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IUSM Scope

February 24, 2012
Volume 16 Number 7 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Search committee established for founding dean of public health

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz has announced that a search committee, led by Victoria Champion, DNS, Distinguished Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at IUPUI, has been created to seek candidates for the founding dean of the school of public health at IUPUI.

Other search committee members include Silvia M. Bigatti, PhD, associate professor and Lilly Scholar in the Department of Public Health, IUSM; Virginia A. Caine, MD, health director for Marion County; Pinkie Evans, MBA, MSW, assistant chair for administration and finance, Department of Public Health, IUSM; Theresa Ann Guise, MD, professor of medicine, Division of Endocrinology, IUSM; James E. Jones, DDS, professor and chair of pediatric dentistry, IUSM; Carole Kacius, PhD, associate chair for Academic Programs and Alumni Services, Department of Public Health, IUSM; Barry P. Katz, PhD, professor and chair of biostatistics, IUSM; Hannah L. Maxey, MPH, RDH, a doctoral student in the Division of Health Policy and Management, Department of Public Health, IUSM; William H. Schneider, PhD, professor of history and director of the Medical Humanities, School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; and Gregory Wilson, MD, Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Community Health and associate chair for community and global health, Department of Public Health, IUSM.

In addition, G. Marie Swanson, PhD, associate vice chancellor for public health, led the steps to build up the existing Department of Public Health in the IU School of Medicine in preparation for seeking accreditation for a school from the Council on Education for Public Health.

This will be a national search, and the committee anticipates keen interest in this opportunity from the academic public health community. The group is committed to securing a highly qualified and diverse applicant pool. 

For updates from the executive search committee, visit To suggest potential candidates and ideal qualifications for the position, email


Arrow Navari to discuss new regional residency rotation program

IUSM-South Bend will offer a new residency rotation program this summer. Rudolph M. Navari, MD, PhD, associate dean and director of IUSM-South Bend, will discuss the program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Fesler Hall, room 319, during the Graduate Medical Education Forum.

IUSM-South Bend and health care partners will offer residency rotations in surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine and transitional medicine, including anesthesiology, dermatology and sports medicine, as well as subspecialty areas such as gastroenterology, hematology/oncology and endocrinology.

IUSM-South Bend elective rotations will be open to PGY-2, 3 or higher who are in good standing in their residencies at no additional cost to participants. Dr. Navari will outline the program and answer questions.

Questions to Stacey Jackson, director of undergraduate medical education at IUSM-SB, at


Arrow Hunsberger goes from Riley kid to IU sophomore

Within 14 hours of her birth in 1992, doctors diagnosed Bailey Hunsberger with aortic stenosis, a defective aortic valve that allows blood to back up into the lungs. She had her first open-heart surgery when she was just 3 days old.

In 2005, Hunsberger, now a sophomore in biology at IU Bloomington, was the third child to ever receive a Berlin Heart implant at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Her surgeon was Mark Turrentine, MD, professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine and director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Riley at IU Health.

The Berlin Heart is a medical assist device that takes over the function of the damaged ventricle of the heart to restore normal blood flow. It is one of the few medical assist devices available in sizes for children, from newborn babies to teens. It was first used in the U.S. in 2000, but was not approved for widespread use by the FDA until December 2011.

In the months following the implantation of the Berlin Heart, Hunsberger's own heart slowly grew stronger. After nearly six months of support and tests in the cardiac catheter lab, the Berlin Heart was removed and Hunsberger was approved to go home.

Today, Hunsberger is every inch the typical college student. To hear her whole story, visit


Arrow John E. Jesseph Lecture — today

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 “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.


Faculty News

Arrow Research faculty development series on startups — March 8

Joe Trebley, director of Startup Support and Promotion at the IU Research and Technology Corp., will discuss patents and bringing research ideas to market from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Emerson Hall, room 304.

Details on protecting discoveries in the laboratory from a research scientist's perspective will be discussed.

