Faculty and Staff News
What the future holds: Q&A with Dean Hess
Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, vice president for university clinical affairs, and dean, IU School of Medicine, recently offered perspectives on the future of medicine and patient care, including virtual visits and round-the-clock health care centers. In this informative Q&A, he also shares how medical education is evolving to meeting changing demands and the role IU School of Medicine plays in promoting good health in Indiana.
Weiss appointed to key leadership roles for school, IU Precision Health Initiative
Michael A. Weiss, MD, PhD, MBA, has been chosen to fill a dual role of chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and director of chemical biology and biotherapeutics for the Indiana University Precision Health Initiative.
Dr. Weiss comes to IU School of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he has been chair of biochemistry, a distinguished research professor and the Cowan-Blum professor of cancer research. He leads research in two areas of molecular endocrinology: insulin signaling with application to diabetes mellitus and sex determination with application to genetic infertility syndromes.
He will fill a key leadership position for the Precision Health Initiative, in which multidisciplinary teams of innovative researchers address major health problems facing humanity. The initiative was granted $120 million as the first recipient of funding from IU’s Grand Challenges Program, announced in July 2016. Dr. Weiss' recruitment was also supported through the Indiana Collaborative Initiative for Talent Enrichment (INCITE) grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
"Recruiting top researchers and visionaries such as Dr. Weiss to Indiana is essential for the success of the Precision Health Initiative as it searches for innovative ways to customize therapies for individual patients," said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU vice president for university clinical affairs.
Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, IU associate vice president of research for university clinical affairs and IU School of Medicine executive associate dean for research affairs, said Dr. Weiss is uniquely qualified to lead "a center that will develop novel structural image technologies and new approaches to drug discovery."
For more on Dr. Weiss and his appointment, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.
Learners, faculty to be inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society
Thirty-six IU School of Medicine students, six residents and four faculty members will be inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society during a special ceremony this Friday evening in Fairbanks Hall in downtown Indianapolis.
The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society is to recognize individuals “who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.” The society honors medical students, residents, fellows and physician teachers who demonstrate excellence in humanistic clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.
Class of 2018 medical student inductees
Erik David Andrewski
Anna Marie Bakas
Kim Susan Bambaugh
Emily Elisabeth Blake
Ciersten Alivia Burks*
Jacob David DeWitt*
Savannah Rose Enders
Eric D. Frantz
Tyler Edward Heavin
Stephanie Jo Iden
Andrew J. Johnson
Carole Chimmeugne Kounga
David Allen Lopezrlow
Paige Marie Matthews
Kylee Nicole Miller
Adrienne Elaine Ng
Dustin Zachary Nowaskie
Andrew Royal Piropato
Mohamad Zoheir Saltagi
Hilary Daniel Schroeder
Matthew William Segar
Phillip Christopher Sojka
Nicholas J. Stoffel
Melanie Lynn Wiseman*
Michael Jay Ye
Resident physician inductees
Angela C. Bryant, MD – pediatrics
Sophie Gerber, MD – triple board program
Melissa Jenkins, MD – anesthesiology
Lucas A. McDuffie, MD – general surgery
Maria Francesca Monn, MD – urology
Erica L. Zevin, MD – internal medicine/pediatrics
Robert Arthur, MD, assistant professor of family medicine
David Diaz, MD, DFAPA, associate professor of clinical psychiatry; medical director, Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at IU Health University Hospital
Adam Hill, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; interim section director of pediatric palliative care; fellowship director, pediatric track
Deanna Reinoso, MD, pediatrician, Eskenazi Pecar Health Center; IU Residency Director, Pediatric Resident Community Rotations
Free flu shots available beginning Sept. 5
IUPUI Campus Health will offer free flu shots to IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, house staff and students for the 2017-18 flu season. Flu shots will be distributed beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Campus Health (Coleman Hall, Suite 100) or during an upcoming Campus Health outreach flu vaccination clinic. Students (only) also may obtain a flu shot at Campus Center Student Health.
Other details to know:
- No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot.
- You must present a valid university picture ID.
- Students will be asked to present a health insurance card but will be able to receive a free flu shot regardless of insurance.
Watch for more information, including the flu shot outreach clinic schedule, after Sept. 5. As a reminder, all IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, house staff and students who provide clinical care to IU Health or Eskenazi Health patients, perform clinical research at IU Health or Eskenazi Hospital or whose primary office is in an IU Health or Eskenazi hospital are required to receive a flu vaccine this flu season.
The deadline for receiving the vaccine is Thursday, Nov. 9. Individuals requesting a waiver due to an evidence-based medical contraindication must submit a flu vaccine medical exemption request by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
House staff and students who receive flu vaccination from IU Health, a personal physician or other location must submit their flu shot consent form to IUPUI Campus Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adobe Connect becomes read-only on Aug. 31; here are the details
University Information Technology Services (UITS) recently announced that Adobe Connect will become read-only on Thursday, Aug. 31. In read-only mode, users will be able to access and download previously created recordings and content, but will no longer be able to conduct live meetings.
UITS is currently in the process of converting all Adobe Connect recordings to MP4 format. Recordings from mid-2011 through Aug. 15, 2017, are now available and can be downloaded to a computer or stored online in Kaltura or Box.
In addition, UITS is offering a content migration service for faculty who need assistance moving their Presenter content to other platforms. To take advantage of this service, complete the Adobe Presenter Migration Support form.
Adobe Presenter recordings hosted on the Connect server are still available to view until Adobe Connect fully retires on Dec. 28. Zoom will serve as the replacement for creating recordings and video conferencing. To learn more about Zoom, visit the IU Knowledge Base.
