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  • IU School of Medicine, IU Health to launch precision health pilot next month at IU Health North Hospital

    Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health have teamed up to collect biosamples, currently in the form of blood samples, needed to perform leading-edge precision health research. Genetics is at the heart of the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative, and blood samples allow IU scientists to extract, record and analyze the necessary genetic information to discover new treatments, cures and preventions precisely targeted to the individual patient being treated.

    A pilot will begin in October at IU Health North Hospital and last approximately one month. Although data collected from the blood samples will be linked to the patient’s electronic medical record, all personal information will be de-identified. The genetic results will not be able to be linked to any specific patient and will not impact the patient’s care decisions or health insurance. 

    Through the pilot, a dedicated staff member will be in the lab asking IU Health patients who are already there for a blood draw to consider donating an additional vial of blood for research purposes. A similar approach was piloted at IU Health West Hospital earlier this year, with an impressive 57 percent of the patients approached agreeing to participate.

    For more on the pilot, read the Research Updates blog post.

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  • IU School of Medicine takes sixth place in 10th annual IUPUI Regatta

    Despite gray skies and chilly temperatures, IU School of Medicine’s Regatta team turned up the heat to finish in sixth place in the coed division of IUPUI’s annual Regatta canoe race on Saturday, September 22. With more than 150 teams competing, it was a great finish for the IU School of Medicine team, which included students and faculty members:

    Vanni Rodriguez, third-year student, Indianapolis campus
    Jon Schmidt, fourth-year student, Indianapolis campus
    Anthony Boateng, second-year student, Indianapolis campus
    Case Miller, second-year student, Fort Wayne campus
    Emily Walvoord, MD, associate dean for student affairs
    Marti Reeser, EdD, assistant dean for health professions and pre-doctoral programs

    The annual IUPUI Regatta raises money for student scholarships. Check out IU School of Medicine’s Facebook page for photos from this year’s event.

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  • Flu shots now available; vaccination deadline is November 8

    Make plans to visit designated campus locations or one of the scheduled outreach clinics to get your flu shot. All IU School of Medicine faculty, house staff and students who provide clinical care at Indiana University Health or Eskenazi Health, perform clinical research at these facilities or whose primary office is in an IU Health or Eskenazi Health hospital are required to receive a flu vaccination before Thursday, November 8.

    On the IUPUI campus, free flu shots are available at Campus Health (Coleman Hall, Suite 100) or at one of the flu outreach clinics listed below. Students (only) also may obtain a flu shot at Campus Center Student Health. Free flu vaccinations are also available for IU School of Medicine staff.

    Outreach clinic schedule (locations convenient to IU School of Medicine)
    Thursday, October 4, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Neuroscience 1353
    Friday, October 5, 9-11 am; Emerson 122
    Friday, October 12, 8 am-1 pm; Med Sciences South Atrium
    Thursday, October 18, 8 am-1 pm; Med Sciences South Atrium
    Tuesday, October 23, 2:30-4:30 pm; HITS Lobby
    Thursday, November 1, 9 am-3 pm; Health and Benefits Fair (CE 405)

    Flu vaccination information for other IU campuses is also available.  

    Other details to know:

    • No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot.
    • You must present a valid university picture ID.
    • Students will be asked to present a health insurance card but will be able to receive a free flu shot regardless of insurance.

    Individuals requesting a waiver due to an evidence-based medical contraindication must submit a flu vaccine medical exemption request by Wednesday, October 31. Those requesting a religious exemption can use the same form and note they are requesting a religious exemption. Email for information about exemptions.

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Research News

  • August research awards total nearly $11.5 million

    Editor’s note: A headline in the September 13 issue of INScope misidentified research funding awarded in August. We apologize for the error. 

