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  • Physician and activist Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, to speak at May 15 commencement

    Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for her role in uncovering the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, will be the keynote speaker at the IU School of Medicine commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15.

    Hanna-Attisha is the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, she has testified twice before the United States Congress and has been awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America.

    In the aftermath of the disaster in Flint, Hanna-Attisha was instrumental in leading recovery efforts and wrote about the crisis in the best-selling book, “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.”

    The school’s commencement will be held at 10 am, Friday, May 15, in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Details are available on MedNet.

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  • Save the date: Spring All School Meeting is April 29

    IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the Faculty Steering Committee invite faculty, staff and learners to attend the spring All School Meeting from 4:30-6 pm, Wednesday, April 29, in Walther Hall (R3), Room C203. Hess will provide critical updates, and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

    While in-person attendance is encouraged, the meeting will be available via live webstream. Instructions for participating remotely are posted on the Faculty Steering Committee webpage. A reception will follow the meeting in the third floor atrium of Walther Hall.

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  • Master of Science in Medical Science Program celebrates 25 years

    The Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) Program represents the strongest recruitment and retention pipeline for equitable representation in medical education at IU School of Medicine. This year, it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

    The origins of the program extend back to the 1990s. In 1994, Walter Daly, MD, a faculty member who formerly served as dean, was appointed to review the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students at IU School of Medicine.

    During this process, George Rawls, MD, who served as assistant dean, recommended to Daly the formation of the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS), which launched in the summer of 1995. Founding members included Joseph Christian, MD, PhD, chair; William Bosrom, PhD; Fred Ficklin, MEd; Edward Harper, PhD, Robert Harris, PhD, and George Rawls, MD.

    Twenty-five years later, the program has flourished. Out of 429 students, 296 have matriculated into medical school—177 of whom have attended IU School of Medicine. The MSMS program currently represents the primary pipeline for infusing the school with better, more equitable representation.

    The purpose of the MSMS program is to prepare those who want to improve their medical skills as they aim for matriculation into medical school. Students hail from a variety of backgrounds around the country and world. Faculty and staff provide ample resources, support and overall exposure to didactic instruction.

    “We are rigorous and truly prepare students for success in medical school,” said Vicki Bonds, MS, MEd, current director of the program. “And once students come to IU School of Medicine, they love it. There are so many opportunities here in addition to multiple campuses and scholarly concentrations. We provide the support students need so they can reach their goals.”

    Read more about the MSMS program in this MD Student News blog post.

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  • Education Day is March 6

    In just two weeks, IU School of Medicine will host its first Education Day, aimed at bringing fresh perspectives to medical education. The daylong event, which will be held on Friday, March 6, offers the opportunity for faculty, students, residents and fellows from all departments and campuses to showcase their medical education research through oral presentations and poster sessions.

    Featured speakers for the event include Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH, chief academic officer and group vice president, Medical Education, for the American Medical Association. Skochelak will present the keynote address, “Medical Education Innovation: Roadmap for the Next Decade.” Plenary speaker for the event is Michael A. Barone, MD, MPH, vice president, Licensure Programs, for the National Board of Medical Examiners, who will present “USMLE Numeric Scoring: A 360 Assessment.”

    Education Day is a free event, but pre-registration is required. 

    CME credit for Education Day will be available. Read the blog post for a complete list of topics and more information. Questions? Email Komal Kochhar at

