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  • COVID 19: News you need to know

     Editor’s note: In the coming weeks, look for “News you need to know” in INScope. This weekly update will include key messages of importance to the IU School of Medicine community as the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

    News you need to know – April 9, 2020

    • The IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, alongside our partners at IU Health, is offering behavioral health and resiliency support. Faculty, staff and learners can access the Behavioral Health Virtual Hub by calling 317-963-2200. The hub offers 24/7 triage, peer recovery coaches, and serves as a primary entry point to all wellness resources. During this challenging time, no one should suffer—find the support that is right for you. Additional resources can be found at Healthy IU.
    • School leadership teams are working to align with recent guidance from Indiana University regarding financial constraints placed upon the university by the COVID-19 situation. The top priority remains taking care of present employees and preparing for the future.
    • Faculty and staff in Medical Student Education have worked quickly to retool and redesign curriculum for Phase 2 and Phase 3 in response to the COVID-19 situation. The current plan is for students to return to the clinical environment on June 29.

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  • Hess and Murphy address public and economic health in op-ed article

    In an op-ed article in the Indianapolis Star on Sunday, April 5, IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and Dennis Murphy, president and CEO, IU Health, address the false notion that Indiana and the nation must choose between public health and economic health in the COVID-19 pandemic. They also share perspectives on how social distancing helps health care workers and discuss how people must come together—though apart—to defeat COVID-19.

    An excerpt from the op-ed:

    “The only way we can hope to restore the health and vitality of our economy is to definitively defeat COVID-19. There is no doubt among public health experts that social isolation, combined with more widespread testing for COVID-19, will significantly reduce the number of people who contract the virus, get sick, and die.

    As frustrating as it feels, the best thing we can do for the health of our families, our communities, and our economy, is to persevere in keeping our distance from each other a little longer. This is a time that calls for unity around the concept of a shared societal outcome through our collective actions. It will be well worth it.”

    To read the full op-ed, visit

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  • Remembering Steven C. Beering: A guiding force in Indiana academia

    He was the doctor for NASA’s early astronauts. As dean of Indiana University School of Medicine, he devised a statewide medical education system. As president of Purdue University, he oversaw ambitious construction initiatives and promoted diversity.

    For almost 30 years, Dr. Steven C. Beering was a giant in Indiana higher education. Beering, who passed away on April 4, 2020, at the age of 87, leaves behind a legacy that has served as inspiration for those who have followed in his footsteps.

    "When you look back at Dr. Beering's life story—the harrowing adversity he faced as a young boy in Nazi Germany and the significance of his impact as a trailblazer in Hoosier academia—you can't help but be humbled," said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU's executive vice president for university clinical affairs.

    For more on Beering’s life, career and contributions to IU School of Medicine and Purdue University, read the full article on the Faculty News blog. For the news release issued by Indiana University, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Virtual All School Meeting: Get the details and register to attend

    Plan to tune in to the livestream of the spring All School Meeting from 4:30-6 pm, Wednesday, April 29. IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, will provide important updates on the school, and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

    The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Instructions for participating remotely are posted on the Faculty Steering Committee webpage. Please note: Registration is required to receive Zoom call-in information.

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  • Check out the IU School of Medicine COVID-19 resource page

    IU School of Medicine has consolidated COVID-19 information relevant to the school community on one resource page. Information and updates are categorized by audience, with tabs for faculty, staff, students, clinical faculty and staff, and more. Additional topics accessible from the page include details on COVID-19 pay codes, data security, faculty annual reviews, searches and hiring, moving from Zoom to Zoom Health, and wellness resources.

    The page also features a link to Indiana University’s dedicated COVID-19 page,

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  • Talking to friends and family about the pandemic: Carroll shares insights in Q&A

    In a recent Facebook Live segment, Aaron Carroll, MD, Regenstrief Foundation Professor and professor of pediatrics, recently answered some questions about the global pandemic. Check it out to learn more about how to stay healthy and maintain personal well-being during this time.

