Top News

  • ProtoCall to offer 24/7 crisis mental health support for trainees

    Medical trainees who become acutely distressed now have access to crisis mental health treatment, thanks to a new service offered by IU School of Medicine.

    ProtoCall is a new, 24-hour dedicated phone line--317-278-HELP (4357)--available for emergencies or urgent needs of medical trainees from all nine campuses. A trained mental health clinician will answer the call and provide step-by-step assistance to the caller.

    “It’s not possible to predict or schedule the moment that a medical trainee will need emergency assistance,” said Samia Hasan, MD, director of IU School of Medicine’s mental health services. “We want to ensure that learners in crisis get the help they need when they need it.”

    In situations that are not urgent, medical trainees should call 317-278-2381 to make an appointment for treatment by the staff psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker.

    The emergency phone line is the school’s latest response to students’ concerns about the availability of an array of mental health services. Other recent service enhancements include:

    • The hiring late last year of Dr. Hasan, a board-certified psychiatrist, to provide psychiatric services.
    • The recent hiring of Jessica Fultz, MSW, LCSW, a licensed social worker, to provide therapy and manage the mental health program. This hiring expands the therapy services already provided by Suzanne Kunkle, PhD, a licensed psychologist.
    • Creation of the ombuds program to resolve conflicts.
    • Expansion of wellness programming.
    • Filling of lead advisor positions with professionals who are trained to recognize distress and refer students for help.

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  • Statewide orientation kicks off Aug. 3

    IU School of Medicine’s statewide orientation for the Class of 2021 will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 3-4, at Hine Hall and University Tower on the IUPUI campus. A variety of Welcome Week activities begin Monday, July 31, including the annual service learning project hosted by the school’s Medical Student Learning Service Group. Orientation concludes on Friday with the White Coat Ceremony, during which students are ceremoniously cloaked by faculty, with friends and family in attendance. To ensure the ceremony goes off without a hitch, the Office of Medical Student Education put together a helpful video, starring Emily Walvoord, associate dean for student affairs.

    Housing and parking are available for regional campus students. Classes begin statewide on Monday, Aug. 7. For more information about orientation week, visit

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  • Mirmira named director of Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research

    IU School of Medicine will continue its nationally recognized work in the scientific discovery of innovative medical treatments and care for children with the appointment of Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD, as director of the school’s Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, which is associated with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

    Dr. Mirmira is an international leader in Type 1 diabetes research--specifically the biology of islet cells, which include the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreases of healthy people, but are attacked by one’s own immune system in people who develop Type 1 diabetes. Among his many achievements, Dr. Mirmira’s research studies have led to the discovery and characterization of fast-acting insulin analogues, which are widely used by patients with diabetes today.

    As director of the Wells Center, Dr. Mirmira will lead efforts to increase research collaboration among scientists and physicians to accelerate the development of new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, as well as providing an outstanding training environment for students, residents and fellows. Seven interdisciplinary working groups within the center focus on research related to asthma and allergic diseases, basic diabetes research, cardiovascular genetics, developmental cardiology, hematologic malignancies and stem cells, infectious diseases and global health, and molecular oncology and experimental therapeutics.

    For more on Dr. Mirmira’s appointment, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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  • IU School of Medicine activates new authentic voice; become a blogger

    Real stories humanize the learning and working environment, and blogs are an excellent platform for delivering personalized advice, insight and information for future and current members of the IU School of Medicine community. That’s why, as part of the schoolwide website rebuild work, IU School of Medicine launched a new blogs hub to feature news, stories and helpful insight about the working and learning environment.

    The blogs hub allows the school to better leverage social media to reach journalists and other influencers while activating an authentic voice about the school, its work and the student/faculty experience. Prospective students are eager to hear from enrolled students about what medical school is really like; similarly, prospective faculty care deeply about the workplace culture.

    For this reason and more, blogs are central to the IU School of Medicine website and digital strategy, and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute to this platform.

    To learn more about being a blogger for IU School of Medicine, visit the MedNet Blogs page. If you’re interested in writing for an existing blog or adding a new category, submit a request for access using the form on the website page of MedNet.

