Faculty and Staff News
IUSM leaders get firsthand look at school’s impact in Kenya
Dean Jay Hess, M.D., Ph.D., and Mark Geraci, M.D., chair, Department of Medicine, recently returned from their inaugural trip to Eldoret, Kenya, to see firsthand the global reach of the IU School of Medicine and the impact the school has had on the lives of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Gary Dunnington, M.D., chair, Department of Surgery; Pat Loehrer, M.D., director, IU Simon Cancer Center; and Robert Einterz, M.D., director, IU Center for Global Health, accompanied Dean Hess and Dr. Geraci.
During the week-long trip, Dean Hess and the IUSM delegation got an inside look at the AMPATH program. Dean Hess visited two facilities that were made possible by philanthropic funding through IU --the newly opened Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre and the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital. He rounded on the wards at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital with several IU faculty members who live and work in Kenya, and met with senior leaders of Moi University and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Dean Hess also traveled to regions outlying Eldoret to go on a home HIV-counseling and-testing visit and tour one of AMPATH’s outreach clinics. He was especially pleased to meet with IU students who have recently returned to Kenya to participate in the global health program and hear about their experiences. The delegation joined the dean of Moi University School of Medicine for a presentation about the numerous research projects that IU is conducting in western Kenya to help patients live healthier, more productive lives and help improve patient care around the globe. Dean Hess participated in the opening of the Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Disease Center and was also one of the guest speakers at a dinner attended by more than 200 to celebrate the 27-year partnership between IU and Moi.
“This has been a remarkable visit for us. I am immensely impressed by the impact that the IU School of Medicine, through AMPATH, is having through our partnerships in Kenya,” said Dean Hess. “At the same time, the health care needs are great and much more work needs to be done. We return more committed than ever to advance AMPATH’s mission of ‘leading with care.’”
The IU-Moi partnership was established in 1989 by four IU physicians, who had the vision to link faculty and resources from IU with those of the new Moi University Faculty of Health Sciences (later to be renamed Moi University School of Medicine) in Eldoret. Through the strength of that partnership, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program was created in 2001 in response to the HIV crisis in western Kenya. Today, the partnership with Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital includes 11 North American academic health centers, led by Indiana University. With a tri-partite mission of care, education, and research, AMPATH provides health care services to a population of 3.5 million people in western Kenya and focuses on improving the health and well-being of the entire population -- leaving no one behind.
You can view photos of the dean's visit on Flickr.
Editor's note: Read more about the Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre in Top News in this issue of InScope.
Alpha Omega Alpha induction ceremony is Friday
The 2015-16 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society induction ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 19, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Dr. Charles Griffith III, vice dean for education, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will present the keynote address, “Being Worthy to Serve the Suffering.”
This year’s Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award recipient is Sharon Singleton, M.D., IUSM-Fort Wayne, and the recipient of The Harikiran Vasu, M.D. Award is fourth-year student Parth M. Patel.
Election to AOA recognizes scholarship, character, service, and leadership. Since 1902, more than 150,000 physicians and scientists have joined the organization's ranks.
