Faculty and Staff News
Vision researcher Weiming Mao joins Department of Ophthalmology
In vision science, challenging diseases that rob people of their vision require the best researchers to find causes and cures. The IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology is tackling those big challenges in research and treatment--and the team just got bigger and better.
Weiming Mao, PhD, formerly associate director of research at the North Texas Eye Research Institute at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, joined the Department of Ophthalmology last month.
Mao focuses on the challenge of glaucoma, the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. He leads several studies investigating the unique molecular mechanisms behind glaucoma, aiming to make significant contributions to the foundational knowledge used to development better treatments.
“There are so many research opportunities in basic and translational research in the Department of Ophthalmology,” Mao said. “And more opportunities to work closely with clinicians to help answer questions about glaucoma. We don’t quite know what initially causes people to lose their vision because of this disease, and that’s what I’m trying to find out.”
For more on Mao’s research, read the Faculty News blog post.
Faces of medical education: Meet Evansville’s Mari Hopper
Mari Hopper, PhD, jokes that she started college at 18 and now--years later--still hasn’t left. Maybe it’s having the curiosity of a college freshman that keeps Hopper so engaged and relatable to her students. As associate professor of cellular and integrative physiology at IU School of Medicine-Evansville, she is at ease, whether discussing physiology with first-year medical students or researching how to improve medical education across the state.
“I love to be creative in my job and look for ways to expand my personal knowledge and skill set,” Hopper said. “In addition to working on materials for IU School of Medicine’s new curriculum, I’m currently in the process of developing electives that address a few of my passions. I love to travel, and I’ve developed an elective course that includes travel to Italy--The Cultural History of Art and Anatomy in Medical Education in Italy. I’m also working on electives to provide the opportunity for students to engage in research and an online course addressing obesity.”
Read this MD Student News blog post for comments from Hopper’s students and how she views students as collaborators in her everyday work.
IU School of Medicine alumnus Donadio to share experiences serving in Vietnam
All faculty, students and alumni are invited to hear IU School of Medicine alumnus Jim Donadio, MD, ’61, speak on his service in the Vietnam War. His presentation, “From Mayo Clinic to Vietnam: Memoirs of a Physician Serving in the War,” will be held at noon, Wednesday, September 12, at Meridian Hills Country Club, 7099 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis.
The event includes complimentary lunch at 11:30 am with coffee and conversation beginning at 10:30 am. Reserve a place by contacting Ryan Bowman, director of alumni relations, at email@example.com or 317-278-2123.
Flu season is coming soon—and so are free flu shots
IUPUI Campus Health will offer free flu shots for the upcoming flu season. As a reminder, all IU School of Medicine faculty, house staff, and students who provide clinical care at Indiana University Health or Eskenazi Health, perform clinical research at these facilities or whose primary office is in an IU Health or Eskenazi hospital are required to receive a flu vaccine before Thursday, November 8. Free flu vaccines are also available for IU School of Medicine staff.
Flu shots will be distributed in September when the supply of flu vaccines arrives. When available, flu shots will be given 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.
Individuals requesting a waiver due to an evidence-based medical contraindication must submit a flu vaccine medical exemption request by Wednesday, October 31. Those requesting a religious exemption can use the same form and note they are requesting a religious exemption. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about exemptions.
Watch for more information, including dates and times of flu shot outreach clinics.
Faculty and Staff News
Take part in Research Week activities
Need some tips on how to get your research published? Interested in networking and connecting with other researchers? Research Week events, sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, are a great way to do both. Registrations are now being accepted for the events, which will be held October 8-10 in Indianapolis.
Monday, October 8
Networking for Researchers
Networking is a great way to cultivate productive relationships to advance your career. This lecture will guide you through a systematic approach to networking, with readily applicable tips and concrete advice.
Register for this event.
Structuring Your Research Paper
Learn how to structure research papers, dissertations and other reports effectively in order to get the readers' attention and facilitate navigation.
Register for this event.
Tuesday, October 9
8 am-5 pm
Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective
As competition for external funding becomes more challenging, getting one's scholarly work successfully published is more important than ever. Learning to write for the reader allows the writer to control what readers learn.
Register for this event.
Wednesday, October 10
8 am-5 pm
Advanced Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective
Have you already attended or plan to attend the Scientific Writing course before October 10th? If so, take a more in-depth look at scientific writing and learn advanced tips and methods for publishing your scholarly work.