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Research News

  • Scheel awarded grants to protect U.S. troops against mosquito-borne illness

    Molly Duman Scheel, PhD, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, was awarded two multi-year grants from the Department of Defense (DOD) to aid her work in abating mosquito-borne illnesses and keep field troops safe from diseases, such as Zika and dengue.

    Dr. Scheel received a $1.1 million, three-year Investigator Initiated Research award from DOD to address mosquito proliferation through larvicides. She shares the grant with University of Notre Dame research associate professor Nicole Achee of the Department of Biological Sciences.

    Dr. Scheel received $750,000 from the Deployed War Fighter Protection (DWFP) Program to address adult mosquito abatement. Partners on the project include David Severson of Notre Dame, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland and the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medicine Sciences in Thailand.

    For more on the research studies, visit IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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  • June research awards total over $8.3 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Samer Abu-Sultaneh Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Pediatric ICU Follow-Up Program 5/1/17 6/30/18 $6,794
    Samer Abu-Sultaneh Indiana University Health New I-PREP: Indiana Pediatric Readiness Emergency Project 7/1/17 6/30/19 $100,000
    Sunil Badve Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation New Novel Strategies to Overcome Resistance to Standard Therapies in Breast Cancer 4/1/17 3/31/18 $250,000
    David Basile American Heart Association Incorporated New Role of renal endothelial side population as a source of progenitor activity during growth or response to injury 7/1/17 6/30/19 $154,000
    Alan Breier Eskenazi Health New Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC) and Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) Network (YR1) 9/1/16 8/31/17 $156,857
    Alan Breier Eskenazi Health New Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC) and Coordinator Specialty Care (CSC) Program 3 9/1/16 8/31/17 $153,709
    DuyKhanh Ceppa Methodist Health Foundation New Cardiothoracic Surgery Simulation Laboratory 7/1/17 6/30/18 $70,000
    D Clapp Johns Hopkins University New Testing the Pharmacologic role of Molecular Target Inhibition on Plexiform Neurofibromas in a Genetically Engineered Mouse Model that closely Phenocopies Human Neurofibromatosis Type 1 9/1/16 8/31/17 $211,352
    Stephanie Davis Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva Uni New Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE) - Capitation account 9/21/16 8/31/17 $5,000
    Groot De Indiana University Health New Diabetes Tune Up: Adherence Education for Diabetes Patients and Educators 7/1/17 6/30/19 $99,104
    Alexander Dent American Association of Immunologists New AAI Careers in Immunology Fellowships Application 9/1/17 8/31/18 $23,376
    Alexander Dent National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New The control of allergic immune responses by follicular regulator T cells 6/1/17 5/31/18 $533,777
    Linda DiMeglio Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Renewal (not prev committed) Immune Tolerance Network- EXTEND 2/1/17 1/31/18 $64,844
    Linda DiMeglio University South Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Safety & Efficacy of Imatinib for Preserving Beta-cell Function in New -onset Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus 10/1/16 9/30/17 $12,000
    Samer Gawrieh National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Fatty liver in HIV infected individuals 6/1/17 5/31/18 $372,678
    Shaun Grannis The Pew Charitable Trusts New Evaluating the impact of data standardization and normalization on matching effectiveness 6/8/17 9/30/18 $127,506
    Susan Gunst National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Smooth Muscle Mechanisms in Dynamic Airway Properties 7/1/17 4/30/18 $521,491
    Haitao Guo Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Haitao Guo 7/1/17 6/30/18 $25,000
    David Haas Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - David Haas 7/1/17 6/30/18 $25,000
    Tamara Hannon University of Pittsburgh New Impact of cognitive function on weight management outcomes in adolescents 9/1/16 8/31/17 $8,245
    Thomas Hurley University of Michigan New Isozyme-selective ALDH Inhibitors for Sensitizing Ovarian Cancer Stem-like Cells to Chemotherapy 4/1/17 3/31/18 $92,025