The following students, faculty, house staff, and alumni to be inducted at tomorrow's ceremony include:
William A. Dotterweich
Alyson A. Endicott
Bryan T. Golubski
Lindsay M. Guzek
Nicholas J. Kamp
Cameron M. Metzger
Tanav A. Popli
Jonathan D. Ringenberg
Patrick B. Schwartz
Patrick M. Veerkamp
Phillip H. Behrens
Kristin E. Briscoe
Robert A. Cassady
Jeffrey S. Cheesman
Alex M. Clem
Ellen E. Cotant
Elizabeth A. Emhardt
Christopher M. Evenson
Ethan L. Ferguson
Brent D. Fiechter
Rebecca C. Gerber
Kathleen E. Gilbert
Cambia S. Green
Holly J. Irwin
Thomas M. Jetmore
Jennifer M. King
Jacquelyn D. Lajiness
Brandt T. Lydon
John S. Mayo
Mitchell R. McClean
Samantha H. Morley
Richard W. Nicolay
Gregory J. Pajot
Priyanka H. Parekh
Parth M. Patel
Andrew C. Pauszek
Geoffrey W. Peitz
Jennifer L. Peugh
Andres S. Piscoya
Nisha K. Raiker
Tennie L. Renkens
Rachel M. Rincker
Eric J. Schafer
Rebecca A. Sorber
Michael A. Trevino
Erika L. Weil
Edward J. Westfall
Benjamin Gayed, M.D. -- General Surgery
Amanda Jensen, M.D. -- General Surgery
William D. Kerridge, M.D. -- Radiology
Lucas A. McDuffie, M.D. -- Surgery
Steven Mong, M.D. -- General Surgery
Julie E. Stark, M.D. -- Pediatrics -- Hematology/Oncology
David A. Halperin, M.D. -- Anatomy and Cell Biology (SB)
Rakesh P. Mehta, M.D. -- Hematology/Oncology
Grzegorz Nalepa, M.D., Ph.D. -- Pediatrics -- Hematology/Oncology
Mark F. Seifert, Ph.D. -- Anatomy and Cell Biology
Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D. -- Psychiatry
Joanne M. Wojcieszek, M.D. -- Neurology
Jodi L. Skiles, M.D., MS -- Pediatrics
Bringing state-of-the-art cancer care to Kenya
AMPATH's new outpatient clinic in Eldoret, Kenya, -- the Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre -- opened its doors in 2015, bringing state-of-the-art cancer care to millions of people. The facility, which is already screening more than 1,000 patients per month for breast and cervical cancer, is a dream come true for Patrick Loehrer, M.D., director, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, and H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology. Read more about the new center and Dr. Loehrer's involvement.
Faculty and Staff News
Ren named new director of Cystic Fibrosis Center
Clement Ren, M.D., is the new director of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center and director of the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutic Development Network Program at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Prior to joining Riley at IU Health, Dr. Ren served as CF center director and division chief at the University of Rochester. He has 20 years of experience as a CF center director and has served in a variety of leadership positions within the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Dr. Ren is recognized nationally for his clinical research expertise in CF, respiratory outcomes of prematurity, and respiratory function testing in infants and young children.
Dr. Ren replaces Michelle Howenstine, M.D., who recently stepped down from the position of CF Center director to pursue the role of associate dean for graduate medical education. Dr. Howenstine served as a CF center director for more than 20 years, both at All Children’s Hospital at the University of South Florida and at Riley at IU Health. Under Dr. Howenstine's leadership, Riley's CF Center is a nationally recognized care and research center of excellence.
First IU diversity assessment reports released
Indiana University's Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs has released the first diversity assessment reports for IU Bloomington and IUPUI. Last fall, IU engaged outside consultants to conduct a university-wide, comprehensive assessment to support IU's commitment to creating a diverse academic community. Learn more.
