Faculty and Staff News
Inside Indiana Business highlights INCITE's recruiting might
Announced just one year ago, the Indiana Collaborative Initiative for Talent Enrichment (INCITE), supported by a $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment, is making headlines for its successes in recruiting top talent to drive Indiana University’s Precision Health Initiative (PHI).
An August 30 Inside Indiana Business article focused on the recent hiring of Chandan Sen, PhD, who will lead the new Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering. In the article, Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, associate vice president of research for university clinical affairs, commented about INCITE’s recruiting strength:
"INCITE allows the IU School of Medicine to bring talent to Indy that are desired also by the public sector--that’s the real purpose of INCITE. We’ve leveraged the PHI and INCITE programs--combined the two opportunities, so we can really go after superstars, as opposed to one source helping us recruit good talent, but not superstar talent."
Urologist drawing patients from across the globe for innovative procedures
For Amy Krambeck, MD, growing up on her family’s farm in Missouri first ignited her passion for medicine. Now, her surgical skills are drawing people from all over the world to the IU School of Medicine Department of Urology.
"Growing up on the farm, we did all the vet work and I liked working with my hands, so I knew I wanted to be a surgeon," said Krambeck. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her undergraduate and medical degrees, then completed a residency in urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2008, Krambeck came to IU School of Medicine for a fellowship focusing on endourology and kidney stones. She now serves as the director of that same fellowship.
"I went to medical school thinking I was going to be a general surgeon," said Krambeck. "I rotated through urology just to get more surgery experience and I loved the urologists. They were so happy, they had so much fun at work and they seemed like they enjoyed their job. I thought, 'these are the people for me. I totally fit in here,' so I switched to urology."
As a physician at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Krambeck specializes in two areas of urology and performs surgical procedures that people from all over the world travel to Indianapolis to have. One of those procedures is holmium laser enucleation of the prostate, or HoLEP.
"I call it the Cadillac of prostate surgery," said Krambeck. "It’s a unique laser surgery for the prostate and it takes a long time to learn how to do it. It has excellent outcomes, short term and long term."
For more about Krambeck’s experience with innovative procedures, read the full Faculty News blog post.
Dermatology researcher works to find treatment for deadly disease in infants
Crawling, standing and walking are major milestones for a baby. But each year, thousands of children in the United States lose their ability to learn those basic motor skills, and instead show symptoms of a deadly, genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA.
"Their spinal cords basically fail, and they become unable to move their arms and legs, and eventually become unable to breathe," said Sara Custer, PhD, an assistant research professor with IU School of Medicine Department of Dermatology. "Without intervention, they generally die at about a year of age."
Custer says SMA is the leading cause of genetic infant deaths in the United States, but she and several other researchers are hoping to change that. They are studying a protein called the survival motor neuron, or SMN. Children with SMA are unable to make SMN, causing them to show symptoms typically between just three and six months old.
"The reason that the SMN is inefficient is that it doesn’t splice correctly," said Custer, "and so instead of making the whole protein, it just makes the front part of the protein."
For more on Custer’s research with SMN, read the full Research Updates blog post.
Research Rally to showcase how support cores can accelerate research
Looking to rev up your research? The IU School of Medicine Research Rally is a showcase of 17 support cores aimed at accelerating the course of research projects. The rally will be held in IUPUI’s Hine Hall auditorium on Friday, September 14, from 9 am-3 pm, in conjunction with the Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting.
Visit at least 12 of the 18 checkpoints and have your rally logbook stamped to be eligible for a chance to win an FitbitVersa™ Black Band Touchscreen Smart Watch. Don’t pass up this opportunity to interact with scientific service cores ready drive your research forward.
Broxmeyer’s groundbreaking research featured in local media
Fresh from receiving a highly competitive, $5.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Hal Broxmeyer, PhD, and his research into lifesaving umbilical cord blood transplantation were recently featured in Inside Indiana Business. The article highlights how Broxmeyer’s discoveries "paved the way for thousands of cord blood stem cell transplants…saving patients--mostly children--with some 70 diseases, including various types of leukemia and Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma."
IU School of Medicine joins Fujifilm to explore artificial intelligence in medical imaging diagnostic support
Fujifilm Corporation and IU School of Medicine have entered a joint research agreement to develop the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging diagnostic support systems.
Excerpts from Fujifilm’s news release:
"Recent advances in diagnostic imaging system capabilities, such as multi-slice CT, has led to significant increases in the number of images that need to be interpreted. Hence, a solution to efficiently read and interpret a large number of images is required. The application of AI technology to support physicians by detecting suspicious lesions in images, comparing results with prior studies and the implementation of semi-automated reporting is expected to increase significantly the efficiency of diagnostic medical imaging in patient care."
