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  • Four IU School of Medicine faculty members named distinguished professors

    Four Indiana University School of Medicine professors join a record-setting group of 15 IU faculty members appointed as distinguished professors by the IU Board of Trustees this year.

    Lynda Bonewald, PhD, Loren Field, PhDG. David Roodman, MD, PhD, and Chandan Sen, PhD, all received the title, announced last week. Distinguished professor is the university’s highest academic title, given to its most outstanding and renowned scholars and researchers. The 15 recipients for 2020 represent the largest number of new distinguished professors to be appointed in the university’s history.

    Bonewald, professor of anatomy and cell biology and of orthopedic surgery, is the founding director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, which has more than 100 members from 36 departments on four campuses. She has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years and is responsible for tools used by researchers globally to determine osteocyte biology and function. 

    Field, professor of medicine, of physiology and biophysics, and of pediatrics, and his colleagues were the first to show that relatively simple genetic modifications can induce mammalian heart cells to regenerate. His current research is focused on identifying genes and molecules that promote heart muscle regeneration by coaxing healthy cells to proliferate. The success of this research would offer the potential for seriously ill patients whose tissue has been damaged by heart attack to “re-grow” their own hearts.

    Roodman is the Kenneth Wiseman Professor of Medicine. His research focuses on osteoclasts and osteoblast activity in both normal and pathological states, including Paget’s disease and multiple myeloma. Roodman’s lab pioneered the development of long-term marrow culture techniques to study osteoclast differentiation and activity.

    Sen is the J. Stanley Battersby Chair and professor of surgery. He and a team of more than 30 scientists study how to tap into the power of regenerative medicine and engineering to heal burns, develop new therapies for diabetic complications, treat injured soldiers, and even regrow damaged and diseased tissue. Sen has published more than 300 articles and is cited more than 2,000 times a year in literature.

    Read more about IU’s new distinguished professors.

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  • Inaugural Education Day is next Friday

    “Bringing Fresh Perspectives to Medical Education” is the theme of IU School of Medicine’s inaugural Education Day. The one-day event will be held on Friday, March 6, from 8 am-4 pm, in Hine Hall on the IUPUI campus. Education Day 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.

    Invited speakers for the event are:

    Keynote speaker
    Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH, chief academic officer, group vice president, Medical Education
    American Medical Association
    “Medical Education Innovation: Roadmap for the Next Decade”

    Plenary speaker
    Michael A. Barone, MD, MPH, vice president, Licensure Programs
    National Board of Medical Examiners
    “USMLE Numeric Scoring: A 360 Assessment”

    Education Day is a free event, but pre-registration is required. CME credit 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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  • Researcher identifies new areas in human genomes linked to skin cancer risk

    IU cancer researcher Jiali Han, PhD, and colleagues have identified eight new loci—locations on a person’s genome—that are susceptible to the development of squamous cell skin cancer. Researchers previously identified 14 loci with increased risk for squamous cell skin cancer. This study confirmed those findings, while adding eight new genomic locations, bringing the total identified risk loci to 22. Their research is published this month online in Nature Communications.

    “This is the largest genetic-associated study for squamous cell carcinoma of the skin,” said Han, Rachel Cecile Efroymson Professor in Cancer Research at IU School of Medicine, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and a researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center. “Our multidisciplinary research sheds light on new biology and the etiology of squamous cell carcinoma, confirming some important genes and also identifying genes involved in this particular cancer development.”

    For more on the research, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Registration continues for upcoming LGBTQ Health Care Conference

    There’s still time to register for next month’s LGBTQ Health Care Conference, which will be held on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24, at the IUPUI Campus Center. The conference will provide interdisciplinary insight on the unique health considerations and barriers to health care for LGBTQ individuals. The conference’s keynotes speakers include:

    Senator J.D. Ford
    Ford is the first member of the LGBTQ community elected to the Indiana General Assembly and is proud to represent millennials across the state of Indiana.

    Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP
    Radix has over 20 years of experience providing HIV care, primary care and hormone therapy to transgender and gender non-binary people and is a recognized expert in transgender medicine.

    Kate Bornstein
    Since 1989, trans trailblazer Kate Bornstein has—with humor and spunk—ushered in a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system.

    Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH
    Keuroghlian is the director of education and training programs at The Fenway Institute and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He directs the National LGBT Health Education Center, a cooperative agreement to improve health care for LGBTQ people.

    Additional conference lectures and workshops will cover topics such as safe spaces; polyamory; family planning; case presentations; sexual consent, assault and domestic violence; surgery; gender diverse youth; emergency care; spiritual care; and more.

    Conference registration is flexible; participants may sign up to attend one or both days. Continuing education credits are available.


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Research News

  • Ophthalmology department sees benefits of new data management plan requirement

    By the end of next month all externally funded IU School of Medicine faculty members are required to complete a data management plan (DMP), explaining how and where their research data is being shared and stored.

    It is a requirement that was easy to buy in to for the Department of Ophthalmology.

    “This is an area where the NIH is headed and to be able to show that we as an institution are leading the way, puts us in a good position for future grant funding both as individuals and as an institution,” said Tim Corson, PhD, Merrill Grayson Senior Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and director of basic and translational research in the department.

    The mandatory data management plans also help ensure intellectual property protection. “I saw it as a way to ensure that my own lab’s research was being archived in a rigorous and accessible manner,” added Corson.

    The Ophthalmology Department recently achieved 100 percent compliance with the requirement, which started with getting buy-in from both lab-based and clinical researchers.

    “Completing our DMPs was a collaborative effort with our Director of Clinical Research Dr. Kathryn Haider, our two research coordinators Linda Morgan and Michele Spriggs, and of course our externally funded faculty.”

    Erin Foster, assistant librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, is leading implementation of the school’s data management plan requirement, including creation of the following resources: 

    • The IU School of Medicine DMP template to use when completing/submitting a data management plan.
    • An intranet site highlighting the initiative that includes FAQs and contact information for assistance.
    • six-minute video that outlines the program and provides guidance on steps to take in completing the IU School of Medicine Data Management Plan.

    “I can’t give enough credit to Erin for being available to answer questions throughout each phase of the DMP process. She responded very quickly and very clearly, and that’s been very helpful,” said Corson. “The form itself is very straightforward.”

    Externally funded faculty members are required to submit their DMPs by Tuesday, March 31. For additional assistance or an in-person presentation to be delivered at an upcoming department/faculty/center meeting, e-mail

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  • Trial Innovation Network offers new opportunities for investigators interested in multi-site studies

    The Trial Innovation Network (TIN), a collaborative initiative within the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, is currently accepting new proposals from investigators. The TIN vision is to address critical roadblocks in clinical research and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The network leverages the expertise and resources of CTSA programs from across the country to encourage innovation, excellence and collaboration.

    “It’s a resource we want our clinical researchers to know about,” said Laurie Trevino, who is the point of contact for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) through IU School of Medicine. “For multi-center studies, the TIN can help identify potential collaborators in locations across the country. These collaborators will have demonstrated, through feasibility data, that they have access to potential participants who meet the study criteria. The TIN can also help develop recruitment plans and materials and/or serve as the central Institutional Review Board.”

    Other resources include standard agreements, community engagement and study design consultation. Investigators must be interested in having at least three trial sites in order to qualify.

    More details are available on the Indiana CTSI website.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • “Speed Dating with Learning Technologies” event is April 14

    Get the latest information on new learning technologies during a “speed dating-style” learning event on Tuesday, April 14, in the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Room IB 317. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am, followed by an opportunity for faculty and staff to speed date/learn a specific tool or service. Participants will have approximately 10 minutes to with each piece of technology.

    Matchmakers (those presenting each tool/service) include staff from the Center for Teaching and Learning at IUPUI, eLearning Design & Services, UITS Digital Education Programs & Initiatives, Collaboration Technologies and Ruth Lilly Medical Library. A few faculty presenters also will discuss tools they're currently using.