    Raymond Konger U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New IPA: Chin-Sinex Regulation of cutaneous immune function and anti-tumor immune responsesby PPARgamma-mediated transrepressive signaling 4/1/17 3/31/18 $2,388
    Raymond Konger U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New Regulation of cutaneous immune function and anti-tumor immune responsesby PPARgamma-mediated transrepressive signaling 4/1/17 3/31/18 $45,339
    Raymond Konger U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New IPA for Marc Mendonca: Regulation of cutaneous immune function and anti-tumor immune responsesby PPARgamma-mediated transrepressive signaling 4/1/17 3/31/18 $3,504
    Tim Lahm University of Pennsylvania New Affordable oral delivery of human blood protein drugs bioencapsulated in Plant cell 3/1/17 8/31/17 $52,216
    Tim Lahm American Heart Association-Greater Midwest Affiliate New Apelin-mediated regulation of right ventricular angiogenesis in pulmonary hypertension 7/1/17 6/30/19 $110,456
    Bruce Lamb National Institute on Aging New Central and Peripheral Roles of TREM2 in Alzheimer's Disease 5/15/17 6/30/20 $3,528,849
    Xiaochun Li Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center New A Unified Method to Study Heterogeneity in Treatment Effect 12/1/16 1/31/17 $9,617
    Yan Liu St. Baldrick's Foundation New Targeting PRL2 phosphatase in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia 7/1/14 6/30/17 $115,000
    Todd McKinley Johns Hopkins University New A Retrospective Study of Early Mechanical Stabilization and Bleeding in Disruption of the Pelvic Ring (PilotBIND) 4/17/17 9/29/18 $2,000
    Harikrishna Nakshatri U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New VA - IPA 7/1/17 6/30/18 $11,569
    R. Payne Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati New Pediatric Heart Network Prairieland Consortium 1/1/17 12/31/17 $136,977
    Roberto Pili National Cancer Institute New Epigenetic modulation of SEC24D and circulating miR-605 in renal cell carcinoma 6/15/17 5/31/18 $203,580
    Karen Pollok Purdue University New Development of SHP2 inhibitors for targeted anti?cancer therapy 4/1/17 3/31/18 $114,158
    Priya Rajagopalan Radiological Society of North America New Cortisol Gene Variants Alter Cerebral Perfusion in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Novel Genetic Pathway 7/1/17 6/30/18 $30,000
    Andrew Saykin University of Washington New ADNI Psychometrics 4/15/17 3/31/18 $82,558
    Andrew Saykin National Institute on Aging Renewal (not prev committed) Memory Circuitry in MCI and Early Alzheimeras Disease Prodrome: Molecular Drivers 6/1/17 5/31/18 $687,972
    Don Selzer Foundation for Surgical Fellowships New Foundation for Surgical Fellowships- Fellowship Program Grant 8/1/18 7/31/19 $20,000
    Sylk Sotto Professional & Organizational Development Network New A study of Underrepresented minority faculty development programs 5/1/17 4/30/18 $2,000
    Dimitrios Stefanidis Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality New Development of a simulation-based mental skills curriculum for surgeons 8/7/16 9/29/17 $91,788
    William Sullivan Instituto De Investigaciones Biotechnologicas New Novel components of Homologous Recombination Repair in the parasite Toxoplasma gondii 4/1/17 3/31/18 $25,000
    Ronald Wek Grace M. Showalter Trust Renewal (not prev committed) Translation and Stress Regulatory Pathways in Health and Disease 7/1/17 6/30/18 $60,000
    Mervin Yoder Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Wells Center summer internship 5/1/17 4/30/18 $6,600
    Nicholas Zyromski Foundation for Surgical Fellowships New Foundation for Surgical Fellowships- Fellowship Program Grant 8/1/18 7/31/19 $20,000

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Fisher joins school as medical director of breast surgical oncology

    Nationally known breast cancer surgeon Carla Fisher, MD, is IU School of Medicine’s new medical director of breast surgical oncology. In her role, Dr. Fisher will work to expand research efforts in the fields of breast cancer and breast disease, and continue to grow the surgical education program within the Department of Surgery. Read this Q&A for more on Dr. Fisher and her goals for IU School of Medicine’s breast cancer research program.

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  • Snyder named IUPUI Staff Council member of the year

    Kurt Snyder, director of Continuing Medical Education at IU School of Medicine, was recognized as the IUPUI Staff Council Member of the Year in honor of exemplary dedication to the school’s mission, values and goals.

