Faculty and Staff News
IU Health and IU reveal design of new Regional Academic Health Center
The IU Board of Trustees this week approved finalized site plans and the exterior design for a new Regional Academic Health Center in Bloomington. The complex will house Indiana University Health Bloomington inpatient and outpatient services, as well as an academic facility to be used for health sciences education and research at IU.
Read more at News at IU Bloomington.
Volunteer to participate on a Wellness Task Force working team
Maybe you’ve been stressed and want to help your peers avoid a similar crisis. Maybe you’re looking for a concrete way to contribute to the well-being of the IU School of Medicine community. Or, maybe you’re brimming with ideas about ways to improve life for medical students, faculty members and others.
Here’s your opportunity to make a difference: Join one of nine Wellness Task Force working teams that will be identifying ways to promote wellness throughout the school. The goal is to make system-level changes, and create opportunities and space for people to be able to focus on lifestyle, wellness and health behaviors.
“Students have told us that they need support from the school to be able to maintain their individual wellness,” said Emily Walvoord, MD, associate dean of student affairs and co-chair of the nine-member Wellness Task Force planning committee. “We also know that all learners and faculty likewise need to know the school is in their corner in truly supporting their well-being.”
The planning committee identified the focus of the nine working teams. Three will look for ways to improve the school’s clinical, research and education systems:
- Clinical working team: identify ways to improve work processes for physicians and caregivers by, for example, reducing the burden of electronic medical records, improving team-based care and moving toward population health management.
- Research working team: look for ways to reduce stress created when researchers must compete for grant funding.
- Education team: address issues that affect learners.
Six additional working teams will focus on matters that affect individuals: mental health, spiritual health, physical health, cognitive/intellectual health, financial health and social health.
If you’re interested in joining a working team, contact Dr. Walvoord; Kevin Gebke, MD, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and the planning committee’s co-chair; or Lindsay Treadway, program manager in the dean’s office.
Precision medicine opens the door to scientific wellness preventive approaches to suicide
Researchers have developed a more precise way of diagnosing suicide risk by developing blood tests that work in everybody, as well as more personalized blood tests for different subtypes of suicidality that they have newly identified and for different psychiatric high-risk groups.
The research team, led by scientists at IU School of Medicine, also showed how two apps--one based on a suicide risk checklist and the other on a scale for measuring feelings of anxiety and depression--work along with the blood tests to enhance the precision of tests and to suggest lifestyle, psychotherapeutic and other interventions. Lastly, they identified a series of medications and natural substances that could be developed for preventing suicide.
“Our work provides a basis for precision medicine and scientific wellness preventive approaches," said Alexander B. Niculescu III, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and medical neuroscience at IU School of Medicine and attending psychiatrist and research and development investigator at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The article, "Precision medicine for suicidality: from universality to subtypes and personalization," appears in the Aug. 15 online edition of the Nature Publishing Group’s leading journal in psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry.
For more on this research, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.
July research awards total over $6 million
Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Nathan J. Alves Grace M. Showalter Trust New Determining Clinical Fibrinolytic State: Steps toward a Synthetic Human Blood Clot 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Richard Dahl Grace M. Showalter Trust New MicroRNA Regulation of Immune Cell Polarization in Ovarian Tumors 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Scheel Molly Duman U.S. Department Of Defense New Dual action larvicidal/adulticidal siRNA insecticides for biorational mosquito control 7/11/2017 7/11/2018 $249,670 Scheel Molly Duman U.S. Department Of Defense New Effective Interfering RNA Lure and Kill Baited Ovitraps for Biorational Aedes Zika Vector Mosquito Control 7/1/2017 6/30/2020 $1,088,378 Tatiana M. Foroud National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Dissecting the genetic contributions to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders 7/1/2017 5/31/2018 $514,083 Xiang Gao Grace M. Showalter Trust New Promoting post-trauma outcomes by preventing synaptic degeneration after repetitive mild traumatic brain injury 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Heidi J. Gibbs U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs Renewal (not prev committed) Sharon Henson VA-IPA 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $111,588 Shaun J Grannis Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality