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February 10, 2012
Volume 16 Number 5 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Above the Fold

Arrow Haut named chief medical officer for Riley

Paul Haut, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has been named chief medical officer for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The appointment is effective immediately.

Dr. Haut previously served as the director of the Riley Stem Cell Transplant Program at IU Health. He succeeds Jeffrey Sperring, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, who was named president and CEO of Riley Hospital in November.

As CMO, Dr. Haut will serve as a bridge between the Riley at IU Health executive team and medical staff and work to ensure a consistent standard of medical practice and clinical care not only in Indianapolis, but at Riley at IU Health affiliates statewide. He will oversee Riley Hospital’s quality and safety improvements, help with physician recruitment, and support research and teaching initiatives.

Dr. Haut also serves as a researcher with the IU Simon Cancer Center.

For more information, visit this page.


Arrow Mehta named associate dean for student affairs

Rakesh Mehta, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been selected to serve as the next associate dean for student affairs at IUSM. Dr. Mehta, who also serves as associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, will begin his transition to the position this spring and assume the full responsibilities of the role on June 1.

An award winning teacher and a member of the curricular reform leadership team, Dr. Mehta brings experience and expertise in the education and support of learners across the continuum of education.  He will provide leadership in creating comprehensive services and programming to support student development and academic success across the nine campuses. The Office of Student Affairs provides services to enhance the experience and quality of life for all students, including academic records and financial aid counseling; programming to support student development and mentoring; service learning; and special events from matriculation to graduation. 

Dr. Mehta succeeds Jim Brokaw, PhD, who served as associate dean for admissions and student affairs since 2008. Dr. Brokaw will continue in his role as associate dean for admissions after June 1. Dr. Brokaw is an integral member of the educational affairs leadership team and has been invaluable in ensuring high-quality services for students across the state throughout the years, and most recently during the expansion of the school’s class size and its development of a distributed system of clinical education. 


Arrow Mark Your Calendar for March events

Mark Your Calendars: Evening of the Arts, an annual event showcasing the performing arts talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff, will be Saturday, March 24. It includes food, entertainment and a silent auction.

Also coming up next month is Match Day on Friday, March 16, during which IUSM students will join their peers nationwide in learning where they will spend the next phase of their medical training.

Location and times for both events are to be announced.


Faculty News

Arrow Promotion and tenure workshops

IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will sponsor five informational workshops on promotion and tenure to the IUSM faculty (tenure and non-tenure) on the following dates:

  • Feb. 20: Promotion and Tenure: General overview from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Daly Student Center, room 185
  • Feb. 22: Promotion and Tenure: Special Session for Women Faculty from 8 to 9 a.m. in Daly 185
  • Feb. 27: Promotion and Tenure: Excellence in Research from 8 to 9 a.m. in Daly 186
  • Feb. 29: Promotion and Tenure: Excellence in Service from 4 to 5 p.m. in Daly 186
  • Feb. 29: Promotion and Tenure: Excellence in Education from 8 to 9 a.m. in Daly 186

To register, visit


Staff News

Arrow IUPUI Staff Council — Feb. 15

The IUPUI Staff Council will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405C.

For more information, including future dates and locations, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Scholar to present on Shakespearean medicine

Sarah Neville, an editing research associate with the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will present “'The Unpublished Virtues of the Earth': Early English Botany and the Medical Marketplace of Shakespeare’s London” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 148.

This event is a part of the Spring 2012 Seminars in Medical Humanities and Health Studies speakers series.

For more information, visit or download the event flier.

Questions to Kelly Gascoine at 317-278-1669 or


Arrow Biochemistry and molecular biology lecture

William Sullivan, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology and of toxicology and microbiology and immunology, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Sullivan will present a lecture titled “An integrated stress response mediates microbial latency in parasitic protozoa.”

This event is presented by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.


Arrow Bioinformatics lecture — Feb. 13

Alexandre M. Erkine, PhD, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Services at Butler University, will present a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 13, in Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1110.

Dr. Erkine’s lecture topic will be “Transcriptional Activator — Histone Interactions: Fact or Fiction?”

This event is presented by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.


Arrow Pharmaceutical research seminars

Two pharmaceutical research experts will present, as part of the Statistics in Pharmaceutical Research seminar series, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Health Information and Translational Science Building (HITS), room 1130.

Feb. 14: Wei Zhang, PhD, a research scientist in biopharmaceutics and clinical pharmacology, will discuss the role of biopharm studies across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including diabetes, autoimmune and internal medicine, neuroscience and oncology.

