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IUSM Scope

March 2, 2012
Volume 16 Number 8 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Student Showcase

Faculty News

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow IUSM-South Bend adds residency program, director

Mary Pell Abernathy, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will join the IU School of Medicine-South Bend to direct IUSM residency elective rotations in the Michiana area. This will be the first residency programming at an IUSM regional campus.

“Initiating residency programming is one of the highest priorities of our regional health care partners, who are working closely with us to ensure a quality experience,” said Rudolph M. Navari, MD, PhD, associate dean and director of IUSM-SB.

IUSM-SB has successfully expanded its regional medical school program from two to four years with the assistance of more than 100 practicing physicians who serve as clerkship directors and preceptors.

“Because our medical school expansion was very positive, we feel confident we can provide a quality experience for residents,” Dr. Navari said.

Dr. Abernathy’s appointment culminates several months of planning for residency electives among IUSM-SB’s local partners, the IUSM Office of Graduate Medical Education and the directors of IUSM residencies. Elective rotations are being developed in the areas of surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine and transitional medicine, including anesthesiology, dermatology and sports medicine, as well as subspecialties such as gastroenterology, hematology/oncology and endocrinology.

Residency rotations are open to students in postgraduate year two or higher who are in good standing in their residencies. Rotations in North Central Indiana will complement the IUSM academic medicine experience with exposure to in- and out-patient experiences in hospitals, clinics and private practices.

The program is expected to begin scheduling residents this summer. Dr. Navari presented information about the program to the GME House Staff Forum on Feb. 22. For more information, visit

Dr. Abernathy is currently residency program director for OB-GYN at IUSM-Indianapolis and has a specialty practice in the area of maternal-fetal medicine. Her appointment to IUSM-SB as director of Graduate Medicine Education, is effective July 1.

She will retain her position in the IUSM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Arrow Partnership program provides business sense to scientists

As an MBA student learning to provide professional-level business consulting services, it’s hard to beat a first client whose ambitions include inventing a new drug to take on breast cancer.

But that’s exactly the challenge faced by three students from the IU Kelley School of Business — Eric Laager, Ryan Melnikas and Andy McDonnell — who worked closely with David Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Harry and Edith Gladstein Professor of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the IU School of Medicine and director of the Disease and Therapeutic Response Modeling Program at the Indiana CTSI. The team was among 19 MBA students participating in nine business consultation projects as part of a collaboration project between IU Kelley School of Business and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Translational Technology Resources program.

Established in 2009, the Indiana CTSI-Kelley School of Business partnership benefits researchers, labs and clinics that engage with the Indiana CTSI in its mission to translate scientific discoveries into new treatments and therapies. MBA students from both IU business school campuses — Bloomington and Indianapolis — presented their plans on Feb. 22 at the Health Informatics and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building in Indianapolis.

The program aims to bridge the gap between research skills and business acumen that can hamper investigators’ ability to advance their work or a lab’s ability to provide services at a competitive rate.

To read the full story, visit


Arrow Renowned bioethicist Art Caplan to present — March 5

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will present a bioethics lecture from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

The author or editor of 24 books, Dr. Caplan writes a regular blog for MSNBC and is a regular commentator in print media and on cable news about controversial medical issues or current affairs. His March 5 lecture will be titled “The Inevitability of Rationing in American Health Care and How to Do So Justly and Fairly.”

This lecture is supported by the Predictive Health Ethics Research Program (PredictER) grant that is funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. This special event marks the 10th anniversary of the IU Center for Bioethics.

Questions to Eva Jackson at 317-278-4034 or


Arrow Lemons to deliver IUPUI Last Lecture — March 30

James Lemons, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, will present the IUPUI Last Lecture at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Eskenazi Hall Basile Auditorium.

Dr. Lemons is the Emeritus Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics and former director of the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at IUSM. The section’s nationally and internationally recognized newborn intensive care program is one of the largest in the country, providing state-of-the-art care for approximately 10,000 newborn infants and their families each year.

