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  • Irsay gift pushes Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala past $1.8 million for cancer research

    On a night when Chuck Pagano returned to Indianapolis, Colts owner Jim Irsay pledged $1 million to cancer research in his former coach’s honor, helping to raise more than $1.8 million to support scientists at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

    Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward made the announcement on Irsay’s behalf during the 2019 Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala. The total set a record for the eight-year-old fundraising campaign that began when Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia during his first season with the Colts.

    “Amazing,” said Pagano, now defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. “I’m not surprised, because I know the man [Irsay] that he is. He has a heart of gold, and I’m just so, so grateful. When I was sick and going through what I was going through, he stood by me. I know a lot of people who wouldn’t have done that, and he continues to do that today.”

    Pagano and his wife, Tina, were joined by more than 500 invited guests at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, including Colts Vice Chair/Owner Kalen Irsay-Jackson and General Manager Chris Ballard; Bears Chairman George McCaskey, General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy; and other coaches and staff from both teams.

    To date, the Chuckstrong initiative has raised more than $7.3 million for cancer research at IU.

    Patrick Loehrer, MD, director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, expressed his admiration of Pagano.

    “Some things supersede rivalries on the field, the final box score or even a man-made trophy. These are the virtues that make mankind unique,” Loehrer said. “The virtues, generosity, compassion and the intense desire to leave this world a better place than when you entered it, that’s the stuff of Chuck Pagano.”

    For more on the 2019 gala, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Bogdewic honored by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

    The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) recently honored Indiana University School of Medicine Executive Vice Dean Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD, with one of its highest awards.

    Bogdewic received the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award, which honors individuals who have “significantly enhanced the credibility of family medicine by a sustained, long-term commitment to family medicine in academic settings.” The award is named in honor of F. Marian Bishop, the first female and first PhD president of STFM who is often referred to as “the mother of academic family medicine.”

    Bogdewic, who has served on the school’s executive leadership team for nearly 15 years, got his academic start in family medicine at the University of North Carolina, where he directed a national faculty development fellowship program. He joined IU School of Medicine in 1991 as an associate professor of family medicine.

    He has published extensively on topics such as organizational and faculty development, faculty vitality, the state of family medicine research, medical student attitudes toward older patients, and other topics related to evidence-based teaching of family medicine. He is a frequent lecturer at medical schools around the country and is a past president of STFM.

    “It was my good fortune almost 40 years ago to be invited into the discipline of family medicine,” Bogdewic said. “I believed then and still do that, as Rex Murray, the Canadian journalist, once stated, ‘The practice of medicine at a family level has to be the almost cellular foundation of a proper national understanding of what health care is.’ Armed with that belief, it seemed to me that the only right thing to do in my career was whatever I could to strengthen and promote family medicine. To be recognized by my peers for doing what I thought was right is both humbling and affirming.”

    For more on Bogdewic, who will retire in late June from IU School of Medicine after nearly 30 years with the school, read the full Newsroom post.  

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  • Student finds success in Medical Science program; will attend med school this fall

    When Aramis Smith ponders his future career, he often thinks back to the asthma attacks of his childhood that landed him in hospital beds. He recalls the kind physicians who took the time to explain to him what was happening to his body. He remembers marveling at how they knew exactly what medications would help him to breathe. He wants to do that for others.  

    So, when his first attempt at applying to medical school didn’t turn out as he’d hoped, Smith didn’t give up. Instead, he enrolled in the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) program at IU School of Medicine, where he was able to shore up his skills before trying the entrance exam again.  

    His success in the program was recognized recently by its leaders: Smith was the first MSMS student to be recognized as part of the IUPUI Elite 50—a program that honors graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence in and out of the classroom.  

    As it turns out, Smith won’t end up completing the master’s program. He doesn’t need to. After a year of study in the two-year program, he’s been accepted into IU School of Medicine, and he’ll begin working toward his medical degree in the fall.  

    The MSMS program at IU School of Medicine helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their chances of being accepted to medical school and be successful as they continue their education. The program is designed to give participants additional skill-building experience and enhance their learning strategies while also exposing them to didactic instruction and research.  