January IUSM grants and awards total nearly $6.3 million
Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Alan Breier Health And Hospital Corporation Of Marion County New The Prevention and Recovery Center (PARC) for Early Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Program 9/1/15 8/31/16 137,137 Alexander G Robling Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation New Nupr1 a modulation as a therapy for OI 12/17/15 12/16/16 50,000 Alexia Mary Torke Walther Cancer Foundation, Inc. New Physician Guidance and Clinician Counseling for POST 11/1/15 10/31/16 47,674 Andrew J Saykin Vanderbilt University New Nicotine Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment 9/15/15 5/31/16 47,435 Brian Heath Mullis Johns Hopkins University New Multicenter Investigation of the Mechanical Determinants of Post-Traumatic OA (PTOA Study) 12/28/15 8/31/16 12,600 Brian Scott Decker The American Society Of Nephrology New Symptom Burden in Geriatric Hospitalized ESRD Patients and Utilization and Outcome of Palliative Care Consultation. 1/1/16 12/31/16 5,000 C Max Schmidt University Of Texas Md Anderson Cancer Center New Imaging and molecular correlates of progression in cystic neoplasms of the pancreas 9/14/15 8/31/16 78,000 Catherine Rufatto Sears American Cancer Society, Incorporated New Xeroderma Pigmentosum Group C (XPC) in lung cancer development 1/1/16 12/31/20 729,000 Chandy C John National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Prophylaxis against malaria to enhance child development 1/1/16 12/31/16 404,017 D Wade Clapp Johns Hopkins University New NTAP Study 7/1/15 8/14/15 3,355 Daniel O. Clark Indiana Institute For Medical Research New Personnel Assignment Agreement - Daniel Clark 10/1/15 3/31/17 13,490 Elliot J Androphy National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Optimization of Compounds that Stabilize the SMN Protein for Treatment of SMA 1/1/16 12/31/16 431,954 Emily K Sims Indiana University Health New MicroRNA 21 Leads to Beta Cell Death and is a Potential Biomarker of Type 1 Diabetes 1/1/16 12/31/17 100,000 J Dennis Fortenberry Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) RCF Orr Endowed Chair 7/1/15 6/30/16 90,518 Jaeyeon Kim National Cancer Institute New Understanding the origin, initiation, and progression of high-grade serous ovarian cancer 2/1/16 1/31/17 248,999 Jian-Ting Zhang U.s. Department Of Defense New Target FASN for breast cancer treatment by repositioning PPIs 1/1/16 12/31/18 1,165,799 Karen Marie Moody Walther Cancer Foundation, Inc. New Pediatric Oncology Infrastructure Support 11/1/15 2/28/18 162,145 Kathleen Eggleson National Science Foundation New Collaborative Research: Ethics Education in Life Cycle Design, Engineering, and Management 1/1/16 12/31/16 26,896 Matthias A Clauss American Heart Assoc-greater Midwest Affiliate New Role of HIV-1 Nef in Endothelial Cell dysfunction 1/1/16 12/31/16 52,000 Mervin C. Yoder Riley Children's Foundation New Wells Bridge Funding 16-A4 7/1/15 6/30/16 500,000 Nicholas Joseph Zyromski Baylor College Of Medicine New Building a Pancreas Surgery Consortium via RCT of Drain Placement 9/30/15 6/30/16 25,000 Raghu G Mirmira Eastern Virginia Medical School New 12--Lipoxygenase as a Novel Target for Type 1 Diabetes 11/1/15 10/31/16 27,500 Rajiv Agarwal National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New ChLorthalidone in Chronic Kidney Disease (CLICK) Study 12/15/15 12/31/16 651,382 Robert V Stahelin National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New A New System to Modulate Phosphatidylserine to Investigate Filovirus Budding 1/1/16 12/31/16 220,000 Ronald C. Wek National Institute Of Environmental Hlth Sciences New Translational control in human keratinocytes following UVB irradiation 1/1/16 12/31/16 29,413 Sara Kay Quinney National Institute Of General Medical Sciences New Integrated bioinformatic and pharmacokinetic models of high-dimensional drug interactions 1/1/16 12/31/16 367,300 Sungeun Kim Alzheimer Association New Biological Networks and Pathophysiology of AD and PD 10/9/15 10/8/17 150,000 Tamara S Hannon Indiana University Health New Finding the Patient?s Voice: Development of Practical Approaches for Adolescent and Family Focused Diabetes Prevention Programs 1/1/16 12/31/17 418,671 Tatiana M Foroud University Of Pennsylvania Renewal (not prev committed) Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Consortium 6/15/15 3/31/16 58,512 Timothy W Corson Retina Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Soluble epoxide hydrolase: a therapeutic target in choroidal neovascularization? 1/1/16 12/31/16 25,000
Five IUSM-Terre Haute students present at national conference
Students from IUSM-Terre Haute talked about the success of the first "Eye Health Day" during the annual Society of Student Run Free Clinics Conference, which took place in Phoenix earlier this year. Eye Health Day was held in September 2015 at the Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic, a free student outreach clinic operated by IUSM-Terre Haute students. Current members of the clinic's board of directors, students Andrew Morrow, Brenden Barker, Michael Keller, Hilary Schroeder, and Holly Rose, presented at the national conference.
