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  • IU Health, IU break ground on IU Health Regional Academic Health Center

    Community leaders, Indiana University faculty, staff and students, and health care providers gathered on Tuesday, Jan. 16, to celebrate the official ceremonial groundbreaking of the new IU Health Regional Academic Health Center on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington.

    Expected to be completed in 2020, the over 700,000-square-foot complex will serve Bloomington and the surrounding region and will include a cancer center, surgical services, a women's center, neonatal intensive care, physician offices and a trauma center. A state-of-the-art health care simulation center used to train students and clinicians on new patient care techniques will be shared by IU Health and IU.

    "Today is a truly historic day for Bloomington and southern Indiana and heralds a completely new era in health care in this region," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "The Regional Academic Health Center will bring together in one complex IU Health physicians, clinicians and medical staff with Indiana University faculty, staff and students in a way that will enhance and broaden the services the center provides and that will substantially expand the capacity for education and research by IU's health sciences programs by co-locating them in a dynamic and state-of-the-art clinical environment."

    McRobbie noted that the Academic Health Sciences Building located at the site will provide much-needed opportunities for growth for the IU Bloomington health sciences programs. This will enable IU to increase the number of students in these programs, thus helping to address the acute shortage of health care workers in the state. When complete, it will house about 100 faculty and staff, and train about 1,000 students.

    More details are available in News at IU.

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  • Amid growing flu concerns, Carroll promotes vaccination in New York Times posts

    As states nationwide, including Indiana, report more flu-related deaths in what is turning out to be a particularly harsh year for the seasonal virus, IU School of Medicine’s Aaron Carroll, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, explains why adults should get vaccinated in a recent article published online in the New York Times.

    “In any year, even when you’re vaccinated, you can get the flu. The shot is about reducing your risk, not eliminating it,” writes Carroll, in the article titled “Why it’s still worth getting a flu shot.” “Still, even when the flu vaccine is ‘less effective,’ it’s a good bet.”

    In an accompanying NYT blog posted earlier this week, Dr. Carroll asserts that adults also need to get vaccinated to provide “herd immunity to others, especially babies and older people.”

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  • New assistant dean for career mentoring looks forward to helping students succeed

    With years of experience in teaching and career mentoring, Debra Rusk, MD, is passionate about her new role as assistant dean for career mentoring and professional development. Learn more about Dr. Rusk and her plans for new and expanded career mentoring initiatives at IU School of Medicine in this Q&A blog post.

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  • Nominations due Jan. 31 for $100K Watanabe Translational Research Prize

    Indiana University School of Medicine is accepting nominations for the 2018 August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research, awarded to an investigator who has made a significant contribution to the field of translational science.

    The Watanabe Prize is one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious awards recognizing individuals focused on shepherding scientific discoveries into new therapies for patients. It is named in honor of the late August Watanabe, a titan in the field of translational research in both academia and industry, who impacted the health of people around the world as a leader at IU and Eli Lilly and Co.

    Nominees for the Watanabe Prize should be members of the scientific or medical community who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in translational research. This award is conferred upon senior investigators whose influential research deserves major recognition.

    The winner of the 2018 Watanabe Prize will receive a $100,000 award and spend time in Indianapolis as a visiting dignitary to share knowledge with audiences at IU and partner institutions. Over the next two years, the honoree also will serve as a long-distance mentor to two exceptional young investigators named concurrently as Watanabe Translational Scholars. Note: This year’s prize nominees must be available to travel to Indianapolis from September 12-14, 2018.

    Submit a nomination by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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  • Your input is valuable: Internal Communications Survey opens Jan. 23

    Watch your inbox next week for a link to a brief survey about internal communications at IU School of Medicine. The school’s Office of Strategic Communications is gathering feedback and input from learners, faculty and staff to plan future communications initiatives. The online survey, which takes just 5-10 minutes to complete, will be available until Feb. 13.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Register for upcoming promotion and tenure info sessions

    Beginning Thursday, Feb. 8, find out about IU School of Medicine’s promotion and tenure process during a series of information sessions. The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is partnering with the school’s promotion and tenure committee to offer these special sessions. Dates and topics include:

    Thursday, Feb. 8: General overview
    Wednesday, Feb. 14: Documenting your work
    Monday, Feb. 19: Preparing your CV
    Wednesday, Feb. 21: Advancing to full professor
    Monday, Feb. 26: eDossier nuts and bolts

    Registration is available for each session.

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  • IU Simon Cancer Center seeks mentors for summer research programs

    The IU Simon Cancer Center invites cancer center members to serve as mentors in the center's Summer Research Program (SRP) and/or Future Scientist Program (FSP). SRP admits underrepresented students in high school or early undergraduate years, while the FSP admits high school juniors from Marion County schools. Program dates are June 4-July 27 for SRP and June 11-July 20 for FSP. Mentors receive $1,000 in bench fees, while students are paid a stipend. Labs are encouraged to take summer students at multiple levels of training (e.g. high school, college, MD) to encourage vertical mentoring. If interested, contact program co-directors Tim Corson at or Shannon Hawkins at

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  • Climb IU challenges employees to move more, track steps

    Moving throughout the day re-energizes the mind and body, and it’s important for overall health. From Jan. 22-Feb. 9, Healthy IU invites employees and spouses to Climb IU by tracking either stairs climbed or active minutes. Create a team or climb solo, as you work toward your movement goals. Register today and receive a Climb IU t-shirt (while supplies last).

