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  • Mock Site Visit 2 is Sept. 11-14; registration deadline is Friday

    If you received an invitation to participate in sessions for the upcoming mock site visit but have not yet registered, please respond this week. Participants must register by this Friday, Sept. 2. Faculty and staff were invited to sessions related to their roles with IUSM. Registered participants will receive a confirmation email with information about meeting preparation, parking, meals, and remote/live stream access.

    Mock 2 documents are now available: Participants can find information on preparation for the mock visit on the LCME Reaccreditation portal. The DCI, Institutional Self Study Summary Report, agenda, and other documents are available on this portal. Remote access/live stream information and other meeting details also are included.

    Questions? Email

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  • IUSM researchers receive $1.5 million from NIH for groundbreaking study of bacteria

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded IUSM research for a groundbreaking discovery related to bacteria, recently awarded IUSM-Northwest-Gary Principal Investigator Roman Dziarski, PhD, and his team a new $1.5 million grant. Allowing the team to study this mechanism for the next four years, the grant reinforces the significance of the research.

    In 2011, Dr. Dziarski and fellow researchers discovered that a group of proteins that act as the body’s built-in defense against bacteria use a molecular “trick” that triggers bacteria to destroy themselves. When the discovery was announced, researchers said the mechanism by which this occurred was unknown, but that understanding exactly how this happens could potentially lead the way toward developing new methods for prevention and treatment of bacterial infections, including a possible solution for antibiotic resistance.

    For more details on the study, visit

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  • IUSM Research Rally is Sept. 23

    The IU School of Medicine Research Rally will be held in conjunction with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) annual meeting from 9 am to 3 pm, Friday, Sept. 23, in Hine Hall Auditorium at IUPUI.

    The Research Rally, a showcase of core services available on campus to assist investigators, boasts a field of 17 support cores prepared to speed the course of research projects. Attendees who have their rally logbooks stamped from at least 12 of the 17 checkpoints will be eligible for a chance to win an Amazon Echo.

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Research News

  • Study: Addiction cravings may start deep in the right side of the brain

    The source of addiction cravings may be a pea-sized structure deep inside the right side of the brain, according to IU School of Medicine scientists

    Using two different kinds of advanced brain imaging techniques (PET and fMRI), IUSM researchers compared the results of giving beer drinkers a taste of their favorite beer versus a sports drink. After tasting the beer the participants reported increased desire to drink beer, whereas the sports drink did not provoke as much desire for beer. The brain scans also showed that the beer flavor induced more activity in both frontal lobes and in the right ventral striatum of the subjects’ brains than did the sports drink.

    More specifically, both methods of brain imaging showed increased activity in the right ventral striatum, a deep structure inside the brain that is linked to motivated behavior and reward. The researchers previously showed that beer flavor triggered dopamine release; the addition of fMRI showed that craving for alcohol correlated with frontal as well as right ventral striatum activation. The study was published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

     In an earlier study of 49 men, the research team, led by David A. Kareken, PhD, IUSM professor of neurology, and deputy director of the Indiana Alcohol Research Center, found that just the taste of beer, without any intoxicating effects of alcohol, was enough to cause the release of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter. Much research has linked dopamine to consumption of drugs of abuse.

    The new study was conducted with 28 beer drinkers who had participated in the first study, who then underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging -- fMRI scans -- during the separate beer and sports drink tastings.

    "We believe this is the first study to use multiple brain imaging modalities to reveal both increased blood oxygen levels and dopamine activity in response to the taste of an alcoholic beverage," said Brandon G. Oberlin, PhD, assistant research professor of neurology and first author of the paper. "The combination of these two techniques in the same subjects strengthens the evidence that these effects may be strongest in the right ventral striatum.

    "Our results indicate that the right ventral striatum may be an especially important area for addiction research," Dr. Oberlin said.

