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  • Four IU School of Medicine students earn Elite 50 recognition

    Four IU School of Medicine students have been named to IUPUI’s annual Elite 50 list. Honoring graduate students campus-wide, Elite 50 recognizes student achievements in scholarship and service beyond the classroom. Applicants are evaluated on their level of involvement and responsibility in either service to the university or community benefit. IU School of Medicine students earning Elite 50 recognition this year are:

    Mohammad Aref
    Omar El Jordi
    Dustin Nowaskie
    Lakshmi Prabhu

    Elite 50 award recipients will be honored at a celebration dinner on Wednesday, April 11, in the University Tower Ballroom on the IUPUI campus.

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  • Inaugural student research symposium is April 21

    The first IU School of Medicine Student Research Symposium, a student-led effort, will take place from noon-3 pm, Saturday, April 21, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building Atrium. The event is open to all IU School of Medicine students interested in presenting their research or scholarly projects to peers and faculty members.

    Abstract submissions are currently being accepted, and there is no fee for submissions. The symposium committee will cover the cost of printing posters, if they are emailed to The deadline to submit an abstract is Sunday, April 1. (Monday, April 9, for the class of 2020). All accepted abstracts will be published in the first edition of Insight Medical Journal.

    A list of frequently asked questions, including eligibility requirements, is available. Questions? E-mail

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  • Here's how to get your CrimsonCard

    The deadline to replace your current IU School of Medicine ID card with IU’s university-wide CrimsonCard is June 30, 2018. All current IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff (part time and full time), and affiliates, including residents and fellows, must obtain a CrimsonCard before June 30. All current JagTag and IU School of Medicine ID cards will stop working on this date.

    Still need to get yours? Here’s how to get started on the Indianapolis campus:

    Step 1: Visit the CrimsonCard (formerly JagTag) office in the IUPUI Campus Center or Informatics & Communications Technology Complex to get a CrimsonCard. Be sure to tell the representative you need the IU School of Medicine multi-function card (also called the triple-technology card).

    Step 2: If you use your ID to access IU Health facilities, email your CrimsonCard information to IU Health. (Read FAQ for specifics.)

    Step 3: Hold onto your old ID, because access to IU Health buildings will not immediately transfer to your CrimsonCard.

    All the details you need to know are included in a list of frequently asked questions, including information for colleagues at regional campuses.

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  • IU School of Medicine now accepting applications for a psychologist

    IU School of Medicine Mental Health Services is now accepting applications for a psychologist. School psychologists provide direct clinical care to medical trainees through the mental health services program at IU School of Medicine. Direct clinical care includes initial assessments, crisis counseling, crisis intervention, individual and couples’ psychotherapy, and psychological testing. Clinical care also encompasses teletherapy services when appropriate for medical trainees at the school’s regional campuses, as well as facilitating the referral process as needed for trainees to obtain services on their own campus.

    This position may be eligible for an adjunct assistant professor of clinical psychology appointment in clinical psychiatry depending on interest and eligibility. A PhD in psychology or counseling psychology, or PsyD is required. Applicants must be licensed or license eligible in the state of Indiana, as well as have at least five years of related experience.

    Employee referrals in support of this search are welcome and encouraged. More details about the opportunity are available. Questions? Contact Craig Pelka at

    This position is part of the IU Employee Referral Incentive Program. Employees who refer a successful candidate in this position can receive an incentive payment of 5 percent of the position's base salary, with a maximum of $2,500. To participate, review the program’s policy and ask your referral to list your name on their application when asked how they learned about the position.

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Research News

  • New policy regarding scientific review

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) has provided scientific review of certain full board protocols since October 2016. Effective March 29, 2018, Indiana CTSI Scientific Review Committee review will be required prior to IRB review for full board studies which require biomedical IRB review and which have not undergone scientific review from another source such as a commercial sponsor or government funding agency. The CTSI Scientific Review Committee process should be initiated prior to IRB review.  Protocols can be submitted directly to CTSI Scientific Review Committee for review by emailing the protocol to  

    For more information on the SRC review process and review criteria, visit the Indiana CTSI website.

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  • Survivors of testicular cancer have higher risk of heart disease

    A study led by IU School of Medicine’s Mohammad Abu Zaid, MD, assistant professor of medicine, suggests that men surviving testicular cancer have higher risk factors for heart disease. Specifically, Dr. Abu Zaid’s research found testicular cancer survivors had higher rates of obesity, hypertension and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) than similar-aged men who did not have cancer.

