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  • IU School of Medicine researchers set new NIH funding record in 2018

    Indiana University School of Medicine scientists and physicians brought in nearly $150 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in federal fiscal year 2018--a 10 percent increase over the previous year and a new record for the school.

    This year’s funding levels maintain IU’s status among the top 33 out of 140 NIH-funded medical schools in the nation.

    In the last five years, IU School of Medicine has grown its NIH research funding by more than 54 percent, or over $52 million. In calendar year 2018, the school brought in a total of more than $350 million in research funding from all sources, up from $316 million in 2017.

    “The continued upward trend we’ve seen in our NIH and other research funding reflects the caliber of our faculty and the quality and impact of their research,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and executive vice president for university clinical affairs at IU. “Building on our expertise in areas like neuroscience, cancer and children’s health, our researchers are advancing discoveries that improve health in Indiana and around the world.”

    For more on the record-breaking year in research funding, read the Newsroom post.

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  • Ting to serve as interim chair of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery

    Jonathan Ting, MD, MS, MBA, will assume the role of interim chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery on March 1. He succeeds Marion Couch, MD, who is stepping down as department chair for a senior leadership position with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    “Jonathan has already demonstrated strong leadership as the department’s vice chair for academic affairs, chief of otolaryngology at IU Health Methodist Hospital, and through his role with IU Health Revenue Cycle Services,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, executive vice president of university clinical affairs. “That experience, coupled with his background as a respected clinician, researcher and teacher, make him well prepared to serve in this capacity.”

    After obtaining his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, Ting completed his residency and post-doctoral research fellowship at IU School of Medicine while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in clinical research. He then moved on to Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he completed a fellowship in rhinology-endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. He returned to IU School of Medicine in 2012 to join the faculty and continued to bolster his credentials by earning an MBA in finance from the IU Kelley School of Business in 2015.

    “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve our department as interim chair and to work alongside a phenomenal group of researchers, clinicians and educators,” said Ting, associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. “Dr. Couch has set our department on such a positive trajectory, and I know that together we can contribute to the vibrancy of our tripartite mission in unique and impactful ways.”

    IU School of Medicine will launch a national search for the permanent department chair this fall.

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  • Downtown shuttle service launches today

    The new IU Health shuttle service within the academic health center in Indianapolis begins today, Thursday, February 7. Effective today, the People Mover has suspended service.

    Information is now available about shuttle routes and schedules, as well as how riders can track shuttle locations in real time. To make special arrangements for large groups, carts, large equipment or special circumstances, call the shuttle dispatch at 317.948.0975.

    Do you have ideas for the shuttle service? Email More information about the shuttle service is available.

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  • Search underway for Department of Microbiology and Immunology chair

    IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. An opportunity for a visionary leader to take a strong, basic science department to the next level, the position is ideal for a collaborative and transformational leader who can build on existing strengths in the department.

    Minimum qualifications include MD, PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent, evidence of leadership or a vision for leadership of an academic unit, an extramurally funded research program and academic credentials for a tenured appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor. Candidates also will be considered from other fields applicable to microbiology and immunology, including, but not limited to, bioengineering, microbiome genomics and proteomics. Candidates with a strong background in applied and/or translational immunology could be considered for co-leadership of the IU School of Medicine Brown Center for Immunotherapy. 

    Application details are available, and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 11.

    Indiana University is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse learning environment and supporting the professional development of ethnic minorities, women and people with disabilities. IU School of Medicine strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. The school also provides concierge and dual career services to assist new faculty with their personal or family relocation needs.

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  • Medical library will be closed Saturday

    The Ruth Lilly Medical Library will be closed on Saturday, February 9, for planned electrical work in the Medical Research and Library Building (IB). The 24-hour study area also will be closed from 9 pm Friday, February 8, until the library re-opens on Sunday, February 10, at noon.