"The aim of this collaboration is to combine Fujifilm's image processing and AI technology with the rich diagnostic and clinical expertise of the Indiana University School of Medicine to develop medical AI technology, while searching for a system optimized to support diagnosis workflow. The initial scope of the research will include utilizing Fujifilm AI technology to segment and quantify muscle atrophy (sarcopenia) in body images as well as the detection and quantification of brain lesions in neuroradiology imaging exams."
Faculty and Staff News
Remembering Elizabeth Cobbs, MD
Elizabeth "Betty" Cobbs, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, died in a car accident in Iowa on Sunday, September 2. Dr. Cobbs joined the IU School of Medicine faculty in 1994, immediately after completing residency training at the school. She relished being a physician and was passionate about providing excellent care to her patients. Dr. Cobbs was also the consummate educator and generously taught residents and medical students for nearly a quarter century, often sharing stories about clinical experiences to help bring learning to life.
Dr. Cobbs was a continuity clinic preceptor for many residents at Eskenazi Health Center North Arlington and most recently was an attending physician in the Pediatric Urgent Visit Center at Eskenazi. She was a strong advocate of IU School of Medicine’s med-peds residency program.
In a message to colleagues, D. Wade Clapp, MD, and Mark Geraci, MD, wrote of Dr. Cobbs, "She will be deeply missed, and we extend our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. While many of us in pediatrics and medicine worked closely with Dr. Cobbs through the years, we know her impact was felt beyond her two departments and that many others join us in grieving this loss."
Editor’s note: Arrangements for Dr. Cobbs were not available when INScope was distributed.
September 13 C&C series to focus on career and service
Culture and Conversation (C&C) is a monthly discussion series focused on issues related to representational diversity, inclusive working and learning environments, and cultural competence. The next presentation, highlighting career and service, will be held from noon-1 pm, Thursday, September 13. Register for this event and see upcoming C&C topics and dates. The C&C series is sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity.
Check out upcoming medical library events for faculty
The Ruth Lilly Medical Library strives to advance health care by providing instruction, expertise and leadership in knowledge management. Experienced librarians teach a wide variety of classes based on the needs of IU School of Medicine faculty. Courses available for fall include EndNote Basics, Mobile Resources, Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine. Check out the fall class schedule and register. All classes can be streamed live via Zoom.
Reminder: Fall Faculty Meeting is October 2
The IU School of Medicine Fall Faculty Meeting will take place from 4:30-6 pm, Tuesday, October 2, in Canal 337 at Buggs Temple. All faculty members are invited to attend the meeting in person and may submit questions in advance. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be available via live web stream and teleconference.
Faculty meetings are held twice a year to discuss issues of importance to the school.
Connect with resources during October Research Week events
Interested in networking and connecting with other researchers? Need some tips on getting your research published? Sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, Research Week events allow you 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.
Monday, October 8
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 10? 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.
Denne approved for emeritus status
Scott Denne, MD, has been approved for the emeritus title of professor of pediatrics. Joining IU School of Medicine as assistant professor of pediatrics in 1986, Dr. Denne was promoted to professor in 1998. He has made numerous scientific contributions in the fields of neonatal nutrition and metabolism. Dr. Denne also served in several major leadership positions, including associate chair for clinical and translational research in the Department of Pediatrics since 2007, director of the Clinical Research Center for Indiana CTSI since 2008, deputy director of Indiana CTSI since 2012 and vice chair of the Institutional Review Board Executive Committee. Dr. Denne retired from IU School of Medicine on September 1.
Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of "substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service." Dr. Denne’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Dr. Denne and appreciates his contributions to the school and university.
Indiana health commissioner to discuss HPV on September 12
Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box, MD, FACOG, will speak about "The State of HPV in Indiana" at the Doris H. Merritt Lectureship in Women’s Health on Wednesday, September 12, at 8:15 am, in Walther Hall Auditorium at IUPUI. Box will discuss why the Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection rate in Indiana is among the nation’s highest--and the reason why HPV vaccine rates in the state are among the lowest. Learn about the epidemic of HPV in Indiana, the new vaccination guidelines and how health care providers can help improve long-term outcomes for Hoosiers.
Registration and CME information are available.
Pilot funding for core facilities is available
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.
Register for the upcoming IU Health Physicians Social
The IU Health Physicians Social (formerly All-Provider Networking Event) is Monday, September 24, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at The Ritz Charles in Carmel. Physicians, advanced practice providers and IU Health system executives are invited to attend. Email Betsy Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-833-0767. Complimentary parking is available.
Nearly 60 attend first Cross-Cultural Retreat
Designed to support underrepresented students in their transition to medical school, IU School of Medicine hosted the first Cross-Cultural Retreat last month as part of the school’s pre-orientation program. The event, attended by 58 IU School of Medicine medical and graduate students, focused on building unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine. The day-long retreat offered an opportunity for new and returning students to connect with each other, develop skills and begin identifying support systems for the coming school year. The retreat was sponsored by Student Affairs; the Office of Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity; and the Diversity Council.