Faculty and Staff News
Miles for Myeloma: Wheels keep turning to improve care and research
What started 13 years ago at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center as an opportunity to raise awareness--and $25,000--for a little-known blood cancer has exceeded all expectations. An enthusiastic group of supporters and dedicated volunteers have made the one-time cycling event an annual tradition and in addition, have raised $5 million for research and patient care. Their persistence has paid off handsomely for multiple myeloma patients in Indiana and beyond.
Last year, Miles for Myeloma--or M4M--received two gifts totaling more than $1.5 million from two grateful patients. Those donations brought total M4M giving to $5 million and expanded opportunities for patient care. Those contributions made possible the addition of two named research professorships and added an important clinical position to the multiple myeloma program.
Editor’s note: The 14th annual Miles for Myeloma cycling event will begin at approximately 8 am, Friday, September 21, near the Barnhill Drive entrance to the IU Simon Cancer Center. Cyclists will travel from Indianapolis to Terre Haute and back. A finish-line celebration will take place at 4:15 pm, Saturday, September 22, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St.
Murphy shares views on IU Health academic health center in recent Q&A
In an online profile article for Advisory Board posted this week, Dennis Murphy, Indiana University Health president and CEO, talks about his journey to the C-suite, the health system’s planned consolidation of IU Health Methodist and University hospitals and redefining the academic medical center. Plus, he shares his thoughts on what every leader and mentor need to succeed.
Listen to September’s podcast focused on childhood cancer
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and in the latest Healthcare Triage podcast, Aaron E. Carroll, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for research mentoring, talks about the difference between how cancers behave in children and adults, and how that informs treatment approaches.
In this month’s episode, Carroll interviews Jamie L. Renbarger, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at IU School of Medicine, whose research focuses on childhood sarcoma. Renbarger also leads the childhood sarcoma research team as part of the IU Precision Health Initiative, which aims to cure and prevent diseases prevalent in Indiana by studying all the factors--such as genetics and lifestyle--that influence a person’s health.
According to Renbarger, cancer generally is a catch-all term for the growth of a population of “bad,” or abnormal, cells.
“The problem with this group of bad cells is that they grow out of control,” Renbarger said. “Frankly, your body is producing abnormal cells all the time. And your immune system is really trained to get rid of those. [But] for some reason, in some people, this bad population of cells is not picked up by the immune system and so then is allowed to grow unchecked.”
And while cancers in adults--particularly older adults--typically grow slowly and develop over time as the result of a lifetime of exposures, cancers in kids grow much faster and therefore typically require that doctors work more quickly to find a treatment that works.
Listen to the podcast to find out more about childhood cancer and how precision health research and more targeted therapies provide hope for the future of cancer treatment and quality of life for survivors.
Researchers develop new way to provide Ugandan children with life-saving oxygen
An IU School of Medicine researcher is working to save children’s lives in Uganda through new technology.
“We were having children die every day at hospitals because power would go out and there would be children and infants on oxygen who would have an essential, life-saving therapy interrupted,” said Andrea Conroy, PhD, assistant research professor of pediatrics, IU School of Medicine.
Conroy first began working in Jinja, Uganda, in 2011, primarily focusing on children with malaria. She said hospitals frequently lose power, sometimes for long periods of time.
“I was inspired by a newspaper article highlighting the impact of power cuts on patient survival at Jinja hospital,” said Conroy. Learn more about her desire to help secure a more reliable supply of life-saving oxygen.
Commencement to be held on Friday instead of Saturday next year
IU School of Medicine’s commencement ceremony will move from Saturday morning to Friday afternoon in 2019. Next year’s ceremony, which will take place from 2 to 4 pm, Friday, May 10, is being moved to avoid time conflicts resulting from a change in IUPUI commencement. Besides moving the ceremony to Friday, there will be no major changes to IU School of Medicine’s commencement format or program. For more, read these details about the change and the 2019 ceremony.
Tomorrow’s Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting to highlight gene therapy research
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. This year’s meeting will focus on the history and future of innovations in gene therapy research. Investigators, research staff, students and the general public are invited to attend. Walk-ins are welcome.