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Research News

  • January research awards total more than $3.8 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Breier, Alan Eskenazi Health Renewal (not prev committed) The Prevention and Recovery Center (PARC) for Early Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Program (Year 5) 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $224,738
    Breman, Amy M Columbia University New Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis by Genomic Sequencing: A Prospective Evaluation 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $38,173
    Brown, Darron R Children's Hospital Medical Center Of Cincinnati New Epidemiologic Impact of HPV Vaccination 8/16/2019 7/31/2020 $102,531
    Carroll, Aaron E University Of Minnesota Renewal (not prev committed) Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program (IRL) 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $75,000
    Chen, Li Emory University New Epigenetic roles of DNA adenine methylation in Alzheimer's Disease 10/1/2019 3/31/2020 $6,624
    Chen, Li Emory University New Epigenetic roles of DNA adenine methylation in stress response 10/1/2019 12/31/2019 $13,248
    Cook-Mills, Joan M Northwestern University Renewal (not prev committed) The pathogenic mechanism of anti-phosphatidylethanolamine antibodies 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $25,900
    Corson, Timothy W Retina Research Foundation New Effect of sex differences in soluble epoxide hydrolase expression on choroidal neovascularization 1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $33,000
    DiMeglio, Linda A University Of South Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet 12/1/2019 6/30/2020 $21,460
    Fishel, Melissa L University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill New Targeting the Plasminogen Activation System to Limit Pancreatic Cancer Progression and Associated Thrombosis 9/23/2019 7/31/2020 $198,125
    Fodstad, Jill C Organization For Autism Research New Developing a diagnosis-specific training and treatment protocol for youth with autism spectrum disorder admitted to acute general psychiatry units 2/1/2020 1/31/2022 $38,245
    Francomano, Clair A. Pennsylvania State University New The STRETCH Project: To Build Capacity Advancing Patient-centered Research in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $19,600
    Gaston, Benjamin University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill New Data, Modeling,and Coordination Center for PrecISE Network 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $68,000
    Geraci, Mark W Cleveland Clinic Renewal (not prev committed) Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics Program (PVDOMICS) Data Coordinating Center 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $16,464
    Hammond, Flora Ohio State University New Dissemination of Effective Rehabilitation Strategies for Traumatic Brain Injury 1/1/2020 12/31/2021 $39,600
    Hege, Kerry Marie Children's Hospital Of Los Angeles New Children¿s Hospital-Acquired Thrombosis 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $5,950
    Hendrickson, Michele Alyssa Society For Pediatric Anesthesia New Safe Disposal and Reducing Societal Burden of Unused Postoperative Opioids in Adolescents and Children 1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $50,000
    Hoang, Quyen Quoc Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Modulation of the GTPase domain of LRRK2 as a potential therapeutic strategy 10/1/2019 9/30/2021 $190,000
    Karlsson, Cassie D University Of Southern California New Clinical trials to prevent Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome 9/15/2019 8/31/2020 $40,000
    Kelley, Mark R. Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Tom Wood Lexus Foundation Lexxll 7/1/2017 11/30/2020 $47,500
    Kelly, Katherine J Augusta University New Mechanisms of Glomerular Hypercellularity in Diabetic Nephropathy 11/1/2019 10/31/2020 $100,000
    Liechty, Edward A Foundation For The Natl Inst Of Health New Multi-site Efficacy and Safety Trial of Intrapartum Azithromycin in LMICs 10/1/2019 9/30/2022 $469,912
    Loewenstein, Scott Nathan American Foundation For Surgery Of The Hand New Neuroma Prevention after Digital Amputation 1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $5,000
    Machogu, Evans M Riley Children's Foundation New Fund 2714 Pulmonology Department Fund - Dr. Kim's Research 1/1/2020 6/30/2020 $10,000
    Natoli, Roman M Johns Hopkins University New Effect of Early Weight Bearing on Rehabilitation 10/1/2018 9/29/2019 $35,605
    Paczesny, Sophie University Of Tennessee Health Science Center New Development of first-in-class ST2 inhibitors for treating graft-versus-host disease 8/20/2019 1/31/2020 $298,398
    Plawecki, Martin Henry Hubert & Richard Hanlon Trust New Does Oxytocin Block Tolerance to Alcohol or Change Motivation for Alcohol in Heavy Drinking Human Subjects: Testing a Novel Anti-Addiction Mechanism 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 $100,000
    Pollok, Karen E. Curing Kids Cancer, Inc New Validation of the MYC-RAD21 Copy Number Variation as a therapeutic biomarker in relapsed pediatric osteosarcoma xenograft models 1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $150,000
    Rhodes, Steven D Duke University New Identification of NF1/RAS-Dependent Molecular Drivers of Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Progression 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $126,090
    Rowan, Courtney Marie Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia New Linking Endotypes and Outcomes in Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (LEOPARDS) 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $2,500
    Schneider, Bryan Paul Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation New Personalizing taxane therapy and shared decision-making for African Americans 1/23/2020 1/22/2022 $250,000
    Sinha, Mithun Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation New Bacterial Biofilms Associated with Breast Implant Illness 4/1/2020 3/30/2022 $23,110
    Sokol, Gregory M. University Of Iowa Renewal (not prev committed) Transfusion of Prematurity Early School Age Follow-up (TOP 5) CCC 9/25/2019 8/31/2020 $20,191
    Spinola, Stanley M. National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Determination of the Interactome between Haemophilus ducreyi and the Human Host. 12/17/2019 11/30/2020 $652,388
    Williams, James C. University Of Washington New Healthy Reference Tissue for KPMP 9/1/2019 6/30/2020 $100,000
    Wo, John M Purdue University New Mapping Stomach Autonomic Circuitry and Function for Neuromodulation of Gastric Disorders 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $282,555