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Teresa A Batteiger University Of Alabama Birmingham New Task Area 2 Task Order 8 - A Phase III Comparative Trial of Benzathine Penicillin G, 2.4 Million Units Administered as a single Dose versus Three Successive Weekly Doses for Treatment of Early Syphilis in Persons with and without HIV 9/1/17 8/31/18 11,922
    Teresita M Bellido National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin Renewal (not prev committed) Glucocorticoid-induced Atrophy in Bone and Muscle 7/20/18 5/31/19 346,500
    Teresita M Bellido University Of Pennsylvania New Mechanisms of Osteocyte Mechanotransduction in Dynamic Bone Adaptation 5/15/18 4/30/19 69,300
    Armin Blesch Craig H Neilsen Foundation New Toll-like receptor 4 signaling in chronic neuropathic pain after SCI 7/31/18 7/30/20 300,000
    Mark P. Cain Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Pediatric Urology Clinical Research Support 7/1/18 6/30/19 150,000
    Jennifer L Carnahan Indiana University Health New The Nurse Intervention to Facilitate Transitions to home Environment (NIFT-E) Study 8/1/18 7/31/21 148,891
    Zhenhui Chen American Heart Association Incorporated New Specific accumulation of phospholamban in nuclear membranes of cardiomyocytes: Role in regulating nuclear calcium stores. 7/1/18 6/30/21 300,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Hematology/Oncology Section Chief Recruitment 7/1/18 6/30/19 800,000
    Burcin Ekser Indiana University Health New Scaffold-free 3D-Bioprinting of A Human Liver for Drug Toxicity and Drug-Induced Liver Injury Research 8/1/18 7/31/21 150,000
    Susannah Gabrielle Ellsworth Indiana University Health New Methods of Calculating Dose to the Immune System During External Beam Radiation Therapy for Cancer 8/1/18 7/31/21 150,000
    Leslie Anne Enane National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Developing an Instrument to Assess Adolescent Risk for Disengagement from HIV Care 8/1/18 7/31/19 158,538
    David M Haas University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill New Medical Optimization & Management of Pregnancies with Overt Type 2 Diabetes 5/1/18 6/30/18 12,915
    Eri Hashino Us Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Human Inner Ear Organoids as an In Vitro Model for Hearing Therapy Development 8/1/18 7/31/21 1,554,143
    Roland W Herzog University Of Florida New NEXT GENERATION OF RECOMBINANT AAV SEROTYPE VECTORS FOR GENE THERAPY 5/1/18 4/30/19 131,464
    Roland W Herzog National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Immunology of factor IX Gene Transfer to Liver 7/1/18 11/30/18 229,372
    Roland W Herzog National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Enhancing immune regulation in gene therapy for hemophilia 8/6/18 4/30/19 708,753
    T George Hornby Marquette University New Sympathetic and Somatomotor Function in Human SCI 6/1/17 5/31/18 112,364
    T George Hornby University Of Delaware New Promoting Recovery Optimization with WALKing Exercise after Stroke (PROWALKS) 4/1/18 5/31/18 37,437
    Kun Huang National Cancer Institute New Informatics Links Between Histological Features and Genetics in Cancer 1/1/18 12/31/18 361,675
    Benton R Hunter University Of Minnesota Renewal (not prev committed) The ACCESS Trial - CCC 6/1/17 5/31/19 13,200
    Benton R Hunter University Of Minnesota Renewal (not prev committed) The ACCESS Trial - CCC 6/1/17 5/31/19 22,800
    Cristian Alberto Lasagna Reeves National Institute On Aging New CAA, Tau and Neurodegeneration 8/15/18 4/30/19 531,458
    Edward A Liechty National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. Renewal (not prev committed) Global Network for Women¿s and Children¿s Health Research 8/1/18 5/31/19 629,444
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation New Bridge funds FY19 7/1/18 6/30/19 500,000
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation New Recruitment funds FY19 7/1/18 6/30/19 2,250,000
    Kenneth P Nephew Duke University New Novel Genomic Mechanism for Ligand-Dependent Transcription by Androgen Receptor 12/1/17 2/28/19 20,201
    Dawn M Neumann National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Intervention to Change Attributions that are Negative (ICAN): a New Approach to Reducing Anger and Aggression after Brain Injury 7/7/18 6/30/19 191,477
    Jason Z Niehaus Indiana University Health New End-Of-Life Care Curriculum for Pediatrics Residents 8/1/18 7/31/20 99,368
    Clement L Ren Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) IN-182/182 - Riley Hospital for Children Indiana University Medical Center (Ren, Clement L.) 7/1/18 6/30/19 227,995
    Douglas K Rex Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation New 3 Arm Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial Of High-Definition White-Light Colonoscopy Versus High-Definition White-Light Colonoscopy With Distal Cap Attachment Versus High-Definition White-Light Colonoscopy With Endocuff Vision For The Detection Of Col 2/1/18 1/31/21 13,832
    G David Roodman Texas A&m University New IRE1/XBP1s signaling: A novel pathophysiological factor in multiple myeloma bone disease 8/1/17 7/31/18 14,512
    Senthil Sadhasivam National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Bedside prediction of opioid-induced respiratory depression in children with pupillometry 8/1/18 7/31/19 196,875
    Andrew J Saykin Duke University Renewal (not prev committed) Metabolic Networks and Pathways in Alzheimer¿s Disease 6/1/18 5/31/19 20,000
    Anthony L Shanks Indiana University Health New Integration of Ultrasound Simulation into Obstetrics and Gynecology Training 8/1/18 7/31/20 96,244
    Nathan D Swinger Indiana University Health New Self-directed education within a pediatric ICU 8/1/18 7/31/20 66,527
    Kenneth E. White National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Novel Control of FGF23 in Metabolic Bone Disease 7/26/18 6/30/19 236,250
    Xiao-Ming Yin National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New The Role of HMGB1 in autophagy deficiency-induced liver pathology 7/26/18 5/31/19 428,405
    Matthew L Yuknis Indiana University Health New Pediatric Office Preparedness for Emergencies (POPE) 8/1/18 7/31/20 91,341

