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  • IUSM grad re-elected to IU Board of Trustees

    Philip N. Eskew Jr., a retired physician from North Webster, Ind., has been elected to a fourth term as IU alumni trustee. Dr. Eskew’s term is for three years and began July 1. He was first elected to the board in 2006 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2012.

    The term of student trustee Janice Farlow, Ph.D., ended in July after she served a two-year appointment by Gov. Mike Pence. Dr. Farlow earned her doctorate in May in medical and molecular genetics and is currently pursuing a medical degree from IU.  A Wells Scholar at IU Bloomington, Dr. Farlow earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in an individualized major program in 2009 from IU. Her seat on the Board of Trustees has been filled by Anna M. Williams, an IU Bloomington graduate student from Indianapolis.

    Dr. Eskew, who earned his medical degree from the IU School of Medicine in 1970, is chair of the trustees’ facilities committee, a life member of the IU Alumni Association and a member of several IU advisory boards.

    “Congratulations to Phil on being selected by our alumni for another three-year term as trustee,” IU President Michael McRobbie said. “Phil’s longstanding support for IU is well known and he has made an indelible contribution to the university and the board over the past nine years. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Phil over the next three years."

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  • Barnett named first Indiana CTSI and Regenstrief chief research informatics officer

    William K. Barnett, Ph.D., has been named chief research informatics officer, a newly established joint position within the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the Regenstrief Institute, with the goal of integrating and advancing the two organizations' research informatics efforts to support improved health care.

    A highly respected institutional information technology leader, Barnett will lead the development of information technology strategies to support research and the design of infrastructures for the acquisition, management and analysis of research data.

    "From recruiting research study participants through electronic patient records to mining big data in health care, research informatics is a really hot area right now," said Titus Schleyer, Ph.D., D.M.D., director of the Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Clem McDonald Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Indiana University School of Medicine. "With Dr. Barnett joining us, we will take a huge step forward in leveraging informatics for clinical and translational research. In the end, we are focused on only one thing: How can we improve the health of people in Indiana and beyond?"

    The new Office of the CRIO will have a dual mission: to provide information technology and informatics services for health sciences research and to develop and implement novel information technology and informatics solutions to health care issues.

    "We are delighted to be able to recruit Dr. Barnett to lead the CRIO initiative. Establishing this office cements an important, and we think unique, partnership between the Indiana CTSI, with its statewide research collaborations, and the applied informatics expertise of the Regenstrief Institute, and will provide a tremendous resource to researchers across Indiana," said Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Indiana CTSI.

    In addition to his new position, Dr. Barnett will continue to serve as associate director of the IU Center for Advanced Cybersecurity Research. He will also hold the position of visiting associate research professor of medical and molecular genetics in the IU School of Medicine. He is the former director of the National Center for Genome Analysis Support and of Science Community Tools, both at IU.

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  • Visual Media joins Office of Strategic Communications

    The IU School of Medicine Office of Visual Media is now part of the IUSM Office of Strategic Communications. Offering creative media services to the school since 1934, Visual Media offers graphic art and design, medical photography, poster layout and printing, and medial illustration services, which are an important part of the school's communication strategy. The change better aligns the two communications organizations into a single, coordinated unit. Visual Media was previously part of the Dean's Office Administrative Services' Business Intelligence and Operational Performance unit.

    Services provided by Visual Media will not change. For questions or more information, contact Holly Vonderheit, director, IUSM Office of Strategic Communications, at .

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  • Juleps in July

    Women physicians and scientists are invited to a networking opportunity hosted by the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Juleps in July will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 29 at the Allison Mansion, 3200 Cold Springs Road, Indianapolis. The event and parking are free; light refreshments will be served.

    For more information, contact Teri Duell, IU COE in Women's Health, . To register, visit Juleps in July.

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  • Save the date: IU SOC open house to be Sept. 12

    The IU Student Outreach Clinic will celebrate its seventh year of providing free health care to Indianapolis residents without insurance with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis.

    The IU SOC is a free clinic started by IUSM students at the near eastside church in 2009. A variety of services are offered to walk-in clients through partnerships with the IU schools of dentistry, health and rehabilitation sciences, nursing and social work, the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Butler University College of Pharmacy and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. The IU SOC is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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  • Indiana CTSI annual meeting and Watanabe Prize Lecture set for Sept. 11

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will hold its seventh annual meeting and award the second Watanabe Prize in Translational Research on Friday, Sept. 11, at Hine Hall on the IUPUI campus.

    This year’s winner of the Watanabe Prize and the meeting’s keynote speaker will be Carl H. June, M.D., Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy and director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

    The Watanabe Prize in Translational Research, presented by the Indiana CTSI and the IU School of Medicine, recognizes a member of the scientific or medical community who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in translational research. As the recipient, Dr. June will spend several days in Indiana to share his knowledge with audiences at the IU School of Medicine and partner institutions.

    The Indiana CTSI annual meeting will also highlight two outstanding young investigators named Watanabe Translational Scholars. They will present a brief overview of their research during the event and will be mentored by Dr. June over the next two years.

    For more information, contact Indiana CTSI at .