    For more, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

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  • July research grants total more than $4 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Matthew C Aalsma Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality New The Impact of Behavioral Health Treatment Among Adolescent Offenders 7/1/16 4/30/17 398,604
    Ashay D Bhatwadekar Grace M. Showalter Trust New Advanced glycation end product (AGE) modification of laminin impairs Kir4.1 function 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Michael E Boulton Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute New A chemical biology strategy to validate the apelin receptor as a therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy 5/1/15 10/31/16 11,000
    Alan Breier Brigham And Women's Hospital New Human Connectome Project for Early Psychosis 5/17/16 2/28/17 214,012
    Brandon Patrick Brown Grace M. Showalter Trust New Advanced MRI in the Diagnosis of Invasive Placental Disease: Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy and Correlation with Prenatal Ultrasound 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Hal E Broxmeyer National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New DEK Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Renewal, Fate, and Hematopoiesis 7/1/16 5/31/17 512,978
    Hal E Broxmeyer National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Regulation of Hematopoietic Cell Production 7/1/16 6/30/17 93,114
    Rebecca J Chan National Cancer Institute New Evaluation of Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase and p110 delta in Mutant Shp2-Induced JMML 8/1/16 7/30/17 36,738
    D Wade Clapp National Cancer Institute New Weakened spindle checkpoint in vivo: a cause of aneuploidy and cancer in FA 7/14/16 7/13/17 27,801
    Mahua Dey Grace M. Showalter Trust New Tumor derived TGF-a regulates pDC phenotype in glioblastoma multiforme. 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Roman Dziarski National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Antibacterial activity of peptidoglycan recognition proteins 7/6/16 6/30/17 390,000
    Carmella Evans-Molina Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Carmella Evans-Molina 7/1/16 6/30/17 25,000
    Amy Lewis Gilbert Eskenazi Health New 2015 AAMC Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery Ahead Learning Cohort/ Eskenazi Health MLP Site 5/20/15 6/30/18 2,500
    Tamara S Hannon Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Tamara Hannon 7/1/16 6/30/17 25,000
    Monica Khurana Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative New Broad Scope Sickle Cell Services for the Indiana State Department of Health 10/1/15 6/30/17 11,200
    Karl Russell Koehler Grace M. Showalter Trust New Generating facial skin from human pluripotent stem cell-derived organoids 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Tim Lautenschlaeger Grace M. Showalter Trust New Blood microRNA markers for NSCLC 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Yan Liu Grace M. Showalter Trust New The role of Polycomb repressive complex 1 in hematopoietic stem cells 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Yunlong Liu Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Yunlong Liu 7/1/16 6/30/17 25,000
    Tao Lu Grace M. Showalter Trust New A novel small molecule inhibitor to target PRMT5 in colon cancer 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Kieren J Mather National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) 14/22 Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) Phase 3 Research Project 2/24/16 1/31/17 30,852
    Raghu G Mirmira National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Transcriptional and Translational Mechanisms Governing Beta Cell Function 7/15/16 6/30/17 377,524
    Bruce A. Molitoris Ohio State University New Targeting cell membrane repair for treatment of acute kidney injury 5/6/16 1/31/17 92,020
    Sarah Cassidy Nabinger National Cancer Institute New Targeting PRL2 phosphatase in acute myeloid leukemia 8/1/16 7/30/17 61,137
    Grzegorz Nalepa St. Baldrick's Foundation New Evidence-based precision chemotherapy of childhood leukemia 7/1/16 6/30/17 109,894
    Alexander G Obukhov American Heart Association Incorporated New TRPC expression pattern in the coronary artery wall of metabolic syndrome pigs: immunohistochemical study 5/16/16 7/29/16 2,000
    Matthew R Olson Grace M. Showalter Trust New The role of CD4 T cell-derived granzyme A in Aspergillus-mediated lung inflammation 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Roberto Pili Health Research, Inc. New Leveraging the methionine salvage pathway as a novel therapy for prostate cancer 5/1/16 4/30/17 6,930
    Milan Radovich Grace M. Showalter Trust New Next generation sequencing of circulating tumor DNA & RNA to predict recurrence in triple-negative breast cancer patients 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Baskar Ramdas Grace M. Showalter Trust New A novel target for treating leukemia 7/1/16 6/30/17 20,000
    Andrew J Saykin Georgetown University New Bio-behavioral Research at the Intersection of Cancer and Aging 8/1/15 7/31/16 186,765
    Emily K Sims Grace M. Showalter Trust New Novel Circulating Extracellular Vesicle microRNAs Identifying Development of Type 1 Diabetes 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Robert V Stahelin National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases Renewal (not prev committed) Lipid-protein interactions in viral assembly and virus like particle formation 7/15/16 6/30/17 373,200
    William J. Sullivan Grace M. Showalter Trust New Disrupting RNA modification as a novel treatment for parasitic infection 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Zhiyong Tan Grace M. Showalter Trust New Role of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channels in chronic pain associated with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy 7/1/16 6/30/17 40,124
    Steven P Templeton Grace M. Showalter Trust New Regulation of adipose and ling tissue eosinophil accumulation by adiponectin 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds Greenwall Foundation New Parental Perspectives on Periviable Birth: Exploring Values, Attitudes, and Coping Strategies 7/1/16 6/30/19 377,139
    Meijing Wang Grace M. Showalter Trust New Increased mitochondrial connexin 43 by estrogen in acute cardioprotection following ischemia/reperfusion injury 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Ronald C. Wek Grace M. Showalter Trust New Translation and Stress Regulatory Pathways in Health and Disease 7/1/16 6/30/17 60,000
    Andy Qigui Yu Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Andy Qigui Yu 7/1/16 6/30/17 25,000