Feb. 16: Alan Chiang, PhD, a research advisor in internal medicine, will discuss statistical issues related to toxicology and dose finding strategies.

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


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 Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop series

As part of the ongoing workshop series from the Academy of Teaching Scholars, the following topics are being offered this month:

  • Feb. 16: Informally Assessing Learning, from noon to 1 p.m., online
  • Feb. 17: Demystifying Evaluation, from 10 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1125M
  • Feb. 23: Online Content Delivery Options, from 10 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1125M
  • Feb. 28: Developing Evaluation Questions, from 10 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 2115E

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

For more information or to register, visit


Arrow Ophthalmology Grand Rounds lecture — Feb. 22

Michael E. Boulton, PhD, professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, will present an Ophthalmology Grand Rounds lecture from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Spitzberg Hall at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.

Dr. Boulton’s lecture will be titled “Mitochondrial and autophagic dysregulation in the pathogenesis of AMD and diabetic retinopathy.”


Arrow MBA students to present lab business plans

The TTR-Kelley School of Business Management Assistance Program will host an event from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Health Information and Translational Science (HITS) Building.

The program—a collaboration between the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Translational Technologies and Resources Program and the IU Kelley School of Business—pairs nine teams of MBA students with core laboratory services to provide business planning assistance in areas such as financial management, marketing or product discovery. Participating students will present these plans at the Feb. 22 event.

These plans, which may include new models for setting rates or software tools for lab reports, may be applicable to other Indiana CTSI-designated cores at IU, Purdue or Notre Dame. Anyone from a core service facility who may benefit these plans is welcome to attend.

Additional information will be online soon. To learn more, visit


Arrow Stepping Stones in Leadership Luncheon

Cherri Hobgood, MD, professor and chair of emergency medicine, is the next speaker in the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon series from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005. Dr. Hobgood serves as chair of the board for the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a member of its governing council.

The series is intended to create a forum where all faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women. The luncheon is open to all faculty, staff and students, both men and women, and is sponsored by the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and the Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

To register, visit

Questions to


Arrow John E. Jesseph Lecture — Feb. 24

David B. Hoyt, MD, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, will present the annual John E. Jesseph Lecture from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Emerson Hall Auditorium.

Dr. Hoyt, emeritus professor of surgery at the University of California-Irvine, will present a lecture titled “Damage Control Resuscitation.” He also served as John E. Connolly Professor of Surgery and chairman of surgery at UC-Irvine from 2006 to 2010.

Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and other clinical staff are welcome to attend. Interesting trauma cases will be presented before the lecture, starting at 1:30 p.m.


News to Use

Arrow Anatomy atlases on trial through Feb. 25

The Ruth Lilly Medical Library has two anatomy atlases available for review. Both are accessible from campus, or use the Virtual Private Network if you are off-campus. They are:

Questions or feedback about either product to Kellie Kaneshiro at 317-274-1612 or or Beth Whipple at 317-278-6179 or


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 helping those who have already selected a specialty 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 Cancer research summer program — application due Feb. 17

IU Simon Cancer Center is seeking high school or college students with an interest in cancer research to participate in its 2012 Summer Research Program.  

The cancer center's annual summer research program, a partnership with the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, pairs students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks from May 31 to July 27. 

For more information or an online application, visit

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 17.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, IU health policy expert Aaron Carroll, MD, discusses an upcoming law requiring drug companies to disclose payments that they commonly pay doctors to research and represent their wares. Additional topics on this week’s program include a look at aspirin, including daily recommendation changes and potential dangers to elderly patients; a discussion about vocal hemorrhages, the injury that forced Grammy-winning singer Adele to cancel her tour last summer; and an interview with the author of The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind. 

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 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 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 Myles 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


Arrow Brater Scholarship — applications due April 15

The Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine is accepting applications for the Brater Scholars program. Medical fellows who will be engaged in research in personalized medicine in any medical subspecialty in the 2012-13 academic year are eligible to apply.