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  • July research awards total more than $3.9 million

    Editor’s note: In the September 13 issue of INScope, this research table was misidentified as research funding awarded in August 2018. These projects received funding in July 2018. We apologize for the error. 

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Matthew Eric Bohm Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Of American Inc. New Study of a Prospective Adult Research Cohort with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (SPARC IBD) 7/13/18 7/12/20 176,562
    Chenleng Cai National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Deciphering the mechanisms of c-kit+ cells in heart repair 7/15/18 6/30/19 393,750
    Larry D. Cripe Indiana University Health Foundation New Development of the Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) CARE Road Map: A Goal-Oriented, Collaborative Framework for Critical Conversations 1/1/18 12/31/20 150,000
    Anthony B Firulli Riley Children's Foundation New Heart Research Center Electrocardiogram 7/1/18 6/30/19 9,652
    Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research Renewal (not prev committed) Indiana University Genetics Biobank and Michael J Fox Foundation Fox Bionet Study 1/1/18 12/31/18 94,577
    David M Haas Duke University New PK and Safety of Commonly Used Drugs in Lactating Women and Breastfed Infants 7/2/18 9/21/19 100,000
    Debra Hickman American College Of Lab Animal Medicine Foundation New Evaluation of Carbon Monoxide as an Alternative Method of Euthanasia for Laboratory Rats and Mice 7/2/18 6/30/19 17,822
    Kun Huang Carnegie Mellon University New QuBBD: Geometric Time-Frequency Methods for Multimodal Physiological Monitoring 5/12/18 6/30/18 66,938
    Riad Lutfi Children's Hospital Medical Center Of Cincinnati New Sepsis from Bedside to Bench to Bedside 4/1/18 3/31/19 12,500
    Jean P Molleston Johns Hopkins University New Continuation of the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network 7/1/17 6/30/18 20,270
    Greg Sachs National Institute On Aging New Indiana Palliative Excellence in Alzheimer Care Efforts-RCT 8/1/18 4/30/19 770,303
    Stanley M. Spinola National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New The Role of the Skin Microbiome in Cutaneous Ulcers in Children in the Tropics 7/13/18 6/30/19 704,776
    Anna Maria V Storniolo Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Collection and Storage of Biological Specimens Intended for use in the Elucidation of Breast Carcinogenesis 6/1/17 5/31/19 550,000
    Daniel J Vreeman Regenstrief Institute, Inc. New Linking Complex Disease and Exposure Data to Established Data Standards 1/1/18 8/31/18 13,373
    Michael A. Weiss National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Therapeutic Protein Engineering of Single-Chain Insulin Analogs 8/1/18 7/31/19 554,879
    Ji Zhang St. Baldrick's Foundation New The role of adaptive metabolic response in pediatric leukemia therapy 7/1/18 6/30/21 330,000

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Faculty and Staff News

  • IUPUI United Way campaign underway

    IUPUI kicked off its annual United Way campaign last week, targeting a campus goal of $278,290. As one of the top contributors to United Way of Central Indiana, IUPUI staff, faculty and students take the commitment to improving the community seriously. The Campus United Way Campaign website provides information on the community impact of giving, how to donate and special events associated with the campaign. So far, more than $55,000 has been donated to the campus campaign, reaching 20 percent of IUPUI’s goal in less than one week.

