Faculty and Staff News
Graduate Recognition on Friday to celebrate Class of 2019
The end of the medical school journey is near for the Class of 2019. The IU School of Medicine Graduate Recognition will be held from 2-4 pm, Friday, May 10, in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center, in downtown Indianapolis.
IU School of Medicine alumna Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, will present this year’s commencement address. Walthall is also adjunct clinical professor of emergency medicine at IU School of Medicine. More details about the recognition event, including FAQs about parking and tickets, are available. IU School of Medicine graduates also will be honored at the IUPUI Commencement Ceremony at 10 am, Saturday, May 11.
Faculty help adult liver transplant program achieve prominent ranking
Indiana University Health was ranked the third-best adult liver transplant program in the United States in 2018 based on transplant volume and patient outcomes. For Chandrashekhar A. Kubal, MD, PhD, associate professor of surgery, IU School of Medicine, and surgical director of the IU Health adult liver transplant program, this accolade only deepens the desire to maintain the standard of excellence the program has built through the years—and continue to improve on that legacy through instructing tomorrow’s surgeons.
While the program’s success is excellent news for patients, it also gives residents and fellows an opportunity to train in a high-volume program with a high survival rate.
“This is a very highly specialized medical field. Our general surgery residents and abdominal transplant surgery fellows get so much exposure, so many training opportunities that they will leave here well trained,” Kubal said. “There’s an excellent opportunity for residents and fellows to learn because of the volume of transplants that we do. As an example, fellows need to do about 45 liver transplants in two years to get their certificate. Our fellows here get that in about four months.”
For more on IU School of Medicine’s role in the program’s success, read the Faculty News blog post.
IU Simon Cancer Center to host annual Cancer Research Day on May 15
The IU Simon Cancer Center will host its annual Cancer Research Day on Wednesday, May 15.
Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame, will be presenting poster abstracts.
All events take place in the IUPUI Campus Center with the first symposium beginning at 8:30 am. See the day’s schedule.
IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of cancer center’s research endeavors, and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.
Listen to latest Precision Health podcast for insights on drug discovery and development
“It’s been said that developing a drug is not rocket science, it’s actually much, much harder.”
That’s the contention of Dan Skovronsky, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer, Eli Lilly and Company, who discusses the complicated process of drug discovery in this month’s Precision Health podcast. Learn how medicines are discovered and made as Skovronsky engages with Healthcare Triage host Aaron Carroll, MD, IU School of Medicine associate dean for research mentoring, and a medical school classmate and friend of Skovronsky’s.
IU School of Medicine collaborates with Lilly on a variety of projects, including the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health initiative. In the podcast, Skovronsky shares the importance of research, his gratitude to patients willing to participate in research and Lilly’s foray into RNA medicines.
The Healthcare Triage podcast is sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine whose mission is to advance health in the state of Indiana and beyond by promoting innovation and excellence in education, research and patient care. IU School of Medicine is leading Indiana University's first Grand Challenge, the Precision Health Initiative, with bold goals to cure multiple myeloma, triple negative breast cancer and childhood sarcoma, and prevent type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
CAS to become IU Login on May 16; first step in infrastructure refresh
CAS—Central Authentication Service—is getting a new name and look. Beginning Thursday, May 16, users will note a new IU Login icon when logging into IU computer systems. (Get a sneak peek at the new look.) The single sign-on process will remain the same; no changes to the underlying functionality or architecture will take place at this time.
Faculty, staff, students and affiliates will continue to authenticate with their university account using their IU username and passphrase.
This summer, UITS will perform an infrastructure refresh to update software, simplify architecture and support continuous integration.
INScope begins bi-weekly summer schedule this month
INScope will begin its bi-weekly summer publication schedule following the May 16 issue. Weekly publication will resume Thursday, August 8. During the summer, INScope will be published on the following Thursdays:
Welcome back: Kacena Lab prepares for next space launch in July
In 2017, Melissa Kacena, PhD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and her team sent dozens of mice into space on the SpaceX rocket to test a form of bone-healing therapy with the potential to help people with traumatic bone injuries. For the past several years, Kacena has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army to study the therapy, which could prove effective in treating soldiers injured in IED explosions.
