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  • Ladd and Grethlein named Evans Fellows

    Alan Ladd, MD, professor of surgery, Sara Grethlein, MD, professor of clinical medicine, are the recipients of the Evans Fellowship for Healthcare Leadership. They join inaugural fellow Ameet Daftary, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, who is starting the second year of the program.

    Named in honor of Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, president emeritus of Indiana University Health, the Evans Fellowship is a unique opportunity for experienced and senior faculty members to develop the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex and fast-changing academic health care environment. The program provides extensive coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities. Upon completion, fellows will have earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley Business of Medicine program. 

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  • September 14 Indiana CTSI annual meeting to focus on gene therapy research

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) will celebrate its 10 anniversary at the institute’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Friday, Sept. 14, in Indianapolis. Investigators, research staff, students and the general public are invited to attend, and registration is now open.

    This year’s annual meeting will focus on the history and future of innovations in gene therapy research and will feature a keynote speech by the winner of IU School of Medicine’s prestigious 2018 August M. Watanabe Prize for Translational Research.

    Founded in 2008, the Indiana CTSI brings together the state’s brightest minds to solve Indiana’s most pressing health challenges through research. The institute is a statewide partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and numerous life sciences businesses, government entities and community organizations.

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  • IU School of Medicine Orchestra recruiting musicians for new season

    Calling all wind and string musicians. The IU School of Medicine Orchestra is now recruiting musicians (all instruments) for the orchestra’s upcoming 2018-2019 season. The orchestra was founded in 2010 and serves as a creative outlet for health professions students, staff and faculty. The IU School of Medicine Orchestra performs two full symphony concerts each year and offers several opportunities for small ensemble performances. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons. For more information, email or check out the orchestra’s organization page.

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  • Share your best ideas: Weigh in on ways to innovate medical education

    What if you could redesign medical education from scratch? What if we set aside what we know about how physicians have been taught, and spent more time thinking about how they should be taught?

    More than 100 members of the IU School of Medicine community--administrators, faculty, students, residents and staff--gathered last month to put forward their best and boldest ideas at an Innovation Summit at Fairbanks Hall.

    Now, IU School of Medicine wants your input. No matter what role you play, you no doubt have thoughts about how undergraduate and graduate medical education should evolve at the school. Visit the online innovation portal to read some of the ideas that emerged at the summit, submit your suggestions and vote on the ideas that resonate with you.

    Share your best ideas

    Help IU School of Medicine innovate by answering one or more of the following questions: 

    • What content should be given greater emphasis during medical school and/or residency? What content should be reduced or eliminated?
    • What changes should be made to pedagogical approaches and learner assessment?
    • How does the school foster a positive learning environment that promotes personal and professional development and wellness?
    • What should be changed in medical education to better serve our patients and communities?
    • How does the school establish a culture of educational innovation and excellence?

    Ideas gathered will help build a roadmap for moving forward with medical education at IU School of Medicine. Watch for updates in future issues of INScope.

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Research News

  • ACS funds two cancer researchers’ projects to improve responses to therapy

    Two Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center researchers will continue studies on pancreatic cancer and muscle weakness caused by chemotherapy as recipients of four-year grants from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

    The ACS awarded the grants to Janaiah Kota, PhD, assistant professor of medical and molecular genetics, IU School of Medicine, and Andrea Bonetto, PhD, assistant professor of surgery, IU School of Medicine. Both investigators are members of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center. They each received a grant of $792,000.

    Kota’s research will focus on a specific molecule that is significantly lost in disease state and abundantly preset in a normal pancreas and may be a potential therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer, which is one of the most lethal of all cancers. Pancreatic cancer is projected to be the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States by 2030. This form of cancer has few early-stage symptoms. It usually goes undiagnosed until it has spread and the resulting tumors are resistant to all forms of existing drug treatments.

    Bonetto’s research seeks to reduce the complications from anti-cancer therapies and aims to help patients tolerate chemotherapy drugs better. Chemotherapy is frequently responsible for mild to severe side effects in many patients. Among those side effects is a syndrome called cachexia, which causes weight loss, muscle wasting and weakness. No treatment currently exists for cachexia, and what causes it in some patients and not others is unknown. His research may lead to drug therapies to prevent cachexia.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Snyder departing to lead CME office at Stanford University

    Kurt Snyder, JD, director, IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education, has been selected to lead the continuing medical education (CME) office for Stanford University beginning in September. His last day at IU School of Medicine is Friday, Aug. 31.

    Under Snyder’s five-year leadership, the division experienced triple-digit growth in the number of physician and other health professions attendees, and in overall CME activities. The increases elevated the CME division’s Big 10 ranking to number one. While at IU School of Medicine, Snyder received the IUPUI Staff Council Member of the Year Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication to the school’s mission, values and goals.

