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  • Researchers partner with nonprofits to reduce health disparities among African American women with breast cancer

    Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Simon Cancer Center researchers, as part of the IU Precision Health Initiative, have formed two new community partnerships focused on improving outreach and reducing breast cancer health disparities among African American women, who get breast cancer at a lower rate than white women but have a greater risk of dying from the disease.

    Led by Bryan P. Schneider, MD, Vera Bradley Investigator in Oncology and associate professor of medicine and medical/molecular genetics at IU School of Medicine, the team of scientists at the school’s Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research are working with Indianapolis-based nonprofit organizations R.E.D. Alliance and Pink-4-Ever, Inc., to share information and resources with a goal of improving the health of African American women with breast cancer.

    “These community partnerships are important to our work at IU because in order to help develop better health care, treatment and prevention strategies for African American women with breast cancer, scientists and clinicians need their input and participation in research,” Schneider said. “We need strong collaboration to figure out why African American women are experiencing poorer health outcomes and how we can work together to develop solutions that best address those findings.”

    Read what the leaders of the nonprofits (both of whom are African American breast cancer survivors) have to say about the collaboration and their own experiences with breast cancer.

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  • Video series offers helpful financial planning advice for physicians

    The end of the calendar year is often a time to evaluate financial plans. It turns out, many physicians acknowledge there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes to saving for retirement and improving their financial health.

    Consider these facts: According to a 2016 report on physicians’ financial preparedness by the American Medical Association, 35 percent of physicians do not have any elements of an estate plan in place; only 53 percent have an updated will. Nearly 40 percent say they are behind where they’d like to be in saving for retirement. And 45 percent of physicians feel only “somewhat knowledgeable” or “not very knowledgeable” about personal finance.

    Tim W. Ueber, IU School of Medicine’s director of planned giving, sat down with an accountant, a lawyer and a financial planner and put together five helpful videos--each about three minutes long. The series addresses some common mistakes physicians make and highlights financial strategies that may be useful to consider.

    Two popular topics include:

    Lifetime Tax Diversification – This video addresses diversifying your retirement income to minimize taxes, instead of relying only upon taxable distributions from your 401(k) or 403(b) plans.

    Supplemental Strategies to Save for Retirement  – This video highlights useful retirement tools beyond a 401(k) or 403(b), including a SEP IRA for full-time faculty physicians who earn additional income on the side.

    The videos were shared in a recent blog post. Other subjects covered include:

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  • Faculty to deliver presentations across Indiana as Bicentennial Professors (corrected version)

    Editor’s note: Robert M. Einterz, MD, who was recently named an IU Bicentennial Professor was inadvertently omitted from the article in last week’s issue of INScope. A corrected article appears below. INScope apologizes for the omission.

    Faculty to deliver presentations across Indiana as Bicentennial Professors

    Seven IU School of Medicine faculty are among 25 university faculty to be named Bicentennial Professors by the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial. Faculty representing IU School of Medicine are:

    Virginia A. Caine, MD, associate professor of medicine
    Graham Carlos, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine
    Aaron E. Carroll, MD, associate dean for research mentoring and professor of pediatrics
    Robert M. Einterz, MD, associate dean for global health, the Donald E. Brown Professor of Global Health and professor of clinical medicine; director of the Indiana University Center for Global Health
    Janine M. Fogel, MD, assistant professor of clinical family medicine
    Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, Chancellor’s Professor and John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology
    Paul M. Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement, and the Delores and John Read Professor of Medical Education and professor of medicine

    IU's Bicentennial Professorships program is part of the university's continued commitment to public outreach and community engagement. Each Bicentennial Professor will travel around the state delivering public presentations at community forums that describe--in an engaging and accessible manner--some of their research or professional activities.

    Speaking engagements will be arranged by the Office of the Bicentennial in cooperation with Indiana community leaders, with the aim of reaching all of Indiana's 92 counties. Bicentennial Professors come from every IU campus.

    "In the late 1800s, Indiana University began to expand its educational mission beyond the Bloomington campus, and IU faculty traveled to all parts of the state to provide Indiana residents with lectures on art, science, the professions and medicine," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Today IU reaches all parts of Indiana though its many campuses and facilities and also reaches a global audience through IU Online. As part of its bicentennial celebrations in 2019-20, IU will be reviving this earlier tradition of fulfilling our public mission by connecting directly with Hoosiers all across our state."

    News at IU has more on the Bicentennial Professorships program and the other faculty participating.


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  • Can a heart grow three sizes? Gunderman shares his take on the beloved Grinch

    In a recent online column, Chancellor’s Professor Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, the John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology, gets to the heart of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” including insights about the book’s author Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and lessons learned from the “mean one, Mr. Grinch” and the hopeful residents of Whoville.

    Read Gunderman’s feature in The Conversation.

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  • Happy holidays from INScope; next issue is January 10

    INScope is taking a two-week publication break, coinciding with holiday and semester schedules. Look for the first issue of 2019 to be distributed on Thursday, January 10. The INScope editorial team wishes the IU School of Medicine community a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

    Have news to share in INScope? Submit news items to INScope editorial guidelines are available on MEDNet.

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Research News

  • Precision health researchers visit with Tyler Trent to share impact of tissue donation

    When Purdue University student Tyler Trent, the inspiration behind the hashtag “TylerStrong,” found out in May 2017 that his osteosarcoma had returned, he decided to help the IU School of Medicine physician scientists who are treating him learn more about the aggressive bone cancer, which currently has no cure. Trent agreed to provide tissue samples from a cancerous tumor removed from his pelvis in hopes of prolonging other kids’ lives and having them become advocates for research.   

