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February 17, 2012
Volume 16 Number 6 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Faculty News

Staff News

Student Showcase

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow IU, IU Health contribute $11.5 billion to state economy

IU and IU Health generated a combined economic impact of at least $11.5 billion for the state of Indiana and sustained 100,000 jobs during the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to the results of an economic impact study released Feb. 16 at a press conference by IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Health CEO Dan Evans.

The study examines direct and indirect spending in Indiana as a result of IU and IU Health. The university and the health care system generated $5.9 billion in direct economic activity and $5.6 billion in indirect or induced economic activity. Of the total $11.5 billion, $4.9 billion was generated by the university, with $6.6 billion being generated by IU Health. IU generated $2.3 billion in direct economic activity and $2.6 billion in indirect or induced activity, while IU Health generated $3.6 billion in direct economic impact and another $3 billion in indirect or induced spending.

IU and IU Health combined represent 4.5 percent of the total Indiana economy and, as the state's largest employer, accounted for 48,147 direct jobs, as well as another 51,844 indirect or induced jobs. Separately, IU Health is the state's fourth largest employer with nearly 27,000 direct employees in fiscal 2010-11, while IU was the state's fifth largest employer with more than 21,000 direct workers.

The report also notes that IU received $488 million in research and grants during fiscal year 2010-11, with $196 million coming from the NIH and $48 million from the National Science Foundation. IU's research expenditures for the same period were a record $509 million, with nearly half of the spending going for medicine-related research.

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom. To read the complete report, visit

To watch the Feb. 16 press conference, visit


Arrow Art donations sought for 21st annual Evening of the Arts

The 21st annual Evening of the Arts fundraiser will be Saturday, March 24, at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.

IUSM community members are encouraged to donate artwork for a silent auction supporting operations at the IUSM Student Outreach Clinic, St. Thomas Clinic, Wheeler Mission and Gennesaret Free Clinic. These clinics, staffed by IUSM students volunteers, provide medical care to the homeless and working poor of central Indiana. Since its inception in 1992, Evening of the Arts raised more than $22,000.

To donate, drop off artwork in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 162. Donations will be accepted until Friday, March 16.

Please include the following information when submitting the art work: 

  1. Name and title of person submitting artwork
  2. Title of artwork
  3. Description of artwork

Information on times, ticket prices and other event information will be available soon.

Questions to


Arrow FDA medical device leader to present — Feb. 22

Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration, will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Wynn Courtroom, Inlow Hall, IU School of Law at Indianapolis.

Dr. Shuren’s topic will be “The FDA and Its Work.” His center is responsible for ensuring the safety, effectiveness and quality of medical devices; ensuring the safety of radiation-emitting products (such as cell phones and microwave ovens); and fostering device innovation. Dr. Shuren has held various policy and planning positions within FDA from 1998 to 2009, including as detailee on Sen. Edward Kennedy's staff on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee from 1999 to 2000. For more information, see this biography.

Questions to Priscilla Keith at 317-274-1951 or


Arrow Fourth annual Hunger Banquet — Saturday

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 Program and the 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 non-students. Tickets are available online at Suggested attire is casual.

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


Faculty News

Arrow Merv Yoder to guest blog about faculty innovation

Faculty inventors, take note. Researcher, physician and start-up founder Merv Yoder, MD, will soon be authoring a series of blog posts highlighting key aspects of IU’s new Faculty Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer. Dr. Yoder was recently appointed associate director for entrepreneurship at the Indiana CTSI as well as assistant dean for entrepreneurial research at the IU School of Medicine. The Innovate Indiana blog focuses on economic engagement and technology transfer. The series will begin in late February.


Staff News

Arrow Women’s health center welcomes new staff members

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health has announced the addition of two new staff members. Teri Duell will serve as its operations director and Tisha Reid as its director of development and community outreach.

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, said Duell and Reid’s combined experience in development, marketing, strategic planning and community outreach will be a major asset to the center.


Arrow Nagy to advance clinical trials for IUSM-South Bend

Cindy Nagy, RN, a certified clinical research professional, has joined the IU School of Medicine-South Bend to expand the clinical trial program at Harper Cancer Research Institute, a partnership between IUSM-SB and the University of Notre Dame.

For more information, visit this page.


Student Showcase

Arrow Student to present at national conference

Katherine Ward, a doctoral candidate working with Robert Stahelin, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at IUSM-South Bend, has received an invitation to address the national conference of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in April.

Ward’s presentation was selected from among 1,200 abstracts for programming as short oral presentations. Her work, which focuses on the lipid ceramide-1-phosphate and its interaction with proteins, also will be submitted as a poster presentation.