    This highly interactive event will give participants a chance to gain quick (yet informative) technology overviews, while posing direct questions to staff who represent several teams within Learning Technologies and UITS. There will be 10 tools and services to choose from: Turnitin, H5P-Interactive Content, Zoom, Quick Check, Kaltura-Personal Capture, Top Hat, Open Educational Resources, Accessibility Checker, Virtual Reality and 3D Printing.

    More information and registration are available.

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  • Einterz named emeritus professor

    Robert Einterz, MD, was awarded emeritus status upon his retirement from IU School of Medicine and the IU Center or Global Health on January 31, 2020.

    Einterz was one of the four IU physicians who established the partnership with Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya that has become the AMPATH partnership. He served as the first full-time IU medical team leader in Kenya in 1990 and was the founding director of the IU Center for Global Health. Einterz also served as the Donald E. Brown Professor of Global Health and associate dean for Global Health.

    Under his leadership, AMPATH received an initial $65 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development to create one of Africa’s largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV care and control programs in the early 2000s. Today, the AMPATH partnership provides HIV care for more than 150,000 Kenyans. Working with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, the health care system developed to address the pandemic is transitioning to a population health model inclusive of non-communicable and chronic diseases and serves a population of 8 million people.

    Einterz received the President's Medal for Excellence from IU President Michael A. McRobbie late last year.

    "Dr. Einterz is one of the visionary founders of AMPATH, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, a groundbreaking program that has transformed—and saved—many lives," McRobbie said in presenting the award. "Under Dr. Einterz's outstanding leadership, AMPATH has expanded beyond its original focus on HIV and AIDS to provide more comprehensive care to people in Western Kenya."

    For more, visit the Center for Global Health.

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  • Patricia Treadwell, MD, Women in Medicine Lecture is Monday

    This year’s Patricia Treadwell, MD, Women in Medicine Lecture features keynote speaker Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, FACP, Barbara F. Kampen Professor of Women’s Health, IU School of Medicine. The lecture will be held from noon-1 pm, Monday, March 2, in the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103.

    Honoring the legacy of Treadwell's 40 years of service to IU School of Medicine community, this lecture explores how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions.

    Lunch will be served. Registration is requested.

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  • Apply by May 1 for ACS institutional research grant program

    The IU Simon Cancer Center is offering funds through the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) for new pilot projects to assist new investigators who hold the rank of assistant professor, research assistant professor or assistant scientist, but without an active (i.e., NIH, NSF, ACS) national competitive research grant, regardless of the topic. This grant provides support for beginning investigators to enable them to initiate their independent research program.

    The purpose of the ACS-IRG program is to attract new investigators from IU into cancer research and to provide support for new pilot studies that will produce preliminary data for the investigator to develop into studies that will compete successfully for external, national funds from both federal and private sources.  Faculty from IU School of Medicine and its regional campuses and the schools of nursing, dentistry, optometry, public and environmental affairs, health and rehabilitation sciences, liberal arts, law, science, and informatics are encouraged to apply.

    More information is available, including a PDF of the application. With questions or to receive an application in Microsoft Word to complete electronically, contact Crystal Baker at Application deadline is Friday, May 1.



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  • Register now for March 7 Riley Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Symposium

    The Riley Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Symposium is Saturday, March 7, from 7 am-2:30 pm, at the Ruth Lilly Auditorium in the Riley Outpatient Center.

    Many patients with refractory seizures are referred either too late or to other epilepsy centers outside of Indiana. The symposium is a regional event describing the resources and treatment options within the Riley Hospital for Children Surgical Epilepsy Program. The symposium targets patient caregivers and local caregivers, including primary care doctors, community neurologists and advanced practice providers.

    More details and registration are available.

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  • Regenstrief hosting online course on the future of AI in health care

    Regenstrief Institute is hosting a free continuing medical education opportunity on its website. An 11-video course based on the National Academy of Medicine special publication, “Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril,” is now available online.