For assistance with Adobe Connect, contact Classroom and Collaboration Technologies Help Desk at email@example.com or 812-856-2020.
Next issue of INScope is Sept. 7
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, INScope will not be distributed on Thursday, Aug. 31. The next issue will be published on Thursday, Sept. 7.
As a reminder, the deadline for submission of news items is Wednesday at noon for each Thursday’s issue. For more information, visit the INScope page on MedNet. Send news items and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New resource available to support IU School of Medicine researchers
Looking for funding or other services to support your research goals? The IU School of Medicine has a wide variety of resources available to help investigators advance their work. To provide an overview of opportunities and services, the school has created an online Research Guide with a general listing of funding opportunities, mentorship programs, training, research facilities and more.
Faculty and Staff News
IU Experts database launches; learn more and sign up
A new IU Experts database, launched on Aug. 17, allows members of the media and public to more efficiently connect with subject-matter experts across the university.
Designed to enable all IU faculty and staff to offer their knowledge and expertise to the public, the database will be particularly helpful to members of the news media who need to quickly and accurately identify IU School of Medicine experts when working on breaking news stories.
Faculty and families invited to Sept. 23 regatta barbecue
Join the IU School of Medicine Dean's Office for a barbeque at this year's IUPUI Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 23. While the regatta runs all day, IU School of Medicine faculty members and their families are invited to the Fairbanks Hall lobby (north end of Canal walk) for a barbeque lunch from 11 am-1 pm. The family-friendly event offers an opportunity for faculty to meet Dean Jay Hess in a relaxed environment. Attendees are encouraged to stay, enjoy the activities and cheer the school’s regatta teams on to victory.
Register for the barbecue at faculty.medicine.iu.edu.
Students honored for research projects
On Aug. 1, more than 100 medical students participated in the Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) poster session. The event highlighted the work of students taking part this summer in the Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS), NIDDK Medical Student Program in Diabetes and Obesity and other campus programs.
Each student spent the summer working with a research mentor on projects and gave a 10-minute presentation of their work at the event. Faculty judges evaluated the posters on scientific quality, presentation, poster organization and response to questions. Twenty-one posters were selected for the IMPRS oral presentation competition on Aug. 5.
Scholarships were awarded to the following 11 students selected as the top oral presenters:
Isabelle Dagher; mentor: Stephanie D. Davis, MD
Brianna McElderry; mentor: William E. Bennett, MD
Ryan Pattyn; mentor: Theresa A. Guise, MD
Adam James Morris; mentor: Richard M. Nass, MD
Hayley Paulina Drozd; mentor: Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, and D. Wade Clapp, MD, PhD
Perry Lee Rabin; mentor: Peng-Sheng Chen, MD
Halley Lynn Staples; mentor: Jennifer Wessel, PhD
Madeline Marie Blackwell; mentor: Milan Radovich, PhD
Carlos Alberto Vega; mentor: Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD
Maria Catherine Bell; mentor: Matthew Turner, MD, PhD
Jessica Lee Muldoon; mentor: Christie M. Orschell, PhD
Apply for Technology Enhancement Award by Oct. 16
In partnership with the Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine, the Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovation (ICBI) supports the development of technologies originating from academic research through the Technology Enhancement Award. Awardees will receive funding up to $50,000 and mentorship support through the ICBI advisory council and SPARK-Stanford partnership.
Research funding available from spinal cord and brain injury program
Apply by Friday, Sept. 29, for the Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Activity-Based Program. The program is designed 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.
Submit abstracts for 3D Bioprinting symposium by Sept. 1
IUPUI is hosting a joint symposium with Johns Hopkins University titled "Progress in Scaffold-Free Biofabrication" and its second annual 3D Bioprinting Core open house on 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 will feature both the “Regenova Bio 3D-Printer” by Cyfuse Biomedical and the IncuCyte ZOOM by Essen Bioscience automatic fluorescent microscope for spheroids analysis.
Attendees should submit abstracts reflecting current and planned research by Friday, Sept. 1.
To register and submit abstracts, visit the event registration page.
Sept. 1 is deadline to apply for Research Enhancement Grant
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.
Biomedical Research Grant open to faculty
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 may apply for the Biomedical Research Grant program. 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.
Alumni association seeks award nominations
The IU School of Medicine Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the following awards:
- Distinguished Medical Alumni Award
- Early Career Achievement Award
- The Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Award
- The George W. Sorrells Jr., MD, Community Physician Award
Nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 13. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the alumni awards website.
Interprofessional education and practice workshop is Sept. 9
UIndy is hosting an interprofessional education and practice (IPE/P) workshop from 8 am to 4:15 pm on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the University of Indianapolis Health Pavilion. The workshop brings together scholars to engage and educate students, faculty, community stakeholders and healthcare clinicians on key conceptual and practical aspects of IPE/P.
For more information and to register, visit cvent.com.
Women's commercialization, entrepreneurship summit is Oct. 5
Are you interested in commercializing your scientific discoveries or inventions and networking with women and underrepresented researchers? The AWARE: ACCESS program is a National Science Foundation -funded partnership of the University of Louisville, Indiana University and the Missouri University of Science and Technology that aims to help female and minority faculty, staff and student innovators improve their success in securing money to commercialize their research. As part of the program, Indiana University is hosting a commercialization and entrepreneurship summit on Thursday, Oct. 5, on the IUPUI campus.
The commercialization and entrepreneurship summit will feature engaging and informative talks on how to use SBIR/STTR funding mechanisms to commercialize technologies, how to pitch your idea to a management team or investors and case studies from successful investigator-entrepreneurs.
Plan to attend Nov. 13 All-Provider Networking Event
IU Health Physicians will host an All-Provider Networking Event 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. Watch for email invitations and save the date cards.