    Snyder was recognized for his advocacy for maternity/paternity rights on behalf of staff at IUPUI. When a member of his staff shared news of her pregnancy, Snyder learned that IUPUI did not provide parental leave, and he immediately started to advocate for change.

    Additionally, Snyder was instrumental in advocating for a change to the rules related to the taxation of fee courtesy benefits on behalf of all IU employees taking graduate courses. After taking a class at IU, he noticed that he was being taxed on the benefit when he suspected that was not necessary. He immediately started a campaign to change the rule, which was adopted this spring. As a result, IU employees taking graduate-level courses are no longer taxed on the first $5,200 in fee courtesy benefits each year, saving individuals hundreds of dollars per class and thousands of dollars per degree.

    For more information about this honor, visit IUPUI Staff Council.

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Student News

  • Peer Mentorship Committee Indy Eleven tailgate is Aug. 5

    IU School of Medicine’s Peer Mentorship Committee is hosting a tailgate at 6:30 pm, Saturday, Aug. 5, before the Indy Eleven soccer game. The event will be held in the parking lot directly across from the soccer field (Michael A. Carroll Stadium). Tickets are $5, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

    The soccer game against Edmonton starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the game are $5 and may be purchased at this link for the east goal and end line section. Indianapolis students may use their student parking pass in the Barnhill Garage.

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  • Dr. Allen announces fall office hours

    Beginning next month, Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education, will offer regular office hours for students with questions or concerns. Dr. Allen’s office hours will be held in MS 166 on the IUPUI campus during the following days and times for the fall semester:

    Friday, Aug. 11: noon-1 pm (change from Aug. 9)
    Wednesday, Aug. 16: 11 am-noon
    Monday, Aug. 21: 11:30 am-1 pm
    Wednesday, Aug. 30: 11 am-1 pm
    Thursday, Sept. 21: noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, Oct. 25: 11 am-1 pm
    Wednesday, Nov. 1: noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Nov. 9: 11:30 am-1 pm
    Thursday, Nov. 30: 11:30 am-1 pm

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  • Medical students share their stories with underserved youth

    With helpful advice for underserved high school students, several IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary students participated in a recent panel discussion about what it takes to succeed in college and get accepted to medical school. The discussion was part of the Health Professions Enrichment Program, designed to introduce local, underserved high school students to careers in medicine, dentistry, advanced nursing and other healthcare careers.

    Now in its third year, the program is an initiative of Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Teen Violence, a nonprofit organization founded by Michael McGee, adjunct faculty member at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary and medical director of the emergency department at The Methodist Hospitals.

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  • Apply for program exploring spiritual and religious dimensions in health care

    Interested health professionals are invited to apply for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Healthcare program sponsored by the IU Health Values Fund. The program highlights the role that spirituality plays in enhancing professional engagement at IU Health. It brings together 15 health professionals from a variety of fields for conversations around spirituality and engagement. Each applicant is expected to complete monthly readings, meet once per month in the evenings for group discussions, and develop a project to enhance spirituality’s contribution to engagement in their work environment. The program begins in September and will last for one year.

    Application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 15. With questions, email Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, at

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  • All-provider networking event is Sept. 21

    IU Health Physicians will host an all-provider networking event from 5:30-7:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. The informal event is an opportunity for physicians, advanced practice providers and IU Health administrators to meet and network. Watch your email for more information.

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Partner News

  • Wright named president and CEO of Eskenazi Medical Group

    Curtis Wright, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, IU School of Medicine, has been named the president and chief executive officer of Eskenazi Medical Group.

    Eskenazi Medical Group includes physicians of the Eskenazi Health system who are faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine specializing in primary care, including care for seniors, children and families, as well as hospitalists. The group has more than 180 physicians, advanced practice providers and staff providing care at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and in 10 community health care centers throughout Indianapolis.

    “Dr. Wright has done a wonderful job as the interim president and CEO of Eskenazi Medical Group, and we are grateful for his willingness to take on the responsibilities of leading this group,” said Dr. David Crabb, chief medical officer of Eskenazi Health.

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