News to Use

  • Watch for U.S. News & World Report's physician reputation survey

    The U.S. News & World Report will issue its 2015 Best Hospitals survey in the next few weeks. IUSM faculty will have the opportunity to provide their opinion of physicians in their specialty.

    • Physicians who have claimed their profile in Doximity and are boarded in a U.S. News’ specialty will receive an email notice to take an online survey.
    • Physicians who have not claimed their profile in Doximity and are boarded in a U.S. News’ specialty may be randomly selected to participate with an email survey.

    The survey asks physicians to nominate up to five hospitals in their specialty that provide the best patient care regardless of expense or location. By participating, faculty may influence the ranking of specialty practices at IU Health. A total of five nominations is not required; respondents may choose to limit their responses to IU Health specialties.

    Faculty are encouraged to watch their email or US mail for the survey. Surveys are expected to arrive by early February.

    A full explanation of this year's reputation survey method is online. 

    Back to Top ▲

  • Associate dean for diversity affairs to present Jan. 29

    The final speaker in the 13th Annual Diversity Month speaker series is Mary Guerriero Austrom, Ph.D., who was appointed associate dean of diversity affairs at the IU School of Medicine in July.

    Dr. Austrom is also Wesley P. Martin professor of Alzheimer Disease Education and professor of clinical psychology at the IU School of Medicine and chair of the committee on faculty development and diversity in the Department of Psychiatry. She will speak from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p. m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Walter J. Daly Center, Room 186.

    In addition, the Office of Diversity Affairs will hold an open house immediately after the event in the Office of Diversity Affairs, VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 209.

    Established in 2003, the IUSM Diversity Week speaker series was created to focus attention to the issues of diversity in medical education, including disparities in health care access, infant mortality rates and the lack of underrepresented minorities in U.S. medical schools and in practice. The program aims to create an open and honest dialog between minority and non-minority students, faculty, community leaders and patients.

    All events are free and open to the IUSM community. Continuing Medical Education credits will be available. Dr. Aunstrom's talk is also a part of the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership lecture series.

    Registration is online. Questions to Krista Hoffman-Longtin at .

    Back to Top ▲

Research News

  • Study finds four-point scale reliable method for self-reported dementia monitoring

    The patient self-reporting version of the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor -- a primary-care tool to measure cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms -- is user-friendly, reliable and valid, including being sensitive to symptom change, according to a new Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research study.

    Similar to the way the blood pressure cuff measures blood pressure levels during (systolic) and between (diastolic) heart beats, the Healthy Aging Brain Center Monitor measures 27 items on a four-point scale to assess cognitive, functional, and psychological symptoms. The health care team can track scores over time to note declines or improvements.

    "Depression, anxiety and inability to cope with demands of daily living are common in older adults. The patient self-reporting version of the HABC Monitor helps busy physicians accurately measure and monitor the severity of symptoms, providing valuable information that the patient's entire care team needs," said Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, Richard M. Fairbanks Professor in Aging Research at the IU School of Medicine and associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research, who is the paper's senior author

    Developed by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the IU Center for Aging Research, the HABC Monitor self-reported cognitive measurements include ability to identify correct month and year, ability to memorize, and ability to handle complex financial affairs. Functional measurements include ability to learn to use a tool, appliance or gadget; planning and preparing meals; and ability to conduct activities of daily living such as bathing, shopping and performing household chores. Psychological measurements include individual scores on depression, anxiety, irritability and appetite.

    For more on this story, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

    Back to Top ▲

Faculty and Staff News

  • IUSM researchers receive Collaboration in Translational Research awards

    Sixteen Indiana scientists were recently awarded pilot funds designed to encourage collaborative research projects focused on research to advance human health.

    The recipients of the 2014 Collaboration in Translational Research from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will each receive support for early-stage research projects with the potential to attract additional support from outside federal and commercial agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Each two-person team will receive up to $75,000.

    To foster collaboration across disciplines, teams must include a member from one of the following universities, schools or campuses: IUPUI, IU Bloomington, IU School of Medicine, Purdue or Notre Dame. IUSM recipients are:

    • George Akingba, M.D., assistant professor of clinical surgery and medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Akingba will partner with Philippe Sucosky, Ph.D., of the University of Notre Dame.
    • Matthew Allen, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Allen will collaborate with Ryan Roeder, Ph.D., of Notre Dame.
    • Elliot Androphy, M.D., chair and Kampen-Norins Professor of Dermatology at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Androphy will collaborate with V. Jo Davisson, Ph.D., of Purdue.
    • Derek Houston, Ph.D., Philip F. Holton Scholar in Otology and associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Houston will collaborate with Amanda Seidl, Ph.D., of Purdue.
    • Jeffrey Kline, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and of cellular and integrative physiology at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Kline will collaborate with Mary Beth Brown, Ph.D., of the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at IUPUI.
    • Thomas V. Nowak, M.D., professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Nowalk will collaborate with Pedro Irazoqui, Ph.D., of Purdue.
    • Martin C. Were, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Were will collaborate with Sonak D. Pastakia, Pharm.D., of Purdue.