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  • CUPID summer oncology program needs faculty and lab mentors

    Clinical faculty, laboratory mentors and lecturers are needed to participate in the “Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged” (CUPID) program, a summer translational oncology program jointly administered by IU School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine.

    Now in its third year at IU School of Medicine, CUPID aims to cultivate an interest in cancer treatment and research among medical students who have not yet fully defined their career goals. Students interested in both research and health care disparities (rural and urban) and who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community service are invited to apply. The 10-week, laboratory-based research experience will be held from May 28-Aug. 3, with IU School of Medicine hosting four to six students for the fellowship. During this period, students also will attend a didactic lunchtime lecture series featuring discussion about the molecular basis of cancer, general oncologic principles, challenges in clinical oncology and approaches to relieving cancer health disparities. They will also experience the clinical side of oncology through participation in half-day clinical rotations. Students will present research findings at a closing symposium. 

    Faculty are needed to host students in their labs (if located in Indianapolis), give lectures and provide shadow experiences in their clinics. Faculty mentors hosting a summer student in their laboratories will receive $1,000 to help cover lab-related expenses.  

    More details about CUPID and faculty volunteer opportunities are available. With questions or to volunteer, contact Joe Dynlacht, PhD, at, or Richard Zellars, MD, at

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  • NIFS indoor walking track open to employees, spouses

    Don’t let the cold weather steal your steps. Faculty and staff (and their spouses) have free access to the indoor walking track at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) during regular business hours. Learn more from Healthy IU.

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Student News

  • Adjei receives ?I Have a Dream? award

    IU School of Medicine second-year medical student Michael Adjei has earned the “I Have a Dream” award, recognizing an African-American student for notable academic improvement and/or outstanding group leadership. The award is sponsored by the IUPUI Black Faculty and Staff Council. Adjei received the honor during the campus’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner on Jan. 14.

    Look for more on Adjei and his honor in an upcoming issue of INScope.

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  • Deadline to apply for IMPRS research opportunities is Jan. 29

    The Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) facilitates IU School of Medicine medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities, including laboratory, clinical, health research outcomes and community health education.

    The IMPRS mission is to provide a diverse array of research and scholarly options for IU School of Medicine students and to enrich the research and scholarly education for all of the school’s medical students. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be current IU School of Medicine students in Phase 1 Year 1.

    Applications are due Monday, Jan. 29.

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  • Have a question for Dr. Allen? Visit his spring semester office hours

    Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean, Medical Student Education, will hold office hours throughout the spring semester. Check the updated list of days and times below:

    Wednesday, Jan. 24; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Feb. 1; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Feb. 8; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Feb. 15; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, March 1; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, March 8; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, March 15; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, March 29; noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, April 11; noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, April 18; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, May 3; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, May 10; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, May 17; noon-1 pm

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  • Performers and artists: Evening of the Arts is April 14

    The IU School of Medicine 27th annual Evening of the Arts will be held Saturday, April 14, at the Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. The event showcases the incredible talents of the school community and raises funds to support free health clinics of Indianapolis.

    Interested in performing in this year’s event or donating a piece to the art auction? Musicians, dancers, comedy acts and more are welcome. Email the event committee at by Monday, Feb. 12, if you are interested.

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  • Loehrer to speak at AOA lecture on Jan. 30

    Patrick J. Loehrer, MD, internationally recognized oncologist and director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, will speak at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Emerson Hall, Room 304. Featured as part of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) lecture series, Dr. Loehrer will talk about his journey through medicine and a special patient who helped shape his perspective. 

    Lunch will be provided for those who register. Individuals may attend without registering, but lunch will not be guaranteed. Questions? Email

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  • Registration now open for RESPECT Center conference

    Plan to attend the 2018 RESPECT Center conference, Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Caring for the Complex Patient. The conference will be held from 7:30 am-4 pm, Friday, March 2, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. A pre-conference workshop will take place from 12:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, March 1.

    The statewide conference brings together health care clinicians and researchers to discuss best practices in palliative and end-of-life care. Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, associate professor, Harvard Medical School, will be the keynote speaker.

    Registration is now available.

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  • Check out remaining Diversity Month events

    IU School of Medicine has planned a series of Diversity Month events exploring different dimensions of diversity, including topics specific to diversity and inclusion in academic medicine. The remaining schedule of events includes:

    Friday, Jan. 19: Department of Medicine Grand Rounds: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence Toward Equitable Patient-Centered Communication
    Noon; Emerson Hall 304

    Monday, Jan. 22: Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership (featuring Emily Walvoord, MD)
    11:45 am; Fairbanks Hall 1112

    Monday, Jan. 22: Unconscious Bias Presentation at IU School of Medicine-Fort WayneDinner session: 6:30 pm (viewing available in Walther Hall 303)

    Thursday, Jan. 25: Cultural Awareness Town Hall: Fourteen Years Later--On Barriers to Healthcare Faced by the Hispanic/Latino Community of Indianapolis
    11:30 am; Walther Hall 203

    Tuesday, Jan. 30: Asking Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions in the History and Physical Exam
    Noon; Van Nuys Medical Science Building, B26

    Visit for more details on 2018 diversity programming.

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  • Apply for CTSI-designated core facilities grants by March 5

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) seeks proposals from postdoctoral researchers to develop translational research through the use of technologies and expertise at the Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities available at all partner institutions. Translational research refers to research in the lab that eventually translates into patient treatment to improve human health care. Translation involves applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans.

    Application details
    and more information are available. Deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 5.   

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