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  • Mock Site Visit 2 is next week

    The IU School of Medicine’s second mock site visit begins Monday, Sept. 12. Participants can find related documents and information 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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  • Statewide student forums on Phase 1 and Legacy curricula continue

    After a visit to IUSM - Northwest - Gary this week, Maureen Harrington, PhD, associate dean, medical student education in foundational sciences, will visit IUSM - South Bend on Wednesday, Sept. 21, as part of a statewide tour to talk about the Phase 1 and Legacy curricula. The open platform sessions for MS1 and MS2 students will last 30 minutes and offer students a chance to check in and give feedback on the curriculum. Details on future sessions at other campuses are listed below.



    IUSM Campus


    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 Hall, Room 1160, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette

    Nov. 16

    5:30 p.m. Eastern


    Jordan Hall 009

    Nov. 30

    5:30 p.m. Eastern


    E.F. Ball Med Ed Building, Room 226, 221 N. Celia Ave., Muncie


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  • Free flu vaccines available beginning later this month

    IUPUI Campus Health will again offer free flu shots to IUSM faculty, staff, house staff, and students this flu season. The first shipment of vaccines is expected to arrive by Sept. 20. Individuals may get a flu shot by visiting Campus Health in Coleman Hall, Suite 100, or a Campus Health outreach flu vaccination clinic. No appointment is necessary, but individuals must present a valid university photo ID to get a flu shot. Students will be asked to present a health insurance card, but will be able to receive a free flu shot regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.

    Reminder: All IUSM faculty, staff, house staff and students who provide clinical care to Indiana University Health or Eskenazi Health patients, perform clinical research at IU Health or Eskenazi Health or whose primary office is in an IU Health or Eskenazi hospital, are required to receive a flu vaccine by Nov. 10, 2016. Individuals requesting a waiver due to an evidence-based medical contraindication to the vaccine must submit a Flu Vaccine Medical Exemption request by Oct. 31, 2016. Those requesting a religious exemption may use the same form and note they are requesting a religious exemption. 

    More information about flu shot outreach clinics for the IUSM community will be available once the first vaccine shipment arrives. Watch future issues of InScope for details.

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Research News

  • August research grants total more than $10.1 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Alexandra Maria Deborah Roch Intl Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association New Adipose Stem Cells in Acute Pancreatitis: Modulation of Inflammation and Tissue Damage 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 25,000
    Anantha Shekhar Stanford University New Neuronal Mapping of Anxiety and Panic 6/1/2016 8/31/2016 56,399
    Anantha Shekhar U.S. Department Of Defense New Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutics Development for Social and Communication Learning Deficits in NF1 8/15/2016 8/14/2019 896,999
    Andrew J Saykin Vanderbilt University Medical Center New Long-Term Nicotine Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment 4/30/2016 5/31/2016 3,067
    Andrew J Saykin Georgetown University New Older Breast Cancer Patients: Risk for Cognitive Decline 3/1/2016 11/30/2016 50,954
    Andrew J Saykin National Institute On Aging New Investigation of the Tau Gene Network and Quantitative Alzheimer's Disease Biomarker Phenotypes 9/1/2016 5/31/2017 67,667
    Andrew J Saykin National Institute On Aging Renewal (not prev committed) Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center 8/15/2016 6/30/2017 2,100,491
    Ann H Cottingham Indiana University Health New Integrating Chaplains into High Stress Outpatient Units at IU Health to Improve Staff Wellness and Engagement 7/1/2016 6/30/2018 50,531
    Anna Maria V Storniolo The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Molecular profiles of breast tissue from women at high risk of breast cancer 10/1/2016 9/30/2017 250,000
    Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Exploring attitudes, perceptions, and coping responses related to death and disability from the perspective of families facing the threat of periviable birth 9/1/2016 8/31/2017 248,013
    Bruce Timothy Lamb Alzheimer Association New The Role of TREM2 on Inflammatory Monocytes in Alzheimer's disease 5/1/2016 10/31/2016 11,889
    C Max Schmidt University Of Texas Md Anderson Cancer Center New A Clinical Validation Center for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer 5/4/2016 3/31/2017 124,800
    Cynthia Diane Brown Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center - 2016/2017 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 107,670
    D Wade Clapp Leibniz Institute On Aging--Fritz-Lipmann Institut New NRG1 8/16/2016 6/30/2017 89,672
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Hematology/Oncology Section Chief Recruitment 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 800,000
    Eri Hashino National Institute On Deafness And Other Comm. Dis New Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Inner Ear Organoid Development 9/1/2016 8/31/2017 31,882
    Hal E Broxmeyer Medical University Of South Carolina New Mechanism of durable antitumor immunity via CD26hiCD4+T cells 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 13,884
    Heather Ann Hundley US-Israel Binational Science Foundation New Determining A-to-I RNA editing function and evolutionary significance 10/1/2016 9/30/2017 22,500
    Howard J Edenberg Washington University New 7/7 Psychiatric Genomics Consortium: Finding actionable variation 6/20/2016 3/31/2017 222,480
    James M Croop Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia New Scientific Leadership NIH National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Grant 3/1/2016 1/21/2017 31,541
    Kathy D Miller The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Inhibiting fatty acid synthase to improve efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy 10/1/2016 9/30/2017 250,000
    Li Shen National Science Foundation New SCH: INT: Mining High Dimensional Drug Interaction Induced Adverse Effects from Health Record Databases 9/1/2016 8/31/2020 1,149,796
    Li Shen National Institute Of Biomedical Imaging And Bioengineering New Integrative Bioinformatics Approaches to Human Brain Genomics and Connectomics 8/1/2016 4/30/2017 500,696
    Lyne Racette National Eye Institute New Early detection of glaucoma progression using a novel individualized approach 8/1/2016 7/31/2017 390,313
    Mahua Dey National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in Malignant Glioma 8/1/2016 6/30/2017 186,530
    Malaz A Boustani Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center New READI: Researching Efficient Approaches to Delirium Identification 4/15/2016 3/31/2017 18,689
    Mary A Ott Society Of Family Planning New ACCeSS (Adolescent Capacity for Contraceptive Self Screening) Project 10/1/2016 9/30/2018 250,000
    Michael E Boulton U.S. Department Of Defense New Electroacupuncture promotes soft tissue repair and bone regeneration via recruitment of mesenchymal stem cells 8/1/2016 1/31/2017 107,796
    Peng-Sheng Chen American Heart Assoc-Greater Midwest Affiliate New Using subcutaneous nerve stimulation to reduce cardiac sympathetic tone 7/1/2016 6/30/2018 102,550
    Quyen Quoc Hoang Icahn School Of Medicine At Mount Sinai New Molecular bases of leucine rich repeat kinase 2 activity regulation 6/1/2016 5/31/2017 176,381
    Ronald C Wek National Institute Of General Medical Sciences Renewal (not prev committed) Metabolic stress responses and eIF2 kinase GCN2 7/28/2016 4/30/2017 388,795
    Sharon M Moe National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Pathogenesis of compromised bone quality and mechanics in chronic kidney disease. 8/5/2016 6/30/2017 471,810
    Suthat Liangpunsakul National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Novel biomarkers as a clinical tool for excessive alcohol use screening 8/10/2016 7/31/2017 342,183
    Tatiana M Foroud University Of Massachusetts New Analysis and Characterization of a Cohort of Familial Parkinson's Disease Exomes 5/1/2016 3/31/2017 133,002
    William A Engle Riley Children's Foundation New Transcutaneous CO2 Monitors 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 42,000
    William J Sullivan Clemson University New Translational control of encystation in the Entamoebae 7/1/2015 6/30/2017 21,450
    Yang Sun Alcon Research Institute New Optogenetic regulation of eye pressure 1/1/2016 12/1/2017 50,000
    Yu-Chien Wu National Institute On Aging New Modeling Axonal Density and Inflammation-Associated Cellularity in Alzheimer's Disease using Hybrid Diffusion Imaging 8/15/2016 5/31/2017 319,565