New Enhancing Patient Matching in Support of Operational Health Information Exchange 7/1/2017 4/30/2018 $311,030 David Sullivan Hains Nationwide Children's Hospital New Transcriptional profiling of in vitro and in vivo derived human kidney tissue use 6/5/2017 6/30/2017 $8,558 Michael H. Heit Medstar Health Research Institute New STOMP: Sexual function Trial of Overactive bladder: Medication versus PTNS 7/17/2017 12/30/2018 $1,000 Jaeyeon Kim Grace M. Showalter Trust New Tumor suppressive and promoting roles of DICER in ovarian cancer 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Yukiko Kitase Grace M. Showalter Trust New The role of G-protein coupled receptor, MRGPRD and autophagy in osteocyte viability to maintain skeletal homeostasis under disuse 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Kirsten M. Kloepfer Grace M. Showalter Trust New The Infant Airway Microbiome and Airway Development 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Richard J. Kovacs Brigham And Women's Hospital New INfluenza Vaccine to Effectively Stop Cardio Thoracic Events and Decompensated heart failure (INVESTED) 2/1/2017 1/31/2018 $20,748 Gary Eugene Landreth National Institute On Aging New Actions of Nuclear Receptors on TREM2+ myeloid cells and microglia in AD brain 7/1/2017 3/31/2021 $1,649,492 Suthat Liangpunsakul Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Suthat Liangpunsakul 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $25,000 Patrick J. Loehrer Walther Cancer Foundation, Inc. New Center Directors Developmental Funds Award 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $100,000 Peilin Ma Grace M. Showalter Trust New Cooperation between FLT-ITD and HoxA9 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Todd Owen McKinley Johns Hopkins University New The Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Research Consortium 4/1/2017 9/29/2017 $58,676 R. Michael Meneghini Tennessee Tech University New Self-Powered in Vivo Force and Implant Wear Sensing in Knee Arthroplasty 5/12/2017 8/31/2017 $19,475 Sumegha Mitra Grace M. Showalter Trust New UCHL1 is a Novel Mediator of High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Metastatic Progression and Prognosis 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Jean P Molleston Cystic Fibrosis Foundation New Cystic Fibrosis Foundation First Year Clinic Fellowship 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $61,250 David L. Morris Grace M. Showalter Trust New Dysregulation of Pancreatic Beta Cell Function by Neutrophil Elastase 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Kwangsik Nho National Library Of Medicine New Integrating Neuroimaging, Multi-omics, and Clinical Data in Complex Disease 7/1/2017 4/30/2018 $367,055 Bert Howard O'Neil University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill New Tumor subtypes and therapy response in pancreatic cancer 8/1/2016 7/30/2017 $5,000 Brandon Oberlin National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Neural bases of alcohol-related decision-making 7/20/2017 6/30/2018 $249,000 Lakshmi Reddy Palam Grace M. Showalter Trust New PI3K signaling in JAK2V617F induced myeloproliferative neoplasms 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Frances M. Russell Grace M. Showalter Trust New Implementation of a Novel Clinical Pathway to Improve Outcomes in Emergency Department Patients with Right Ventricular Dysfunction 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $59,984 Todd C. Skaar Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Todd Skaar 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $25,000 William J. Sullivan Grace M. Showalter Trust Renewal (not prev committed) Disrupting RNA modification as a novel treatment for parasitic infection 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Amy C. Wilson Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia New The Child-Centered Outcomes in Practice and Research (COPR) Center of Excellence: Strengthening the Clinical Validity Evidence Base for PROMIS Measures in Chronically Ill Children 9/30/2015 9/29/2019 $6,000 Hamideh Zarrinmayeh Grace M. Showalter Trust New Development and Characterization of Novel Fluorinated Antagonists of the P2X7 Receptor Biomarker for Early Evaluation of Neuroinflammation 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Chi Zhang Grace M. Showalter Trust New Comprehensive identification of the functional impacts led by individual and collective effects of gene mutations in acute myeloid leukemia 7/1/2017 6/30/2018 $60,000 Jian-Ting Zhang National Cancer Institute New Molecular targeting the translational control axis in Wnt/catenin signaling pathway 8/1/2017 7/31/2018 $358,703
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Bull awarded prestigious C. Everett Koop Medal of Distinction
Marilyn Bull, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, was recognized with the C. Everett Koop Medal of Distinction for her outstanding work in preventing childhood injuries. The award, which recognizes the person who embodies Dr. Koop’s legacy of fighting for all families and children no matter where they live, was presented by Safe Kids Worldwide at its International Childhood Injury Prevention Convention last month. Dr. Bull was selected from nominees from more than 400 communities across the U.S. and 30 Safe Kids network countries around the world.
Safe Kids was founded by Dr. Koop, former U.S. surgeon general.
