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  • First Cowley and Wakefield staff award winners named

    IU School of Medicine recently recognized four staff members with two new awards honoring long-time staff members Deb Cowley and Lynn Wakefield, who retired earlier this year.

    Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award – 2018 recipients

    Neelam Chand, director, department of medicine human resources and academic administration, and Linda Bratcher, director, graduate medical education, received the Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award, which recognizes a staff employee who demonstrates a contribution to faculty assistance, coaching and/or development.

    In recommending Chand for the award, her nominator wrote:
    “Neelam services tirelessly to support faculty as they progress toward and eventually gain promotion. She loves to see faculty plan and meet their goals, and she does everything within her power to help them be successful.”

    Bratcher’s nominator noted:
    “With all that Linda does in providing leadership and support, she finds time to stop her work to help others and never approaches a task as if it is beneath her position to perform. She is a very nurturing and empathetic leader and makes it a point to offer emotional support to staff members.”

    Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award – 2018 recipients

    Debbie Wombles, senior administrative assistant in adolescent medicine, and Sheila Reynolds, grants specialist in biochemistry, are the recipients of this year’s Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award. This award acknowledges staff employees who demonstrate outstanding reliability in the execution of duties without expectation of recognition.

    In nominating Wombles for the award, a colleague wrote:
    “Despite the significant breadth of tasks on her daily task list, Debbie consistently finds ways to help her coworkers. Her willingness to assist others and her commitment to the service of our patients is unequaled.”

    Recognizing Reynolds’ many contributions in handling grant applications, a faculty member wrote:
    “She takes the initiative to read any related documentation, identifies the information needed, develops a project timeline and follows through in providing any support that she can. She is a valued colleague who helps to mentor our students as they prepare research proposals for the first time and ensures that faculty meet their deadlines." 

    Congratulations to these deserving award winners. Descriptions and submission guidelines for these and other school-wide faculty and staff awards are available.

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  • Reminder: I-65 closure to affect downtown commute beginning next week

    Travel to and from downtown Indianapolis will be more challenging starting next week when Interstate 65 closes in both directions between Meridian Street (exit 113) and 21st Street (exit 115). As the Indiana Department of Transportation rehabilitates bridges on this stretch of I-65, the West Street entry and exit ramps to and from IUPUI will not be accessible during the construction, which will be ongoing through Sunday, Aug. 5. 

    Information about alternative routes and a PDF map of the affected area are available. Drivers are also encouraged to follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay informed.

    Another traffic note: Michigan Street opening to two-way traffic

    In addition, the Michigan Street conversion project on the IUPUI campus, led by the city of Indianapolis, will open Michigan Street to two-way traffic on or after Sunday, July 1. Be aware of this new traffic pattern that may also affect your commute next week. Details include:

    • Two through lanes on Michigan Street in each direction of travel between West Street and White River Parkway. All intersections will have a dedicated turn lane. 
    • Pedestrian Hawk Light signals at three locations between the ICTC building and the dental school.
    • Traffic signal at Vermont Street and West Street.
    • Separate bike lane on the south side of Michigan Street.

    At the conclusion of the project, Blackford Street will become a two-way street between Michigan and New York Streets. Follow @IUPUI on Twitter for Michigan Street project updates.

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  • IU School of Medicine seeks chief information officer

    IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for executive associate dean and chief information officer. The successful candidate will lead the school-wide information systems, technologies, applications and services necessary to meet the highest level of user expectations through a blend of technical expertise, administrative experience, and strong communication and leadership skills.

    Reporting to the dean of IU School of Medicine and a member of the executive leadership team, the executive associate dean and chief information officer will participate in, and contribute to, overall business strategy development and will bring a current knowledge and future vision of leveraging information and technology to provide a competitive advantage for the academic health center. Additionally, an emphasis will be placed on strategic planning regarding academic computing functions and the alignment to academic needs and appropriate integration within the broader Indiana University IT organizations. Through direct actions, communication and partnership, this leader will help shape, oversee and promote IT services as a competitive differentiator that enhances IU School of Medicine’s value.

    More information about this position, including key responsibilities, qualifications and application submission details, are available. Priority application review deadline is Tuesday, July 24.

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  • INScope bi-weekly summer publication schedule continues

    During the summer months, INScope is publishing on a bi-weekly schedule. Upcoming issues will be distributed on July 12 and July 26, with weekly issues resuming on Aug. 9. 