Under Dr. Lemon’s leadership, and now that of David Ingram, MD, it has grown to over 50 faculty, with 40 MD neonatologists and 12 PhD faculty. The family support program developed by Dr. Lemons includes four former parents of infants in the NICU who now are employed and work full time in the NICUs to support, nurture and educate families going through the neonatal intensive care experience with their own children.

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life's lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained, and distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into important guidance for successive generations.

To RSVP by Friday, March 23, visit

A reception will follow the presentation.


Student Showcase

Arrow Medical students visit seniors through Project Joy

Project Joy, a service-learning project sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning, offers medical students an opportunity to plan and lead interactive programs with geriatric patients in Indianapolis area nursing homes.   

In November, IUSM students visited The Alpha Home, a nursing home on Indianapolis' west side. Following the residents’ church activities, students participated in arts and crafts with the senior citizens, including making hand turkeys for Thanksgiving.

This semester, Project Joy will host additional events with local seniors, including arts and crafts projects. For more information or to get involved in future events, contact co-chairs Kemi Awe at or Yinka Afolabi at

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


Arrow Students prepare to celebrate Match Day

This year, 308 IU School of Medicine students will celebrate Match Day, the annual event when they and fellow medical students across the country learn their placement in residency positions across Indiana and the United States, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

Match Day is the most highly anticipated day of the year for many fourth-year medical students about to receive their long-awaited MD. This year’s class will also look forward to a post-announcement celebration at the Rathskeller, including a limbo contest and a luau theme.

For more information on the National Resident Matching Program, which coordinates thousands of medical students' and U.S. hospital programs' preferences, visit


Faculty News

Arrow Yoder talks entrepreneurship on Innovate Indiana blog

Mervin Yoder, MD, assistant dean for entrepreneurial research at the IU School of Medicine and associate director for entrepreneurship at the Indiana CTSI, has posted the first in a new series of blog posts at Innovate Indiana, a web site focused on economic engagement and technology transfer at Indiana University.

The series highlights key aspects of IU’s new Faculty Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer, a quick and easy guide to the ways in which faculty can transform their work into intellectual property.

Dr. Yoder’s first post, “When investigators become inventors,” is available on the Innovate Indiana blog.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Biochemistry and molecular biology lecture

Eri Hashino, PhD, associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine and Ruth C. Holton Scholar in Otolaryngology at the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, will present a lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Hashino will present “Directed Neural Differentiation From Pluripotent Stem Cells: Epigenetics and Small Molecules.”

This event is presented by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Arrow Pharmacology and toxicology lecture

Jing-Yuan Liu, PhD, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Research II (R2) Building, room 101.

Dr. Liu, research assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, will present “Paving the Way Toward a Better Understanding of the Principle of Protein-Protein Interactions.”

This event is presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.


Arrow Webinar on relationship between teaching and research

David Feldon, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will share the results of his research on the role of teaching in improving graduate students' research skills, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, online.

Recently published in Science, Feldon and colleagues argue that "teaching experience can contribute substantially to the improvement of essential research skills." This interactive Web format will encourage ample opportunities for interaction and questions with the author.

To register, visit


Arrow Spirituality and Care at the End of Life

Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, will present as part of the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.  This event also will be live-broadcasted to Methodist Hospital, room WG33.

Dr. Sulmasy, Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will present “Spirituality and Care at the End of Life: Lessons From Fred.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series and the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Spirit of Medicine Program.

For additional information, visit

Questions to


Arrow Mirmira to discuss islet dysfunction in diabetes

Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD, will present “Islet Dysfunction in Diabetes: Too Much Hype?” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Dr. Mirmira is Lilly Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and IUSM and serves as director of the basic diabetes research group at Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

This seminar is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. The host is Xin Zhang, PhD, associate professor and David D. Weaver Investigator of medical and molecular genetics at IUSM.


Arrow Microbiology and immunology lecture

Elizabeth Taparwosky, PhD, professor of biological sciences at Purdue University, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Taparwosky will present “Mouse models reveal roles for Baft in the functional specification of Lymphocyte lineages.” Alexander Dent, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, will host.