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Research News

  • Research awards in January total more than $21 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Matthew R Allen Columbia University New Bone quality and strength across life-stages in glomerular disorders 9/21/18 7/31/19 $12,233
    Liana G Apostolova National Institute On Aging New Early Onset AD Consortium - the LEAD Study (LEADS) 9/30/18 5/31/19 $8,285,753
    Niranjan Awasthi University Of Notre Dame New Augmenting nab-paclitaxel-based chemotherapy response by targeted inhibition of Aurora kinase-A in preclinical models of pancreatic cancer 12/1/18 11/30/19 $30,000
    Alan Breier Eskenazi Health Renewal (not prev committed) Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC) and Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) Network (YR3) 9/1/18 8/31/19 $233,830
    Alan Breier Eskenazi Health Renewal (not prev committed) The Prevention and Recovery Center (PARC) for Early Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Program (Year 5) 9/1/18 8/31/19 $160,652
    David B. Burr Indiana University Health New Advances in Medicine (AIM) Project 2: Development of an IU 3D Bioprinting Core Facility 7/1/16 6/30/18 $150,000
    Timothy W Corson Retina Research Foundation New Characterization of soluble epoxide hydrolase as a marker of choroidal neovascularization 1/1/19 12/31/19 $30,000
    Archita Desai American Association For The Study Of Liver Disease New The Intersection of Precision Medicine and Population Health to Improve Health Equity in Liver Disease 9/1/18 11/30/19 $112,310
    Mahua Dey Indiana University Health New A Phase II Study Analyzing Pre-operative Stereotactic Radiosurgery Followed by Resection for Patients with 1 ¿ 4 Brain Metastases- Correlative Radiobiologic Analysis 8/1/18 7/31/21 $137,631
    Molly Duman Scheel Innovative Vector Control Consortium New Scaled Production of Slow-Release Yeast Interfering RNA Mosquito Larvicides 12/20/18 2/29/20 $300,000
    Martin Rhys Farlow Washington University Renewal (not prev committed) Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trial 6/1/17 12/31/19 $70,637
    Tatiana M Foroud Stanford University New Stanford Extreme Phenotypes in Alzheimer's Disease (StEP AD) Cohort 9/15/18 5/31/19 $18,270
    Tatiana M Foroud Foundation For Peripheral Neuropathy Renewal (not prev committed) Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry (PNRR) 1/1/19 12/31/19 $57,678
    Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research Renewal (not prev committed) LRRK2 AJ Closed and Ongoing Collections 1/1/19 12/31/19 $75,000
    Kerry Marie Hege All Children's Hospital New PROSPECTIVE EVALUATION OF THE DURATION OF THERAPY FOR THROMBOSIS IN CHILDREN (Kids-DOTT) 7/1/18 6/30/19 $19,250
    Roland W Herzog National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Oral Tolerance for Hemophilia 2/1/19 1/31/20 $779,623
    Reuben Kapur National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Targeting Novel Pathways in JMML 1/15/19 12/31/19 $534,541
    Rachel Adria Katzenellenbogen National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Cellular RNA binding and regulation by NFX1-123 and its perturbation by high risk human papillomavirus E6 9/1/18 5/31/19 $212,625
    Mark R. Kelley Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Tom Wood Lexus Foundation Lexxll 7/1/17 11/30/19 $17,850
    Katherine J Kelly Dialysis Clinic, Inc New Mechanisms of Renal Injury 1/1/19 12/31/19 $97,969
    Myda Khalid Nationwide Children's Hospital New Integrative Proteomics & Metabolomics for Pediatric Glomerular Disease Biomarkers 6/1/18 5/31/19 $21,392
    Nichole Landry LePage Association Of Pathology Chairs New Predicting Postpartum Hemorrhage. 1/1/19 12/31/19 $5,000