IUSM-South Bend students bring "Science Alive" for area youngsters
More than 25 IUSM-South Bend students helped young children learn what it means to be a doctor during Science Alive at the St. Joseph Public Library. The Feb. 6 event included hands-on activities for children with more than 30 organizations participating. Learn more and view photos from the event here.
Don't miss 29 days of February events
Focus on wintertime wellness this month with events on various campuses. Have a great February blues buster? Share how you practice wellness with a post or photo on Facebook #IUSMwellbruary.
29 days of February
Week of Feb. 22 -- Pictures with Sadie the therapy dog and Calm Down Jars activity
Email Dr. Kalb at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these events.
IUSM-Terre Haute events
Week of Feb. 22 -- Chair massages
Email Ashley Holt at Ashley.Holt@indstate.edu for more information on this event.
IUSM-West Lafayette events
Tuesday, Feb. 23, and Thursday, Feb. 25 -- Relaxation Station: Massage Therapy
Monday, Feb. 29 -- Uncovering the Gray: Life Events are Complicated
Tuesday, March 1 -- Get Fit: Group X Aerobics
Email Brooke Linn at email@example.com for more information on these events.
Check the Indy event schedule here.
Deadline to register for "Let's Talk Palliative Care" is Feb. 26
Just a few days remain to register for this year's RESPECT Center palliative/end-of-life care conference, which will be held on Friday, March 4, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Ind. Visit cme.medicine.iu.edu to register; scroll down to March 2016 events. More conference information is available on the RESPECT Center website or contact Laura Holtz at 317-274-9114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for international research grants by April 30
IUPUI faculty can apply for grants of up to $3,000 to enhance international research and collaboration activities with any of IUPUI’s partner institutions through the International Partnership Research Development Fund. Funded by the Office of International Affairs, grant money can be used for travel to partner universities and project sites, and to host meetings or workshops. Research topics given priority include life sciences, global health, urbanization, interdisciplinary work, sustainability, and others. The Spring 2016 application deadline is April 30.
More information and application guidelines are available.
American Cancer Society research grant proposals due May 1
The IU Simon Cancer Center is pleased to announce the availability of funds for new pilot projects to assist investigators holding the ranks of assistant professor, research assistant professor, or assistant scientist but without an active (i.e., NIH, NSF, ACS) national competitive research grant. Part of the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, these funds provide support for beginning investigators to initiate their independent research program.
Interested faculty from all IUSM campuses are encouraged to apply by May 1. Details and application submission guidelines are available here.
March 1 deadline to apply for Greening IUPUI Grants
Students, faculty, and staff who have new and innovative ideas to help IUPUI achieve its goals in the field of sustainability should submit applications for Greening IUPUI Grants by March 1. The Office of Sustainability oversees the grant program.
Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date; applications are available online.
IUPUI commits $50,000 each year to fund grants to help promote campus sustainability. Proposals should focus on one of the following sustainability working committee areas:
- Planning and administration (strategic initiatives, diversity, affordability, or innovation)
- Academic (courses, research, or other pursuits)
- Campus engagement
- Public engagement
- Operations (grounds, energy, waste, water, purchasing, transportation, and buildings)
- Health and wellness (food, health, compensation, and human sustainability
Eskenazi Health seeks applicants for VolunTEEN summer program
Eskenazi Health is accepting applications for its 2016 VolunTEEN Summer Program, which allows teenagers to experience professional service and shadowing for students on a path to becoming healthcare professionals.
Teenagers, 14 to 19 years old, interested in a career in health care, both clinical and non-clinical, and in good academic standing, may sign up for the program. To apply, visit EskenaziHealth.edu/careers and search “Volunteer Services” under “Select a Job Category.” Then choose and fill out an application for the 2016 VolunTEEN Summer Program. Teens also must submit a minimum 500-word essay.
With questions, contact Scott Lawson at 317-880-3311 or email@example.com.