    The study, published this month in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, is featured in Every Day Health.

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  • Study confirms life-saving value of colonoscopy procedure

    Research conducted by Charles Kahi, MD, professor of clinical medicine, further proves the effectiveness of colonoscopy in saving lives. Analyzing approximately 25,000 patients in the Veterans Affairs health system, where colonoscopy is widely used, the comparison of screening histories over about two decades found that “colonoscopy was associated with a 61 percent reduction in colorectal cancer mortality,” according to Dr. Kahi.

    The research is summarized in this HealthDay article.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Abonour named Harry and Edith Gladstein Professor of Epidemiology and Genetics

    Rafat Abonour, MD, has been named the second holder of the Harry and Edith Gladstein Professor of Cancer Research. In addition, he will retain his current faculty titles as professor of medicine and professor of pathology & laboratory medicine.

    The Harry and Edith Gladstein Chair was established in 2000 by the Gladstein Family Trust to honor the parents of Andrew P. Gladstein, trustee, and to fund basic research in the understanding and treatment of cancer.

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  • March 31 is deadline for new disclosure form

    IU School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians have collaborated on a single portal for capturing and updating conflicts of interest disclosures. Faculty received a link earlier this month to complete the new online Kuali Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment (COI-C) Disclosure Form, which is due Saturday, March 31. Going forward, faculty physicians will just need to update information that changes each year rather than completing the entire form again.

    A conflicts of interest disclosures webpage has been developed with additional information, FAQs and instructions. With questions, reach out to the University Compliance Office at or 317-274-2667.

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  • Cancer researchers: May 1 is deadline to apply for ACSIRG funding

    The IU Simon Cancer Center announces the availability of funds for pilot projects to help new investigators initiate their independent research programs. Provided by the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACSIRG) program, the funding is available to investigators holding the rank of assistant professor, research assistant professor or assistant scientist and without an active (i.e., NIH, NSF, ACS) national competitive research grant (regardless of topic).

    The ACSIRG program seeks to attract new investigators from Indiana University into cancer research and to provide support for new pilot studies that will produce preliminary data for the investigator to develop into studies that will compete successfully for external, national funds from both federal and private sources. Faculty from IU School of Medicine, and the schools of nursing, dentistry, optometry, public and environmental affairs, health and rehabilitation sciences, liberal arts, law, science and informatics are encouraged to apply.

    More details are available. For required application template, contact Crystal Munson at Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 1.

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Student News

  • Indianapolis: Daly Center fitness facility renovations complete

    Renovation of the Daly Center Fitness Center is now complete, and the facility is once again available to students. For students with Daly Center fitness memberships, access to the fitness center at Fairbanks Hall will be discontinued next week.

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  • MS4: Check out prizes for completing the GQ

    MS4s already know that the Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is important in making changes to the medical student experience, but now there are even more reasons to complete the questionnaire. All students who complete the GQ through Sunday, April 29, will be eligible to win Amazon gift cards and an Apple watch. More details about prizes are available.

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  • Spring House Calls is April 14

    Sign up to participate in Spring House Calls, IU School of Medicine’s longest running service event. During this annual day of service, medical students help beautify urban neighborhoods by planting flowers, spreading mulch and performing yard work for area residents. This year’s event will take place at 8:30 am, Saturday, April 14, near Christamore House, 502 N. Tremont St. Get to know fellow Student Interest Group members, enjoy some free food and contribute to beautifying Indianapolis. Sign up for Spring House Calls today. Questions? Email or

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  • Indiana CTSI Bloomington Retreat to focus on opioid crisis

    Registration is now open for the Indiana CTSI Bloomington Retreat on Wednesday, April 25, on the IU Bloomington campus. This year's event, "Science as a Solution to Indiana's Opioid Crisis," includes keynote speakers from IU, the state of Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health. The retreat, which is free and open to the public, offers valuable opportunities to network with investigators from across the state and learn more about research resources and services available through the Indiana CTSI.

    Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 18.

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  • Next generation researchers: Attend April 13 health technology symposium

    The IU School of Medicine Ruth Lilly Medical Library is sponsoring a Health Technology Symposium/Health Makerfaire from 11 am-4 pm, Friday, April 13, in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center in the Riley Outpatient Center. The event will feature the latest on innovation, virtual reality and 3D printing, as well as highlight resources for next generation researchers.

