Faculty and Staff News
New initiative to 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.
To help overcome the challenges of reaching this vulnerable population, IU School of Medicine is working with IDEO, a global design firm that has long been at the forefront of creating change through design. The human-centered design approach integrates feedback from the population being served to inform improvements and adjustments--increasing both the reach and effectiveness of the program.
CARE Plus will wrap the mothers and infants in a full suite of supports to overcome the myriad barriers to treatment for this underserved population. These services include providing a connection to medication-assisted treatment and vital social services, personalized coaching and supportive text messaging, and therapy designed to develop strong emotional bonds between children and mothers.
“CARE Plus fuels two critical components of battling the opioid epidemic--ensuring that postpartum mothers in need of treatment don’t fall through the cracks and putting their babies on a path to good health,” said Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. “The program offers a comprehensive range of supports and is designed in collaboration with patients--elements that we hope will enable success.”
The full news release includes more information on the number of women and babies targeted through this program. More information is also available in the program Q&A and on the Care Plus page of the IU School of Medicine website.
IU Precision Health Initiative to announce big progress, future plans July 31
As the first of Indiana University's Grand Challenges, Precision Health is IU's big health care solution. Led by IU School of Medicine’s Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, the Precision Health Initiative incorporates medicine, social sciences, education and data to find ways to better identify, treat, cure and prevent certain diseases prevalent in Indiana. Success of the initiative will be measured by the tangible impact it has on the lives of people living in the state.
The IU School of Medicine community is invited to join leaders of Indiana University and its Precision Health Initiative at 10 am Tuesday, July 31, to learn about the diseases in scope for the Precision Health Initiative, plus progress made so far toward the initiative's bold goals to cure at least one cancer and one childhood disease and to prevent at least one chronic illness and one neurodegenerative disease. Leaders will also discuss plans to go door to door in the community to invite Indiana residents' participation in precision health research. Attendees are encouraged to think about ways their work could advance precision health.
In addition to Dr. Shekhar, speakers will include:
- Fred Cate, vice president for research, Indiana University
- Jay Hess, MD, PhD, dean, IU School of Medicine, and vice president for university clinical affairs, Indiana University
- Lauren Robel, provost and executive vice president, Indiana University Bloomington.
Light refreshments will be provided. RVSP by Friday, July 27, to ensure that there are enough refreshments for everyone.
Apply by July 24 for IU School of Medicine CIO position
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.
Deadline to apply for Watanabe Translational Scholar awards is July 23
Eligible IU School of Medicine faculty members have an opportunity to apply for two Watanabe Translational Scholar awards. The award is 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. 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.
Join IMPRS for the student research poster session July 27
IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are invited to come observe research and scholarly work done by IU School of Medicine students at the 2018 Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) Poster Session from 9:30 am-3 pm on July 27 in the Van Nuys Medical Sciences Building Atrium. The event will showcase more than 120 research projects.
The goals of the event are to showcase the work from the medical students, to promote enthusiasm for research and scholarly work and to continuously garner interest for research activities taking place at IU School of Medicine.
Session one: 9:30 am-noon
Opening remarks from Peter Nalin, MD, FAAFP, associate dean and interim director, IU School of Medicine-Bloomington
Session two: 12:30-3 pm
Opening remarks from Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean of research affairs.
Next INScope is July 26; weekly schedule resumes Aug. 9
July is nearly half over, which means that weekly issues of INScope will soon be returning. Watch for the final bi-weekly issue on Thursday, July 26, with weekly issues resuming on Thursday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New program launches in pediatric research
A new research program in gene and cell therapy has launched within the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. Directed by Roland Herzog, PhD, the Gene and Cell Therapy Program seeks to improve current treatments, develop corrective therapies and explore the use of new technologies to address genetic diseases.
The primary focus of the research group is to examine the interaction between gene therapies and the immune system. By examining these therapies in hemophilic models, Herzog and his team have already been successful in reversing the disease and hope to address the issue of immune rejection. While the group uses hemophilia as a model, progress in their discovery has major implications for other diseases such as diabetes, asthma and cancer.
“I am especially excited that Dr. Herzog’s group has the potential to provide technologies that augment the work of each program within the Wells Center,” says Wells Center director Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD. “His group has the expertise to deliver genes to specific cells in a way that could fundamentally reverse--or cure--the diseases we study.”
This Faculty News blog post has more information about the new program.
