Top News

  • Faculty member addresses infant and maternal mortality in WFYI segment

    Indiana’s infant mortality rate is the highest in the Midwest and the seventh worst in the nation. Mary Abernathy, MD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, recently participated in a panel on WFYI’s "All IN" to discuss why Indiana is losing babies and mothers at higher rates than other states—and the efforts to remedy it. Learn more and listen to the segment.

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  • Trustees’ Teaching Award nominations due January 13

    Know a colleague who deserves to be recognized for exceptional teaching? Consider a nomination for the Trustees’ Teaching Award. Each year, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty with these teaching awards, and it’s anticipated that approximately 50 outstanding IU School of Medicine instructors will receive the award this year.

    Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching. Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service to be eligible (appointed on or before July 1, 2016).

    Nominate a colleague for a Trustees’ Teaching Award by Monday, January 13. More information is available. Questions? E-mail

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  • Take note of medical library server maintenance next week

    Beginning Monday, December 16, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library will conduct routine server maintenance that may cause some webpages to be inaccessible for a period of time. The library’s website and supporting pages will be fully available after the maintenance is completed on Friday, December 20. Users should clear their browser’s cache after the maintenance is completed on Friday to view the site.

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  • Precision Health Initiative to be featured during Big Ten Network basketball games

    The IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative will be showcased for Big Ten basketball fans watching televised games this season.  

    This fall, a Big Ten Network crew traveled to Indianapolis to film interviews with Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, and Aaron Carroll, MD. The video crew also captured video of David Haas, MD, with a participant in the Hoosier Moms Study, and shot video inside the regenerative medicine lab of Chandan Sen, PhD

    The footage was assembled in a one-minute video that will be shown on the Big Ten Network during basketball season, starting around Friday, December 20.

    This video is part of the network’s LiveBIG program, featuring stories of innovation, impact and inspiration from around the Big Ten conference. 

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  • On the blog: Physician driven by grandmother’s struggle

    The struggle against a devastating disease can have a profound impact on the lives of loved ones.

    Greg Sachs, MD, professor of medicine and neurology at IU School of Medicine and an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute and IU Center for Aging Research, remembers the agony his maternal grandmother faced when her life was unfortunately interrupted by Alzheimer’s disease in her early 60s. Sachs recalls being a teenager and witnessing his grandmother spend her final months in a nursing home battling infection after infection and either being physically restrained or receiving medications to combat agitation and other behavioral symptoms.

    Sachs recently explained how the experience inspired his focus on a career in palliative care.

    “In this area of medicine, you’re able to make a difference,” Sachs said. “It’s gratifying to make a difficult time that much easier for patients and their loved ones.”

    Read more about Sachs’ passion for palliative care in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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Research News

