface of basic science to human studies) or “T2 research” (interface of human studies to the community). 

To be eligible, candidates must fall into one of the following two categories:

  • Clinician-scientists with a doctoral degree (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, veterinarians, allied health care professionals, etc.)
  • Basic scientists with a Ph.D., who are doing translational research, which involves some component of human subjects research and has high potential for early translation into impacting patient care

Applicants must also be full-time junior faculty or research scientists, who would be eligible to apply as principal investigator on an NIH grant or career development award, but who have not to date been a principal investigator on an R01 or equivalent grant, and able to identify co-mentors, who are faculty investigators, from at least two different disciplines. For more eligibility information, visit the Indiana CTSI.

Benefits include partial salary support, as well as tuition and fees for required and elective coursework, pilot research monies and travel funds to attend the national CTSI young investigator meeting. 

Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 4. For additional information or to apply, email Donna Burgett at


Arrow Predoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking applicants for special predoctoral training awards in translational research.

Translational research, or "bench to bedside” in biomedical terminology, is the process by which research in the lab "translates" into patient treatment. Translation involves applying new discoveries made during research (basic science, animal studies, etc.) to the development of human clinical trials and studies, carrying out research aimed at the adoption of best practices, or both.

These two types of translational research are usually described as consisting of either “T1 research” (basic biomedical research, e.g. study disease at a molecular or cellular level, as it progresses to the development of new treatment options at the clinical level) or “T2 research” (enhancing access to and the adoption of evidence-based strategies in clinical and community practice, institutionalizing programs, products and services to improve health). These awards are aimed at predoctoral students whose research is at any point along this spectrum.

Funding is available for pre-doctoral graduate students. Candidates must have completed no less than one and no more than three years of a pre-doctoral training program, co-mentorship by faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines and be engaged in research that is translational in nature. For more eligibility information, visit the Indiana CTSI.

Funding is for two years, with the second year contingent upon satisfactory progress. Benefits include a full stipend, health insurance and partial tuition and fee coverage. (The Indiana CTSI is applying for a competing renewal in early 2013, with continued support contingent upon continued funding of the Indiana CTSI by the National Institutes of Health.) Trainees will be required to participate in a translational science course, attend a national conference and present at several pre-doctoral events during the academic year.

Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 4. For more information or to apply, contact Colleen Gabauer, Ed.D., at 765-494-9256 or


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

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

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

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



Arrow Honors

Breedge Callaghan, a research student in the lab of Rajashekhar Gangaraju, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, has received a Broadening Horizons Travel Award from the University of Ulster Fund Disbursement Committee. She will use the funds to travel to the 2013 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in Seattle, where she is submitting a first author abstract titled "Vascular Stabilization With Adipose Stromal Cells in Retinopathy of Prematurity." She was one of three students from the University of Ulster to win the travel award this year. Breedge is participating in an exchange program with the Irish university and IUPUI.

Rudolph M. Navari, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, will present research on chemotherapy-induced breakthrough nausea and vomiting at the annual national meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Atlanta on Dec. 8 to 11. Dr. Navari will join a plenary session of the meeting that jointly addresses members of American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. He will discuss his groundbreaking work identifying the benefits of the antipsychotic olanzapine for those experiencing chemotherapy-induced breakthrough nausea and vomiting. The study was the first to address the issue of breakthrough nausea and vomiting that occurs among some patients a few days after their treatment. About 30 to 50 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy treatment experience breakthrough symptoms.


 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. 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:

  • 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.