    Yao-Ying Ma National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New The role of Nucleus Accumbens and Calcium-Permeable AMPA Receptors in the Pathophysiology of Huntington's Disease 9/30/18 8/31/19 $230,500
    Yao-Ying Ma National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Synaptic Adaptations Induced by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure 11/27/18 3/31/19 $261,610
    Roberto F Machado Cleveland Clinic Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Mechanisms of metabolic dysregulation in pulmonary hypertension 3/1/18 2/28/19 $118,692
    Roberto F Machado Ann & Robert H Lurie Children Hospital Of Chi New Novel mechanisms of obliterative pulmonary vascular remodeling and severe pulmonary arterial hypertension 9/1/17 6/30/18 $198,072
    Silvia Marino American Society Of Hematology New Exploiting the N-end rule pathway as a therapeutic strategy for multiple myeloma 7/1/19 6/30/22 $150,000
    Misty Lee McDowell American College Of Ob/gyn New Pharmacokinetics of Buprenorphine in Hepatitis C Virus Positive Patients Versus Hepatitis C Virus Negative Patients During Pregnancy 1/1/19 6/30/20 $3,000
    Todd Owen McKinley University Of Pittsburgh New A Precision Medicine Approach Based on Discrete Time Windows for Predicting Outcomes of Polytrauma Patients 9/30/18 9/29/19 $159,933
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Wells General Fund 7/1/18 6/30/19 $5,660,000
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Hamer Funds for Oncology 9/1/18 8/31/19 $102,452
    Jean P Molleston Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Second Year Clinic Fellowship 7/1/18 6/30/19 $66,115
    Kenneth P Nephew University Of Alabama Birmingham New The Genomic, Epigenomic and Quality of Life Characteristics of Long-Term Survivors of Ovarian Cancer 9/30/18 9/29/19 $136,323
    Jeffrey S Raskin Hospital For Sick Children New MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) Registry 11/1/18 10/31/24 $13,665
    Clement L Ren Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. Renewal (not prev committed) Therapeutics Development Center (TDC) 1/1/19 12/31/19 $276,210
    Gregory M. Sokol University Of Iowa New Transfusion of Prematurity Early School Age Follow-up (TOP 5) CCC 9/20/18 8/31/19 $20,651
    Dimitrios Stefanidis Society Of Amer Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surg New Guidelines Fellowship 8/1/18 7/31/19 $32,500
    Anna Maria V Storniolo The Breast Cancer Research Foundation New Whole Genome Sequencing in BRCA1 mutation carriers identifies novel somatic variants associated with breast cancer risk 1/1/19 9/30/19 $187,500
    Sunil Tholpady Indiana University Health New Fully Vascularized Skin Substitutes for Point of Care Treatment of Full Thickness Skin Loss 6/1/18 5/31/20 $100,000
    Daniel J Vreeman Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Renewal (not prev committed) Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) 7/1/18 6/30/19 $291,133
    Stephanie Ware American Heart Association Incorporated New The Role of MCTP2 in Cardiovascular Development 1/1/19 12/31/20 $53,688
    Kenneth E. White National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Changes in phosphate metabolism cause pathologic cardiac remodeling in chronic kidney disease (CKD) 2/1/19 1/31/20 $599,299
    Kara K Wools-Kaloustian Albert Einstein College Of Medicine Of Yeshiva Uni Renewal (not prev committed) Central Africa International Epidemiologic Database to Evaluate AIDS 7/1/18 6/30/19 $11,992
    Bryan K Yamamoto Phrma Foundation New A New Mechanism of Serotonin Transporter Regulation by Simvastatin and the Isoprenylation Pathway 1/1/19 12/31/19 $21,000
    Lei Yang National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Toward Regeneration of Whole Bioartificial Human Heart 1/1/19 6/30/19 $914,569
    Ji Zhang American Society Of Hematology New Impact of metabolic adaptation on leukemia therapy and oncogenic signal 7/1/19 6/30/21 $150,000

