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  • IBRI, Eli Lilly and IU School of Medicine establish Lilly Diabetes Center of Excellence

    IU School of Medicine is collaborating with Eli Lilly and Company and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) on a new center of excellence that aims to create a “nexus of strategically aligned basic diabetes research operations in Indianapolis.”

    According to a news release posted earlier this week, the Lilly Diabetes Center of Excellence will recruit high-potential and established principal investigators (PIs) interested in cutting-edge research in diabetes, diabetic complications and related metabolic disorders. With full academic freedom to pursue their research, appointed PIs will receive five-year sponsored appointments at the IBRI, subsidized by Lilly, and faculty appointments at IU School of Medicine.

    In addition, Lilly will provide opportunities for close collaborations, including access to drug discovery tools and expertise, to allow faculty to rapidly explore the translational potential of their research. The LDCE will also serve as a bridge between academia and industry by providing opportunities for interaction, training and mentoring across the IBRI, Lilly and IU School of Medicine.

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  • Students, residents and faculty inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

    On Friday, September 14, 37 medical students, six residents and four faculty members were honored with induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The Indiana Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes medical students, residents and faculty who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. 

    Students are inducted before their fourth year of medical school. They are nominated by their peers with final choices determined by the Gold Humanism Honor Society Selection Committee. Residents and faculty are nominated by students and then selected by a graduate medical education and faculty committee.

    Student inductees:
    Chanelle K. Benjamin
    Darrian Denise Bost
    Samuel Dalton Capouch
    Michael Thomas Clark
    Elizabeth Ann Dobben
    Joseph Adam Dynako
    Alexander James Elias
    Wilfredo J. Escala
    Jacob Carlos Earl Grant
    Jason Charles Hoard
    Elijah Jonathan Huang
    Harleen Kaur
    Michael Keller
    Carynn Elizabeth Koch
    Amber Lee
    Kyle Andrew Lewellen
    Fikir Melisachew Mesfin
    Lori Elizabeth Morgan
    Janaki Mukund Patel
    Chrisana Isis Pokorny
    Kadijah Falah
    Nicholas Beste Rahn
    Sariely Sandoval
    Katherine Anne Scheidler
    Elizabeth Ann Schueth
    Aaditya Shah
    Olivia Simo
    Kristen Alexandria Solomon
    Analisa Stewart
    Stefan Pasichnyk Tarnawsky
    Miriam Kiruba Thomas
    Taylor Anne Timbrook
    Emily Anne Tisma
    Rana Soraya Torabi
    Fadumo Nasir Warsame
    Sisi Xie
    David Isaac Zimmer

    Resident inductees:
    Adam Cantor, MD (Ophthalmology)
    Mary Erickson, MD (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics)
    Gerard Hills, MD (Pediatrics)
    Guillermina Morales, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
    Kensey Pease, MD (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics)
    Laura Vater, MD (Internal Medicine)

    Faculty inductees:
    Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD (Radiology)
    Ruben Hernandez, MD (Family Medicine)
    Aimee Patel, MD (Psychiatry)
    Maria Robles, MD (Internal Medicine)

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Research News

  • American Cancer Society funds two research 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.

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

    Kota’s research focuses 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.

    Bonetto’s research seeks to reduce the complications from anti-cancer therapies and aims to help patients better tolerate chemotherapy drugs. 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.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Basic Essentials of Supervision Training (BEST) begins September 25

    Basic Essentials of Supervision Training (BEST) begins September 25

    Faculty and staff are invited to sign up for Basic Essentials of Supervision Training (BEST), a series of workshops to provide supervisors with the information and resources they need to supervise employees at Indiana University. The training series begins Tuesday, September 25, and is offered by IU School of Medicine Human Resources. 

    The series provides aspiring, new and seasoned supervisors an opportunity to learn from HR experts within IU School of Medicine and IU School of Dentistry. The training sessions offer experiential learning through case studies, focus groups and networking with colleagues on campus.

    The training sessions are free and held on Tuesdays, according to the schedule below, from 1-3 pm, in Walther Hall, Room C303/C305. Registration is available. Questions? Contact Julie Garringer at



    September 25

    Basic Skills for Successfully Leading Others

    October 2

    Attendance and Time Off

    October 9


    October 23

    Myers-Briggs Type Indicator & Leadership

    November 6


    November 27

    Coaching and Feedback

    December 4

    Progressive Discipline

    December 11

    Employee Engagement

    December 18

    Conflict Resolution

    January 22

    Unconscious Bias


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  • Associate professors: Consider applying for the Skill Enhancement Award

    The IU School of Medicine Skill Enhancement Award, offered through Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, provides associate professors the opportunity to acquire new skills to accelerate the trajectory of their career toward full professor. 