    Additional recipients include David John Wild, Ph.D., of IU Bloomington, and Richard Taylor, Ph.D., of Notre Dame.

    For more information, including funded project titles, visit the Indiana CTSI website.

    Back to Top ▲

  • Claxton joins Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program

    Gina Claxton, MPH, RD, has been named program manager for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Engagement Program, or CHEP.

    In this position, Claxton will manage the development, growth and implementation of the Indiana CTSI CHEP, including engaging academic and community partners in research to better the health of Indiana residents.

    She will be responsible for the coordination of program activities such as the Patient Engagement Core, Community-Based Research Program pilot grant program and Community Advisory Council annual meeting. The mission of CHEP is to provide infrastructure and support for collaboration between the academy and community stakeholders. The director of the Indiana CTSI CHEP is Sarah Wiehe, M.D., MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

    Prior to IU, Claxton was most recently study coordinator, professional research assistant and registered dietitian at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. She holds a master's of public health from the University of Colorado and a dual major bachelor's degree in dietetics and nutrition, fitness and health from Purdue University.

    She completed her supervised dietetic practice program with Cornell University.

    Back to Top ▲


  • RESPECT Center Conference poster abstracts due Jan. 30

    Poster abstracts are sought for "Let's Talk Palliative Care: Comprehensive Car for Seriously Ill Patients, their Families and their Care Providers," a statewide conference sponsored by IUPUI’s RESPECT Center -- Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training -- on March 6 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Ind.

    The conference will bring together health care clinicians and researchers to discuss best practices in palliative and end-of-life care. Speakers include William Brietbart, M.D., chair of psychiatry science and acting chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

    Clinicians and researchers working in palliative and end-of-life care are invited to submit poster abstracts highlighting their clinical program, quality improvement projects, or research. Space will be available to display posters throughout the session. Up to 10 authors will be invited to briefly present their poster and respond to question from attendees during the morning concurrent session.

    Applicants must submit a 250-word abstract, including author names, position title, organization, phone number and email, to the RESPECT Center to  (indicate RESPECT Conference Poster Abstract in the subject line). Complete submission guidelines are online.

    Abstracts are due 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Successful applicants will receive an acceptance notification by Tuesday, Feb. 10.

    Accepted abstracts will be printed in the conference program. Depending on number of submissions, printing support may be available.

    Questions to Laura Holtz, RESPECT Center Program Manager, at  or 317-274-9114.

    Back to Top ▲

  • Postdoctoral training awards in translational research -- due Jan. 30

    Applications for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute postdoctoral training awards in translational research are due 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

    These awards are aimed at postdoctoral students whose research is at any point along the translational research spectrum. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution with no more than three years combined experience as a postdoctoral fellow in academia or industry.

    Funding is for two years with the second year of funding contingent upon review. Benefits include salary support and health insurance. Awards will start July 1.

    Complete application guidelines are online. To apply, visit the Indiana CTSI grants portal and enter your institutional username and password. Applications instructions are located under "CTSI Postdoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research - 2015.01 (TL1)."

    Questions to Andrew Bullock, Ph.D., at .

    Back to Top ▲

  • Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund -- due Feb. 9

    Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund -- due Feb. 9

    Applications for the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund are due 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9.

    The ISCBIR Fund is a state grant program established in 2007 to support research related to treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries. Proposals should be related to research on the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery.

    Eligible applicants must be based in Indiana and have the education, skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research. (This includes public and private universities, nonprofit organizations and business.) Collaborations are encouraged with Indiana-based researchers as well as researchers located outside the state of Indiana, including researchers in other countries. 

    The maximum requested amount per application should not exceed $80,000 per year for up to two years ($160,000 maximum). Proposed projects should not exceed two years.

    Complete application guidelines are online. To apply, visit the Indiana CTSI grants portal and enter your institutional username and password. Applications instructions are located under "Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund Grant - 2015.02 (SCBI)."

    Questions to Julie Driscol at .

    Back to Top ▲

Around the State

  • IUSM-Northwest to honor anatomical donors

    The IU School of Medicine-Northwest will host a memorial service Friday, Jan. 23, in honor and recognition of the six anatomical donors, and children and fetuses who selflessly gifted their bodies to scientific learning.

    The ceremony will remember and give thanks to anatomical donors (Lydia Grady, Mair Evans, Carolyn “Lynn” Metzger, John Hartman, Russell Matthews and Joshua A. Pate, and child and fetal patients). Military Honors will be presented on behalf of Lydia Grady (United States Army) and Russell Matthews (United States Marine Corps).

    In a practice that is unique to IUSM-Northwest, family members of donors maintain contact with the students who dissect their loved ones throughout the school’s formal human gross anatomy course. These family members are invited to attend the memorial service so that they may celebrate the lives and generosity of their loved ones with the students.

    The service, coordinated by the first-year medical students, will provide student doctors, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their thanks for the gifts of the donors. In written passages, songs and prayers, the students will reflect on the privilege that has been afforded to them by the donor who endowed his or her body to medical education and research.

    The service, which is not open to the public, will begin at noon at the medical school located on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, Ind.

    Back to Top ▲