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  • Cancer Research Day abstract submissions due April 13

    The IU Simon Cancer Center is now accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day, which for the first time will be two-day event, May 2 and 3. Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame, are eligible to present at Cancer Research Day.

    Abstracts should be submitted in one of the following research categories: 

    • Basic science
    • Behavioral
    • Population science/epidemiology
    • Translational/clinical research

    Abstracts will be divided and compared by the following groups within each research category: clinical nurse, graduate student, medical student, post-doctoral/medical fellow, research technician and faculty (faculty not eligible for cash award).

    Visit Cancer Research Day for details and to complete the online abstract submission form. The deadline to submit the form is 5 pm, Friday, April 13. Cash awards will be given for best poster(s) in each research category, by group.

    Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.

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  • Patient Safety and Quality Day is April 6

    The third annual Patient Safety and Quality Day will be held from 8:30 am-1 pm, Friday, April 6, in the Emerson Hall Auditorium, 545 Barnhill Dr., on the IUPUI campus. The event is dedicated to advancing quality improvement and patient safety efforts by facilitating a collaboration between clinical leaders, providers, educators, trainees and students across multiple healthcare disciplines. Registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated. Questions? Email Tamara Harris, Graduate Medical Education, at

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  • Deadline to apply for biomedical research grants is May 1

    The Biomedical Research Grant program is open to all IU School of Medicine faculty who are full time, regardless of tenure status, with an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor and assistant/associate/full scientist. In general, the program is most beneficial for 1) research projects of investigators new to IU School of Medicine who do not yet have extramural funding and who need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding; and 2) research projects of established IU School of Medicine investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources.

    Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one-year duration. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 1.

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  • Research Enhancement Program applications due May 1

    The IU School of Medicine Research Enhancement Program is designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education (regional campuses) including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program. All full-time Center/Medical Sciences faculty, regardless of tenure status, with an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor or assistant/associate/full scientist at time of submission, are eligible to apply for a Research Enhancement Grant. Primary appointment must be in IU School of Medicine. Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this program.

    Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one-year duration. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 1

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  • Check out the Ruth Lilly Medical Library April class schedule

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

    EndNote Basics
    Tuesday, April 3; noon-1 pm; Room 226
    Thursday, April 26; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Introduction to Medical Library Resources
    Wednesday, April 4; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226 

    Introduction to Systematic Reviews
    Tuesday, April 24; 3:30-4:30 pm; Room 226

    Using MyBibliography for NIH Public Access
    Wednesday, April 25; noon-1 pm; Room 227

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

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Partner News

  • Kiray named IU Health Physicians CMO

    Gregory C. Kiray, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, has been appointed IU Health Physicians chief medical officer (CMO), effective April 1. Dr. Kiray has served as a general internal medicine physician while holding key administrative and clinical leadership roles for IU Health Physicians.

    As CMO, Dr. Kiray will collaborate with the organization’s leaders to establish and support strategic financial, operational, clinical and administrative goals and policies. Additionally, he will be responsible for continued support of the tripartite mission through actively fostering and supporting research and educational partnership with IU School of Medicine.

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  • Construction-related traffic changes at Riley begin April 9

    The Riley Maternity and Newborn Health strategic building project will soon be underway, with construction crews erecting temporary walls to protect visitors and patients beginning the week of April 9. As work begins, foot traffic pattern changes and temporary signage are expected, along with these changes:

    • Circle driveway on Barnhill Avenue will close to all traffic, including drop-offs and deliveries.
    • Riley Atrium Lobby entrance and glass elevators will no longer be accessible.
    • Entry from the People Mover will be rerouted to the cafeteria hallway.

    Riley cafeteria, Nature’s Table and Copper Moon will remain open and accessible during construction.

    When finished in 2020, the Maternity and Newborn Health strategic building project will allow Riley to provide comprehensive maternity and newborn health services and operate one of only two Level 4 perinatal centers in the state.

    Questions? Email the Riley Maternity and Newborn Health project team at

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Around Campus

  • Indianapolis - Blood drive is April 4

    The IUPUI Staff Council is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, April 4, from 10 am-3 pm, in the Medical Science Building Atrium and Taylor Courtyard. Every blood donation makes a life-giving difference for multiple patients. Questions? Contact Dotti Laas at 317-408-2124 or

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