    For more on Smith and why he chose the master’s degree program at IU School of Medicine, read the full Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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  • Mental performance coach focuses on preparing surgeons for stress

    Let’s be clear; there is no plush couch sitting in the corner of Nicholas Anton’s office. No serene paintings. No inspirational quotes. No framed degrees adorn his walls. Anton is a mental performance coach, but the people who come to him—in the basement of the Rotary Building on the campus of Indiana University School of Medicine—aren’t here to bare their souls. They almost never shed tears. When there is introspection, it is to serve one purpose: To make surgeons perform better in the operating room.

    “I’m focused on performance,” Anton said. “I’m not saying, ‘Tell me how you feel.’ We want concrete and objective outcomes.”

    Anton helps surgeons climb over barriers that compromise their performance. He helps them optimize the way they think about their work and how they control their fine motor skills when it matters most—with a patient under the operating room lights.

    With training in sports psychology, Anton came to IU School of Medicine three years ago. He followed Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, from Carolinas Medical Center. There, Anton and Stefanidis devised and deployed a mental skills curriculum for surgical trainees. They brought it with them to IU, where Anton encounters physicians in the earliest stages of their training and tailors the curriculum to their needs. Anton also stands by their side as they put it to use during exercises in IU’s Surgical Skills Center.

    Learn more about Anton’s role and the goal of the Surgical Skills Center in this IU Medicine Magazine feature.

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  • Next INScope issue is May 30

    INScope publishes on an abbreviated schedule during the late spring and summer. The next issue will be distributed on Thursday, May 30, and weekly issues will resume on Thursday, August 8. Watch your inbox for INScope on these dates in June and July:

    June 13
    June 27
    July 11
    July 25

    As reminder, the deadline for news items is Wednesday at noon for each Thursday’s issue. Email submissions to For more information, refer to the INScope page on MedNet.


