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  • Researchers study why some people make risky decisions

    IU School of Medicine researchers are attempting to learn why some people are more likely to make risky decisions. The five-year study, now in its second year, focuses on adolescents and young adults and aims to determine how and why some individuals make risky decisions and others do not.

    In a news segment on, Leslie Hulvershorn, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, said, “We’re trying to learn about the risky decision making in the moment when it happens and then watching them grow over five years, analyzing what happens in their naturally occurring behavior. Do they start taking more risks?”

    Using brain scans taken early in the study, Dr. Hulvershorn’s research team will follow participants and see if they can predict which individuals are more at risk.

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  • Career Fair Friday is tomorrow

    Residency directors, department chairs and other IU School of Medicine representatives will be on hand to answer questions at Career Fair Friday, Feb. 23, beginning at 11 am. The casual event is designed to help students explore interests to determine which specialty areas they want to pursue, and optimize their application and preparation for residency. The career fair will be held in the Medical Science Building Atrium on the Indianapolis campus.

    While open to all students, the optional event focuses on information of particular interest to MS1, MS2 and MS3 students. Free boxed lunches and giveaways will be available.

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Research News

  • Jan. research awards total over $7 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Micheala A Aldred National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Germline and Somatic Genetic Changes in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 1/13/18 3/31/18 192,150
    David A Boothman National Cancer Institute New Tumor-selective radiosensitization of NSCLC using NQO1 bioactivatable drugs 1/10/18 12/31/18 347,128
    HS Vincent Chen Marie H Bechtel Charitable Trust New Generation of clinically applicable human cardiac pacemaker cells with non-viral based technologies. 9/1/17 8/30/18 75,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Haddad Scholars Program 7/1/17 6/30/18 100,000
    Jill Diane Connors Trailhead Institute New Developing a Patient-Centered Approach to Community Paramedicine 10/1/17 9/30/18 49,994
    Robert V Considine Purdue University New The role of almonds consumed as a breakfast and snack by adults with different body fat distributions on indices of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism 1/1/17 12/31/18 73,488
    Timothy W Corson Retina Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Screening homoisoflavonoids as soluble epoxide inhibitors for choroidal neovascularization 1/1/18 12/31/18 30,000
    Erin M Crowley American Thoracic Society New Development of a Social Complexity Risk Factor Scale to Screen for Poor Outcomes in Cystic Fibrosis 12/30/17 12/29/18 40,000
    Stephanie D Davis Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva Uni New Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE) 9/1/17 8/31/18 112,046
    Erica A Eugster Indiana State Department Of Health Renewal (not prev committed) Indiana Congenital Hypothyroidism and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Follow-Up Programs (ICHFP & ICAHFP) 1/1/18 6/30/19 95,919
    Tatiana M Foroud Cohen Veterans Bioscience New Indiana University Genetics Biobank and Cohen Biosciences Biobanking Study 10/1/17 9/30/18 219,080
    Tatiana M Foroud Northwestern University New NILO - PD - A Biospecimen Repository for Clinical Trials of Nilotinib in Parkinson's Disease 3/1/17 8/31/20 759,173
    Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Identification of gene modifiers of disease penetrance and age at onset (Planning Grant) 2/1/18 5/31/18 18,631
    David M Haas Rti International New Pregnancy as a Window to Future Cardiovascular Health 7/1/17 4/30/18 30,752
    David Sullivan Hains Ohio State University New Urine antimicrobial proteins in older adults: aging, infection, & innate immunity 6/1/17 5/31/18 100,712
    Benton Hunter University Of Minnesota New The ACCESS Trial - CCC 6/1/17 5/31/18 27,800
    David A Kareken National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism Renewal (not prev committed) Center on Genetic Determinants of Alcohol Ingestion and Responses to Alcohol 12/15/17 11/30/18 1,787,927
    Barry P Katz University Of Michigan New Phase III RCT of the Effectiveness of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Arresting Cavitated Caries Lesions 9/12/17 8/31/18 93,051
    Barry P Katz University Of Michigan Renewal (not prev committed) Predicting Caries Risk in Underserved Toddlers in Primary Healthcare Settings 8/1/17 9/10/17 7,815
    Suthat Liangpunsakul Cleveland Clinic New Alcoholic Hepatitis Consortia: an intramural/extramural collaboration to unravel genetic determinants 9/20/17 8/31/18 10,949
    Tao Lu National Cancer Institute New Impact of NF-kB methylation on chemoresistance and metastasis of breast cancer 1/1/18 12/31/18 78,534
    Xiongbin Lu National Cancer Institute New Ubiquitin specific peptidases as redox sensor in oncogene-induced p53 signaling 11/21/17 2/28/18 801
    Xiongbin Lu Ohio State University New Nanotechnology enabled targeting of p53 deficiency in human cancer 7/1/17 11/30/17 75,058
    Sumegha Mitra Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance New UCHL1 Regulates Oncogenic Signaling in Ovarian Cancer 2/1/18 1/31/21 450,000
    Kenneth P Nephew Ohio State University New Novel genomic mechanisms for ligand-dependent transcription by nuclear receptors 6/1/17 11/30/17 7,447
    Kathleen M O'Neil Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Renewal (not prev committed) Urinary HER2 as a biomarker for lupus nephritis 10/1/17 9/30/18 10,000
    Roberto Pili National Cancer Institute New Epigenetic mechanisms of drug resistance in renal cell carcinoma 2/1/18 1/31/19 460,363
    Andrew Lawrence Schwaderer National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New The interface between critical acid-base mediators and the renal bacterial defense 8/19/17 3/31/18 203,014
    Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds Cleveland Clinic New Ensuring Patients' Informed Access to NIPT 9/14/17 6/30/18 16,895
    Steven Michael Westphal Ecog-acrin Cancer Research Group New Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST) 12/18/17 1/1/26 1,398,600
    Xiao-Ming Xu University Of Miami New Targeting Multiple Kinases to Treat Experimental Spinal Cord Injury 7/1/17 4/30/18 181,966