    Skill enhancement experiences are expected to occur away from campus over two to five weeks. Examples include:

    • Visiting an institution to engage with a collaborator to learn a new technique.
    • Attending technique/equipment training workshops. 

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More details are available.

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  • Attend the Fall Faculty Meeting on October 2

    All IU School of Medicine faculty are invited to attend the Fall Faculty Meeting from 4-6 pm, Tuesday, October 2, in Canal 337 at Buggs Temple. Faculty may submit questions in advance. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be available via live web stream and teleconference. Faculty meetings are held twice a year to discuss issues of importance to the school.

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  • Upcoming info sessions to address promotion and tenure

    Find out more about various aspects of the promotion and tenure process in a series of information sessions beginning Wednesday, October 24. 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
    Wednesday, November 7: Advancing to full professor

    Registration is available for each session.

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  • Learn about resources at October Research Week events

    Interested in networking and connecting with other researchers? Need some tips on getting your research published? Sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, Research Week events allow you to do both. Registrations are now being accepted for the events, which will be held October 8-10 in Indianapolis.

    Monday, October 8
    5:15-7 pm
    Networking for Researchers
    Networking is a great way to cultivate productive relationships to advance your career. This lecture will guide you through a systematic approach to networking, with readily applicable tips and concrete advice.
    Register for this event.

    2-3:30 pm
    Structuring Your Research Paper
    Learn how to structure research papers, dissertations and other reports effectively in order to get the readers' attention and facilitate navigation.
    Register for this event.

    Tuesday, October 9
    8 am-5 pm
    Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective
    As competition for external funding becomes more challenging, getting one's scholarly work successfully published is more important than ever. Learning to write for the reader allows the writer to control what readers learn.
    Register for this event.

    Wednesday, October 10
    8 am-5 pm
    Advanced Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective
    Have you already attended or plan to attend the Scientific Writing course before October 10? If so, take a more in-depth look at scientific writing and learn advanced tips and methods for publishing your scholarly work.
    Register for this event.

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  • Funding available to enhance research with DigiBiomarkers application

    The Indiana CTSI is now offering access to a new innovative application platform. DigiBiomarkers, developed by Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in collaboration with MavenSphere, Inc., facilitates the rapid deployment of tools based on Apple’s ResearchKit, HealthKit and CareKit software frameworks to capture digital information from individuals or patients. 

    DigiBiomarkers Technology Award applications are limited to a total of $10,000 for customization of the software. Researchers considering a DigiBiomarkers application should contact product representative Bharath Bynagari to discuss their project and receive a demonstration of the application platform prior to submission. Contact Bynagari at or 317-590-8275. Award applications are due Monday, November 12.

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  • Apply for spinal cord and brain injury research grant

    The Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research program supports research for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery. Collaborations are encouraged between Indiana-based researchers, as well as with researchers located outside the state of Indiana, including researchers in other countries.

    Applications are limited to a maximum requested amount of up to $80,000 per year for two years for basic science proposals and up to $100,000 per year for two years for proposals with research involving living human subjects. Submission deadline is Monday, December 10.

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  • Disease and therapeutic response modeling symposium is November 12-13

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Symposium on Disease and Therapeutic Response Modeling and Simulation will be held November 12 and 13. This two-day program will feature speakers from academia, industry, the C-Path Institute and the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

    Registration is free for academic, government and Eli Lilly and Company employees. Symposium fee for all other attendees is $250. Lunch will be provided both days. Registration deadline is Friday, October 26. With questions, email Jagdeep Podichetty, PhD, at or Cheryl Weatherholt at

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  • Check out monthly Culture and Conversation discussion events

    Culture and Conversation (C&C) is a monthly discussion series focused on issues related to representational diversity, inclusive working and learning environments, and cultural competence. Sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, C&C presentations this fall include:

    Tuesday, October 16: Creating a Welcoming Environment for Our LGBTQ Community
    Thursday, November 8: TED Talking – (Re)Making History: The Real Story is Bigger and Better
    Wednesday, December 5: Addressing Anxiety in African American Populations

    More information and registration are available for these events.

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  • Apply by October 18 for CTSI core facilities pilot funding

    The Indiana CTSI pilot funding program promotes the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI Core Facilities available at all partner institutions. Applications to this program should have a maximum requested amount of $10,000, and projects are typically two years in duration. 

    Funding is for use of designated Indiana CTSI core facilities only. Information describing each core is available. Pilot funding application deadline is Thursday, October 18.

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Partner News

  • IU Health Physicians Social is Monday

    Network with fellow colleagues at the IU Health Physicians Social from 5:30-7:30 pm, Monday, September 24, at The Ritz Charles in Carmel. Physicians, advanced practice providers and IU Health system executives are invited to attend. Email Betsy Gross at or call 317-833-0767. Complimentary parking is available.

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