The Kacena Lab is preparing for its next space launch in early July. Read the latest blog post to learn more.
Faculty and Staff News
Search underway for assistant statewide course directors
The IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education is accepting applications for Indianapolis-based assistant statewide course directors for Foundations of Clinical Practice 1 (FCP1) and for Foundations of Clinical Practice 2 (FCP2).
Assistant statewide course directors will work with a team of statewide faculty to help pre-clerkship students develop their clinical skills. In FCP1, first-year medical students learn fundamental clinical skills, including taking patient histories, documenting patient encounters and performing physical exams on normal adults while beginning to accumulate clinical knowledge, developing their communication skills and developing an appreciation for the social context of health and disease.
In FCP2, second-year medical students advance their clinical skills, knowledge and communication skills, while acknowledging the social context of health and disease in order to prepare for their third-year clinical rotations.
Individuals selected for these positions must be Indianapolis-based IU School of Medicine faculty. This position requires a .2 to .3 FTE commitment. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday, May 27.
Educational workshop for dementia caregivers is Saturday
People caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other related forms of dementia are invited to attend a day of education and resources on Saturday, May 11. Professionals in the field will share their expertise on a range of topics that will help caregivers provide the best care. The workshop will be held at the IU Health Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall, 355 W. 16th St., in downtown Indianapolis. Registration begins at 9 am, and the event runs from 10 am-1:45 pm.
Featured speakers from IU School of Medicine include Cristian Lasanga-Reeves, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Jared Brosch, MD, assistant professor of clinical neurology. The workshop is sponsored by IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, and American Senior Communities.
May 14 FIRM “maintenance dose” to help providers increase resiliency
The Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine (FIRM) series continues on Tuesday, May 14, with a “maintenance dose” and virtual discussion at 7 pm. Featured speakers are Todd Biggerstaff, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, IU School of Medicine, and Erinn Weisman, DO. Zoom details and more information are available. The event is sponsored by IU School of Medicine and the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Join IU School of Medicine at Indy Pride
Faculty, staff, learners and friends of IU School of Medicine are invited to walk with the school during the Indy Pride Parade, part of the city’s day-long celebration of the LGBTQ community, on Saturday, June 8. Step off is scheduled for 10 am near 765 Massachusetts Ave.
Sign up to walk in the parade. IU School of Medicine swag is welcome, and rainbow flags will be provided to all walkers.
Apply by July 29 for Collaboration in Translational Research grants
The Indiana CTSI Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) pilot grant program aims to foster and encourage collaborations across the CTSI partner institutions and initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs or generate novel intellectual property.
Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the proposed science, as well as the application’s strength in clarifying the plan for leveraging the award toward the achievement of the program’s objectives. Program awards are limited to a total of $75,000 and are 24 months in duration. Application details are available, and the deadline to apply is Monday, July 29.
Deadline is July 1 to apply for MTP drug development funding
The Molecular Therapeutics Program (MTP), part of Indiana CTSI, created the drug development service to support and enable promising drug discovery research in Indiana. The program supports drug development services to promote the use of contract research organizations that offer absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME)-toxicology studies for lead compounds. Contract research organization (CRO) partnerships include Covance Inc., Q2 solutions, Albany Molecular Research Inc., CalChem Synthesis, Bio reliance and Eurofins.
The MTP will provide seed funds and essential consultation to support drug development projects. Get application details, and apply by Monday, July 1.
Eskenazi Health summer farmers’ market returns May 14
Get your shopping list ready. Eskenazi Health kicks off its 12th annual summer farmers’ market on Tuesday, May 14. The event will be held, rain or shine, every Tuesday from 11 am-1 pm, at The Commonground in front of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The weekly event, which runs until Tuesday, Sept. 10, features fresh and local produce, fresh baked goods, plants and other market items.