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  • Bankston steps down as associate dean of IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary

    IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary announced this week that Associate Dean Patrick W. Bankston, PhD, will resign his leadership role effective July 1. Dr. Bankston will continue as dean of the College of Health and Human Services at IU Northwest, a college he helped found in 2008, with six health and social service-related undergraduate programs. He will also continue his teaching and service roles as a faculty member at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary.

    A national search will launch this spring to identify a successor for his medical school leadership role.

    Dr.  Bankston has supported medical education in Gary for more than 40 years, most recently leading local health care institutions to establish the Northwest Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium to create medical residencies. 

    Throughout his career, Dr. Bankston has promoted innovative teaching methods and helped establish the Harvard-style Problem Based Learning (PBL) curriculum at the Northwest campus. In 1996, he assisted in the development of the Competency Curriculum emphasizing the importance of teaching and evaluating the skills, values and attitudes of future physicians--training equal in importance to medical knowledge. Dr. Bankston also served as the first statewide competency director in problem solving and devised the system used to teach and evaluate medical students for that competency.

    Dr.  Bankston worked his way through the academic ranks at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, earning the rank of professor of anatomy and cell biology in 1991, with a joint appointment as professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. His research career focused on capillary structure and function, topics on which he published with the late Nobel Laureate George Palade. Dr. Bankston has received numerous awards in recognition of his teaching and scholarship, including the prestigious Trustee Teaching Award granted annually by the university’s board of trustees to select faculty members for their excellence in teaching.

    “I cherish the opportunity I have had to help build and sustain an exemplary medical education enterprise here in Gary for the last dozen years,” Dr. Bankston said. “In the remainder of my career, I will do my best to help the new leadership of IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary establish medical residencies, and then we will have a complete pipeline for our talented students to attend college, medical school and residencies here in northwest Indiana.”

    “We are extremely grateful for Dr. Bankston’s many contributions to IU School of Medicine and the community, including major innovations to medical education and his focus on advancing diversity and professionalism,” said Jay Hess, MD, PhD, dean, IU School of Medicine, and vice president for university clinical affairs, Indiana University. “He leaves very big shoes to fill.”

    “We are proud to have Dr. Bankston remain in his position as founding dean of our College of Health and Human Services,” adds IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe.  “We are fortunate that he will work with the new leadership of the Northwest campus’s medical school to provide exciting new opportunities for undergraduate students, including a strengthened relationship with IU School of Medicine.”

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  • Check out the top 10 NIH grants funding research in 2017

    Last year was an exciting year for research and discovery at IU School of Medicine with faculty scientists and physicians bringing in a school record of more than $135 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)--an increase of more than 13 percent compared to 2016 and nearly 40 percent over 2013.

    School faculty attracted federal support for a variety of research projects targeting Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, pediatric cardiovascular health, global health and more.

    Read this blog post to learn which research projects and initiatives were awarded the largest NIH grant awards of the year.

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  • Feb. 13 is deadline to complete Internal Communications Survey

    Learners, faculty and staff have until Tuesday, Feb. 13, to complete the Internal Communications Survey. Distributed by the IU School of Medicine Office of Strategic Communications, the survey requires just 5-10 minutes to complete and is designed to gather feedback and input to plan future internal communications initiatives.

    Visit this link to take the survey and provide valuable feedback.

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Research News

  • IU malaria, sickle cell research named among Blood?s most outstanding manuscripts of 2017

    Malaria is one of the leading causes of illness and death among African children. IU School of Medicine’s Chandy John, MD, Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics, knows the dangers and consequences of this disease through more than two decades working in Kenya and Uganda to decrease malaria and its complications in children. A research paper about Dr. John’s work studying the best treatments for children suffering from malaria--and also sickle cell anemia--was chosen as one of the top 10 most outstanding manuscripts by editors of the journal Blood, which published more than 1,000 papers last year.

    Read Dr. John’s blog post for more details about his research.

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  • Researchers report problems with smell may point to build-up of protein linked to Alzheimer?s disease

    Problems identifying odors could be an early warning sign that the protein tau is building up in the brain, IU researchers have found. Tau is one of two proteins that are primary suspects in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

    In a study of 34 older patients, researchers at IU School of Medicine found that those who scored less well on a standard test of smell were more likely to have more tau protein concentrations in their brains, particularly in regions associated with the sense of smell. The study also indicated that such olfactory issues may also be associated with atrophy in certain portions of the brain.

