Top News

  • Hess hits the road: Dean visits Gary and South Bend campuses

    We’re here to help you succeed. That’s the message Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, delivered to medical students this week during visits to the school’s campuses in Gary and South Bend.

    “One of our highest priorities is maximizing student success,” he told a gathering of first- and second-year students at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary over lunch on Wednesday, December 5. “What we’re trying to do is help each of you realize your dreams.”

    Specifically, he cited goals to:

    • Ensure students successfully complete medical school in four years
    • Help students choose a medical specialty that is the right fit for them
    • Position students to match into the best residency
    • Emphasize wellness and work-life balance
    Hess scheduled the visits to hear what’s on the minds of students and faculty; to learn what is working well and what needs improvement; and to highlight some of the school’s top priorities and new initiatives.

    After visiting Gary, he headed to IU School of Medicine-South Bend today. Learn more about what he shared with students in this Strategic Voices blog post.

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  • IT as an enabler, not an obstacle: A Q&A with IU School of Medicine’s new CIO

    Rob Lowden joins Indiana University School of Medicine on January 1 in the newly created role of executive associate dean and chief information officer. An IT veteran with two decades of experience in a variety of roles at IU, Lowden will be charged with collaborating across the school and developing and implementing IU School of Medicine’s strategic technology goals.

    In this Strategic Voices blog post, he shares his thoughts on his new role, what’s most exciting in IT and how he wants to help learners, faculty and staff view IT as an enabler and not an obstacle.

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  • New MedHub login screen launches on January 8

    Faculty, staff and students who use MedHub will see a new login screen beginning Tuesday, January 8. The revamped home screen, branded with the IU School of Medicine logo, will be consistent with other institutions that use Central Authentication Services (CAS) to log in to MedHub.

    Beginning January 8:

    • If you currently log in on the left-side with your IU credentials, you will click the logo at the top of the screen to log in with your IU account. The page will refresh allowing you to enter your IU username and passphrase.
    • If you currently log in on the right-side of the screen with your non-IU credentials, you will click Click here to log in using a non-IU account. This will update the login page allowing you to enter your username and passphrase.
    Questions? Submit a MedHub support form.

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  • Then and now: Jodi Skiles, MD, first-generation college student

    Jodi Skiles, MD, is a homegrown Hoosier, born and raised in Frankfort, Indiana. As a first-generation college student and medical student, she chose to stay close to home for her education and training. She completed her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training at IU and joined the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in July 2012.

    Skiles chose to stay at IU because she loves the excellent collegial atmosphere at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Learn more about her journey to medicine, her experience as a first-generation college student and how she juggles life as a clinician, program leader, wife and mother in this IU School of Medicine blog post written by second-year medical student, Rebekah Roll.