Workshop for providers focuses on working with LGBTQ patients
The IU School of Medicine Office of Diversity Affairs is offering a new training workshop highlighting practical information about working with LGBTQ patients. Designed for health care providers, the training covers topics such as terminology and definitions, culturally sensitive interviewing skills, best practice methods for collecting gender identity and sexual orientation data and for obtaining necessary health information, and other unique health care considerations when working with this population.
This 90-minute workshop, available to departments and residency programs, provides an opportunity for participants to learn in a collegial environment. To schedule a workshop, contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at 317-274-1939 or IUSMdiv@iupui.edu.
Mental health services team offers support
The start of medical school is an exciting time for all incoming students. At the same time, there can be uncertainty and stress. In this Student Life blog post, Jessica Fultz, therapist and program manager, introduces the IU School of Medicine Mental Health Services Team and support services offered for managing stress, preventing burnout and coping with other mental health concerns.
Student-led art therapy project aids Evansville youth
The Juvenile Art Therapy Project, started by students in the Class of 2021, provides a therapeutic and mentoring resource for children and young adults who have struggled with poor decisions. Learn more in this blog post about how weekly sessions at Evansville’s Youth Care Center help area youth and provide interprofessional learning opportunities for medical, physician assistant and nursing students in the area.
Predoctoral, postdoctoral neurodegeneration research fellowships available
The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) seek applicants for special predoctoral and postdoctoral training fellowships in translational neurodegenerative disease research. Applicants whose research focuses on age-related neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and others, are encouraged to apply.
Program and application details are available at indianactsi.org. Letters of intent for both fellowship programs are due Thursday, Aug. 31, and the application submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 18. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-278-2822.
Spinal cord and brain injury program provides research funding
Applications are now being accepted for the Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Activity-Based Program. The program’s objective is to foster and encourage activity-based therapy programs for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery. The initiative for funding activity-based therapy programs consists of two mechanisms:
- RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity-based” approaches for traumatic spinal cord-injury persons.
- RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity-based” approaches for traumatic brain-injury persons.
Applications for each RFA may be submitted for up to a maximum requested amount of $150,000 for the total duration of the project. Application deadline is Friday, Sept. 29. With questions, email email@example.com or call 317-278-2822.
Research Enhancement Grant deadline is Sept. 1
The IU School of Medicine Research Enhancement Program is designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program. All full-time Center/Medical Sciences faculty, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor or assistant/associate/full scientist at the time of submission, are eligible to apply for a Research Enhancement Grant. Primary appointment must be in the IU School of Medicine. Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this mechanism.
Apply for Biomedical Research Grant by Sept. 1
The Biomedical Research Grant program is open to all IU School of Medicine faculty who are full-time, regardless of tenure status, and have an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor and assistant/associate/full scientist. In general, two categories of research projects will benefit from this program:
- research projects of investigators new to the school who do not yet have extramural funding and need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding
- research projects of established IU School of Medicine investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources.
Application deadline is Friday, Sept. 1. Contact Zullymar Jimenez, sponsored programs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Scaffold-free biofabrication is topic of Sept. 15 symposium
Plan to attend a symposium, "Progress in Scaffold-Free Biofabrication," hosted by IUPUI and Johns Hopkins University on Friday, Sept. 15, in the auditorium of Walther Hall (R3 Research Building).
Researchers at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins are the first in the United States to have direct access to a new type of 3D bioprinting, based on an innovative technology to create living tissues from cellular spheroids, now for use in their research laboratories and potentially for use in humans.
The event, which is part of the second annual 3D Bioprinting Core open house, will feature both the Regenova Bio 3D-Printer by Cyfuse Biomedical and the IncuCyte ZOOM by Essen Bioscience automatic fluorescent microscope for spheroids analysis.
For more information and to register, visit the event registration page.
Alzheimer’s Disease caregiver symposium is Sept. 22
The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center is hosting the 11th annual Martin Family AD Caregiver Symposium on Friday, Sept. 22. The event is designed to provide updates and information for research participants, families and professional caregivers regarding the Transitions in Care faced by so many coping with Alzheimer’s Disease. While the symposium is offered free of charge, registration is required. Information about exhibitor opportunities also is available on the website.
New date for All-Provider Networking Event is Nov. 13
The IU Health Physicians All-Provider Networking Event originally scheduled for September has been rescheduled on Monday, Nov. 13, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral. It’s an informal opportunity for physicians, advanced practice providers and IU Health executives to meet and mingle. Email invitations and save the date cards will arrive soon.