Faculty and Staff News
Meet IU School of Medicine Northwest-Gary’s new leader Elizabeth Ryan
Elizabeth Ryan, EdD, officially joined IU School of Medicine this week as the new director and associate dean on the Northwest-Gary campus. Learn how the Chicago native and first-generation college graduate will use her diverse background and experience in medical education to continue the campus’s commitment to preparing healers and transforming health in Indiana.
Save the date: Loehrer to present State of the Cancer Center on October 25
Patrick Loehrer, MD, director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and distinguished professor, IU School of Medicine, will present the annual State of the Cancer Center address at 3 pm, Thursday, October 25, in the Walther Hall auditorium on the IUPUI campus. A reception will follow the address. Loehrer’s presentation is part of the cancer center’s weekly Seminar Series.
Get your flu shot by November 8; outreach clinics begin this week
Flu shot outreach clinics began today and are scheduled through Thursday, November 1. 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 Health hospital are required to receive a flu vaccination before Thursday, November 8.
On the IUPUI campus, free flu shots are available at Campus Health (Coleman Hall, Suite 100) or at one of the flu outreach clinics listed below. Students (only) also may obtain a flu shot at Campus Center Student Health. Free flu vaccinations are also available for IU School of Medicine staff.
Outreach clinic schedule (locations convenient to IU School of Medicine)
Thursday, October 4, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Neuroscience 1353
Friday, October 5, 9-11 am: Emerson 122
Friday, October 12, 8 am-1 pm: Med Sciences South Atrium
Thursday, October 18, 8 am-1 pm; Med Sciences South Atrium
Tuesday, October 23, 2:30-4:30 pm; HITS Lobby
Thursday, November 1, 9 am-3 pm; Health and Benefits Fair (CE 405)
Flu vaccination information for other IU campuses is also available.
Restricting protein in diets may improve response to immunotherapy
Restricting protein from a cancer patient’s diet may enhance the response to immunotherapy, according to an Indiana University cancer physician researcher.
Roberto Pili, MD, the Robert Wallace Miller Professor of Oncology and a researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, and colleagues have previously found that cutting protein from the diets of laboratory mice models with prostate cancer and breast cancer slowed the growth of their tumors.
In the most recent study, the research group reported that by cutting protein intake from 20 percent to 7 percent the laboratory mice responded better to immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the immune system to fight diseases such as cancer.
“This is important because today’s immunotherapy, like immune checkpoint inhibitors, are really becoming the standard of care for many solid tumors. We believe this is applicable to a broad spectrum of patients with different types of cancer,” said Pili, a nationally recognized expert in prostate, renal and bladder cancers.
The research was published online September 6 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.
Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium celebrates five years
From a dream shared by a few cancer center directors to a robust collaboration among some of the nation's top academic institutions, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (CRC) has opened a new era in cancer research, where competitors on the field become partners in curing cancer. As the Big Ten CRC celebrates its fifth year, some of the consortium’s early leaders, including Patrick Loehrer, MD, IU Simon Cancer Center director, share their thoughts on the CRC’s founding, development and success.
Faculty and Staff News
Research Week events begin Monday
Need some tips on getting your research published? Interested in networking and connecting with other researchers? 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.
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.
Behavioral health leadership position open
The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Indiana University Health are seeking an innovative academic and clinical leader for the new position of vice chair of clinical affairs and vice president of behavioral health collaborative. The selected individual will oversee departmental clinical operations and a statewide behavioral health system collaborative.
Job description, qualifications and application information are available at Faculty Careers at IU. Priority review deadline is Sunday, November 4.
Couch named founding president of Cancer Cachexia Society
Marion Couch, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, was recognized as founding president of the Cancer Cachexia Society, which was incorporated on August 31. Couch’s leadership position was announced at the fourth international Cancer Cachexia Conference held last month in Philadelphia.
Boustani to speak at Clinical Leadership Conference tomorrow
Malaz Boustani, MD, the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Aging Research, will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2018 Clinical Leadership Conference at approximately 2:30 pm, Friday, October 5, at Embassy Suites North in Indianapolis. Boustani’s presentation “Agile Implementation, a Second Generation Quality Improvement Methodology,” will describe the current state of health care delivery organizations and address the process of using complex adaptive systems and behavioral economic theories to develop an agile implementation process. Online conference registration is available until Friday, October 5.
Fall information series to highlight promotion and tenure
Information sessions begin later this month to address various aspects of the promotion and tenure process. IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity partners each year with the school’s promotion and tenure committee to offer these special sessions. Dates and topics include:
Wednesday, October 24: General overview
Thursday, October 25: Documenting your work
Wednesday, October 31: Personal statement
Thursday, November 1: Preparing your CV
Tuesday, November 6: eDossier nuts and bolts
Wednesday, November 7: Advancing to full professor
Registration is available for each session.
Deadline to apply for core facilities pilot funding is October 18
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 October 11 Indiana Public Health Conference
Saving Lives and Communities: Reducing Harm, Stigma, Overdoses and Death is the theme of the 2018 Indiana Public Health Conference, which will be held from 9 am-4 pm, Thursday, October 11, at the Indianapolis Marriott East. The conference provides a forum for people from diverse perspectives to work together to achieve a shared goal of addressing Indiana’s most pressing public health issues. More information and registration are available.
Make lunch plans to learn Spanish
Interested in improving your Spanish-speaking skills? A new brown bag lunch series beginning this month is designed for students, faculty and staff to practice their Spanish in an informal setting. Bring your lunch and plan to attend the sessions, which will be held from noon-1 pm the first and last Mondays of each month in the basement of the Daly Student Center (next to the gym). This lunch series is sponsored by the Medical Spanish Society of Latinos (Latino Medical Student Association). Spanish speakers of all skill levels are invited to attend.
IBRI, IU School of Medicine researchers to occupy first fully leased 16 Tech building
Browning and 16 Tech Community Corporation announced this week the anchor building for the 16 Tech Innovation District, a 120,000-square-foot, $30 million research and office facility, is fully leased.
The building will be the headquarters for the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) in addition to the headquarters for the Central Indiana Corporation Partnership (CICP), including its talent and industry initiatives, and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers focused on industry collaborations and commercialization.
16 Tech, a 60-acre innovation district on the near west side of Indianapolis, is purposefully designed to ignite collaboration among innovators and entrepreneurs in life sciences, tech, advanced manufacturing and engineering in an urban live-work-play-learn environment. Construction on the anchor facility is expected to begin in late 2018 and will be followed by Browning’s rehabilitation of the former Citizens Energy Group building with high-bay garage, construction of a second innovation building and construction of apartments.
“The first 16 Tech tenants are true pioneers for the innovation district,” said Bob Coy, president and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation, the nonprofit operating entity of the 16 Tech Innovation District. “Building One will be home to researchers, entrepreneurs and advanced industry leaders in tech, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, ag-bioscience and talent development. These tenants represent the ideal cross-section of industry expertise and entrepreneurial energy that will drive innovation in Indiana’s economy.”
IBJ article explores impact of hospital rankings; IU Health cited
An article published last week by the Indianapolis Business Journal addresses the impact hospital rankings, including the prominent annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, have on patient decision-making. The article, “Ranking hospitals is serious business, but do patients pay attention?” cites industry experts and consumer surveys sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health. IU Health’s recent hospital rankings are mentioned, and the article includes a quote from Michele Saysana, MD, IU Health vice president of safety, quality and performance improvement, and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, IU School of Medicine, about how the health system uses ranking information.