The long-term goal of this project is to inhibit the interaction between the lipid and target protein, which could be used to treat heart disease as well as arthritis, asthma and lung cancer.

For more information, visit this page.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Pharmacology and toxicology lecture

Annemieke Kavelaars, PhD, will present a lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Research II (R2), room 101.

Dr. Kavelaars is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine; Department of Animal Sciences, College of ACES; and Department of Neuroimmunology and Developmental Origins of Disease, at UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her topic will be “Neuronal GRK2: a novel regulator of Epac signaling and transition to chronic pain.”

This event is presented by the IU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Spring 2012 Seminar Series.


Arrow Making the Business of Research Work — Feb. 22

The Indiana CTSI Technologies and Resources Program and the IU Kelley School of Business MBA program will present "Core Business Management Assistance: Making the Business of Research Work" from 1:30 to 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Health Information and Translational Science (HITS) Building.

The TTR-Kelley program pairs seven 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. Interested faculty and core service employees are welcome to attend.

A reception will follow in the same location from 4:10 to 5 p.m. This event will be simulcast to the Indiana CTSI's partner campuses and institutions at the following locations:

  • IU-Bloomington: William J. Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center, room 3022
  • Purdue: Mann Hall, room 203
  • Notre Dame: Flanner Hall, room G20

For more information, visit


Arrow Ophthalmology Grand Rounds lecture

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 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:

  • 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
  • March 1: Developing Effective Exams, from noon to 1 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.

For more information or to register, visit


Arrow Medical Humanities panel on the professions

The Medical Humanities Program and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law will present a panel discussion titled "Whither the Professions" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the IUPUI Lecture Hall Building, room 105.

Panel members will be Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor in the IU School of Medicine and IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; Steven L. Tuchman, JD, director of Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law; and Matthew Myer Boulton, PhD, president and professor of theology at the Christian Theological Seminary.

This panel will discuss the challenges faced by the professions and suggest approaches to enhance professional education. Participants were chosen to represent the original medieval professions: divinity, law and medicine.

For more information, see the event flier. To RSVP, contact 317-278-1669 or


Arrow OB-GYN presentation on long-acting reversible contraception

Jeff Peipert, MD, PhD, Robert J. Terry Professor and vice chair of clinical research in OB-GYN at the Washington University School of Medicine, will present a lecture titled “Long-Acting Reversible Contraception" from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

This event is present by the OB-GYN Department Grand Rounds series.


Arrow Center for Bioethics to present speakers

The IU School of Medicine Center for Bioethics will present two guest speakers on March 1 and 5.

  • Michael Burgess, Ph.D., professor and chair in biomedical ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, will present “Deliberative Engagement in Support of Dynamic Governance: From Biobanks to Personalized Medicine” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Health Information and Translational Science (HITS) building, room 1110.
  • Art Caplan, PhD, Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will present “The Inevitability of Rationing in American Health Care and How to Do So Justly and Fairly” from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

These events are presented by and supported by the Predictive Health Ethics Research Program (PredictER) grant that is funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

Questions to Eva Jackson at 317-278-4034 or


Arrow Moore Symposium on Teaching Excellence — March 2

The Moore Symposium on Teaching Excellence will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the IUPUI Campus Center, fourth floor.

This symposium brings the higher education community together to examine the various instructional strategies that encourage student learning. As in previous years, the 2012 program will include a poster presentation and three sets of interactive sessions. 

This event is sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and University College Gateway to Graduation Program.

For more information or to register, visit


Arrow Community Health Engagement Program annual meeting

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Health Engagement Program will host its fourth annual CHEP Community Advisory Council Forum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis.

CHEP's mission is to promote collaboration among community partners throughout Indiana to improve research, health and health care. This free event is open to anyone interested in community research in Indiana.

A complete agenda is to be announced. To register, visit

For more information on CHEP, visit


Arrow Disabilities Health Fair — March 22

The Children and Adults with Disabilities Student Interest Group will present its annual “disABILITY Health Fair” for medical professionals, patients and families of individuals with disabilities from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

This annual fair is hosted by CAD SIG, which promotes the education and increased understanding of the medical student body to challenges faced by children and adults living with all types of disabilities. Representatives from more than 20 Indiana organizations that provide support to this patient population will attend.

For additional information, contact Anita Turk, CAD SIG president, at


Arrow Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center Spring Symposia

The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center will present its 2012 Spring Symposia on March 30 and 31 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1.