    As a reminder, the deadline for news item submissions is Wednesday at noon for each Thursday’s issue. For more information, visit the INScope page on MedNet. Email news submissions to

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  • Shekhar to discuss CTSI grant on Inside Indiana Business TV airing this weekend

    IU School of Medicine Executive Associate Dean for Research Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, will be interviewed on Inside Indiana Business TV, airing at 7:30 pm, Friday, June 29, on WFYI (PBS) Channel 20 and at 11 am, Sunday, July 1, on WTHR (NBC) Channel 13. Dr. Shekhar, who is the founding director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), will discuss the institute’s recent $33 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Housed at IU School of Medicine, the Indiana CTSI is a research partnership among IU, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame that brings together the state’s brightest minds to solve Indiana’s most pressing health challenges.

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  • New initiative will address service gap for opioid-dependent mothers

    A new initiative will help address a gap in care for Indiana's rising number of postpartum mothers dependent on opioids and their babies through a patient-centric approach.

    The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation awarded Indiana University School of Medicine $844,065 to support CARE Plus, which will leverage the window after opioid-dependent mothers give birth – a time of high motivation – to encourage them to start the recovery process. The goal is to help more opioid-dependent mothers get access to treatment, and to improve long-term health outcomes for those mothers and their infants. Learn more about the initiative in this CARE Q&A blog post.

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Research News

  • Yen awarded $1.1 million NIH grant to study stroke inflammation

    Jui-Hung (Jimmy) Yen, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne, has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on repurposing interferon-beta to potentially reduce inflammation in the brain due to ischemic stroke. 

    The five-year, NIH-funded project builds upon previous research led by Yen and funded by the American Heart Association and an Indiana University School of Medicine Research Enhancement Grant. In addition to increasing scientific knowledge of stroke and potential treatments, Yen’s project will enable IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne to expand its research program, adding both research personnel and equipment. 

    “This NIH grant will provide resources for our campus to expand our research for stroke treatment. We will further examine ways to extend the therapeutic effects of tPA and additional potential treatment options for stroke,” Yen said.

    “This is a remarkable achievement for Dr. Yen and for the medical school,” said Fen-Lei Chang, MD, PhD, associate dean and director of IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne and executive committee chair of Indiana University Fort Wayne. “IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne faculty collaboratively focus on neuroscience and aging research, and the research made possible with this grant will enable our faculty to expand their research efforts.”

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  • May research awards total over $2.9 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Brandon Patrick Brown American Roentgen Ray Society New Professionalism Curriculum for Radiology Trainees 7/1/18 6/30/20 100,000
    Linda A DiMeglio Benaroya Research Institute At Virginia Mason Renewal (not prev committed) Immune Tolerance Network- EXTEND 2/1/18 1/31/19 29,676
    Monika Fischer University Of Wisconsin New Efficacy of oral vancomycin prophylaxis for prevention of recurrent C. difficile infection 9/1/17 6/30/18 79,024
    Stacey D Gilk National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Coxiella manipulation of cholesterol in the intracellular niche 5/1/18 4/30/19 429,099
    Christopher William James Huntington's Disease Society Of America New HDSA Center of Excellence Grant 4/12/18 1/31/21 26,250
    Chandy C John Thrasher Research Fund New Zinc for Infection Prevention in Sickle cell anemia (ZIPS) 11/1/17 10/31/20 443,608
    Mark H Kaplan Eastern Virginia Medical School New Myeloid cell-specific role of STAT4 in atherosclerosis and metabolic dysfunction 4/1/18 2/28/19 71,084
    Richard J. Kovacs Brigham And Women's Hospital Renewal (not prev committed) INfluenza Vaccine to Effectively Stop Cardio Thoracic Events and Decompensated heart failure (INVESTED) 2/1/18 1/31/19 20,948
    Patrick J. Loehrer Maine Medical Research Center Institute Renewal (not prev committed) To develop sustainable research capacity for cancer and tobacco control in Kenya across the lifespan 3/1/18 2/28/19 12,491
    Roberto F Machado University Of Illinois At Chicago New Development of NAMPT Inhibitors to Treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 11/15/17 11/14/18 128,973
    Roberto F Machado National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Vascular-targeting genomic and genetic strategies for acute chest syndrome 5/4/18 4/30/19 624,920
    Ryan Michael Mitchell University Of Utah New Randomized Controlled Trial of Valganciclovir for Asymptomatic Cytomegalovirus Infected Hearing Impaired Infants (ValEAR) 7/6/17 6/30/18 64,000
    Amber L Mosley National Institute Of General Medical Sciences Renewal (not prev committed) Regulation of RNA Polymerase II transcription by the phosphatase Rtr1 5/1/18 4/30/19 362,807
    Rupa Radhakrishnan American Roentgen Ray Society New Predicting Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome 7/1/18 6/30/20 140,000
    Shannon Leigh Risacher Donors Cure Foundation New Visual Measures as Biomarkers Tau Pathology in Preclinical and Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease 6/1/18 5/31/20 50,000
    Senthilkumar Sadhasivam Indiana University Health New Improving well-being and reducing burnout of IU perioperative health care providers 6/1/18 5/31/20 29,905
    Zeynep N. Salih Indiana University Health New Improving Knowledge of the Spiritual and Emotional Experiences and Needs of Parents with Fetuses Diagnosed with a Life-limiting Condition and Receiving care in the Riley Fetal Center 6/1/18 6/30/19 45,735
    Andrew J Saykin University Of Pennsylvania New Integrative Bioinformatics Approaches to Human Brain Genomics and Connectomics 3/6/18 4/30/18 97,033
    Mitesh V. Shah Emory University New Patient-Centered Approaches to Research Enrollment Decisions in Acute Cardiovascular Disease (P-CARE: ENRICH) 1/1/18 12/31/18 8,820
    Gregory M. Sokol Duke University New Safety of Sildenafil in Premature Infants at Risk of Bronchopulmonary Displasia 4/10/18 9/28/19 67,500
    William J. Sullivan Grace M. Showalter Trust Renewal (not prev committed) Disrupting RNA modification as a novel treatment for parasitic infection 7/1/18 6/30/19 60,000
    Kenneth E. White Marian University New Targeting Downstream Regulators of FGF23 Bioactivity 2/15/18 5/14/18 4,150
    Ji Zhang Children's Cancer Research Fund (minnesota) New Targeting glutamine metabolism in aggressive pediatric B-cell lymphoma 3/1/18 2/28/19 100,000