Refreshments will be served. This event is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.


Arrow Computational biology and bioinformatics lecture

Lawrence DeLucas, PhD, associate professor at the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, March 12, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1110.

Dr. DeLucas will present “A High-Throughput Analytical Method for Measuring and Predicting Protein-Protein Interactions.” Keith Dunker, PhD, director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and T.K. Li Professor of Medical Research and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will host.

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


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 in March:

  • 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
  • March 21: “Using Softchalk” from 2 to 4 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1125M
  • March 23: “Curriculum Development” from 9 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1126

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 Metabolomics symposium and working group discussion

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will host a symposium and working group discussion on establishing a Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Cancer Research Institute (R4), room 101.

The National Institutes of Health recently released a request for applications to address the increasing need for metabolomics research capacity in different regions of the country. The goal of this symposium and working group is to bring together “omics” experts from across Indiana to facilitate collaborative efforts that will lead to a proposal submission to NIH early next year in response to this RFA. 

This event will include a presentation on the need for metabolomics analyses capacity in Indiana as well as an overview of available metabolomics instrumentation and capabilities at the IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame. Working group moderators will include Mu Wang, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

All IU, Purdue and Notre Dame faculty interested in participating in the submission or learning more about the “omics” expertise available across the CTSI institutions are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is not required and all presentations will be available via Breeze at

For a complete agenda, see the event flier.


Arrow Evening of the Arts — March 24

The 2012 Evening of the Arts take place Saturday, March 24, at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the talent show starts at 6. Items in the silent auction are on display throughout the evening. Tickets are available in advance at the Office for Mentoring and Student Development, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 162, or online at Tickets will also be on sale at the door the night of the show.

Prices are students: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; general public $15 in advance, $20 at the door, cash or check only. 

To donate art or crafts as part of the fund-raising effort, email Evening of the Arts raises funds to support clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis. The IUSM Student Outreach Clinic, St. Thomas Clinic, Wheeler Mission and Gennesaret Free Clinic are staffed by IUSM student volunteers

For more information, visit


Arrow FEED seminar explores health care and higher education

Trudy Banta, EdD, professor of higher education at IUPUI, and her son Logan Banta, MBA, will present an interactive session on “Benchmarking in Health Care and Higher Education: Learning from One Another” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5.

Dr. Banta, a national expert on outcomes assessment, will discuss the commonalities between the health care industry and higher education and the ways each industry can work together for success.

Dinner will be provided. The location for this event is to be announced.

To register, visit


Arrow McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Lecture — April 13

Wendy Mariner, JD, MPH, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University, will present the McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Grand Rounds Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. Her lecture will be titled “Will the Supreme Court Make You Buy Broccoli?: What the Court May and Won’t Decide About the Affordable Care Act.”

Dr. Mariner will also serve as the keynote speaker at the 25th Annual William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health Symposium, “Imagining the Next Quarter Century of Health Care Law,” from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

The annual McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Lectureship and Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine is co-sponsored by the IU School of Medicine and McKinney School of Law.

To register for the symposium by Friday, April 6, visit

Questions to


News to Use

Arrow Work-Life Balance workshops

IUPUI Work/Life Effectiveness, a part of Human Resources Administration, will present two workshops in March and April.

  • Delectable Dinners in a Dash: This free workshop with tasting samples will be from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the IUPUI Library, room 1126. Learn how to cook tasty and healthy meals. To register by Thursday, March 15, call 317-274-5466.
  • Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?: This conflict resolution workshop will be from 12:05-12:55 Friday, April 27, in the IUPUI Library, room 1126. Learn about how to equitably deal with who gets personal estate items, titled versus untitled property, what happens when you die without a will in Indiana and more. To register by Thursday, April 26, call 317-274-5466.

Both events are open to staff, faculty and students and their partners or spouses.