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  • Fall Faculty Meeting is Tuesday

    All IU School of Medicine faculty are invited to attend the Fall Faculty Meeting from 4-6 pm, Tuesday, October 2, at Canal 337 (formerly 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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  • IU School of Medicine, IU Health seek behavioral health leader

    The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Indiana University Health are accepting applications for the new position of vice chair of clinical affairs and vice president of behavioral health collaborative. This position is ideal for an innovative academic and clinical leader to oversee departmental clinical operations and a statewide behavioral health system collaborative.

    Job description, qualifications and application information are available at Faculty Careers at IU. Priority review deadline is Sunday, November 4.

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  • BEST series offers supervisor training and resources

    Basic Essentials of Supervision Training (BEST) is a series of workshops designed to provide supervisors with the information and resources they need to supervise employees at Indiana University. The training series, offered by IU School of Medicine Human Resources, is now underway and concludes January 22, 2019.

    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



    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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  • Hibbard approved for emeritus status

    Roberta Hibbard, MD, has been approved for the emeritus title of professor of pediatrics. Joining IU School of Medicine in July 1985, Dr. Hibbard continued her career within the division of Child Protection Services and was promoted to professor of pediatrics in 1998. She has served as the division chief for child protection for nine years and served as the director of the Child Protection Program for 22 years.

    Dr. Hibbard has been vigorously active in efforts to improve the knowledge, communication and coordination of services when child maltreatment is suspected. She serves in the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse for the Indiana Chapter, the Ray Helfer Society, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Academy on Violence and Abuse. At Indiana University, Dr. Hibbard’s dedication to teaching and university service has been evident throughout her career. She has received a Trustee Teaching Award and a Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. In addition, Dr. Hibbard recently received the Monument Circle Advocacy Award from the Minority Health Coalition of Marion County. She will retire from IU School of Medicine on March 1, 2019.

    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. Hibbard’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Dr. Hibbard and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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  • Remembering Vince Sheehan

    Vincent (Vince) Sheehan, associate vice president for clinical affairs IT services, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 18. Sheehan served Indiana University for more than 19 years, providing counsel and support to IU School of Medicine on countless IT initiatives and projects.

    In messages to colleagues, Kevin Cusimano, chief technology operations officer, Indiana University UITS-CAITS, and Patrick Phillips, director of health science statewide IT support, wrote, “Vince’s contribution to the Indianapolis healthcare and higher education community dates back more than 30 years. As CAITS’ associate vice president, he created a vision and direction for how IU health sciences IT support should be managed and delivered. Vince was a valued member of the Indiana University family. His leadership, personality and humor will be greatly missed.”

    Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 22. An obituary is available.

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  • Sign up for fall medical library courses

    The Ruth Lilly Medical Library offers courses for faculty, staff and students. The library’s fall course schedule includes EndNote Basics, Mobile Resources, Introduction to Systematic Reviews, Introduction to 3D Printing and Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine. Check out the fall class schedule and register. All classes can be streamed live via Zoom.

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  • Apply for funding to use DigiBiomarkers platform in research

    DigiBiomarkers, developed by the 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. The Indiana CTSI is now offering access to this new innovative application platform.

    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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  • Register for November disease and therapeutic response modeling symposium

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

    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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  • Last chance to buy school apparel and support AMWA

    The IU School of Medicine apparel sale, sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association, is back by popular demand. Apparel selection includes all embroidery items and gray screen-printed items that were offered earlier this year. Orders will be shipped directly to individual addresses, and a flat fee of $12 will be added to each order for shipping. Show your school spirit and place an order by Sunday, September 30 at midnight.

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Partner News

  • IU Health Physicians appoints first CNO

    Melissa (Missy) S. Hockaday, MSN, ACNP-BC, TCRN, has been named chief nursing officer for IU Health Physicians, effective Sunday, October 14. Hockaday has served the IU Health system for nearly two decades, most recently as service line leader for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

    “Missy’s clinical and leadership experience will benefit the work of our nurses and advanced practice providers in this new position, which was created to grow our team-based approach to care,” said David Ingram, MD, president, IU Health Physicians.

    Hockaday will report to Ingram and Michelle Janney, PhD, RN, chief nurse executive and interim COO for IU Health.

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