  • November research awards total more than $9.1 million

    November 2019 Grants and Awards
    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Matthew C. Aalsma National Institute On Drug Abuse New Alliances to Disseminate Addiction Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT): A Statewide Learning Health System to Reduce Substance Use among Justice-Involved Youth in Rural Communities 9/30/2019 4/30/2020 $1,032,475
    Nabil Adra Indiana University Health New Investigating Genomic Variations to Address Racial Disparities in Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer 11/1/2019 10/31/2022 $150,000
    Gianfranco Alpini Texas A&m University New Neuroendocrine Regulation of Biliary Growth and Fibrosis 3/1/2019 2/29/2020 $61,628
    Robert L Bacallao Dialysis Clinic, Inc Renewal (not prev committed) cGMP phosphodiesterase inhibitor therapy for ADPKD 2/1/2019 12/31/2020 $60,000
    Richard L. Bell National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Preclinical Medications Screening in Alcohol Preferring Rats 9/29/2019 9/28/2020 $382,202
    Tanna J Boyer Indiana University Health New Creation of Nationally Recognized Anesthesia POCUS Curriculum & Implementation for IU Health Department of Anesthesia 11/1/2019 10/31/2021 $100,000
    Cynthia Diane Brown Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. Renewal (not prev committed) Additional Research Coordinator (ARC) Award 12/1/2018 3/31/2020 $10,860
    Gabriela Irina Centers Indiana University Health New Implementation of an Innovative Mastery Learning Curriculum for Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the PICU 11/1/2019 10/31/2021 $100,000
    Pablo Alfonso Cisternas Esguep Alzheimer Association New Astrocytes as a new cellular player in tau-induced neurotoxicity in Alzheimer¿s disease 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 $174,990
    Howard J. Edenberg Research Foundation State University New York Renewal (not prev committed) Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $1,534,739
    Carmella Evans-Molina University Of South Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet 10/1/2019 6/30/2020 $11,109
    Shaun J Grannis Northwestern University New Demographic data availability and standardization for patient matching 5/15/2019 8/14/2020 $36,209
    Ed Greenfield Rally Foundation For Childhood Cancer Research New HDAC Inhibitors and Osteosarcoma 8/1/2019 6/30/2020 $39,807
    Paul Samuel Hafen American Physiological Society New APS Postdoctoral Fellowship 11/1/2019 10/31/2020 $50,000
    Kathryn M Haider Jaeb Center For Health Research Inc Renewal (not prev committed) Pediatric Cataract Surgery Outcomes Registry (C02) 1/1/2019 12/31/2023 $1,268
    Amir Reza Hajrasouliha Indiana University Health New The role of chemerin-CMKLR1 axis in diabetic retinopathy 11/1/2019 10/31/2022 $150,000
    Audrey Gail Herbert Indiana University Health New A Summer Collaboration in Medical Student Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education: Using Ultrasound Technology Students as Educators 11/1/2019 10/31/2021 $100,000
    Roland W Herzog Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Renewal (not prev committed) Molecular and cellular mechanisms of the FVIII immune response 5/1/2019 4/30/2020 $289,700
    Elizabeth Marie Huffman Association For Surgical Education New Why the Lab? What is Really Motivating the General Surgery Resident - A Springboard to Mindful Professional Development 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $2,500
    Benton R Hunter University Of Minnesota Renewal (not prev committed) The ACCESS Trial - CCC 6/1/2019 11/30/2019 $1,000
    Heba Ismail Indiana University Health New Prebiotics to Improve and Preserve ß-cell function in Newly-Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes 11/1/2019 10/31/2021 $40,047
    Heba Ismail Cystic Fibrosis Foundation New ß-cell Biomarkers And Glycemic Changes in Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes 11/1/2019 10/31/2020 $50,000
    Chandy C John University Of Washington New Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $90,702
    Mark R. Kelley American Cancer Society, Incorporated Renewal (not prev committed) IU Simon Cancer Center ACS Institutional Research Grant 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 $270,000
    Cristian Alberto Lasagna Reeves Us Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New The role of astrocyte-derived tau oligomers in neurodegeneration triggered by TBI 9/1/2019 8/31/2022 $354,375
    Tim Lautenschlaeger Indiana University Health New 24-hour urine circulating tumor DNA positivity in early stage NSCLC 11/1/2019 10/31/2022 $150,000
    Amelia K Linnemann City Of Hope Renewal (not prev committed) Real-time in vivo analysis of islet redox dynamics 8/7/2019 6/30/2020 $78,750
    Kieren J Mather Baylor College Of Medicine Renewal (not prev committed) Center for Identification and Study of Individuals with Atypical Diabetes Mellitus 6/1/2019 5/31/2020 $90,898
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Lilly Foundation Endowed Chair 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $88,981
    Paula Monje Cyprus Foundation Muscular Dystrophy Research New Development of translatable cell targeted gene delivery to peripheral nerves 10/1/2019 9/30/2020 $5,560
    Miguel Moutinho Alzheimer Association New Therapeutic role of HCAR2 in Alzheimer¿s disease 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 $174,957
    John Jerry Parent Hospital For Sick Children New Development of a Risk Calculator to Predict Sudden Cardiac Death in Children with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy 10/16/2019 6/30/2021 $4,000
    Senthil Sadhasivam Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Stephen F. Dierdorf, M.D. Endowment Fund for Research in Pediatric Anesthesia - Grant #17-A40 10/1/2016 6/30/2020 $5,599
    Courtney Danielle Schroeder Indiana University Health New Evaluation of the Hereditary Component of Localized Prostate Cancer 11/1/2019 10/31/2022 $125,776
    Peter H. Schwartz Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute New Measuring the Impact of Providing Personalized Risk Information to Patients and their Providers 11/1/2019 2/1/2024 $2,705,793
    Anna Maria V Storniolo The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Identification of genes functionally associated with breast cancer susceptibility 10/1/2019 9/30/2020 $250,000
    Tuan M Tran Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc New Development of data sharing and visualization tools for a systems analysis of immune responses to an attenuated sporozoite malaria vaccine in African infants 11/1/2019 10/31/2020 $16,500
    Frederick W. Unverzagt University Of Washington New Long-term Effects of ACTIVE Cognitive Training on Everyday Functioning and Dementia-related Outcomes: Association of Race and Social Determinants of Health 6/1/2019 5/31/2020 $43,410
    Charles Willard Yates Boston Children's Hospital New Generation of Merlin-deficient human inner ear organoids to model Neurofibromatosis Type 2 pathogenesis 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $20,290
    Elizabeth Shinmay Yeh National Cancer Institute New Overcoming Resistance in HER2-positive Breast Cancer 8/2/2019 4/30/2020 $335,765

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  • Research team developing minority-focused breast cancer photo library to encourage research participation

    African American women have historically been underrepresented in research studies, so it's not surprising that these women can be tough to find when patients look through healthcare brochures at the doctor's office.

    "In my work as a breast health advocate, I've observed women's knowledge about breast health and breast cancer being significantly impacted by the visual images they've seen," said Lisa Hayes, executive director of RED Alliance. "For instance, a woman told me she thought breast cancer was mostly a middle-aged white woman's disease, because that was who she usually saw in ads about breast cancer walks or other fundraising events.”