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  • IU, Purdue startup breeds and sells pigs to advance diabetes research

    CorVus Biomedical, LLC, a startup founded by IU School of Medicine’s Michael Sturek, MS, PhD, chair, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Mouhamad Alloosh, MD, associate research professor, is breeding and selling a rare breed of pig to facilitate research into a cure for diabetes.

    In 2002, Drs. Sturek and Alloosh purchased 26 feral Ossabaw miniature pigs from Ossabaw Island, near the coast of Georgia. With a heart similar to humans, the breed has a special genetic mutation that may provide answers for fighting the disease.

    “Ossabaw pigs naturally developed a propensity to obesity and pre-diabetes as a survival mechanism to cope with periods of starvation on Ossabaw Island,” said Dr. Sturek, in an Inside Indiana Business news article published last week. “The pigs' form of pre-diabetes could reverse itself when the animals stopped gorging and started living lean again. We thought this genetic mutation and coping mechanism, and the pigs' heart, which mimics a human’s fantastically, could provide the key to a cure for diabetes and the terrible long-term complications like heart disease, in humans.”

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Faculty and Staff News

  • March 8 event focuses on helping learners with test-taking challenges

    Learners who underperform on standardized tests are common throughout all levels of medical education and require considerable faculty time and effort to remediate. A presentation on Thursday, March 8, will discuss methods for helping learners achieve greater test-taking success. “Right Problems, Right Solutions: Helping Your Learner Identify and Fix Test-Taking Challenges” will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Medical Research/Library Building, Room 317.

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  • Apply by March 31 for ASPIRE

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics is accepting applications for the 2018 Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education (ASPIRE). Six faculty from the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and two faculty from other divisions within the department will be selected for this 18-month program. ASPIRE scholars receive .20 FTE salary support for a period of one year to conduct a scholarly project and .10 FTE support for an additional six months to develop the project and write up final project results. 