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Research News

  • November research awards total more than $9.6 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Robert L Bacallao Dialysis Clinic, Inc New cGMP phosphodiesterase inhibitor therapy for ADPKD. 2/1/2019 1/31/2020 $60,000
    Lynda Faye Bonewald National Institute On Aging New OSTEOCYTE REGULATION OF BONE/MUSCLE WITH AGING 9/30/2018 5/31/2019 $2,210,706
    Cynthia Diane Brown Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. Renewal (not prev committed) Additional Research Coordinator (ARC) Award 12/1/2018 11/30/2019 $32,580
    Randy R Brutkiewicz Indiana State Department Of Health New Development of innovative in vivo models to analyze and track innate neuroimmune cells following spinal cord injury 8/1/2018 6/30/2020 $160,000
    Jennifer Nicole Choi Indiana University Health New Opioid Prescribing Curriculum and Feedback Instrument 8/1/2018 7/31/2020 $100,000
    Joan M Cook-Mills National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Tocopherol regulation of the development of responsiveness to allergen early in life 9/11/2018 5/31/2019 $539,960
    Joan M Cook-Mills National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Lipid Regulation of the Development of Responsiveness to Allergen in Neonates and Infants 9/10/2018 4/30/2019 $400,321
    Timothy W Corson Carl M. Reeves And Mildred A. Reeves Foundation New Mechanisms of soluble epoxide hydrolase dysregulation in choroidal neovascularization 11/15/2018 8/31/2019 $88,896
    Martin Rhys Farlow University Of Southern California New Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) 12/2/2017 11/30/2018 $169,226
    Melissa L Fishel Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center New Targeting the Plasminogen Activation System to Limit Pancreatic Cancer Progression and Associated Thrombosis 8/1/2018 7/31/2019 $196,875
    Evan L. Fogel Medical University Of South Carolina New SpHincterotomy for Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis (SHARP) 9/1/2018 8/31/2019 $19,656
    W Scott Goebel Pediatric Blood And Marrow Transplant Foundation New Antiviral Cellular Therapy for Enhancing T-cell Reconstitution Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (ACES) 10/5/2018 10/4/2019 $30,000
    Theresa Ann Guise Us Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Role of Bone-derived TGF-ß on Glucose Metabolism in the Setting of Breast Cancer Bone Metastases 9/15/2018 9/14/2021 $1,181,250
    Laura S Haneline Riley Children's Foundation New Center for Maternity & Newborn Health - Neuro NICU Operational Expenses 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $162,172
    Abbey Conner Hines Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Maternity and Newborn Health - Newborn Follow-up Operational Expenses 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $370,000
    Peter Clifton Jenkins Indiana University Health New Multidirectional Soft Robotic Tentacle to Improve Surgical Rib Fixation 4/1/2018 3/31/2020 $100,000
    Chandy C John University Of Minnesota New "Optimizing Benefits While Minimizing Risks of Iron in Malaria-endemic Areas." 7/5/2018 5/31/2019 $9,522
    Adam C Kean Riley Children's Foundation New Heart Research Fund #2372 Riley Pacemaker and ICD, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator, Protection to Improve Patient Activity and QOL, Quality of Life. 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $10,000
    Mark R. Kelley Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research 7/1/2018 6/30/2020 $94,767
    Jaeyeon Kim Georgia Institute Of Technology New Deep Ovarian Cancer Metabolomics 9/20/2018 8/31/2019 $111,244
    Karl Russell Koehler National Institute On Deafness And Other Comm. Dis New Engineering multi-lineage human inner ear organoids 12/1/2018 11/30/2019 $503,869
    Gary Eugene Landreth University Of Notre Dame New Mechanisms of Neuroinflammation in Brain Metastasis Progression 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $29,255
    Suthat Liangpunsakul National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Novel animal models to study miRNA-mediated alcoholic liver disease 9/26/2018 6/30/2019 $231,850
    Yunlong Liu University Of Kentucky Research Foundation New Potentially Causal Changes in DNA Methylation and Breast Cancer Development 1/1/2018 10/13/2018 $50,071
    Weiming Mao Brightfocus Foundation New CRISPR interference-mediated inhibition of TGFbeta-2 in the trabecular meshwork 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $32,895
    Troy A Markel American College Of Surgeons New Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Modulate Intestinal Mesenteric Endothelium Via Hydrogen Sulfide 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $45,000
    Jean P Molleston University Of Michigan Renewal (not prev committed) Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network Data Coordinating Center 6/1/2018 5/31/2019 $26,105
    Harikrishna Nakshatri Dr. Ralph And Marian Falk Medical Research Trust New The effect of extra physiologic oxygen shock/stress (EPHOSS) on cancer stem cell and drug sensitivity measurements 11/30/2018 11/29/2020 $1,000,000
    Roman M Natoli University Of Maryland Renewal (not prev committed) A Pragmatic Randomized trial Evaluating Pre-operative Antiseptic skin solutions in fRactured Extremities (PREPARE) 9/30/2017 9/29/2019 $47,880
    Eric Scott Orman Duke University New Palliative Care in the Treatment of End Stage Liver Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial 1/1/2018 12/31/2018 $86,470
    Jeffrey F Peipert Riley Children's Foundation New Center for Maternity and Newborn Health 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $338,664
    David A Plager Emory University Renewal (not prev committed) Infant Aphakia Treatment Study 9/1/2018 8/31/2019 $11,668
    David A Plager Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Pediatric Ophthalmology Research 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $34,538
    Jamie L Renbarger Riley Children's Foundation New PHEM RCF Osmon Funds 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $4,710
    Jamie L Renbarger Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Zachary E Klinger Chair of Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology 7/1/2018 6/30/2020 $72,661
    Don B Sanders Chest Foundation New Whole-genome shotgun sequencing of oropharyngeal swabs in infants with CF 11/15/2018 11/14/2019 $30,000
    Andrew J Saykin Duke University New Metabolic Networks and Pathways Predictive of Sex Differences in AD Risk and Responsiveness to Treatment 8/1/2018 6/30/2019 $63,000
    Andrew J Saykin Duke University New Gut Liver Brain Biochemical Axis in Alzheimer¿s Disease 8/15/2018 6/30/2019 $47,250
    Gregory M. Sokol Thrasher Research Fund New Physiological approach to sodium supplementation in preterm infants 3/1/2019 2/28/2022 $386,077
    Dimitrios Stefanidis Purdue University New Sensor-based assessment and data-driven training for non-technical skills in robotic surgeries. 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $16,297
    Diana P Summanwar March Of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation Ind Chapter New Engaging Family Medicine Physicians in Interconception Care during Well Child Visits 11/1/2018 3/31/2019 $10,000
    Robert S. Tepper Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Mary Agnus Kennedy Chair 7/1/2018 6/30/2020 $72,661
    Michael A. Weiss Case Western Reserve University New How insulin binds to the insulin receptor 5/1/2018 4/30/2019 $44,387
    Amy C Wilson Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Renewal (not prev committed) Chronic Kidney Disease on Children (CKiD) 8/1/2018 7/31/2019 $13,047
    Paul D Winchester Washington State University New Epigenetic Diagnostics for Preventative Medicine 7/1/2018 6/30/2021 $115,000
    Kara K Wools-Kaloustian Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva Uni New Central Africa International Epidemiologic Database to Evaluate AIDS 1/19/2018 6/30/2018 $11,992
    Jingwu Xie Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Jonathan and Jennifer Simmons Professor-Hematology/Oncology 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $32,062
    Xiao-Ming Xu U.s. Department Of Veterans Affairs Renewal (not prev committed) IPA Agreement/Wu 10/1/2018 12/31/2018 $12,539
    Lei Yang American Heart Association Incorporated New miRNA126 regulates human heart development ¿ 12/1/2017 12/31/2018 $79,915
    Zhihong(Joe) Yang National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Integrating LncRNA to Methionine Metabolism in Alcoholic Fatty Liver 9/20/2018 8/31/2019 $161,379