    "Kurt has been a strong leader for this group and dedicated himself to fostering a team culture of collaboration and openness. He will be greatly missed," said Michelle Howenstine, MD, senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education. “We value his contributions and wish him well in his new endeavors.”

    Kim Denny, MEd, who has 17 years of experience in the CME division, will serve as interim director until a search is conducted and a new director is named.

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  • Ackerman approved for emeritus status

    Veda Ackerman, MD, has been approved for the emeritus title of professor of pediatrics. Completing both a residency and fellowship at IU School of Medicine, Dr. Ackerman joined the faculty in 1988. Respected by students, faculty and staff, she served in a variety of leadership positions during her more than 30 years with the school. She retired 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. Ackerman’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Dr. Ackerman and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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  • Promotion and tenure info sessions begin October 24

    Plan now to attend a series of information sessions about the promotion and tenure process. The IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity partners each year with the school’s promotion and tenure committee to offer these special sessions. Dates and topics include:

    Wednesday, October 24: General overview
    Thursday, October 25: Documenting your work
    Wednesday, October 31: Personal statement
    Thursday, November 1: Preparing your CV
    Tuesday, November 6: eDossier nuts and bolts

    Registration is available for each session.

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  • Yoga for Joyful Living series is next month

    Yoga for Joyful Living, a progressive seminar in multiple interactive sessions, will be held from Sept. 13-16 on the IUPUI campus and at IU Health North Learning Center in Carmel. The seminars are free of charge and open to all IU, IU Health and Eskenazi Health faculty, staff, residents, nurses, students and university collaborators.

    Based on a rigorous framework of simple practices, yoga helps individuals experience their own center of stability and calm and learn to release mental and physical stress. The seminars feature instruction by Swami Mahesh, a classical yoga teacher with more than 20 years of experience.

    Event details
    Yoga for Joyful Living: The Basics
    Thursday, September 13; 2-4 pm and 5-7 pm
    IUPUI Campus Center, Room 031

    Yoga for Joyful Living: Beyond the Basics
    Friday, September 14; 6:30-8:30 pm
    Saturday, September 15; 10:30 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm
    Sunday, September 16; 10:30 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm
    IU Health North Learning Center, Carmel

    Register for the sessions. The series is sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council, in collaboration with the IU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the AEI program and the Yoga Mitra Mandel of Indianapolis.

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  • Apply for Eli Lilly-Stark Neurosciences research fellowships

    The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) seek applicants for predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellowships in translational neurodegenerative disease research. Applicants whose research focuses on age-related neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and others are encouraged to apply.

    Application details for the predoctoral fellowship and postdoctoral fellowship are available. Submission deadline for both programs is Monday, September 17. Questions? Email or call 317-278-2822.

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  • Apply for activity-based spinal cord and brain injury program funding

    The Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Activity-Based Therapy Program fosters and encourages activity-based therapy for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery. Funding for these programs includes two funding mechanisms: 

    1. An RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity-based” approaches for traumatic spinal cord injury persons
    2. An RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity-based” approaches for traumatic brain injury persons.

    Application deadline is Monday, October 29. Find out more or email with questions.

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Partner News

  • IU Health ranked among nation’s top hospitals for 21st straight year

    Releasing its 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” rankings, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Indiana University Health Medical Center* among the nation’s top hospitals for the 21st consecutive year. According to the rankings, IU Health Medical Center is the number one ranked hospital in Indiana and Indianapolis and the only nationally ranked adult hospital in the state.

    In addition, for 2018-2019, IU Health Medical Center achieved national rankings in the following eight clinical specialty areas for adults (ranking out of top 50 hospitals):

    • Cancer (46th)
    • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (46th)
    • Diabetes and Endocrinology (30th)
    • Gastroenterology (22nd)
    • Geriatrics (28th)
    • Nephrology (23rd)
    • Neurology and Neurosurgery (27th)
    • Pulmonology (39th)

    The annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. 

    *IU Health Medical Center is the name used in the U.S. News 2018-2019 rankings, reflecting data from IU Health Methodist, University and Saxony hospitals.

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  • Hall named orthopaedics vice chair for clinical and academic administration

    Eric Hall, MHA, MS, ATC, has been appointed vice chair, clinical and academic administration, Department of Orthopaedics. Before his most recent position as interim vice chair, Hall served as practice administrator for IU Health Physicians Orthopaedics, where he oversaw operations for five sites and more than 40 team members. He brings more than a decade of experience in rehabilitation and sports medicine through clinical and managerial roles with healthcare and various professional and amateur sports organizations in Indiana and surrounding states.

    Working closely with Daniel Wurtz, MD, chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, Hall will expand his current role to support the clinical, academic and research mission within orthopaedic surgery.

    “Eric excelled as a department section manager and as our interim vice chair,” said Wurtz. “He continued to impress us with his talent and work ethic. I’m confident he will be an outstanding permanent vice chair for our department.”

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