    ASPIRE fosters professional development in a close-knit community of colleagues, facilitates regional or national recognition in a chosen area of scholarship and supports career goals such as academic promotion. Each scholar is paired with a nationally recognized faculty mentor from the school of medicine, IUPUI, the VA or Regenstrief Institute and participates in a specially designed professional development curriculum.

    Application details and a list of information sessions are available. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 31. Questions? Contact Ann Cottingham at

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  • May 1 is deadline to apply for Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership

    Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, May 1, for the Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership. The fellowship is designed to provide a mid- to senior-level physician faculty member with executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and structured networking and mentoring opportunities.

    Named in honor Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, president emeritus of Indiana University Health, this program offers a two-year fellowship of leadership training including structured coursework leading to a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley Business of Medicine program, extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. The program intends to equip the fellow with greater business acumen, broader organizational perspectives and deeper personal capacity to address emerging issues in the school, health care system and society.

    Application information is available.

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  • Monday is last day to recover broken links in Canvas courses

    Faculty members are strongly encouraged to check Canvas courses containing videos or narrated PowerPoints for broken links, especially if they are not sure where this content is stored. After IU retired Adobe Connect in late December, UITS received reports from faculty with broken links to videos and Adobe Presenter content in Canvas courses. The links were broken because the content was stored on the Adobe Connect server, which is no longer available.

    Adobe Connect and Presenter content is recoverable through Monday, Feb. 26, by completing the Adobe Connect Recovery Form. Recovering content will no longer be possible after Feb. 26.

    Canvas Course Link Validator tool available
    Faculty should also check for missing content in current courses and past courses that they intend to use again (e.g. Summer 2018, Fall 2018). To quickly identify any broken links in Canvas courses, consider using the Canvas Course Link Validator. This tool will search content and return a list of links that are invalid or unresponsive. To learn more, watch the Link Validator in Canvas Tutorial.

    For help with replacing broken course links or with the Canvas Link Validator tool, contact your local campus and teaching and learning center.

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Student News

  • Suicide awareness is topic of March 1 event

    Engage with IU School of Medicine staff and students at “Pledge to be Stigma Free: A Suicide Awareness Discussion” from 5-6:30 pm, Thursday, March 1, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 311. Presented by Medical Student Education and IU School of Medicine Mental Health Services, the discussion will be facilitated by Samia Hasan, MD, director, Mental Health Services, and Jessica Fultz, LCSW. Dinner will be provided.

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  • MS1: Take the S3 by March 2

    By taking the Strategic Student Survey (S3), MS1 students have an opportunity to help make improvements at IU School of Medicine. Thanks to student feedback, changes have been made in recent months to the learning environment, mental health services, and mentoring and advising. In addition, if 80 percent of MS1 students complete the survey by Friday, March, 2, the school will contribute $2,500 to the class’s expenses for Second Year Show, Match Day and other events.

    Take the survey now.

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  • MS4: Check out the incentives to complete GQ by March 16

    MS4 students are encouraged to take the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduate Questionnaire (GQ), a survey for all senior medical students nationwide. The AAMC GQ is an important tool for medical schools to use in program evaluation and to improve the medical student experience.

    Look for an email invitation from AAMC to take the survey, which opened on Feb. 14. If MS4 students achieve 80 percent participation by Friday, March 16--Match Day--IU School of Medicine will contribute $2,500 to cover class graduation expenses.

    Read the blog post to learn more about how you can qualify for prizes such as commencement VIP packages, Amazon gift cards and an Apple watch.