For more information, visit


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. Website 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 to require passphrase changes

IU will soon require faculty and staff to change passphrases that are more than two years old. On Sept. 10, UITS will begin phasing in passphrase expirations starting with the oldest passphrases. Users who do not change their passphrase by the deadline will lose access to CAS-authenticated sites such as OneStart, Oncourse and PeopleSoft.

University accounts provide access to a wealth of valuable data — much of it sensitive and protected by policy or law. Passphrase expirations will help safeguard this data against hacking and misuse. Members of the IU community are encouraged to act before the deadline or take advantage of the Self-Service Passphrase Reset tool. For more information on this service, visit

Over the next month, ISTM will host infoshares and meetings to ensure employees have the tools and expertise required to make this a successful campaign.

For more information, visit UITS or Protect IU.


Arrow Human Subjects Office metrics

Metrics from the Human Subjects Office are available to the research community on a recurring monthly basis. Data will be posted to highlight figures from the month prior.

To see the report from Feb. 29, visit this page.


Arrow Join the lab reagents Listserv

To better enable sharing of lab reagents (plasmids, cell lines, odd chemicals, etc.) on the IUPUI campus, a Listserv has been created where people can request such things from other labs. Based on experience at other institutions, this can be very useful and a significant time- and money-saver.

Signing up is easy: send a message to with "subscribe IUPUI_Reagents-l" in the body of the message. You must use an IU-affiliated email address to register.

Safeguards are in place to avoid spam, and the list will be monitored for inappropriate use, so personal mailboxes shouldn't be inundated with messages. All those involved in laboratory research are encouraged to subscribe.


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, neuropsychologist Karen Schiltz, PhD, will offer advice to parents concerned about learning and behavioral problems in children. In addition, IU oncologist Jodi Skiles, co-director of the Oncology Institute for the AMPATH program, will discuss working with patients at the Moi Teaching Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya; Laura McNulty, co-founder of Health Horizons International, will talk about building a health care program for poor communities in the Dominican Republic; and a conversation with the author of The Patient in Room 9 Says He’s God.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 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 Women’s History Month Leadership award nominations due March 5

The IUPUI Office of Women has extended the nomination deadline for the 2012 Women’s History Month Leadership awards until 5 p.m. Monday, March 5.

All current IUPUI students, faculty and staff may nominate women faculty or staff for the awards. The winners and nominees are announced at the Women’s History Month Leadership Reception. We give five awards annually: full-time “veteran” faculty, full-time “newcomer” faculty, full-time “veteran” staff, full-time “newcomer” staff and an award for part-time faculty or staff leader. A veteran member is anyone who has served the university continuously for five or more years. A newcomer is anyone who has served the university for fewer than five years. Application forms are online at

Remember to save the date for the Women’s Leadership Awards Reception from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.


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 IUSM Alumni Award nominations — due March 16

The IU School of Medicine Alumni Association is seeking nominations from faculty, staff, and alumni for its three annual awards. They are:

  • Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Award: This award recognizes faculty with outstanding service to the IU School of Medicine through dedication to students, colleagues, research or the medical profession. Current or former IUSM faculty, including its campuses throughout the state of Indiana, are eligible for this award. Faculty nominees need not be an IUSM alumnus. This award was established in 1987.
  • Early Career Achievement Award: This annual award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in medicine and/or service to the school by medical alumni who have graduated within 15 years of the award presentation. All graduates and former trainees who departed IUSM within the past 15 years are eligible for this award. This award was established in 2006.
  • Distinguished Medical Alumni Award:  This annual award recognizes outstanding alumni of the school who have brought honor to their alma mater by distinguishing themselves either professionally or by giving extraordinary service to the school. IU School of Medicine graduates and former trainees are eligible for this award. Since 1970, 48 IUSM alumni have been bestowed the honor of Distinguished Alumnus. 

All campuses are eligible to nominate alumni. Award recipients will be recognized during the Alumni Weekend 2012 opening reception on Friday, May 18, at University Place Hotel beginning at 5:45 p.m. Recipient’s names will also be added to the awards display in the alumni atrium of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.

Nominations are due Friday, March 16. To download a nomination form, visit this page.