For more information or 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 will be offered beginning March 6:

  • March 6: “Want to Be a Good Researcher? Try Teaching!” from noon to 1:30 p.m., online
  • March 8: “Delivering Engaging Lectures With Clickers” from 10 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1125M
  • March 13: “Online Teaching Fundamentals,” from 1 to 5 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1125M
  • March 14: “Adobe Presenter” from 1 to 3 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1130
  • March 15: “Learning Activities” from 10 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1130
  • March 15: “Web Conferencing” from 1 to 3 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1130

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


Events & Lectures

Arrow Learn about service dogs in health care

Indiana Canine Assistant Network will present an information session about the ways in which service dogs can play a vital role in the hospital and community from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the IU Simon Cancer Center, room 102.

ICAN is an organization that helps provide and train service dogs for identified candidate patients in need. Typical patients include those with physical or mental disabilities, such as those who use a wheelchair and children with autism. Topics will include where the dogs come from, their rigorous training process and the dedicated individuals who train the dogs. This event also will include a meet and greet with the dogs and their trainers.

This event is hosted by the PM&R (Physiatry) Student Interest Group. Lunch will be included. To RSVP, contact Erin Andrade, PM&R SIG co-president, at

For more information, see the event flier or visit


Arrow Lectures on clinical trial research

Eric Nantz, PhD, a research scientist with the clinical program in internal medicine at Eli Lilly and Co., will discuss “Design Issues in Phase III Clinical Trials” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Thursday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 6, in the Health Information and Translational Science Building (HITS), room 1130.

These lectures are part of the Statistics in Pharmaceutical Research seminar series, which will be held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 19.


Arrow Medical and Molecular Genetics lecture

Ben Helm, genetics counseling student in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, will present a seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Helms’s lecture is “Novel double-heterozygous mutations in a patient with Bardet-Biedl syndrome: A new pathogenic mechanism and call to revise the genetic model?”

This event is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. The host is Paula Delk, MS, adjunct assistant professor of medical and molecular genetics.


Arrow OB-GYN lecture on long-acting reversible contraception

Jeffrey Peipert, MD, PhD, MPH, MHA, Robert J. Perry 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, PhD, 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 Alzheimer disease symposia — registration due March 1

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


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 Deer Zink Events Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

This forum is an opportunity to look at where we are now and how we can develop and advance community and academic research partnerships in the future. Topics will include “Indiana Snapshot: Past, current and possible future state of health in Indiana,” a look at the top health priority areas in Indiana, a discussion about the vision and future directions of CHEP, developing true partnerships for community-engaged research and strategies for seeking funding in tough times.

These annual forums support CHEP’s mission to promote collaboration among researchers and community partners throughout Indiana to improve research, health and health care. The event is free and open to anyone interested in community research in Indiana.

For a complete agenda, visit

To register, visit


Arrow Surgeon to present for Frew Lecture — March 21

Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, will present the 10th annual Frew Lecture from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Petticrew Auditorium at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Manley, professor and vice chair of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, is a trauma neurosurgeon with clinical interests in brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological critical care. His lecture is titled “Redefining Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Attendees are welcome to attend a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. before the lecture. Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and other clinical staff are encouraged to attend. 

For more information, contact Erin Palmer at 317-396-1254.


Arrow Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon

Kathryn Jones, PhD, chair of anatomy and cell biology, is the next speaker in the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon series from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

Dr. Jones is working in collaboration with clinical colleagues in otolaryngology to translate the use of steroid hormones in different types of peripheral nerve injury.The Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon 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. This event 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


Arrow Community roundtable on biobanking

The Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Engagement Program will present a community roundtable from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St.

Eric Meslin, PhD, professor of medicine, medical and molecular genetics, public health and philosophy, will discuss “Biobanking 101: What are they and how can the public participate?” Dr. Meslin is director of IU Center for Bioethics and associate dean for bioethics at the IU School of Medicine. He also co‐directs the IU Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information and directs the Indiana CTSI Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program.