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  • Donate books for the homeless during March

    Have some new or gently used books you’d like to donate to a good cause? The IU School of Medicine Literature in Medicine Student Interest Group and the Ruth Lilly Medical Library are sponsoring a book drive for the homeless during March. Fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children may be dropped off from March 1-31 at University Library, the Medical Library, the Dental Library and the Law Library on the IUPUI campus. Donations will benefit two local homeless shelters. Questions? Email Kacy at

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  • McCauley earns Stanley Clark Scholarship

    Ross McCauley, a student at IU School of Medicine-South Bend, has received the 2018 Stanley Clark Scholarship. He was selected for the honor by the St. Joseph County Medical Society board of directors.

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  • Medical library posts March class schedule

    The Ruth Lilly Medial Library is offering the following classes in March:

    EndNote Basics
    Wednesday, March 7; noon-1 pm; Room 226
    Tuesday, March 27; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Determining Impact
    Tuesday, March 13; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Introduction to Medical Library Resources
    Wednesday, March 14; noon-1 pm; Room 226

    Introduction to Geospatial Visualization
    Thursday, March 22; noon-1 pm; Room 226

    Network Visualization
    Thursday, March 29; noon-1 pm; Room 226

    Class registration is not required, but recommended. Check the library website for more information.

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  • March 2 Women in Medicine Series focuses on race, gender in academic medicine

    Exploring how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions, the second annual Dr. Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine Series, will be held from 11:30 am-1 pm, Friday, March 2, in Walther Hall (R3) 203. This year’s speaker is Sylk M. Sotto, EdD, MBA, MS, vice chair for faculty affairs and diversity, and assistant professor, Department of Medicine, IU School of Medicine. The title of Dr. Sotto’s presentation is “Value My Culture, Value Me: The Importance of Culturally Relevant Mentoring.” Registration is available.

    Want to learn more about women in medicine? Read the Women in Medicine blog.

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  • Gender bias in research is topic of March 6 Gender Innovations presentation

    Doing research wrong costs lives and money. Between 1997 and 2000, 10 drugs were withdrawn from the U.S. market because of life-threatening health effects. Eight of these posed “greater health risks for women than for men” (U.S. GAO, 2001). Not only does developing a drug in the current market cost billions, but when drugs failed, they caused human suffering and death.

    Learn why it’s crucially important to identify gender bias in research at the Gender Innovations event from noon-1:30 pm, Tuesday, March 6, in Walther Hall (R3) 303. Featured speaker is Londa Schiebinger, MA, PhD, of Stanford University. Dr. Schiebinger directs the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering and Environment project.

    Registration is available for this event, which is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Office of Diversity Affairs.  

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  • Submit works of art to Reflections journal

    Have a work of art you’d like to share? Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Reflections journal, IU School of Medicine’s student-run creative arts publication. All works of self-expression are welcome, and any member of the school community can participate. Examples of creative works published in the journal include: essays, photographs, poems, drawings, paintings and digital media. Submission details are available. The deadline is April 27.

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  • Dr. Fox honored as United Way of St. Joseph County Change Maker

    Mark Fox, MD, PhD, MPH, associate dean and director, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, was recognized earlier this month as a Change Maker by the United Way of St. Joseph County. Dr. Fox and team members of the Program Solutions Community Investment Panel were honored as Collaborative Influencers.

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  • Drs. Yoder and Stevens to retire on March 1

    After 33 years of service on the IU School of Medicine faculty, Mervin C. Yoder, Jr., MD, will retire on March 1 with the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Richard and Pauline Klinger Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Ophthalmology, and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Cellular & Integrative Physiology.

    After 31 years on the faculty, John C. Stevens, MD, will retire on March 1 with the title of Clinical Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics.

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  • Borger earns Pride of Indiana recognition

    Kristina Borger, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, was recently honored with Pride of Indiana recognition. Borger was recognized for her continuous dedication to students, faculty and staff and her positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.

    Pride of Indiana is a regular feature in Inside IU that allows IU faculty and staff to recognize their colleagues for IU-related work that goes above and beyond job duties. Submit a Pride of Indiana nomination.

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