Register for this event.
Responding to campus climate concerns is topic of September workshop
Learn more about the many forces that can shape the campus climate both positively and negatively. “Responding to Learner Climate Concerns” will take place on Wednesday, September 26, from 11 am-1 pm, in the Rapp Family Conference Center at Eskenazi Hospital.
After watching a performance from the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Theatre Program, attendees will participate in a facilitator-led discussion on the impact of an “isolated” bias incident on targeted learners, learn how to listen to others’ stories about negative experiences and share strategies for responding to concerns.
Registration is now available.
Postdoc research symposium abstracts due September 5
The IU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association is organizing the 2018 Postdoc Symposium on Friday, October 5, in Indianapolis. The symposium will highlight research achievements of postdoctoral scholars from IU School of Medicine, IUPUI and Indiana CTSI-partnered institutes from across the state. Registration and abstract submission for the symposium is now open with a deadline of Wednesday, September 5.
This year’s symposium will feature a keynote speech by Arnold I. Caplan, PhD, professor of biology and director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. Caplan’s research focuses on development, differentiation and aging of different mesenchymal tissues and harnessing the chemical as well as functional properties of mesenchymal cells to aid tissue regeneration.
The mission of the IU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association, founded in 2015, is to enhance the postdoctoral experience at the school, create a supportive community for colleagues, provide resources to aid in professional and personal development, and promote events tailored to the needs of postdoctoral scholars.
Funding available for researchers' use of new mobile study tool
Are you a researcher looking to further streamline your study’s design and collect more objective and multi-dimensional data from study participants? On Friday, September 14, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) will open a new RFA for funding to use a new research tool from the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) and MavenSphere Inc. called DigiBiomarkers.
AMPATH “Tusker Tales” celebration is September 5
The IU Center for Global Health is hosting the third annual AMPATH “Tusker Tales” from 6-9 pm, Wednesday, September 5, at Canal 337, 337 W. 11th St., in Indianapolis. Hosted by two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair, the event is an opportunity to network with global health advocates, as well as hear seven short stories celebrating IU’s AMPATH program in Kenya. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Apply by October 18 for pilot funding for use of core facilities
The Indiana CTSI pilot funding program promotes the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI Core Facilities available at all partner institutions. Applications to this program should have a maximum requested amount of $10,000, and projects are typically two years in duration.
Funding is for use of designated Indiana CTSI core facilities only. Information describing each core is available. Pilot funding application deadline is Thursday, October 18.
Register for 10th anniversary Indiana CTSI annual meeting
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the institute’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Friday, September 14, in Indianapolis. Investigators, research staff, students and the general public are invited to attend the meeting, which will focus on the history and future of innovations in gene therapy research. Register for the meeting.
$10 million gift establishes Schwarz Cancer Center at IU Health North Hospital
A $10 million donation by the family of entrepreneur Joe Schwarz will establish the Joe and Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center at Indiana University Health North Hospital. The gift, in memory of Joe who died of cancer earlier this year, will make it possible for more people to access IU Health cancer care.
Under one roof, the center will offer radiation oncology spaces and infusion rooms, plus support services including a pharmacy and laboratory. Also planned is an Integrative Health and Wellness Center to offer programs including art, music and yoga that benefit patients and their caregivers. The center will cost $55 million and will open in 2020.
IU Health updates dress code and explains why in Inside Indiana Business column
IU Health leaders Elizabeth Dunlap, chief human resources officer, and Michelle Janney, chief nurse executive, recently penned an Inside Indiana Business column about changes to the health system’s workplace policies—which once banned visible tattoos and colored hair—and why the shift to a culture-driven organization makes sense. The policy changes were also featured in the Indianapolis Star.
Northwest -- Human cadaver prosection program to return next summer
Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary has announced the return of the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program for the summer of 2019.
Innovative and hands-on, the program allows non-physicians and non-medical students the opportunity to become active volunteers in the IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary gross anatomy laboratory, which examines the structure of organs and tissues. Participants “prosect” anatomical donors, or prepare them for use, in human anatomy research and education. Through the process, participants gain detailed knowledge of human anatomy, medical imaging and wound suturing, as well as a greater understanding of tissue histology, embryology, prosthetics, orthotics and orthopedics medical specialties.
The program, which has received significant acclaim during its 18-year history for its compassionate “first patient” philosophy, took a temporary hiatus to examine ways to reshape the curriculum.