    At the same time, the researchers found no association between olfactory issues and the presence of amyloid proteins, the other primary protein suspected of playing a significant role in Alzheimer's disease development.

    The study was published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. 

    The results suggest that problems with odor identification could become an early warning biomarker for physicians working with older patients, said Shannon L. Risacher, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences at IU School of Medicine and lead author of the research article.

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

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Student News

  • MS4 students: Complete the S3 by Feb. 9

    IU School of Medicine fourth-year students are encouraged to take the Strategic Student Survey (S3) to provide student input needed to facilitate improvements at the school. The online survey, available until Friday, Feb. 9, is just seven questions and takes only four minutes to complete.

    The MS4 class can earn $2,500 for their class’ Match Day or graduation expenses if 80 percent of the class completes the survey, which is available via phone, tablet or computer.

    The current completion rate is 50 percent. Fourth-year students: Take the survey here.

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  • Take advantage of upcoming Destress Sessions in February

    Feeling stressed? IU School of Medicine will host Mental Health Services and Chaplain drop-in hours. These sessions are a time for students to talk about anything--medical school stress, Step 1, relationships, personal growth or any other topic. These confidential 15- to 20-minute chats do not require advanced sign up--simply stop in when you can.

    Interested in setting up a remote meeting? Contact Lisa Heitman at to get a zoom meeting set up. Mental Health Services and chaplain drop-in hours are scheduled throughout February.

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  • Apply now for medical student summer research opportunities

    Interested in participating in research this summer? Several opportunities, including laboratory-based summer fellowship programs, are available for medical students in years one through four. Research experiences are available in Indiana and in other cities and states, including St. Louis, Missouri, and the Carolinas. Check out the list of available opportunities.

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  • Dhoot shares global health lesson: Start small, start now, learn quickly

    As a rising second-year IU School of Medicine student, Roshni Dhoot had the privilege of spending the summer in Eldoret, Kenya, with the Slemenda Scholars program. In the course of eight weeks, she learned a great deal about AMPATH Kenya--IU’s world-renowned medical partnership in Kenya.

    Read about Dhoot’s experiences--and the lessons she learned--in this Global Health blog post.

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  • From Burning Out to Burning Bright: FIRM Conference is March 13

    Plan now to attend the Finding Resilience in Medicine (FIRM) Conference from 8:30 am-4:15 pm, Tuesday, March 13. Since its inception in 2014, the FIRM Conference has made overcoming burnout its highest priority. The conference has explored the signs, symptoms and prevalence of burnout, in addition to potential remedies and prevention strategies. This year’s conference, From Burning Out to Burning Bright, is sponsored by IU School of Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and will be held at Marian University, 3008 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis.

    Registration is free.

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  • IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center seeks director of education

    The IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center is hiring a director of education to advance interprofessional education initiatives and leader scholarship. Established in 2014, the center aims to design, facilitate and evaluate interprofessional practice and education that translates into improved individual and population health outcomes.

    The director of education will be responsible for providing strategic advice to the center director; delegating responsibilities and supervising staff; overseeing implementation of the center’s education programs; and participating in and conducting educational research related to interprofessional practice and education.

    Priority review deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 26. More information is available.

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  • Feb. 14 conference explores how to avoid pitfalls of global health volunteerism

    Faculty, students and staff who participate in, advise or develop global experiences are invited to attend the upcoming IUPUI conference, “When ‘Hoping to Help’ Hurts: What Students, Faculty and Staff Need to Know to Avoid the Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteerism” on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10:30-11:45 am, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 450A. Featured speaker is Dr. Judith Lasker, NEH Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University.

    Registration is available.

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  • Medical library posts February classes

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

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

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

    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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  • Upcoming Women in Medicine Series addresses intersections of race and gender in academic medicine

    The second annual Dr. Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine Series, exploring how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions, 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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Partner News

  • Nagy named president of IU Health AAHC

    Ryan Nagy, MD, has been named president, IU Health adult academic health center (AAHC), which encompasses IU Health Methodist and University hospitals. Dr. Nagy, who is an assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at IU School of Medicine, has been interim AAHC president for almost two years, while also serving as chief medical officer. In that time, the AAHC significantly improved performance in quality and safety, made notable operational progress and increased team member engagement.

    In announcing the appointment, IU Health Chief Operating Officer Al Gatmaitan highlighted Dr. Nagy's character, leadership skills, experience and commitment to excellence, calling him a proven, action-oriented and charismatic leader. 

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