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Sundaram named Dr. Norbert M. Welch, Sr. and Louise A. Welch Professor of Urology

    Chandru P. Sundaram, MD, has been named the second holder of the Dr. Norbert M. Welch, Sr. and Louise A. Welch Professor of Urology.  

    The Dr. Norbert M. Welch, Sr. and Louise A. Welch Professor of Urology was established in 1982 by Norbert M. Welch, Sr., MD, who practiced urology in Vincennes, Indiana, for many years. He was particularly interested in postgraduate education, specifically for urology residents. It was the intent of the donors that the holder of the chair be involved in residency and teaching programs at IU School of Medicine.

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  • Hendrie, revered geriatric psychiatrist, transitions to retirement

    After decades exploring the emotional health and psychological well-being of older adults, Hugh Hendrie, MB, ChB, DSc, IU School of Medicine professor emeritus of psychiatry, distinguished scientist at Regenstrief Institute and center scientist at the IU Center for Aging Research, is retiring.

    Honored in 2017 with an international lifetime achievement award in Alzheimer’s disease research by the Alzheimer’s Association, Dr. Hendrie is recognized for his many contributions to furthering the understanding of dementia and its risk factors--particularly as they apply to diverse populations, including African Americans living in Indianapolis and Yoruba living in Ibadan, Nigeria.

    A Regenstrief Institute feature includes more on Dr. Hendrie’s career and upcoming retirement.

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  • LAMP applications due Friday

    The Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP) is a cohort-based, yearlong faculty development and orientation program designed for faculty in the second and third years of their appointments. Prospective participants should submit a brief statement of support from their chair or division director by Friday, June 29. Once nominated, applicants will submit a one-page document describing career goals to be accomplished in the next three years. More information and application guidelines are available.

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  • IU Staff and Faculty Clinic offers convenient health care

    The IU Staff and Faculty Clinic offers a convenient location and hours to help employees focus on their health. Located on the third floor of IU Health University Hospital Adult Outpatient Center (Room 3005), the clinic can be accessed by both the IU Health People Mover and the IUPUI Campus Shuttle. Primary care and lab services are available.

    The clinic is open from 7 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday. Same-day, call-ahead appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in appointments can’t be accommodated at this time. Call 317-844-4025 to schedule an appointment.

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  • Save the date: IUPUI Regatta barbeque is Sept. 23

    Join the IU School of Medicine Dean's Office for a barbeque during this year’s IUPUI Regatta, Saturday, Sept. 23. While the Regatta runs all day at Military Park on the south end of Canal Walk, IU School of Medicine faculty and their families are invited to attend a barbeque lunch from 11 am-1 pm in the Fairbanks Hall lobby. This family-friendly event is an opportunity for faculty to meet Dean Jay Hess and school leaders in a relaxed environment and cheer the IU School of Medicine Regatta teams to victory. Register for this event.

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  • Wolf approved for emeritus status

    Karen M. Wolf, MD, has been approved for the emeritus title of associate professor of clinical medicine. Joining IU School of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Wolf has been recognized for her skill in teaching and is a four-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. She will retire from IU School of Medicine on July 1.

    Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of “substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service.” Dr. Wolf’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Dr. Wolf and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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Student News

  • Where’s Wallach?: New executive associate dean takes statewide tour

    When Paul Wallach, MD, joined IU School of Medicine earlier this year as executive associate dean for educational affairs, he knew visiting all nine of the school’s campuses right away was vital to being an effective leader.

    “These campus visits are very important to me,” Dr. Wallach said. “I discover wonderful strengths at each campus and enjoy meeting our faculty and students. As a result of these visits, I feel I am better equipped to advocate for the campuses and our school overall.”

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  • Register your opinion about mentoring and advising by June 30

    The deadline to complete the annual IU School of Medicine Mentoring and Advising Program (MAP) survey is Saturday, June 30. Based on feedback gathered from past MAP surveys, the school has made a number of significant improvements in mentoring and advising services. Take the survey now.

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  • Welcome the Class of 2022 by taking part in orientation activities

    Choose a Common Read Experience this Summer
    Experience is all summer; discussion occurs 4-5 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Hine Hall
    This summer, incoming and current medical students, as well as faculty and staff at IU School of Medicine, are invited to be a part of Common Read. Common Read brings participants together to discuss medical themes in select books, plays and videos. The program ends with a discussion during first-year orientation from 4-5 pm on Aug. 1 in Hine Hall, but the lessons and stories linger, reminding participants of the importance of humanity within medicine. Pick up a Common Read book for free in MS 164 and learn more about the Common Read experiences that are available.

    ​First Generation Breakfast
    7-7:50 am, Thursday, Aug. 2, Hine Hall (IP) 118
    This breakfast will bring together new and current students, faculty and staff who  identify as first-generation college students. Attendees will celebrate being first-generation college students, engage in supportive conversations, share advice and strengthen community ties at IU School of Medicine. Register now for the breakfast.

    Cross Cultural Student Leadership Retreat
    9:30 am-4 pm, Tuesday, July 31, Fesler Hall (FH) 441
    This retreat is an optional pre-orientation event open to all but is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine. The event provides an opportunity for new and returning students to connect with each other, develop skills and begin identifying support systems for the coming school year. This event is co-sponsored by Medical Student Education (MSE) and Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity (FAPDD). Register now for the retreat.

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  • Apply for Watanabe Translational Scholar awards by July 23

    IU School of Medicine has the opportunity to fund two Watanabe Translational Scholar awards named after the late August M. Watanabe, an IU School of Medicine alumnus whose illustrious career spanned academia, and the pharmaceutical and life science industries. IU School of Medicine faculty members who are assistant professors in tenure-track positions and conduct translational research are eligible to apply.

    The two selected scholars hold the Watanabe Scholar title for two years, present their work during the annual Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences meeting in Indianapolis (Friday, Sept. 14, 2018), and benefit from the mentorship of Jean Bennett, MD, PhD. In addition, scholars receive $5,000 for travel and mentor meetings.

    Submission details are available. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 23.

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  • Last call: Register or submit an abstract for diabetes symposium

    The IU School of Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases is hosting its fourth annual diabetes symposium on Friday, Aug. 3. The symposium introduces attendees to novel ideas, discoveries and trends related to diabetes, metabolism, obesity and more. This year's event will emphasize clinical research and feature presentations from keynote speakers Sonia Michael Majjar, MS, PhD, and Louis Phillipson, MD, PhD, as well as IU School of Medicine's vast internal network of experts. 

    The deadline for registration and abstract submission is Friday, June 29, at 5 pm EST. Visit the Diabetes Symposium event page for details.

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  • Apply by July 6 for cancer biology program

    The Translational Cancer Biology Training Program (TCBTP) is designed to enhance the training received in any individual laboratory or department. Trainees are exposed to a broad range of cancer-related research encompassing both basic and clinical aspects of the disease. TCBTP predoctoral students fulfill the requirements of their individual basic science departments and complete the cancer biology minor. Pre-doctoral CBTP trainees attend both a basic science and a clinical seminar series, co-sponsored by the IU Simon Cancer Center and participate in the IU Simon Cancer Center's annual Cancer Research Day.

    TCBTP stipends are available on a competitive basis for trainees conducting their research in the laboratory of a TCBTP preceptor. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. More information is available. Email Harikrishna Nakshatrr, PhD, at with questions. Application deadline is Friday, July 6.

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  • CTR pilot grant program applications due July 26

    The objective of the Indiana CTSI Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) pilot grant program is to foster and encourage collaborations across the CTSI partner institutions and initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs or generate novel intellectual property. Applications are evaluated on the quality of the proposed science, as well as the application’s strength in clarifying the plan for leveraging the award toward the achievement of the primary CTR objectives. Eligibility criteria and more information are available. Deadline to apply is Thursday, July 26. Questions? Email

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