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Military Match Day celebration is on December 14

    Faculty with a military background are invited to join fourth-year medical student service members at the second annual Military Match Day celebration from 6-8 pm, Friday, December 14. MS4s in the Army, Navy and Air Force will receive their military match results on Wednesday, December 12. The celebration, which will be held in conjunction with fellow military medical students and faculty from Marian University, will take place at Sun King Brewery, 135 N. College Avenue, in Indianapolis. The event is sponsored by the Military Medicine Student Interest Group. Questions? Email

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  • Transitions 2 facilitators and small group leaders needed

    Transitions 2 is two-week course designed to prepare students for clerkships and for learning in a clinical environment. A significant number of facilitators, small group leaders, procedure trainers and clinical faculty are needed to help nearly 300 students on the Indianapolis campus with physical examination review. The course will take place from Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 19. Available to help on any of these days? Contact Scott Renshaw, MD, Transitions 2 Indianapolis site director, at

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  • Promotion and tenure sessions begin February 7

    Learn about aspects of the promotion and tenure process during a series of information sessions that begin Thursday, February 7. Each year, IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity partners with the school’s promotion and tenure committee to offer these special sessions.

    Here are the dates for the spring semester sessions:

    Thursday, February 7: General overview
    Monday, February 11: Documenting your work
    Thursday, February 14: Personal statement
    Wednesday, February 20: Preparing your CV
    Thursday, February 21: eDossier nuts and bolts

    Registration is available for each session.