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Stay in the know: IU and IU Health coronavirus guidelines

    Indiana University and Indiana University Health are continuing to monitor the ongoing situation with the coronavirus COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV), with guidance from agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health.

    Given the fact that the vast majority of current coronavirus infections are within China and both the CDC and the U.S. Department of State have issued travel advisories to China, IU is implementing restrictions on travel that align with this guidance. Announced in a January 31 public safety advisory, the university is suspending all travel to China for faculty, staff and students. The advisory noted the university may grant exceptions to those wanting to travel for humanitarian response to the pandemic.

    In addition, effective Monday, February 3, the CDC issued new guidance for travelers returning to the U.S. on or after February 3 to determine their risk of contracting the COVID-19. IU will follow this guidance in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and in advising IU community members.

    Of particular interest to IU School of Medicine faculty and staff is the following related information:

    Visiting scholars who were in China within the last 14 days:
    Any scholar arriving from China within the last 14 days is required to reach out to IU Environmental Health and Safety by emailing prior to physically arriving on campus. Environmental health and safety department representatives will work with each campus and/or campus health center to inform them of arriving scholars and relay any necessary information​.

    IU Health guidelines:

    • Effective immediately, IU Health is restricting team members from working in an IU Health facility if they have traveled to mainland China in the last 14 days. While these team members will not be permitted to work on-site, they may work remotely if feasible. 
    • Team members who have returned from China should promptly contact both their manager and Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) at 317.962.7299 to coordinate their 14-day restriction from the workplace. Managers can work with these team members to determine if working remotely is feasible. Those who are unable to work remotely will be paid their scheduled hours by marking ALP (Administrative Paid Leave) on Kronos. IU Health employed physicians should work with their practice group regarding their compensation.
    • During the 14-day restriction period, team members will monitor their health and report any symptoms of the virus to EOHS immediately. EOHS and Infection Prevention will connect any symptomatic team members to public health services for evaluation if needed. After 14 days without symptoms, team members will report to EOHS for clearance to return to the workplace.

    These restrictions will remain in place until further notice as IU Health actively monitors the situation. Watch for continued updates.

    Evaluation of patients who may be ill with or exposed to coronavirus:
    Refer to the Flowchart to Identify and Assess 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

    Review the February 1 Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

    Visit the Protect IU website for more tips, information and frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. This News at IU article also offers more information about how IU is monitoring the situation.

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  • March 4 seminar to honor Weiss, JDRF award recipient

    Michael Weiss, MD, PhD, MBA, Distinguished Professor and chair, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, has received the 2020 JDRF Grodsky Basic Research Scientist Award in recognition of his work on insulin structure and signaling, with application to therapeutic analog design. The Weiss Laboratory was the first to decode the structures of insulin, proinsulin and rapid-acting analogs and to evaluate the mechanisms of the hormone binding to the insulin receptor.

    In recognition of this prestigious honor, the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases will host a special seminar from 4-5 pm, Wednesday, March 4, in Walther Hall Auditorium. Weiss will present, “Adventure with Insulin: From Structural Biology to Novel Therapeutics.” Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, and Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD, will provide opening remarks. A reception will follow the presentation. Additional event details are available.