Parking is free and lunch will be provided. To register, visit

For more information, see the event flier.


News to Use

Arrow Monthly health plan info sessions begin March 6

IUPUI Human Resources Administration will offer information sessions for the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Account the first Tuesday of every month starting in March. The first session will be from 2 to 3 p.m.  Tuesday, March 6, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 307. All additional 2012 sessions will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the same location, except the Aug. 7 session, which will be in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405.

These sessions will highlight the distinction between the HDHP medical plan and the health savings account.  How the prescription benefit works with both of these features will be explained. The tax advantages of the HSA and eligible expenses will be reviewed as well as the flexibility of using the HSA. Web site tools for Anthem, Medco and Chase will be demonstrated. No reservation is necessary.

University Human Resources has also developed a set of “Benefit Briefs” — short, narrated slide presentations that can help employees get the most out of the HDHP medical plan and Health Savings Account. A library of these briefs is online at

Question on HDHP and other benefit plans to 317-274-4596 or


Arrow IU Health to host health care career reception

IU Health will offer a reception for individuals interested in career opportunities in health care from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Fairbanks Hall.

The 2012 Advanced Provider Career Reception is a chance to meet recruitment staff from IU Health and learn more about professional specialties in health care, including inpatient and outpatient career opportunities and statewide opportunities. Information about night, weekend and daytime shifts will be available. Networking opportunities and food will be provided. Participants also can register to win a free Kindle Fire.

For more information, visit Questions to Gloria Robertson at


Arrow People Mover expected to reopen in April

IU Health has announced the IU Health People Mover is on track to reopen in early April.

The People Mover system has been undergoing a major overhaul since Jan. 16. Repairs include a complete upgrade of the train’s control systems and related software, including all of the wiring and many electrical components.

About 1.5 miles (7,500 feet) of wire and cable were removed and nearly one mile (5,000 feet) of new cable installed.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, New York Times journalist William Broad, author of The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, will discuss the health benefits and hazards of yoga. Additional topics will include how 100-year-old brains from the Indiana Medical History Museum are being used to advance research on mental illness, preventing ski injuries and a talk with the author of A Day Without Pain.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 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 DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program funding

The 2012 Defense Appropriations Act provides $80 million to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program to support innovative, high-impact prostate cancer research.

General information and application instructions are available online for several funding opportunities under this program. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the official announcement is made in March. This pre-announcement information is being provided to investigators to allow time to plan and develop applications.

The mission of the PCRP is to eliminate death and suffering from prostate cancer. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

For more information about funding opportunities from the DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program, visit


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 Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics

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 master's degree in philosophy 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 Indiana University 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 Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine scholarships

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

Questions to Bryan P. Schneider, MD at


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

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

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

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



Arrow Honors

Timothy Brei, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, will serve on the Maternal-Fetal Surgery Units Network Safety and Advisory Board for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for its new study, MOMS 2, a follow-up to the Management of Myelomeningocele Study. The board’s primary objective is to ensure the safety of study subjects and to provide NICHD with advice on the ethical and safe progression of the study. In addition, Dr. Brei is chair of the planning committee for both the World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care, to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., in March, and the Spinal Bifida Association Annual Conference to be held in Indianapolis from June 28 to July 1. Dr. Brei is medical director of the Spinal Bifida Association. To volunteer for the Indianapolis conference, contact Dr. Brei at

Elaine Cox, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, has received the Courage to Live Award from the Indiana Minority AIDS Coalition as the Compassionate Caregiver of the Year. The award recognizes a 16-year commitment to the children of Indiana through her work at the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease at Riley Hospital, as well as her advocacy and teaching, research and work with various AIDS-related organizations, and for introducing new legislation in support of individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Austin Gerber, a third-year medical student at the IU School of Medicine-South Bend, has been invited to present his research on glaucoma at the 2012 annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. For more information, 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
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  • 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.