August 2018 research awards total more than $3.9 million
Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Matthew Eric Bohm Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Of American Inc. New Study of a Prospective Adult Research Cohort with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (SPARC IBD) 7/13/18 7/12/20 176,562 Chenleng Cai National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Deciphering the mechanisms of c-kit+ cells in heart repair 7/15/18 6/30/19 393,750 Larry D. Cripe Indiana University Health Foundation New Development of the Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) CARE Road Map: A Goal-Oriented, Collaborative Framework for Critical Conversations 1/1/18 12/31/20 150,000 Anthony B Firulli Riley Children's Foundation New Heart Research Center Electrocardiogram 7/1/18 6/30/19 9,652 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research Renewal (not prev committed) Indiana University Genetics Biobank and Michael J Fox Foundation Fox Bionet Study 1/1/18 12/31/18 94,577 David M Haas Duke University New PK and Safety of Commonly Used Drugs in Lactating Women and Breastfed Infants 7/2/18 9/21/19 100,000 Debra Hickman American College Of Lab Animal Medicine Foundation New Evaluation of Carbon Monoxide as an Alternative Method of Euthanasia for Laboratory Rats and Mice 7/2/18 6/30/19 17,822 Kun Huang Carnegie Mellon University New QuBBD: Geometric Time-Frequency Methods for Multimodal Physiological Monitoring 5/12/18 6/30/18 66,938 Riad Lutfi Children's Hospital Medical Center Of Cincinnati New Sepsis from Bedside to Bench to Bedside 4/1/18 3/31/19 12,500 Jean P Molleston Johns Hopkins University New Continuation of the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network 7/1/17 6/30/18 20,270 Greg Sachs National Institute On Aging New Indiana Palliative Excellence in Alzheimer Care Efforts-RCT 8/1/18 4/30/19 770,303 Stanley M. Spinola National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New The Role of the Skin Microbiome in Cutaneous Ulcers in Children in the Tropics 7/13/18 6/30/19 704,776 Anna Maria V Storniolo Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Collection and Storage of Biological Specimens Intended for use in the Elucidation of Breast Carcinogenesis 6/1/17 5/31/19 550,000 Daniel J Vreeman Regenstrief Institute, Inc. New Linking Complex Disease and Exposure Data to Established Data Standards 1/1/18 8/31/18 13,373 Michael A. Weiss National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Therapeutic Protein Engineering of Single-Chain Insulin Analogs 8/1/18 7/31/19 554,879 Ji Zhang St. Baldrick's Foundation New The role of adaptive metabolic response in pediatric leukemia therapy 7/1/18 6/30/21 330,000
Faculty and Staff News
Crabb awarded emeritus appointment
David W. Crabb, MD, has been approved for the emeritus title of professor of medicine. A nationally recognized alcohol and liver researcher, Dr. Crabb served as the director of the Indiana Alcohol Research Center and has published more than 140 articles during his career. While on the IU School of Medicine faculty for more than 30 years, he has received continuous research funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Crabb will retire from IU School of Medicine on Monday, October 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. Crabb’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Dr. Crabb and appreciates his contributions to the school and university.
Boone recognized by American Gastroenterological Association
David Boone, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, was named the American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) researcher of the month for August. Boone also is a recipient of an AGA young investigator pilot research award in inflammatory bowel disease.
Check out the fall schedule and register for courses at Ruth Lilly Medical Library
The Ruth Lilly Medical Library offers courses for faculty, staff and students. The library’s fall course schedule includes EndNote Basics, Mobile Resources, Introduction to Systematic Reviews, Introduction to 3D Printing and Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine. Check out the fall class schedule and register. All classes can be streamed live via Zoom.
Zellars and Grethlein join cancer services leadership team
Richard Zellars, MD, and Sara Grethlein, MD, have been named to leadership roles at IU Simon Cancer Center and IU Health.
Zellars, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the William A. Mitchell Professor of Radiation Oncology at IU School of Medicine, will join IU Simon Cancer Center’s leadership team as associate director of clinical affairs and serve as physician-in-chief for statewide cancer services at IU Health. He will continue to serve as chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
Grethlein, professor of clinical medicine, will serve as medical director for cancer services at the downtown Indianapolis adult academic health center and for the Indianapolis Suburban Region.
Luetkemeyer named CMO for IU Health adult academic health center
Mark Luetkemeyer, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, has been named chief medical officer (CMO) for the IU Health adult academic health center.
As CMO, Luetkemeyer will steer clinical policy decision-making and lead a team of medical directors across IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. He will also partner with clinical and administrative leaders on initiatives to further develop a culture of safety, enhance patient experience and improve the work environment for clinicians and team members.
Eskenazi Health to host women’s health day on September 22
Eskenazi Health will host a women’s health day on Saturday, Sept. 22. Screenings and information will be available on the fifth floor of the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center, 720 Eskenazi Ave. The event is will take place from 8 am to 4 pm. Parking is available in the Eskenazi Health Parking Garage.