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  • PoCUS equipment available for checkout

    Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) equipment is now available for short-term checkout by both faculty and students at each campus using the reservation site.

    The first step is to create a PoCUS account in the rooms.iu site prior to reserving equipment. Follow the instructions carefully for successful account creation and to complete the reservation process.

    Important reminder: Per IU School of Medicine policy, students may use this equipment for educational purposes only. Student use in the clinical setting without direct faculty supervision is strictly prohibited. 

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  • Aldrich named emeritus professor

    Carla J. Aldrich, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & immunology, who retired from IU School of Medicine on February 4, has been approved for emeritus status.

    Aldrich joined the IU School of Medicine–Evansville faculty in 1994 and was promoted to associate professor in 2000. During her postdoctoral work, she made landmark discoveries regarding the function of MHC class I-like molecules, and she continued work in this area while at IU. She successfully competed for numerous internal and regional grants and published 16 papers as an IU faculty member. 

    A significant contributor to medical student education, Aldrich was course director of medical immunology from 2002-2014, course director of medical microbiology from 2010-2014 and directed the combined course from 2015-2016. Aldrich also had a major role in revising the curriculum to develop the current statewide host defense course. In 2006 and 2016 she received the Trustees Teaching Award.

    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." Aldrich’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Aldrich and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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  • Next week at Fairbanks Hall: View exhibit honoring African American surgeons

    IU School of Medicine is joining the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in recognizing past and present African American academic surgeons with a traveling exhibit. The exhibit, featuring a number of IU School of Medicine surgeons, is on display at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library until Friday, February 21, and will be available for viewing at Fairbanks Hall Atrium from Monday, February 24 – Friday, February 28. Other locations and dates include:

    IUPUI University Library Atrium: Saturday, February 29 – Friday, March 6
    Crispus Attucks Museum: Saturday, March 7 – Friday, March 13
    (The Crispus Attucks Museum is located at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Indianapolis.)

    The exhibit is open to the public. For more information, including photos and details about a special event on Wednesday, March 4, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Follow along on social media as All IN for Health shares the love

    This month All IN for Health is sharing what its team members, affiliates and volunteers love about being members and volunteers. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    All IN for Health is dedicated to improving the health of Indiana residents by promoting health resources and research and clinical study opportunities. The program is supported by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, combining the research expertise of Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

    Not a member of All IN for Health? Join today, and invite a friend or family member too.

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  • Register for upcoming Riley Children’s Health Pediatric Conference

    Registration is now open for the 55th annual Riley Children’s Health Conference, “Quality is Never an Accident: Putting Patients First,” on Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14 at the NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.

    The annual conference brings together hundreds of pediatric primary care providers from across Indiana and the Midwest. The majority of the clinicians come from outpatient settings with interests in learning more about current evidence-based diagnostic and management tools pertinent to their pediatric practice. 

    Learn the six reasons to attend the conference.

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  • Check out the speakers for March 6 palliative care conference

    The IUPUI RESPECT Center’s 2020 conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Sharing Our Collective Wisdom,” 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.

    Conference speakers include Joan Berzoff, EdD, LICSW, MSW, Smith College School of Social Work, and Erik K. Fromme, MD, MCR, FAAHPM, Harvard Medical School.

    Registration and more details are available.

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  • Apply by May 4 for biomedical and research enhancement grants

    The IU School of Medicine Research Enhancement Program is designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education (regional campuses), including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program. All full-time center/medical sciences faculty, regardless of tenure status, who have an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor or assistant/associate/full scientist at time of submission, are eligible to apply for a research enhancement grant. Primary appointment must be in IU School of Medicine. Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this program. More details are available.

    The biomedical research grant program is open to all IU School of Medicine faculty who are full time, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor and assistant/associate/full scientist. In general, two categories of research projects will benefit from this program: research projects of investigators new to IU School of Medicine who do not yet have extramural funding and who need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding; and research projects of established IU School of Medicine investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources. More details are available.

    Deadline to apply to either program is Monday, May 4.

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