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Wo appointed to named professorship in gastroenterology and hepatology

    John M. Wo, MD, will become the first holder of the yet-to-be-named professorship in gastroenterology and hepatology. The appointment was effective Sept. 1. In addition to his new title as professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, Dr. Wo will retain his current title of professor of medicine.

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Student News

  • Learn about an alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua

    Attend an upcoming interest meeting to learn about the IU Department of Family Medicine’s ENLACE Alternative Spring Break service trip to Nicaragua. Participants will build composting latrines to combat childhood mortality and learn about the health system of this unique country.

    Visit this Adobe Connect link to attend one of the following online sessions:

    Tuesday, Sept. 20, noon - 1 p.m. (CT) for the Northwest and Evansville campuses

    Tuesday, Sept. 20, noon- 1 p.m. (EST) for all other IUSM campuses

    Alternative Spring Break Nicaragua 2017 is open to graduate-level health professions students, including but not limited to, medical, nursing, dentistry, public health and health administration students. 

    Program information and the application are available at Questions? Contact student co-leaders Ellie Hansotte at or Juliet Prieto at

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  • SRPinAM oral presentation winners announced

    The Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM) held its 2016 oral presentations on Sept. 1. The 20 finalists were judged on clarity of presentation, contribution to the project, quality of data, ownership of project and answers to the judges’ questions. This year’s winners are:

    • First Prize: Claude Smith Black Award ($14,000): Gabrielle Duprat
    • Second Prize: Marvella Bayh Memorial Scholarship ($10,000): Christian Briggs
    • Third Prize: Hazel & Tommy Thompson Cardiac Award ($8,000): Benjamin Stivers
    • Fourth Prize: (Four-way tie) ($6,000 each): Kelly Barton, Keerthana Mohankumar, Joseph Thomas, and Emily Wichern
    • Fifth Prize: (Four-way time) ($3,000 each): Adam Leibold, Katherine Krause, Carly Marshall, and Matthew Yung
    The full list of finalists is available at

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  • Apply for ?lab to market? training program by Sept. 12

    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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  • Register to be a bone marrow donor on Sept. 27

    Take part in the upcoming bone marrow registry drive, hosted by the Student National Medical Association, from noon to 4 pm, 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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  • IUSM to sponsor Oct. 15 ?Managing Oral Health by Age One? summit

    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.

    Attendees will 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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  • Critical care support conference is Oct. 20-21

    The IU School of Medicine and Indiana University Health will host Fundamental Critical Care Support on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, at the IU Health Methodist Hospital, Wile Hall.

    The two-day conference is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, registered respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and critical care paramedics. Registration fee includes registration, text book, handouts, beverages, and lunch. Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Oct. 1 or as soon as the class fills up.

    To learn more or to register, visit This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit by the IU School of Medicine.

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  • Save the date: Renal imaging symposium is Nov. 15-16

    Plan to join nephrology researchers and imaging scientists at the Advances in Renal Imaging Symposium, Nov. 15-16, at the IUPUI Campus Center. Participants will become familiar with recent advances in renal imaging methods and explore the development and progress in imaging biomarkers of kidney disease, including fibrosis. This symposium represents a step toward nurturing the growth of research into the development and utilization of renal imaging technologies and their further integration into nephrology research and patient management. For more information, visit Questions? Email

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