    After hearing about these issues, researchers in the Precision Health Initiative’s triple negative breast cancer study started collaborating with their community partners, RED Alliance and Pink 4 Ever, to eliminate this disparity by spearheading the development of a minority-focused photo library.

    “Right now, there are just so few photos [of African American women] that the ones that are there are reused multiple times,” said Casey Bales, MPH, program manager for the research study. “We were mocking up a patient brochure and realized one image is in three other documents or patient-related materials.”

    Learn more about the photo library and its role in research and education. 

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Register for 2020 Academy of Teaching Scholars events

    The IU School of Medicine Academy of Teaching Scholars is a program designed to help faculty build and share their skills as educators. The program—open to faculty, residents, fellows and graduate students—encourages participants to develop the skills needed to become educational leaders and facilitators of positive change.

    By joining the academy, you will:

    • Gain applicable education skills whether you teach in the clinic, lab or classroom
    • Complete the program at your own pace
    • Attend both online and face-to-face sessions
    • Collaborate with a new community of professionals at IU School of Medicine
    • Receive a certificate of completion, a letter of support signed by the dean and a book from IU School of Medicine’s list of educational favorites

    Check out the academy’s 2020 events and register.

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  • Michael named emeritus professor

    Helen E. Michael, MD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been approved for emeritus status, effective upon her retirement from IU School of Medicine on December 21.

    Michael has served at Indiana University for more than 35 years, beginning her career in 1984 as a surgical pathologist. She has served as the chief of pathology and laboratory medicine services at IU Health North Hospital since the hospital opened in 2005, after serving in the same role at Wishard from 1998-2005. Michael has been an editorial board member for “Modern Pathology” since 2006. She was also the recipient in 2003 of the International Society of Urologic Pathology’s Koss Medal for excellent service in advancing the field of urologic pathology. 

    Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of "substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service." Michael’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Michael and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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  • Med School Night Live is January 10

    Tickets are now available for Med School Night Live, which will take place from 7-9 pm, Friday, January 10. Presented by the Second Year Show committee, the show is organized by medical students from all four years and across all nine IU School of Medicine campuses. Inspired by Saturday Night Live, the event will feature humorous live and pre-recorded skits that focus on life in medical school. Purchase your tickets now for what’s being called “the show of the century.”

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  • Submit abstracts by February 28 for IUPUI Patient Safety and Quality Day

    Abstracts are now being accepted for the annual IUPUI Patient Safety and Quality Day conference on Wednesday, April 8. The conference provides an opportunity for trainees to present their research in all areas related to quality improvement and patient safety. Topics include:

    • Improving Value through Clinical Transformation and Implementation Science
    • Innovations in Healthcare Education in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    • Student & Trainee Initiatives in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 
    • Team Based and Interprofessional Approaches to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    • Case Reports of Safety Incidents Leading to Improvement of Healthcare Practices
    Interested participants are encouraged to submit their work even if it’s still in progress. All abstracts will be peer reviewed prior to selection for presentation. Prizes will be awarded for the top three presentations. Submission guidelines are available. E-mail submissions by Friday, February 28, to  

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  • Deadline to submit poster abstracts for LGBTQ health conference is December 31

    Don’t wait another day to submit poster abstracts for the 2020 LGBTQ Health Care Conference. Poster presentations on topics that influence best practices for LGBTQ patient experiences are encouraged. The deadline to submit abstracts is Tuesday, December 31. 

    The conference, which will be held on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24, at the IUPUI Campus Center, is designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers and others who seek to better understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ population. Registration is available.

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  • Mark your calendar: Cultural Awareness Town Hall is January 23

    Start 2020 off with a dose of cultural awareness at the upcoming town hall. Angela Tomlin, PhD, professor of clinical pediatrics, and Stephan Viehweg, MSW, assistant research professor of pediatrics, will address the topic of ability rights and intellectual disabilities in health care from noon-1 pm, on Thursday, January 23.

    Internationally known for their impact on health disparities, Tomlin and Viehweg work with adult patients and advocates to positively change health care.

    More information and registration are available.

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  • Register for March 6 RESPECT Center palliative care conference

    Registration is now open for the IUPUI RESPECT Center’s 2020 conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Sharing Our Collective Wisdom,” which will be held on Friday, March 6. The conference brings together clinicians and researchers interested in evidence-based palliative and end-of-life care to help enhance clinical practice and foster new partnerships for translational research. More information is available.

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  • There’s still time to enroll in December ECHO center programs

    The IUPUI ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Center is offering several programs before the end of the year:

    Tuesday, December 17: Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Care
    Thursday, December 19: Hepatitis C (HCV) ECHO
    Friday, December 20: Integrated Pain Management ECHO

    The primary goal of ECHO is to build capacity to best respond to the needs of diverse patients across Indiana, increase access to care and improve health outcomes while reducing disparities. Practitioners who participate in ECHO will join a learning community of providers engaging in case-based discussions, building a peer network and gaining mentorship from a team of subject matter experts.

    Online enrollment is available. Visit the Project ECHO webpage for more information.

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