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  • Faculty: Take a minute to complete your online bio

    Did you know that more than 80 percent of IU School of Medicine online faculty profile pages are incomplete? That means that when funders, collaborators or the media land upon them, they come up empty.

    The faculty profile pages are a highlight of the school’s new website and allow every faculty member to showcase his or her work and accomplishments in a public-friendly way. These pages are linked to by media and throughout the school’s own website.

    Faculty members or their designees must populate their own profiles. Take a few minutes to see if yours is complete and/or up to date. Here’s how:

    • Access the IU School of Medicine faculty database.
    • Login with your IU credentials (CAS and DUO).
    • Select "Directory" from the top menu.
    • Search for your profile by last name.
    • Enter edit mode by selecting the person icon on the top left side of the screen.
    • Make updates as needed.
    • Save.

    Other tasks (like how to manage delegates) are covered on the Faculty Profile page of MedNet.


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  • Cultural awareness town hall is January 24

    The Cultural Awareness Town Hall is a speaker series focusing on issues related to current events and health professions. The next town hall will be held from noon-1 pm, Thursday, January 24, with location to be announced. The featured speaker is Ryan Harris, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, who will address an aspect of this year’s town hall theme, “Removing the Stigma: Addressing Mental Health and Wellness in Communities of Color.” Registration is available.

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  • Academic medicine career development conference is February 28

    Considering a career in academic medicine? The Academic Medicine Career Development Conference for Diverse Medical Students and Residents is a no-fee, one-day conference that includes nine workshops on these and related topics:

    • Diversity and inclusion in the academic medicine workforce
    • Academic medicine career roles
    • Financing an academic medicine career
    • Research, scholarship and careers in academic medicine

    The conference will be held from 7 am-5:30 pm, Thursday, February 28, at the Riley Outpatient Center, Conference Rooms A&B. While open to all, it aims to help diverse (women, underrepresented minorities and LGBTQ) medical students, residents, fellows and doctoral students to:

    • Discover academic medicine careers that align with personal and professional interests
    • Explore academic medicine career paths and opportunities
    • Create and improve their academic medicine portfolio
    • Grow their network among academic medicine colleagues and role models
    Review this brochure to learn more and view a list of speakers. The conference is sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity.

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  • Funding for clinical repurposing trials available; winners to be selected at 2019 CureAccelerator event

    CureAccelerator is a philanthropic pitch event, raising awareness of and funding for innovative repurposing research projects, with up to $50,000 funding for the winning project. Proposals are sought for clinical repurposing trials, up to five of which will be selected to pitch at this live event, held in Spring/Summer 2019. This CureAccelerator Live! will showcase clinical repurposing trials in any rare disease. A rare disease is defined by U.S. standards as a condition that impacts fewer than 200,000 people, or by European standards as a condition than impacts less than 1 in 2,000 people. Eligible submissions can come from North America and Europe.

    Review the PDF for details and submission information. Application deadline is Thursday, January 31.

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  • Showalter Trust applications due January 9

    The Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund provides funding for biomedical research, as described by the benefactors, that “is most likely to permanently benefit mankind.” Donor intent prohibits the use of Showalter Trust funds for research in psychiatry, sociology or social studies.

    Current full-time faculty (non-visiting status) having a primary appointment in IU School of Medicine and a rank of assistant professor or assistant scientist are eligible to apply for Showalter Trust funding.

    Preliminary application deadline is Wednesday, January 9. More details are available.

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  • January 18 is deadline to apply for diabetes-related research funding

    The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Pilot and Feasibility program fosters the development of new diabetes-related investigators and provides seed support for innovative, high-risk projects.

    Investigators at Indiana University, IUPUI, Purdue University, Ball State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Cincinnati, Emory University and the Indiana Biomedical Research Institute are eligible to apply. The program is directed at new investigators and established investigators new to diabetes-related research. The program will also consider established diabetes investigators pursuing high-impact/high-risk projects or projects that are a significant departure from their usual work.

    More details are available. Application deadline is Friday, January 18.

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