    The course explores the opportunities for artificial intelligence in health care, as well as its potential challenges. Learn more about the best practices for development, implementation and maintenance of AI solutions to improve health and health care.

    Learn more or access the course.

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  • LOINC Conference is March 24-26 in Indy

    LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) is hosting its 2020 conference in Indianapolis from Tuesday, March 24, through Thursday, March 26. The event will be held at LOINC’s headquarters, Regenstrief Institute, and will feature informative presentations and—for the first time in the U.S.—both the Laboratory LOINC Committee and the Clinical LOINC Committee meetings.

    Regenstrief organized the LOINC Committee to develop a common terminology for laboratory and clinical observations in response to the growing trend to send clinical data electronically from laboratories and other data producers to hospitals, physician's offices and payers who use the data for clinical care and management purposes.

    Check the conference website for more information and registration details.

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Partner News

  • Gilbert, Linden named to new nursing leadership roles at IU Health

    Jason Gilbert has been named chief nurse executive (CNE) for IU Health. Gilbert joined the health system in 2011 as director of nursing operations for the adult academic health center (AAHC). Since then, he has held several progressive leadership roles at both the regional and system level, most recently serving as interim CNE.

    Elizabeth (Liz) Linden has accepted the role of chief nursing officer for the adult academic health center. Linden is currently serving as interim chief nursing officer (CNO) for the AAHC and CNO for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health; she will move into the AAHC role immediately and will serve as interim CNO for Riley until a successor is named. IU Health is conducting a national search to fill that role.

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  • People Mover walkway closing between University and Riley

    The People Mover walkway that connects Riley Hospital to University Hospital will close from Monday, March 2 through early December for Riley maternity tower construction work. This will impact travel between campuses for IU Health team members and IUPUI faculty, staff and students. Alternate routes (outside and by shuttle) are recommended.

    Walking outside: Team members walking between hospitals outside should plan to use the team member entrance at the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) Patio, using the newly finished IUPUI walkway with new pavers. A team member badge is required to enter at Riley. (Note: The Barnhill Drive team member entrance is closing for construction, too.) Visitors and guests may continue to use Riley main entrances at the ROC lobby and Simon Family Tower.

    Shuttle: The IU Health shuttle service provides free, consistent and reliable transportation across the downtown campus for IU Health team members. Receive real time shuttle location updates with the new shuttle tracking service:

    Special circumstances: IU Health patient experience and guest management teams are working behind the scenes to coordinate and schedule special transportation options for patients who need assistance getting from one campus to the other. 

    Questions? Contact Carrie Lahr at or 317-948-3337. 

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  • Food service changes underway at Riley

    As part of the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health maternity tower construction and cafeteria/dining hall/kitchen renovations, the ROC Patio Café will close for business to make room for Nature’s Table and Copper Moon to relocate. Later this summer, Nature’s Table will move back into its original space while Copper Moon stays put, expands its offerings and updates its name. As of Wednesday, February 26, the ROC Patio Café is closed.

    Note these dates:
    February 27-March 1 – Nature’s Table and Copper Moon prepare new space for their operations; old space remains open during regularly scheduled hours
    March 2 – Nature’s Table and Copper Moon re-open in ROC Patio location at 6 am; hallway that Copper Moon has called home will close for construction
    June 1 – Nature’s Table moves back to its original space; Copper Moon stays put, changes name, expands menu
    June 2 – Hallway reopens at half its original size for pedestrian traffic
    August 18 – Target date for full kitchen, servery and dining room grand re-opening

    Meanwhile, Farmer’s Fridge and Red Wagon Café remain open and their locations unchanged.

    The hallway closure at the corner of Radiology and the glass elevators will temporarily reroute inpatient Radiology traffic and inpatient-to-outpatient visitors. It also will close the staff-only entrance near Barnhill Drive, near Copper Moon’s current location. Team members may still enter from the IUPUI walkway at the ROC Patio, which also provides access to the cafeteria courtyard outdoor seating area.

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