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  • Wanted: researchers to take brief survey about PCORI educational offerings

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) in partnership with the IU School of Nursing is conducting a brief survey to understand researchers’ interest and preferences in education offerings about Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funding. This survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will assist in planning future educational offerings. Click to participate in the survey.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Cantor to transition from chair of Department of Ophthalmology

    Louis B. Cantor, MD, recently announced plans to transition from his current position as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. 

     Dr. Cantor served as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology since 2009, first joining the IU School of Medicine as director of the Glaucoma Service in 1985. He later assumed an additional role as residency program director for a 10-year period. He attained the rank of professor in 1991, and subsequently was named the Jay C. and Lucile L. Kahn Professor of Glaucoma Research and Education in 2004. 

     He is recognized as a national and international expert in the development of novel medical and surgical approaches to glaucoma therapy, serving on the executive committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as Senior Secretary of Education. During Dr. Cantor’s tenure, the Department of Ophthalmology has enhanced its national ranking and reputation with a substantial increase in NIH funding and growth of the faculty. The department benefitted from tremendous philanthropic support under Dr. Cantor’s leadership that culminated in the 2011 opening of the department’s new home—the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.

     A national search for the next department chair will officially be underway this month. Dr. Cantor will continue all his current duties until a new chair is named, and will continue to see patients and serve as director of the Glaucoma Service. Once the transition occurs, he will re-engage in his clinical and biomedical research, and assume an expanded leadership role in global education.

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Student News

  • Harrington to host statewide student forums on Phase 1 and Legacy curricula

    Maureen Harrington, PhD, associate dean, medical student education in foundational sciences, is visiting campuses statewide to connect directly with MS1 and MS2 students about the Phase 1 and Legacy curricula. The open platform sessions will offer students a chance to check in and give feedback on the curriculum. Dr. Harrington had great response at these sessions on the Indianapolis and Evansville campuses. Information on future sessions at the other campuses is listed below.



    IUSM Campus


    Sept. 7

    noon Central


    Room 2022, Dunes Medical Professional Building, Indiana University Northwest

    Sept. 21

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    South Bend

    1234 N. Notre Dame Ave., Raclin-Carmichael Hall

    Oct. 5

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    Fort Wayne

    Conference Room 123 

    Oct. 12

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    Terre Haute

    Classroom 3, Landsbaum Center for Health Education, 1433 N. 6 1/2 St., Terre Haute; Parking is free in front of the building.

    Nov. 2

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    West Lafayette

    Lyles Porter Room 1160

    Nov. 16

    5:30 p.m. Eastern


    Jordan Hall 009

    Nov. 30

    5:30 p.m. Eastern


     Location TBD

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  • Kwon selected as first Cagiantas Scholar

    Jason Kwon, IUSM graduate student in medical and molecular genetics, has been named the first Cagiantas Scholar. Through a generous donation from the Cagiantas family, the IU School of Medicine was able to establish an award for outstanding graduate students. As this year’s recipient, Kwon will receive tuition, fees, benefits, and a $27,000 stipend for one year. He also receives $1,500 for travel to a scientific meeting.  Kwon is a fourth-year graduate student in the Medical and Molecular Genetics program under the direction of Janaiah Kota, PhD, assistant professor, medical and molecular genetics.

