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  • IU School of Medicine researchers set new record in NIH funding in 2017

    IU School of Medicine scientists and physicians brought in more than $135 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in federal fiscal year 2017--setting a school record and advancing IU into the top 33 NIH-funded medical schools in the nation. This represents a 40 percent increase in NIH funding over the past four years, and a more than 13 percent increase compared to 2016. In total, the school brought in over $316 million in research funding from all sources in calendar year 2017.

    "The dramatic increase we've seen in our NIH and other funding is a tribute to our faculty,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and vice president for University Clinical Affairs at IU. "Through focusing our efforts in key areas of neuroscience, cancer, diabetes, child health and others, thinking creatively and working collaboratively, our faculty is growing our research in areas of critical need, with the ultimate goal of making lives better for patients.”

    For more on the importance of NIH funding, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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  • Nominate a colleague by Feb. 2 for IU Trustees Teaching Award

    Each year excellence in teaching is recognized by the Indiana University Board of Trustees through the Trustees Teaching Award. Nominations for the 2018 awards must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 2.

    Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching, including IU School of Medicine faculty who may be located at medical centers or be paid by institutions other than Indiana University (e.g., IU Health Physicians, Eskenazi Health, Purdue University, VA, Ball State University, etc.).

    Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service to be eligible (appointed on or before July 1, 2014).

    For more information and nomination form, visit Questions about eligibility? Email

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  • Internal Communications Survey now open

    The IU School of Medicine Office of Strategic Communications is gathering feedback and input from learners, faculty and staff to plan future internal communications initiatives. You should have received an email this week (week of Jan. 22) with a link to the Internal Communications Survey, which takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is available until Feb. 13.

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  • Carroll: Why ?bad? food may not be that bad

    Aaron Carroll, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, shares a revolutionary message in his new book, “The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully.” When it comes to so-called “sinful” eats, Dr. Carroll suggests that people are being misled by nutritional claims based on little substantive research. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Dr. Carroll has written a number of columns about food and nutrition, which generated interest and prompted the book. Learn more in this Q&A about why Dr. Carroll believes moderation and common sense are key in making decisions about food. 

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  • Need to update the MedNet student portal? Use the online form

    IU School of Medicine Medical Student Education has an online form to submit updates to the student portal of MedNet, the school’s intranet. The form is the best, most efficient way to request changes and additions, as all submissions can be easily tracked.

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Research News

  • IU-led study finds nearly imperceptible fluctuations in movement correspond to autism diagnosis

    A new study led by researchers at Indiana University and Rutgers University provides the strongest evidence yet that nearly imperceptible changes in how people move can be used to diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

    The study’s results, reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, suggest a more accurate method to diagnose autism. Current assessments depend on highly subjective criteria, such as a lack of eye movement or repetitive actions. There is not existing medical test for autism, such as a blood test or genetic screening.

    Faculty from IU’s Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Psychiatric Research at IU School of Medicine were involved in the findings. The school’s John Nurnberger, MD, PhD, the Joyce and Iver Small Professor Psychiatry, provided medical expertise for the study. To learn more, visit News at IU Bloomington.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Hao named Bicentennial Chair in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    Chunhai Hao, MD, PhD, is the first holder of the Bicentennial Chair in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Hao, whose faculty title is Bicentennial Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, joined IU School of Medicine from the Henry Ford Health System Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as chief of neuropathology. His IU School of Medicine appointment as bicentennial chair began Jan. 13.

    The Bicentennial Chair in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine was established in 2015 by Indiana Pathology Endowment, Inc., and is the sixth faculty endowment to be funded by the organization.

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  • Check Canvas courses for broken links by Feb. 26

    After IU retired Adobe Connect on Dec. 28, 2017, UITS received reports from faculty with broken links to videos and Adobe Presenter content in Canvas courses. The links were broken because the content was stored on the Adobe Connect server, which is no longer available. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to check Canvas courses containing videos or narrated PowerPoints for broken links, especially if they are not sure where this content is stored.

    Adobe Connect and Presenter content is recoverable through Feb. 26 by completing the Adobe Connect Recovery Form. Recovering content will no longer be possible after Feb. 26.

    Canvas Course Link Validator tool available
    Faculty should also check for missing content in current courses and past courses that they intend to use again (e.g. Summer 2018, Fall 2018). To quickly identify any broken links in Canvas courses, consider using the Canvas Course Link Validator. This tool will search content and return a list of links that are invalid or unresponsive. To learn more, watch the Link Validator in Canvas Tutorial.

    For help with replacing broken course links or with the Canvas Link Validator tool, contact your local campus and teaching and learning center.

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  • Mentors needed for IU Simon Cancer Center summer research programs

    IU Simon Cancer Center members are invited to participate 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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  • Medical library: February class schedule

    The Ruth Lilly Medical Library is offering the following classes in February:

    EndNote Basics
    Thursday, Feb. 8; noon-1 pm; Room 226
    Wednesday, Feb. 28; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Introduction to Medical Library Resources
    Tuesday, Feb. 20; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    A Primer on Data Visualization
    Tuesday, Feb. 13; noon-1 pm; Room 227

    Basics of Charts and Graphs
    Thursday, Feb. 22; 11 am-noon; Room 226

    Class registration is not required, but recommended. Check the library website for more information.

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  • March 2 Women in Medicine Series to explore race, gender in academic medicine

    Plan now to attend the second annual Dr. Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine Series, which explores how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions. The event will be held from 11:30 am-1 pm, Friday, March 2, in Walther Hall (R3) 203. This year’s speaker is Sylk M. Sotto, EdD, MBA, MS, vice chair for faculty affairs and diversity, and assistant professor, Department of Medicine, IU School of Medicine. Registration is available.

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  • Watanabe Translational Research Prize nominations due Jan. 31

    IU 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.

    Submit a nomination by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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  • Performers, artists invited to participate in Evening of the Arts

    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 in Indianapolis.

    Musicians, dancers, comedy acts and more are welcome to participate. Artists are also invited to donate pieces for the art auction. Email the event committee at by Monday, Feb. 12, if you are interested.

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  • Deadline is March 5 to apply for CTSI-designated core facilities grants

    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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Partner News

  • Kremer named IU Health Physicians chief operating officer

    Brian Kremer has been appointed chief operating officer for IU Health Physicians. Most recently serving as vice president, practice operations, and co-chair of the operations and standards management committee, Kremer has been with IU Health Physicians for more than 10 years.

    In his new position as COO, Kremer is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the multi-specialty physician group and continuing his leadership in the alignment phase, working closely with all of the clinical chairs and vice chairs across IU Health.

    In an email delivered to the organization’s team members on Jan. 22, David Ingram, MD, president, IU Health Physicians, wrote, “Having already established excellent working relationships, gained valuable knowledge and understanding of the history and vision of each department within the IU School of Medicine and a passion for education and development of the leaders of our organization, Brian is uniquely positioned for success in his new role.”

    Kremer received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management from Indiana University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the IU Kelley School of Business. He also attained Certified Medical Professional Executive (CMPE) designation through the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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