Faculty and Staff News
Nationally recognized liver research team joins IU School of Medicine
Already established as a national leader in liver disease research, IU School of Medicine has further cemented that status with the recent recruitment of three leading scientists to join the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Led by Gianfranco Alpini, PhD, the group also includes Heather Francis, PhD, and Fanyin Meng, PhD, who come to IU School of Medicine from Texas A&M College of Medicine. The researchers bring with them $7.5 million in grant funding from agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Their team includes more than a dozen post doctorate investigators and technicians to staff their labs at the Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center.
“This team adds substantially to our critical mass of researchers who are focused on a range of devastating liver diseases,” said Naga Chalasani, MD, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine and associate dean for clinical research at IU School of Medicine. “With their recruitment, we are continuing to bring together liver researchers from a variety of disciplines to form a high-quality, interdepartmental program that I think is unparalleled anywhere in the country.”
Read more about the new team of researchers and their expertise in this Newsroom post.
Thompson named director of Office of Graduate Medical Education
Carol Thompson has been named director of the IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME), effective Friday, March 1.
As director, Thompson will partner with the senior associate dean for GME and continuing medical education (CME), as well as the Graduate Medical Education Committee in overseeing the graduate training programs of physicians who come to IU School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals for post-graduate resident training. The school maintains 95 programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with more than 1,160 post-graduate medical trainees.
Thompson, formerly the GME office’s associate director, succeeds Linda Bratcher, who served as director for nine years prior to her retirement today.
Match Day is March 15
In just two weeks, IU School of Medicine fourth-year medical students will join peers from across the nation in opening their envelopes with residency details provided by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Match Day for the class of 2019 is Friday, March 15, in the IUPUI Campus Center, CE 450, on the IU School of Medicine-Indianapolis campus. Students will open their envelopes at precisely noon (EST) to learn where they will spend the next part of their journey in medicine.
Doors open at 11 am and the program will begin at approximately 11:30 am. Visitor parking is available at the Vermont Street Garage.
New study shows annual non-invasive stool test effective for colon cancer screening
A new study by IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute provides the strongest evidence to date to support recommendations that average risk patients can safety opt for an annual, easy-to-use home stool test instead of a screening colonoscopy.
The researchers reviewed and analyzed the findings of 31 studies with a total of 120,255 participants. Each individual had a FIT (short for fecal immunochemical test), which identifies hidden blood in stool. FIT results were compared to the finding of a subsequent screening colonoscopy and were found to have high detection rates for colorectal cancer.
The study results are published online in advance of print in the March 6, 2019, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Our analysis finds that FIT is a good ‘pre-screening’ test for average risk, asymptomatic adults, saving them hassle and the U.S. healthcare system costs,” said Thomas Imperiale, MD, the lead author, a gastroenterologist with IU School of Medicine and a research scientist with the Regenstrief Institute. “If annual FIT results remain negative, FIT buys you time until colonoscopy may be required, and it could be the case that a colonoscopy for screening may never be necessary or required.”
For more on the study, read the full Newsroom post.
Alzheimer’s research: Smooth production in the brain factory
Dozens of journals and books line the perimeter of his office--some opened, some bookmarked with the intention of finishing later--and all of them about Alzheimer’s disease and the research aiming to provide early diagnosis and eventually treatment.
When asked why his research is unique, Debomoy Lahiri, PhD, his eyes lighting up, begins to talk about his recent findings and how this research could potentially treat such a devastating disease.
In this Research Updates blog post, Lahiri shares findings and goals of his basic science research.
Faculty and Staff News
Voting begins in annual national ranking of Best Hospitals
Physicians are encouraged to make their votes count toward U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Hospitals. By early March, physicians registered with Doximity will receive an email invitation to vote in the national survey process. A subset of randomly selected physicians also will be contacted by mail to participate. Voting closes in late March.
Annual rankings give patients and families a measuring stick for decision-making about where to go for health care. The rankings also influence physician recruitment and retention efforts, and strengthen the overall perception of Indiana University Health, which ultimately benefits service lines and practices.