March 30: "Familial Dementias: Recent Progress," from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will begin with a discussion on recent advancements in the understanding of the biological relationship between two of the most devastating diseases of the nervous system: frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The afternoon session will present the recent advancements in the understanding of the genetics of dementia, including Alzheimer disease and hereditary leukoencephalopathy with spheroids. Animal models for Alzheimer disease and dementia also will be discussed. This symposium is aimed at health care providers and scientists. 

March 31: This event from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. will focus on the latest scientific research on hereditary dementias, genetic testing information and the importance of brain donation. A perspective on caregiver coping with hereditary dementia will be offered by a relative of an affected individual and a panel of community services providers will present information on local services and how to access them. This symposium is aimed at family caregiver and community-based health care providers.

Registration is required. Friday’s registration is $35; Saturday’s event is free. Registration will not be offered on site.

To register or for more information, contact Deb DeBusk at 317-278-8457 or


News to Use

Arrow Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards competition — survey request

IUSM is participating in a national awards competition sponsored by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation — The Sloan Awards for Faculty Career Flexibilityin collaboration with the American Council on Education. Faculty members who received an email from the American Council on Education directing them to participate in the questionnaire should respond quickly. IUSM must have a specific number of responses to be eligible to participate as an award recipient.

The faculty questionnaire will take about 20 minutes to complete. All faculty survey responses will be kept strictly confidential and no identifying information will be associated with responses in the data file. Participation in this process is an opportunity for IUSM to participate in providing important benchmarking data for enhancing faculty career flexibility.

Questions from faculty who received the questionnaire may be sent to


Arrow Life-Health Sciences Internship program seeks applications

The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year.

This program accepts IUPUI undergraduate students who will be enrolled as sophomores or juniors in the 2012-13 academic year and hold a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Applications are due by Friday, March 9. To apply, visit

Questions to Brandi Gilbert at 317-278-3637 or


Arrow Summer science programs seek teacher assistants

Ten teachers’ assistants are needed for two programs that provide a laboratory-based experience and health care career awareness and exploration opportunity for the students in Grades 5 to 8.

The 2012 Brain Link and MASH Programs need talented teachers and support staff, who will be paid, to work with these students. The programs run for three weeks, all day Monday through Friday, from July 9 to 27. Only science, medical or master of science in medical science students need apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Carrie Harris at 317-278-1783 or

Brain Link and MASH are provided by the IUSM Office of Diversity.


Arrow Anatomy atlases on trial until 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 IUPUI Reaccreditation Town Hall

IUPUI will host a town hall to inform the campus community about the progress made towards completing IUPUI's 2012 reaccreditation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the IUPUI Library.

In this session, criterion committee chairs Karen Black and Joan Kowolik will lead the discussion of progress made on Criteria 1 (Mission and Integrity) and Criteria 2 (Preparing for the Future). All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to participate. No registration is required.

For more information about the reaccreditation process, visit To learn more about the criteria under discussion or submit feedback, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, the show will explore whether a physician’s self-perception colors his advice to obese patients, learn about a possible new approach to diagnosing heart disease, discover the pros and cons of patient access to health records and hear a discussion on global health initiatives with an international expert.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 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 FORCES program applications due March 15

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

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

Application deadline is Thursday, March 15. For more information or to apply, visit


Arrow Indiana CTSI core equipment funding — applications due March 30

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 Research Support Funds Grant — request for applications

The Research Support Funds Grant program is designed to enhance the research mission of IUPUI campus researchers, including the IU School of Medicine, by supporting research projects and scholarly activities that are sustainable through external funding.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 15. For more information or to apply, visit


Arrow Brater Scholarship — RFA 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 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 updates categorizes include sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

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



Arrow Honors

Malaz Boustani, MD, associate professor of medicine and an investigator with the Regenstrief Institute, will receive the 2012 American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting in Seattle in May. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in clinical research addressing health care problems of older adults by an investigator who is actively involved in direct patient care. Dr. Boustani is an expert on improving the care for older adults with dementia and delirium as well as developing clinical assessment tools, treatment approaches and improving the performance of health care providers and health care systems for this population. For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

Sheryl Allen, MD, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and pediatrics, is a recipient of the 2012 Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards. She will receive her award at the 23rd Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450. The luncheon is the culmination of several morning activities that focus on the connections between IUPUI and the city of Indianapolis and how a campus for the community has been created. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is part of the Indy Talk Series, a citywide effort to foster a sense of community through respectful and creative civic dialogue.

Indra Das, PhD, professor of radiation oncology, has been appointed an associate editor of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (IJROBP), known in the field as the Red Journal, which publishes original laboratory and clinical investigations related to radiation oncology, radiation biology, medical physics, and both education and health policy as it relates to the field.


 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.