Applications are due Sunday, April 15. For more information, visit


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — January 2012

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during Janurary 2012, excluding commercial projects. Amounts shown are based on the first budget period/year:

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
David Wade Clapp Walther Cancer Foundation New Recruitment package for director of pediatric neuro-oncology 1/1/2012 12/31/2012 $100,000
Simon J. Conway American Heart Midwest New Cardiomyocyte effects of TGFbeta superfamily suppression during heart development 1/1/2012 12/31/2012 $26,000
Peter Cserjesi American Heart Association New Regulation of cardiomyocyte proliferation 10/11/2011 6/30/2012 $66,000
Stephanie Duggins Davis Seattle Children's Research Institute New Infant study of inhaled saline 11/28/2011 7/31/2012 $50,696
Xiang Gao Indiana State Department of Health New Neuropathology and therapeutic approach for blast-wave induced mild brain injury 1/1/2012 12/31/2013 $120,000
Rattan Juneja University of Virginia New The Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effort (SHINE) trial 8/1/2011 7/31/2012 31,657
Reuben Kapur NIH-NIA New Novel therapeutic targets for leukemia in elderly 1/1/2012 12/31/2012 $29,616
Katherine J. Kelly Dialysis Clinic Inc New Intravenous renal cell transplantation 12/1/2011 11/30/2012 $50,000
Rajesh Khanna Indiana State Department of Health New CRMP2, a novel therapeutic target of neuroprotection and neuroinflammation in an open-head concussive model of traumatic brain injury 1/1/2012 12/31/2013 $120,000
Rajesh Khanna University of North Carolina New Expanding the 'extended neurosmide' series for treating neuropathic pain: pharmacological and formulation studies 1/1/2012 12/31/2012 $22,000
Song-Chu Ko Purdue University New An implantable sensor for wireless measurement of interstitial pressure 12/15/2011 11/30/2012 $73,097
Naikui Liu Indiana State Department of Health New miRNA, a novel target for therapeutic intervention following spinal cord injury 1/1/2012 12/31/2013 $120,000
Oussama Meroueh American Cancer Society New Docking uPAR for selective targeting of cancer metastasis 1/1/2012 12/31/2012 $180,000
Dawn Marie Neumann State of Indiana New Pilot study examining the relationship between anger and attributions of hostile intent after traumatic brain injury 7/1/2011 6/30/2013 $119,114
J. Andrew Parr Fairbanks Institute New T2D: Multicenter research study to build a repository that will allow researchers to study chronic diseases in the population of Central Indiana 11/1/2011 12/31/2018 $25,000
J. Andrew Parr Fairbanks Institute New CAD: Collection and storage of human biological materials and linked phenotypic information for research 11/1/2011 12/31/2013 $10,000
Irina Petrache NIH-NHLBI New Direct and bone-marrow mediated effects of adipose stem cells in emphysema 12/15/2011 11/30/2012 $380,140
Beth Rene Pflug US Department of Defense New The role of central metabolism in prostate cancer progression 4/1/2010 6/30/2013 $360,437
Brenda Bradley Poindexter University of North Carolina New Antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and outcomes in vulnerable infants 6/1/2011 5/31/2012 $7,560
Alexander G. Robling Children's Hospital of Boston New Targeting LRP5 and SOST as a therapy for patients with osteogenesis imperfecta 9/16/2011 8/31/2012 $40,689
John Emerson Sidle Brown University New A Stage 2 cognitive-behavioral trial: reduce alcohol first in Kenya intervention 9/15/2011 8/31/2012 $22,352
Fletcher Alan White Indiana State Department of Health New Chemokine signaling caused By spinal cord injury 7/1/2011 6/30/2013 $120,000
Mervin Clem Yoder American Heart Midwest New A membrane proteomics approach to endothelial heterogeneity: discriminating human arterial from venous endothelium 1/1/2012 12/31/2012 $48,428


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.



Arrow Schneider named to 40 Under 40

Bryan Schneider, MD, associate professor of medicine and medical and molecular genetics, has been named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s annual list of Forty Under 40. Dr. Schneider also is Shawn Hanson Investigator in Breast Cancer Research at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The IBJ selection committee evaluated nearly 250 applications. Criteria included the level of success nominees have achieved in their chosen field, their accomplishments in the community and the likelihood that they will stay in Indianapolis and build on those achievements.

To read Dr. Schneider’s profile and watch a video interview, visit this page.


Around Campus

Arrow Fourth Annual Hunger Banquet

The Global Health Student Interest Group will host its fourth annual Hunger Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

This event will feature dance performances, a silent auction and international cuisine. In addition, Kevin Watkins, co-chair of Elanco's Hunger Team and Hunger Board, will present a keynote. Elanco Products Co. is a division of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.

All proceeds and donations will benefit the IU-Kenya Orphans and Vulnerable Children's fund and Tsunami Children's Center in Eldoret, Kenya. Over 250 attendees at last year’s event raised nearly $4,900 for these programs.

Tickets for this event are $5 for students, $7 for nonstudents. Tickets are available online at Suggested attire is casual.

To inquire about volunteer or sponsorship opportunities at the banquet, email


 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.