More details about the process, as well as IU Health’s current rankings, are available.
Coming soon: Clinical Learning Environment Review at IU Health Methodist Hospital
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will conduct a Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital March 19-21. The CLER Program is a component of the ACGME’s New Accreditation System (NAS). Through this program, field representatives (site visitors) visit the major participating sites of institutions responsible for training residents and fellows to assess the clinical environments in which clinical training occurs. The evaluation focuses on six areas: health care quality, supervision, patient safety, professionalism, wellbeing and care transitions.
The field representatives conduct a series of group meetings and walk rounds. Walking rounds allows the CLER team to visit the clinical areas within the clinical learning environment. The walking rounds are not tours; they serve as opportunities for the site visitors to speak with individuals in the learning environment.
New this year is Operative and Procedural (OP) Sub-protocol: The OP sub-protocol will consist of meetings with the operative services leadership, quiet observations of the process of care, one-on-one and impromptu small group interviews, and scheduled small group interviews with scrub and circulating nurses.
Gallagher named emerita professor
Patricia J. Gallagher, PhD, has been approved for the emerita title of professor of cellular & integrative physiology. Gallagher is retiring from IU School of Medicine on Friday, March 1, after 26 years of service to the university.
Emerita 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." Gallagher’s emerita status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Gallagher and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.
Register for Project ECHO opioid use disorder clinics
Registration is now open for the Project ECHO Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Clinics to treat adolescents for substance use disorder and OUD in pregnancy.
IU School of Medicine uses the Project ECHO model to create a network of clinical practice and faculty expertise to increase clinician access to enhance the knowledge and support needed to provide evidence-based, culturally competent and comprehensive care to a diverse patient population suffering from opioid use disorder.
OUD ECHO clinic sessions are 90 minutes and hosted every Wednesday from noon-1:30 pm (EST). More information and registration are available. Questions? Contact Kristen Kelley, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline is March 28 to apply for pilot funding for research use of core facilities
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) pilot funding promotes the use of technologies and expertise offered by the Indiana CTSI core facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property. Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals.
Proposals must use a CTSI-designated core facility. Application details are available; deadline to apply is Thursday, March 28.
Apply by April 1 for core equipment grants
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking proposals from CTSI-designated IU School of Medicine cores that are requesting support for the purchase of equipment. Funding is available for equipment to enhance the research environment and contribute to the research mission of the school and Indiana CTSI.
Submission deadline is Monday, April 1. Learn more.
Learn about Global Health Research Awards in upcoming webinars
Are you interested in advancing global health in low- and middle-income countries and here in Indiana? The IU Center for Global Health has exciting grant opportunities available for researchers at all levels, including faculty, graduate students and post-graduate fellows from IU, Purdue and Notre Dame. Applications for funding, available through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, are welcome from disciplines such as medicine, science, nursing, environmental science, social science and public health.
For more information, read the RFA (scroll down to Global Health Guidelines for RFA link) and take part in the Zoom webinars:
Monday, March 4; 2 pm
Friday, March 8; 8 am
Log in through the Zoom number listed in the RFA.
Murdoch-Kinch named first female dean of the IU School of Dentistry
Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch has been named dean of the IU School of Dentistry, subject to formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees. When Murdoch-Kinch assumes her role July 1, she will be the 10th person--and first woman--named dean in the school’s 140-year history. She succeeds John N. Williams, Jr., who will be stepping down June 30.
“Beloved cardiac surgeon” Brown featured in national magazine
A recent article in American Profile/Parade Magazine celebrated the 40-year career of pediatric heart surgeon John W. Brown, MD, the Harris B Shumacker Emeritus Professor of Surgery. The article includes comments from former patients Nichole Gralia, a nurse practitioner, and Mark Ayers, MD, assistant professor clinical pediatrics, who were inspired by their life-saving experience with Brown, to enter the field of medicine and work alongside him today.