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Physician leadership programs available through IU School of Medicine partnership with IU Kelley School of Business

    In response to growing demand for greater business acumen among physician leaders, IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity has partnered with the IU Kelley School of Business to provide a series of leadership development programs. The programs optimize faculty’s extensive medical expertise with insight into business and leadership, as they relate to healthcare.

    Programs include a variety of educational opportunities for junior faculty and mid-career faculty, and the two-year Kelley Physician MBA Program, a degree specifically designed for physician leaders.

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  • Get details about promotion and tenure at monthly office hours

    Questions about promotion and tenure? IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity offers promotion and tenure office hours from 9-11 am on the third Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Those interested can attend office hours in person at Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room 204, or sign on virtually via Zoom.

    Monthly office hours provide an opportunity for faculty to receive feedback and guidance about the promotion and tenure process, including review of their materials.


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  • Neuroscience Physician Education Series begins February 16

    Join Indiana University School of Medicine experts, Liana Apostolova, MD, and Daniel Bateman, MD, on Saturday, February 16, for part one of the Neuroscience Physician Education Series, focusing on primary care physicians and screening for Alzheimer’s disease. The event, sponsored by the IU Health Foundation, American Senior Communities and the Alzheimer’s Association, qualifies for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

    This free event will take place from 11 am-3 pm, at Goodman Hall at the IU Health Neuroscience Center in downtown Indianapolis. Free parking is available. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Registration and more information are available.  

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  • HIV ECHO series for healthcare providers starts February 14

    Healthcare providers are invited to enroll in the new HIV ECHO program, which launches Thursday, February 14. The goal of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is to build capacity for better understanding and improve the health of diverse patient populations. Providers participating in HIV ECHO will join a community of practitioners to engage in case-based discussion, build a peer network and gain mentorship from a team of subject matter experts. 

    HIV ECHO sessions are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month from 8:30-10 am and the fourth Thursday of the month from 12:30-2 pm. The program is held at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health ECHO Center at IUPUI. Registration is available.

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  • Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, MD, to speak February 19

    The Honorable Joycelyn Elders, MD, will present “The Importance of Communication in Achieving Health Equity,” from noon-1 pm, Tuesday, February 19, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room B26.

    As the first African American and second woman to be appointed United States surgeon general, Elders is a monumental figure in American healthcare, championing causes such as universal healthcare and comprehensive health education in schools.

    Lunch will be served; registration is requested.

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  • Collaborating Across Borders VII now accepting abstracts for fall conference

    The Collaborating Across Borders VII (CABVII) conference will be held in Indianapolis October 20-23. The CAB conference series is the premier signature event for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC), in partnership with the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC), and is focused on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Launched in 2007, the series provides a way for educators, clinicians, researchers, policymakers and students from both sides of the border to engage in rich, productive dialogue.

    This year’s conference, “Crossroads of Collaboration” brings together a wide range of submissions focused on improving health outcomes. Four broad tracks--education, leadership, practice and policy--were chosen to ensure a variety of ideas, perspectives and strategies are shared.

    Students, residents and fellows are welcome to be co-authors on any submission and/or reviewers of submissions if they are AIHC/CIHC members. CAB VII has a separate call for poster submissions exclusively for trainees. Abstract submission is now open with a deadline of Friday, March 1. More information about the CABVII conference in Indianapolis is also available. Questions? Email Kelsey Binion at

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  • Virginia Caine, MD, to present March 6 Patricia Treadwell, MD, Lecture

    The 2019 Patricia Treadwell, MD, Lecture, honoring the physician’s 40 years of service to the IU School of Medicine community, will be held from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, March 6, in Emerson Hall, room 304. This year’s keynote speaker is Virginia A. Caine, MD, director of the Marion County Health Department and associate professor of medicine, IU School of Medicine. The Treadwell lecture series explores how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions. Registration is available.

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  • RESPECT Center palliative care conference is March 1

    Plan to attend the IUPUI RESPECT Center conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: A Holistic Approach,” Friday, March 1, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. Keynote speaker is national palliative care expert J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, professor, University Washington Medical School. Sessions feature regional experts in pediatric, oncology and geriatric palliative care and end-of-life issues. More details and registration are available.

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  • Resident meets woman whose life he saved with stem cell donation

    IU School of Medicine internal medicine resident Jason Kippenbrock recently traveled to Houston to meet a woman whose life he saved by donating his stem cells. Kippenbrock donated stem cells seven years ago when he learned he was a perfect match for Robin Kuntz, who at the time, was battling an aggressive and deadly form of leukemia. He met Kuntz, who is now cancer free, at a stem cell registry event at a Houston shopping mall. Read about their meeting and how Kippenbrock joined the donor registry.

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