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  • Eskenazi Health palliative care patients remembered during fundraiser

    The sixth annual Ride to Remember, a bike trek to raise awareness about palliative care and pay tribute to Eskenazi Health Palliative Care patients who died in the past year, will be Saturday.

    Under the direction of Gregory Gramelspacher, M.D., medical director of Eskenazi Health Palliative Care, Ride to Remember cyclists will ride among more than 1,000 participants in the annual Ride Across Indiana, a 160-mile stretch that runs along historic National Route 40 from Terre Haute to Richmond.

    All are welcome to donate to the cause or cheer on the Eskenazi Health team along the route. To donate or find more information, visit the Bloomington Bicycle Club website, call Eskenazi Health Palliative Care at 317-880-8251 or email the team at

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  • Badve named first Joshua Edwards Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    Sunil Badve, M.D., has been named the Joshua Edwards Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Badve also retains his title as professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine.

    The Edwards Chair was established in 2011 by the Indiana Pathology Endowment Inc. to honor the memory and recognize the contributions of Joshua L. Edwards, M.D., former chair of the IUSM Department of Pathology.

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  • Cheng named first Virgil H. Moon Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    Liang Cheng, M.D., has been named the Virgil Moon Professor of Pathology. Dr. Cheng will retain his title of professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and professor of urology at IU School of Medicine.

    This chair was established in 2011 by the Indiana Pathology Endowment Inc. to honor the memory of Virgil H. Moon, M.D., and his contributions to his profession and to Indiana University. Dr. Moon joined the IUSM faculty in 1914, was appointed acting head of the pathology department that same year, and served as chair until 1927.

    The earliest autopsy on record in the IUSM Department of Pathology was performed by Dr. Moon on a 22-year-old man who died in Long Hospital in 1914 of acute infectious endocarditis and whose physician was Dr. Charles P. Emerson, later dean of IUSM.

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  • Eskenazi's 'May/September' selected for Public Art Network Award

    One of the 19 artists commissioned to create original works for the Eskenazi Health campus has been recognized nationally for his efforts.

    Rob Ley’s piece, titled 'May/September,' a 12,000-square-foot sculptural piece located on the south end of the Eskenazi Health Parking Garage, was selected as a 2015 Public Art Network Year in Review award recipient, the highest recognition for public art in the United States.

    On June 11, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored 31 public art projects that were created in 2014. The PAN Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries across the country and recognized at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.

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  • Search underway for assistant dean for Graduation Medical Education

    The IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education is accepting applications for the position of assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education. This is a newly created position that will be responsible for development and implementation of the Resident as Teacher Program. In this role, the assistant dean will work closely with Medical School Education and Graduate Medical Education programs to implement and oversee programs relating to the role of residents as teachers.

    Responsibilities include:

    • With the associate dean for GME, develop and implement an expanded Resident as Teacher program
    • Provide leadership in developing annual goals for MSE and GME in the Resident as Teacher program
    • Develop strategy for addressing and maintaining LCME-required accreditation activities related to Resident as Teacher
    • Use a scholarly approach to develop and evaluate activities that advance the Resident as Teacher program and disseminate the work of the GME office
    • Collaborate with other IUSM Educational Affairs units strategic planning processes to enhance and promote mutual advantages across the continuum of medical education

    The person selected for this position must be a doctoral-level IUSM faculty member, M.D. or Ph.D. The assistant dean should have previously demonstrated excellence in medical education and leadership experience in the MSE or GME settings. Attributes should include the ability to implement effective programs that meet internal and external metrics related to excellence in teaching and learning. The individual who has a passion for launching new ideas and leading change will be successful in this position.

    This position will be part time and require a 0.3 FTE commitment. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to Michelle S. Howenstine M.D., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, Fesler Hall 318, or email . The application deadline is July 30.

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  • IU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases to host symposium Aug. 7

    The Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases will host its inaugural symposium Friday, Aug. 7, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203, on the IUPUI campus. The program includes two internationally recognized speakers: Evan Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who will present the opening keynote address on adipogenesis and insulin resistance, and Decio Eizirik, M.D., Ph.D., of the Free University of Brussels, who will speak on innate immunity and pancreatic beta cells in early type 1 diabetes. 

    The all-day program also features:

    • Presentations by nationally recognized IU School of Medicine and Purdue faculty, as well as awardees of the Pilot and Feasibility Program.
    • Presentations by the center's core directors on shared resource services and facilities.
    • A poster session that is open to all. Prizes will be awarded for the top three posters in each of two categories: graduate student and postdoctoral fellow.
    Register for the free event or submit an abstract/poster.

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  • Yale psychiatry professor to lecture July 17

    Hochang Benjamin Lee, M.D., director of the psychological medicine service and associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, will present "A Psychiatrist Among Surgeons: Surgery as a Study Paradigm for Late-life Neuropsychiatric Syndromes" from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 17, in the Neuroscience Center Goodman Hall auditorium.

    The lecture is free and registration is not required. Goodman Hall is located at 355 West 16th St., and is connected by skywalk to the IU Health Methodist Hospital stop on the PeopleMover. On-site parking in an attached garage is available.

    For more information, visit or contact Kellie Hindman at .

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