Faculty and Staff News
OB-GYN faculty members work to prevent maternal deaths in Indiana
Two Indiana University School of Medicine faculty members are working to decrease the number of maternal deaths in Indiana through a new state committee. With Indiana’s current maternal mortality rate at twice the national average, these efforts are key to improving the overall health of the state.
“Our task force will keep the numbers and review the cases to find out if there is something during or after pregnancy we can do differently,” said Mary Abernathy, MD, an associate professor with the IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She and another OB-GYN faculty member, Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS, teamed up with a professional group in 2017 to encourage the creation of the committee. Read more about these IU School of Medicine faculty members’ commitment to transforming maternal health in the state.
Become a physician mentor to guide medical students through school, careers and life
During Michael Adjei’s first year of medical school, he found himself in an operating room watching his physician mentor John Dahl, MD, PhD, MBA, perform a tonsillectomy. The procedure was routine for Dr. Dahl, a pediatric otolaryngologist, but opened up a whole new way for Adjei to learn. By quizzing Adjei on the different muscles involved in the procedure, Dr. Dahl uniquely prepared Adjei to study for an upcoming anatomy exam.
“Dr. Dahl has gone above and beyond to mentor me, and his pieces of advice are what have made me successful up to this point of my academic career,” Adjei said. “With Dr. Dahl’s guidance in my academic and personal life, as well as research and community service projects, I was recently awarded the IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King I Have A Dream Award.”
The Physician Mentor Program began in 2015 as a way to connect medical students with a positive role model who supports them through medical school, provides one-on-one mentoring and a social connection to IU School of Medicine. All IU School of Medicine medical students are assigned to a physician mentor during their first year and connect with their physician mentor during all four years of medical training. Apply to become a physician mentor today.
Incoming medical student awarded RARE Scholars scholarship
Olivia Cummings, a member of the incoming Class of 2022, has received the RARE Scholars scholarship, a new award created by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., that honors accomplished students living with rare diseases. Cummings has phenylketonuria, a disease that can lead to neurological damage, if not managed.
Cummings, whose story was recently featured on WTHR 13 online, earned a bachelor of science in genetic biology from Purdue University in May 2018.
Medical student reflects on difficult ethical issues at Auschwitz
Fourth-year medical student, Joshua Rager was one of 14 medical students selected to spend a couple weeks in Europe this summer studying medical ethics with the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) medical cohort.
While at Auschwitz this summer, Rager was challenged to confront difficult medical ethics stories and situations. Learn what the words "maybe you'll thank me one day" mean to Rager in one of his personal reflections on the experience.
NIH renews funding for Medical Scientist Training Program
The NIH has renewed its T32 grant to support the school’s Medical Scientist Training Program. Entering its 11th year of NIH funding, the MD/PhD dual-degree program provides trainees with unique access to physician scientist mentors, research opportunities and clinical medical training. The institution-wide grant supports the school’s tripartite mission in research, education and clinical care by preparing the next generation of highly skilled medical scientists.
Apply for research enhancement grants by Sept. 4
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, who have an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor or assistant/associate/full scientist at the 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 mechanism.
Biomedical research grant program has early September deadline
The Biomedical Research Grant program is open to all IU School of Medicine faculty who are full-time, regardless of tenure status, and have an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor and assistant/associate/full scientist. In general, two categories of research projects will benefit from this program: 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.
Sept. 4 is deadline to apply for Fisch cardiovascular research award
IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for the Dr. Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award to support cardiovascular research for young investigators or more senior investigators embarking on a new research direction.
Applicants may request up to $60,000 total, although particularly meritorious proposals that have well-justified budget needs as high as $100,000 may be considered. Successful proposals will demonstrate scientific merit and a potential for generating extramural funding. In addition, priority will be given to projects that utilize more than one Indiana University Health hospital or facility for leveraging existing patient populations or clinical programs and/or projects that will potentially lead to improvements in the quality of care for IU Health patients.
Applicants must have an IU School of Medicine faculty appointment in the Department of Cardiology (in the Department of Medicine) to apply for research program support. Clinical fellows and postdoctoral researchers in the Division of Cardiology may apply for research fellowship support under a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology.
Next EndNote Basics class is July 25
EndNote is a citation management software program that allows users to import citations from numerous literature databases into one spot. Users can then edit citations, add notes, import full text documents, and ultimately use the program to format citations for articles, papers, grant proposals, etc.
The next EndNote Basics class is from 3:30-4:30 pm, Wednesday, July 25, in the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Room IB 227. With questions, contact Rick Ralston at email@example.com or 317-274-1409.
Submit applications for CTR pilot grants by 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.