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  • Apply by Nov. 4 for 2017 IU Health Values Fund grants

    Make plans now to apply for a 2017 IU Health Values Fund grant. The four grant programs include:

     Values Fund for Research -- Letter of intent due Oct. 21, 2016; proposals due Nov. 4, 2016; maximum award of $100,000 over two years.

    1. Values Fund for Medical Education -- Letter of intent is not required; proposals due Nov. 4, 2016; maximum award of $100,000 over two years.
    2. Integration of Religious and Spiritual Dimensions in Health Care Grant Program -- Suggested letter of intent due Oct. 14, 2016; proposals due Nov. 4, 2016; maximum award of $100,000 over two years.
    3. Grand Challenge for Population Health -- Letter of intent due Oct. 21, 2016; proposals due Nov. 4, 2016; maximum award of $500,000 over two years.

     Eligible applicants are employees of any IU Health facility, physicians, and health professionals with IU Health medical staff privileges, or persons holding an official appointment at IU Health. Application requirements vary among the four grant programs, so applicants should carefully review the full instructions.

     Share this announcement with others who may have an interest in these grants opportunities.

    Application materials are available on the CTSI HUB grant system. You may also receive materials by contacting Peter M. Michael at 317-962-2373 or

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  • ?Lab to market? training program coming this fall

    Faculty members and post-doctoral and graduate researchers may be interested in attending “Introduction to Customer Discovery for Clinical and Translational Science” -- a training program to move ideas out of the lab and into the market. The program, sponsored by Indiana CTSI and Midwest I-Corps, includes a pre-program webinar, kick-off sessions, and weekly coaching sessions. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 12. For dates, details, and application information, visit

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  • Plan to attend upcoming Indiana CTSI annual meeting and Watanabe Prize Lecture

    The eighth annual meeting of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and awarding of the third Watanabe Prize in Translational Research will be held from 8 am to 3 pm, Friday, Sept. 23, in IUPUI’s Hine Hall.

     The Watanabe Prize in Translational Research presented by Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine recognizes a member of the scientific or medical community who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in translational research. This year's recipient, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry, will spend several days in Indiana to share his knowledge with audiences at 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. Lefkowitz over the next two years.

    Register to attend the meeting.

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  • Bone marrow registry drive is Sept. 27

    Many patients are in need of bone marrow transplants, but don’t have matching donors. Could you be their hero? Take part in the upcoming bone marrow registry drive, hosted by the Student National Medical Association, from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Medical Science Building atrium. Registering to be a donor is easy and involves filling out a short form and completing four quick cheek swabs. Donors must:

    • Be between the ages of 18 and 44
    • Be willing to donate to anyone in need
    • Meet health guidelines

     No appointment is needed, and pizza will be served. Questions? Contact Chizelle Onochie at or Angela Touseull at 317-916-5110 or

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  • Save the date: ?Managing Oral Health by Age One? summit is Oct. 15

    The IU School of Medicine, IU School of Dentistry, Indiana Primary Health Care Association, and the Indiana Dental Association will host “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Oral Health by Age One” on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 am to 4:15 pm at the IU School of Dentistry.

    The summit’s purpose is to learn from experts about how to support early child dental visits and preventive dental health. This program is designed for pediatricians, OB/GYNs, dentists, hygienists, family physicians, federally qualified health center dentists, patient educators and social services personnel, and Centering Pregnancy Programs.

     For more details, view the brochure. To register, visit This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit by the IU School of Medicine.

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Around Campus

  • Indy ? Graduate Expo is Sept. 22

    IUPUI employees curious about potential graduate school opportunities should plan to attend the Thursday, Sept. 22, Graduate Expo at the Campus Center, Room 450. The event will run from 10 am to 2 pm, and walk-ins are welcome, although registration is encouraged.

    Visit the Graduate Expo website to register or for a list of participating universities, or email the IUPUI Graduate Office for more details.

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