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Research News

  • April research awards total over $10.7 million

    April 2019 awards
    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Micheala A. Aldred Cleveland Clinic Foundation New Stopping the Stops: A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Hemorrhage From Vascular Malformations 8/1/2017 2/28/2019 $31,198
    Bradley L Allen American Medical Association New Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium 9/1/2018 12/31/2019 $15,000
    Tarah Jean Ballinger Expedition Inspiration Fund For Breast Cancer Research New A pilot study examining molecular and clinical effects of aromatase inhibitors on skeletal muscle function in early stage breast cancer 2/15/2019 2/14/2020 $20,000
    Sandeep Batra St. Jude Children's Research Hospital New AML16: A Phase II Trial of Epigenetic Priming in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia 3/22/2019 3/21/2024 $51,500
    William E Bennett National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Automated Assessment of Pediatric Rome IV Criteria Using Computerized Decision Support 4/1/2019 3/31/2020 $413,723
    Cynthia Diane Brown Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Renewal (not prev committed) A Cystic Fibrosis Collaborative Chronic Care Network Care Model of the Future: Proposal for Piloting a Learning Health System 1/1/2019 12/31/2019 $11,502
    Cynthia Diane Brown Cystic Fibrosis Foundation New Implementation of Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services: Award for a Pharmacist and/or Pharmacy Technician 4/1/2019 3/31/2020 $35,854
    Aaron E Carroll University Of Minnesota New Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program (IRL) 9/1/2018 8/31/2019 $75,000
    Aaron E Carroll The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Change Leadership Dissemination Proposal 5/1/2019 4/30/2020 $75,000
    Yen-Shan Chen Jdrf New Design of a Glucose-Responsive Insulin Based on a Confrontational Switch 7/1/2018 3/31/2019 $52,011
    Mary R. Ciccarelli Indiana Office Of Medicaid Policy And Planning New Medicaid-funded Children with Medical Complexity Care Coordination Pilot 1/1/2019 6/30/2019 $870,000
    Burcin Ekser American Society Of Transplant Surgeons New Scaffold-Free 3D-Bioprinting of an Advanced Human Liver Model 7/1/2019 6/30/2021 $100,000
    Jamie Lynn Felton Jdrf New Lymphocyte Metabolism in Autoimmune Insulitis 4/1/2019 3/31/2020 $64,728
    Tatiana M Foroud Columbia University New Genetics of Alzheimer Disease in Mexico 9/30/2018 5/31/2019 $1,302,328
    Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research Renewal (not prev committed) PPMI Wearable Study 1/1/2019 12/31/2019 $189,705
    Andrea L Frump American Heart Association Incorporated New The role of apelin-mediated right ventricular-protective effects in pulmonary hypertension 4/1/2019 3/31/2022 $231,000
    Alon Harris National Science Foundation New Collaborative Research: Multiscale modeling of intraocular pressure dynamics and its role in ocular physiology and pharmacology 5/1/2019 4/30/2022 $89,999
    Eri Hashino National Institute On Deafness And Other Comm. Dis Renewal (not prev committed) Modeling Inner Ear Differentiation with Pluripotent Stem cells 5/1/2019 4/30/2020 $573,417
    Stephen J. Jordan Infectious Disease Society Of America New Metabolic pathways associated with natural clearance of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women 6/1/2019 5/31/2020 $4,000
    Melissa Ann Kacena National Institute On Aging New Angiogenic Therapy: Novel Approaches to Enhance Bone Regeneration in Aging 4/1/2019 1/31/2020 $576,605
    Reuben Kapur National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Hyperglycemia mediated myeloproliferative disease 4/1/2019 3/31/2020 $586,415
    Barry P. Katz National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Data Coordinating Center for the Alcoholic Hepatitis Research Network 8/1/2018 6/30/2019 $875,000
    Richard J. Kovacs Brigham And Women's Hospital Renewal (not prev committed) INfluenza Vaccine to Effectively Stop Cardio Thoracic Events and Decompensated heart failure (INVESTED) 2/1/2019 1/31/2020 $27,909
    Benjamin John Landis American Heart Association Incorporated New Combining transcriptome and whole genome analysis to identify genetic causes of thoracic aortic aneurysm 4/1/2019 3/31/2022 $231,000
    Albert E Lee Indiana University Health New In Vivo Evaluation of Smart Self-Clearing Catheter for Improved Treatment of Post-Hemorrhagic Hydrocephalus 8/1/2018 7/31/2020 $100,000
    Kandice Kilbride Ludwig Indiana University Health New Optically-enhanced wire-free breast lesion localization system 8/1/2018 7/31/2020 $99,526
    Jason Scott Mackey Memorial Hermann Health System New Benefits of Stroke Treatment Delivered Using a Mobile Stroke Unit Compared to Standard Management by Emergency Medical Services: The BEST-MSU Study 3/1/2019 5/31/2021 $195,000
    John Jacob Manaloor University Of California, San Diego Renewal (not prev committed) Kawasaki Disease Comparative Effectiveness Trial (KIDCARE) 2/1/2019 1/31/2020 $10,500
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation New William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust 1/1/2019 7/31/2019 $25,000
    Thomas V Nowak Indiana University Health New An Ingestible Radar System for Real-time Gastric Accommodation and Motility Measurement 8/1/2018 7/31/2020 $100,000
    Sashwati Roy National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Mechanisms underlying impaired diabetic wound healing 4/2/2019 6/30/2019 $393,750
    Sashwati Roy Us Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Targeted Nanobubble Technology to Control Diabetic Macrophage Function 4/1/2019 9/30/2020 $283,375
    Chandan K Sen Us Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Development of Adaptive Vacuum Suspension to Improve Prosthetic Fit and Residual Limb Health 10/16/2018 9/29/2019 $793,619
    Chandan K Sen Malaysian Palm Oil Board New Research and Devlopment in Tocotrienol Against the Progression of End Stage Liver Disease (ESLD) 4/1/2019 12/31/2021 $2,197,115
    Temel Tirkes Ecog-acrin Cancer Research Group New Multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) for Preoperative Staging and Treatment Planning for Newly-Diagnosed Prostate Cancer 4/1/2019 12/31/2024 $40,000

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  • Researchers find genetic link to bipolar disorder risk

    In an international collaborative effort, researchers from 207 institutions and 22 countries, including IU School of Medicine, have discovered 30 locations on human DNA where variations in the sequence can affect a person’s risk of developing bipolar disorder. The discovery could lead to the development of new, more effective and better-targeted treatments for people who suffer from this mental illness. Their findings were recently published in Nature Genetics.