    On Wednesday, December 19, IU School of Medicine researchers and IU Precision Health Initiative leaders Jamie Renbarger, MD, and Karen Pollok, PhD, visited Trent to share how his donation is making a difference in helping to research new treatments for the disease. WTHR Channel 13 has covered Trent’s story, including yesterday’s visit and other news features about the impact of Trent’s donation (available for viewing at the same link).

    Osteosarcoma is among the diseases for which the IU Precision Health Initiative is focused on improving treatments, finding cures and developing preventions.

    After visiting with IU researchers, Trent sent out this tweet to his more than 51,000 followers on Twitter, recognizing the research efforts of IU School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

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  • New study identifies possible targets for diabetes treatment

    Normal levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are crucial in cellular activity, but in excess can lead to the damage, dysfunction and death of a cell. For pancreatic beta cells, which rarely divide, cellular death could lead to the development of diabetes. Like all cells, beta cells have a built-in protection process, but only some survive. Amelia Linnemann, PhD, wants to know why.

    In a study recently published in “Diabetes,” Linnemann, along with a team of investigators from Indiana University School of Medicine, characterized important pathways for pancreatic beta cell homeostasis, or cellular stability, particularly as they relate to the antioxidant response system that mitigates the damaging effects of ROS.

    Learn more about this study in this Pediatrics blog post.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Phase 3 directors named

    IU School of Medicine Medical Student Education recently appointed two directors to lead Phase 3, which is the final phase of the new IU School of Medicine curriculum during students’ fourth year of training.

    Laura Hinkle, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, has been serving as director for Clinical Transitions Curriculum Phase 3 since October 1. A faculty member in the Department of Medicine Pulmonary Medicine Division, Hinkle established her strong interest and success in education as an IU School of Medicine chief medicine resident and has been involved in medical education research as a fellow and since joining the faculty. Hinkle will lead the final development and operationalization of the Transitions 3 course delivered to senior medical students to enhance readiness for internship after graduation.

    Daniel Corson-Knowles, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, will assume the role of director of Clinical Integration Phase 3 Curriculum on January 1. Corson-Knowles has extensive experience in medical education, having served as the assistant clerkship director for the Emergency Medicine Clerkship and a member of both the Curriculum Council Steering Committee and Phase 3 Clerkship Working Group. He will oversee the final development and implementation of the new Phase 3 curriculum which begins in April 2019.  Phase 3 features the sub-internship, rotations in emergency medicine, radiology and advanced clinical electives, as well as opportunities for additional professional development and work in advanced sciences to round out the experience of fourth-year medical students.

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  • Summer oncology research program needs faculty, lecturers and lab mentors

    Laboratory mentors, lecturers and clinical faculty are invited to participate in a joint summer translational oncology program jointly administered by Indiana University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine.

    Now in its fourth year at IU School of Medicine, the unique program, “Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID),” will be held from May 28-August 2. Opportunities include hosting a student in an Indianapolis campus lab, giving a lecture (on general oncologic principles and practices, specific diseases prevalent in underserved populations or health care disparities) or providing a shadow experience in the clinic.

    Faculty mentors hosting a summer student in their laboratories will receive $1,000 to help cover lab-related expenses. Mentors are particularly needed who can provide hands-on research experiences for students to generate their own data at the lab bench. More information is available here. To volunteer or with questions, contact Joe Dynlacht, PhD, at, Jordan Holmes, MD, at or Richard Zellars, MD, at

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  • January 23 Grand Rounds to focus on transgender and gender-diverse children

    Pediatrician and child psychologist John R. Rafferty, MD, MPH, EdM, will present “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents” from 8-9 am, Wednesday, January 23, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

    Specializing in substance abuse disorders and gender/sexual development, Rafferty is an attending psychiatrist and pediatrician who graduated from Harvard Medical School and obtained post-graduate training through the Triple Board Residency at Brown University. He earned additional graduate degrees from Harvard University in public health concentrating on maternal and child health, and education focused on adolescent development and psychology. He currently works in an integrated medical home at Thundermist Health Centers, in the Gender & Sexuality Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and the Co-occurring Disorders Program at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital.

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  • Upcoming town hall to address culturally responsive psychiatric care

    As part of the Cultural Awareness Town Hall series, Ryan R. Harris, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, will present “Making Gumbo: A Recipe for Delivering Culturally Responsive Psychiatric Care” from noon-1 pm, Thursday, January 24, in the Medical Research/Library Building, Room 317.

    Harris is passionate about working to understand how culture shapes and impacts psychiatric treatment and delivery of care. Her clinical interests include perinatal mental health and helping individuals heal from trauma.

    The Cultural Awareness Town Hall (CATH) is a formal speaker series hosted semiannually to educate the IU School of Medicine community on salient issues related to current events and health professions.

    Register for the presentation. Lunch is provided.

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  • “Re-examining Blackness” is the focus of February 13 Culture & Conversation event

    In 2020, for the first time in U.S. Census history, respondents who identify as “black” will be able to identify their place of origin. This disaggregation of blackness shines a light on the diversity within African Diasporic communities and the black experience in the United States. Join the discussion on how disaggregating black identities impacts the IU School of Medicine community and patient care. Part of the Culture & Conversation series sponsored by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, this event will be held from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, February 13, in the Daly Center, Room 186.

    Register for this event. Food will be served.

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  • Showalter Trust funding applications due January 9

    Since 1975, IU School of Medicine has received research funding through gifts made possible from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. Eligible biomedical research, as described by the benefactors includes “the type of medical research 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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