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


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — February 2012

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

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Ryan Mallory Anderson, PhD
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation New Epigenetic regulation of pancreatic beta cell development and regeneration in the zebrafish 7/1/11 6/30/12 $110,000
Nikolai Broustovetski, PhD
NIH-NINDS New Mitochondrial Porin in Bioenergetic Defects in Huntington=s Disease 2/15/12 1/31/13 $337,854
Aaron Edward Carroll, MD
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Utility values as a way of operationalizing the question of how to value lives at different ages 1/1/12 12/31/12 $299,726
Karen Denise Cowden Dahl, PhD
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund New Investigation of ARID3B splicing as a novel therapeutic target for ovarian cancer 2/1/12 1/31/13 $150,000
Bradley Niel Doebbeling, MD
CDC New Indiana University SHEPheRD 9/30/11 9/29/12 $1,000
James Gordon Douglas, MD
National Childhood Cancer Foundation New Childrens Oncology Group Chair 3/1/11 2/29/12 $2,534
James Dennis Fortenberry, MD
University Of Alabama Birmingham Contin/
ATN Coordinating Center - ATN 093 10/1/09 9/29/12 $186,804
Vincent H Gattone II, PhD
Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation Contin/
Electron Microscopy Core 2/1/12 1/31/13 $60,000
Shaun Jason Grannis, MD
University of Kentucky Research Foundation New Enhancing Regional Infrastructures for Early Case Capture of Pediatric and Young Adult Cancer Cases 9/30/11 9/29/12 $100,557
Nadine George Haddad, MD
Penn State University New A RCT of Metformin for Treatment of Premature Pubarche in Girls. 4/1/11 3/31/12 $6,771
Debra Lynn Hickman-Miller, VM
Johns Hopkins University New Evaluation of the Welfare of Rats that are Housed in Red-Tinted Caging 1/15/12 1/14/13 $6,000
Shadia I. Jalal, MD
National Lung Cancer Partnership New The role of homology directed repair in NSCLC metastases and response to platinum 1/1/12 12/31/13 $108,000
Raymond M. Johnson NIH-NIAID New Six new Chlamydia epitopes 2/15/12 1/31/13 $194,480
Mark H. Kaplan, PhD
NIH-NIAID New Cytokine Regulation of Skin Barrier Function 2/15/12 1/31/13 $385,000
William J. McBride, PhD
CNS Sites for the Rewarding Actions of Alcohol 2/10/12 1/31/13 $346,500
Marc Brian Rosenman, MD
Purdue University New Improving Medication Adherence through Practitioner and Patient Health Literacy Education 7/1/11 6/30/12 $50,849
Andrew J. Saykin, OD
Boston University New Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Consortium 9/1/11 3/31/12 $3,850
Ernestina Schipani, MD, PhD
NIH-NIAMS New Role of hypoxia in differentiation. 2/24/12 3/31/12 $17,808
Stuart Sherman, MD
University of Pittsburgh New NAPS2 Continuation Genome Wide Association Study of Pancreatitis 9/23/11 3/31/12 $7,869
George W. Sledge Jr., MD
Komen Cancer Foundation Contin/
Project 1: Examinatin of the human kinome for novel genome-specific therapeutic targets in triple-negative breast cancer; Project 2 :Association of genetic variability with receptor activation of tumor angiogenesis inhibitors: an in vitro genetic biomarker 3/31/08 3/31/12 $250,000


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 IU Simon Cancer Center recognized

The IU Simon Cancer Center is among Becker’s Hospital Review’s "70 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs."

The editorial staff of Becker’s Hospital Review recognized these hospitals as leaders in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research. To develop the list, the Becker's editorial team analyzed data from various sources, including U.S. News and World Report, HealthGrades, American Nurses Credentialing Center, the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Surgeons.

After examining national rankings and reviews, the editorial team performed additional research into each hospital. The result is a final list of 70 hospitals from around the country that have demonstrated continual innovation in treatments and services, patient-centered care, and the achievement of clinical milestones and groundbreaking discoveries.


 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

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  • 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.