    In the largest study of its kind, the Bipolar Disorder Work Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium performed genome-wide analyses using 32 cohorts from 14 countries in Europe, North America and Australia. Study authors from IU School of Medicine include Howard Edenberg, PhDTatiana Foroud, PhD and John Nurnberger, MD, PhD.

    For more on the study, visit the Newsroom.


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  • Cardiovascular researchers organize, host international conference

    Researchers from all over the world gathered in Indianapolis last week for the Weinstein Cardiovascular Development and Regeneration Meeting. The meeting is an annual international conference focused on scientific discovery and progress for people with congenital heart disease. This year's event was organized and hosted by researchers in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. The group last hosted the event in 2007.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • June 1 is deadline to nominate colleagues for faculty awards

    Nominations for several IU School of Medicine faculty awards are due on Saturday, June 1. The following awards, including a new award recognizing volunteer faculty, honor individuals for outstanding teaching, research and service:

    Scholar Educator Award
    Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Awards
    Outstanding Community Engagement Award
    Inspirational Educator Award
    Volunteer Faculty Teaching Awards (New award)

    Award descriptions and nomination forms are available at the links above.

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  • Save the date: Faculty well-being event is July 10

    Mark your calendar to attend “Faculty Well-Being: Finding a Path Forward,” a workshop focused on managing environmental and personal drivers of burnout and poor health, on Wednesday, July 10. Featured speaker Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd, will explore strategies and approaches to improve the clinical and learning environment, as well as strategies and tools that faculty can use to enhance their ability to manage work stresses and demands. Slavin is senior scholar for well-being at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

    Register for the event, which will be held in Fairbanks Hall (FS), Room 1112.

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  • Walk with IU School of Medicine in June 8 Indy Pride Parade

    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.

    IU School of Medicine swag is welcome, and rainbow flags will be provided to all walkers.
    Sign up to walk in the parade.

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  • Bogdewic is featured speaker at May 30 Stepping Stones of Leadership event

    IU School of Medicine Executive Vice Dean Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, who will retire from the school in late June, will share words of wisdom on leadership at the Stepping Stones of Leadership event on Thursday, May 30, from 11:45 am-1 pm, at the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Lunch is provided, and registration is requested.

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Partner News

  • IU Health to break ground on new hospital in Frankfort to serve Clinton County

    IU Health Frankfort Hospital will host a ground-breaking ceremony at 10 am, Friday, May 17. The planned site for the new hospital campus will be just west of Frankfort's current structure. Conceptual plans call for a 12-bed, 44,000-square-foot, single-story, patient-experience-focused facility.

    IU Health is investing $30 million in the project, which is expected to transform healthcare services in Clinton County. The new facility will allow IU Health Frankfort to meet the long-term healthcare needs of Clinton County and ensure that residents have access to the highest quality care.

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  • Georgiadis and Tan receive Elwert Award for medical research

    Two IU School of Medicine faculty members—Millie Georgiadis, PhD, and Zhiyong Tan, PhD—who received Biomedical Research Grants in 2019 have also earned the Elwert Award. The Elwert Awards are made possible by a bequest from the estate of Bert Elwert, PhD, an IU alumnus who earned a doctoral degree in business from IU in 1965. The Elwert Award supports medical research that is likely to “give the largest incremental boost to our performance and reputation within the medical/scientific community.”   

    Georgiadis is professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Tan is assistant research professor of pharmacology and toxicology. As a result of earning the Elwert Award, their BRGs will be increased with contributions from the Elwert program.  

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