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Research News

  • March research awards total over $5 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Elliot J Androphy Indiana University Health New Lead optimization for treatment of HPV infection 6/1/2019 5/31/2020 $150,000
    Teresa Maria Bell National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Risk Factors for Residual Medical Needs after Pediatric Traumatic Injury 3/1/2020 2/28/2021 $247,201
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Nalepa Memory Donation 3/1/2020 2/28/2021 $1,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Klingler Chair Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 $72,661
    Timothy W Corson Phrma Foundation New Targeting soluble epoxide hydrolase to treat pathological angiogenesis in age-related macular degeneration 12/1/2020 11/30/2021 $26,000
    Arupratan Das National Eye Institute New Use of Human Stem Cell-derived RGCs to Study the Mechanism of Optineurin-associated Glaucoma 2/1/2020 1/31/2021 $249,000
    Anna A. Depaoli-Roach University Of Pisa New Contract Agreement University of Pisa inhibition of aldose reductase 2/26/2020 6/26/2020 $1,650
    Linda A DiMeglio Benaroya Research Institute At Virginia Mason Renewal (not prev committed) Immune Tolerance Network 2/1/2020 1/31/2021 $97,577
    Linda A DiMeglio Benaroya Research Institute At Virginia Mason Renewal (not prev committed) EXTEND - Preserving Beta-Cell Function with Tocilizumab in New Onset Type 1 Diabetes 2/1/2020 1/31/2021 $39,276
    Erica A. Eugster Cares Foundation New Riley Hospital for Children CAH Comprehensive Care Center 4/1/2020 9/30/2021 $1,000
    Carmella Evans-Molina Riley Children's Foundation New George and Frances Ball Foundation 3/1/2020 2/28/2021 $50,000
    Carmella Evans-Molina Riley Children's Foundation New William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust 1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $25,000
    Martin Rhys Farlow University Of Southern California New Global Alzheimer¿s Platform Trial-Ready Cohort for Preclinical/Prodromal Alzheimer¿s Disease 7/1/2019 4/30/2020 $20,000
    Tatiana M Foroud University Of Miami New Quality Control Activities for the ADSP Follow-Up Studies 9/30/2019 8/31/2020 $27,720
    Benjamin Gaston National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Clinical Centers for the NHLBI's Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation Prone Asthma (PrecISE) Network (UG1) 9/1/2019 6/30/2020 $152,736
    Brian Wallace Gray Northwestern University New Clinical Trial of ENhancing Recovery in CHildren Undergoing Surgery - ENRICH-US 9/9/2019 6/30/2020 $9,600
    Eri Hashino National Institute On Deafness And Other Comm. Dis New Inducible Hair Cell Degeneration in Human Inner Ear Organoids 4/1/2020 3/31/2021 $198,125
    Abbey Conner Hines Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Maternity and Newborn Health - Newborn Follow-up Operational Expenses 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $370,000
    Steven M Johnson National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Identifying GroEL inhibitors with activity against replicating and non-replicating Mycobacterium tuberculosis 3/10/2020 2/28/2021 $97,775
    Mark H Kaplan University Of Notre Dame New Designer covalent heterobivalent inhibitors to prevent IgE-dependent allergic reactions 2/10/2020 1/31/2021 $103,025
    Jeffrey Allen Kline University Of Michigan New Brain Oxygen Optimization in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Phase-3 (BOOST-3) 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $57,500
    Jeffrey Allen Kline University Of Michigan New 1/2 ICECAP: INFLUENCE OF COOLING DURATION ON EFFICACY IN CARDIAC ARREST PATIENTS 9/19/2019 8/31/2020 $47,000
    Craig Lammert Mayo Clinic, Rochester New A Resource of Blood and other Biospecimens of Patients with Cholestatic Liver Disease and Unaffected Individuals 3/3/2020 3/2/2025 $120,000
    Suthat Liangpunsakul So California Institute For Research And Education New Genetic risk factors for alcoholic cirrhosis - genome-wide case-control study 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $90,339
    Suthat Liangpunsakul National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New S-adenosylmethionine treatment in alcoholic cirrhosis 9/20/2019 8/31/2020 $380,663
    Natascia Marino Brander Beacons Cancer Research New Microenvironment matters: The role of free fatty acids in breast cancer susceptibility 2/1/2020 1/31/2021 $25,000
    Jean P Molleston University Of Michigan New Childhood Liver Disease Research Network Data Coordinating Center 9/21/2019 5/31/2020 $79,250
    Marian D Pfefferkorn Massachusetts General Hospital New Detection of Serum Protein Biomarkers to Predict and Monitor Response to Infliximab Using SOMAscan 1/1/2019 12/31/2020 $3,000
    Christopher Michael Robinson National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Contribution of host genetic factors to intestinal Coxsackievirus replication 3/10/2020 2/28/2021 $114,635
    G David Roodman National Cancer Institute New Manipulating the N-end Rule Protein Degradation Pathway to Build Bone and Decrease Tumor Growth in Multiple Myeloma Bone Disease 3/4/2020 2/28/2021 $332,471
    Don B Sanders Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Standardizing Treatment of Pulmonary Exacerbations in Pediatrics (STOP-PEDS) 1/1/2020 6/30/2020 $123,621
    Patrick L Sheets National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Lipid signaling in supraspinal pain pathways 4/1/2020 3/31/2021 $472,326
    Emily K Sims National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Beta cell extracellular vesicles in health and disease 4/1/2020 2/28/2021 $412,314
    William J. Sullivan National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Eradicating latent toxoplasmosis 3/1/2020 2/28/2021 $190,135
    Robert S. Tepper Oregon Health & Science University New Extending CPAP Therapy in Stable Preterm Infants to Increase Lung Growth and Function: A Randomized Controlled Trial 9/15/2019 8/31/2020 $92,727
    Sreedhar Thirumala National Stem Cell Foundation New Analysis of binding and depletion of abTCR+ T-cells by the NSCF antibody 3/15/2020 5/31/2020 $9,375
    Michael A. Weiss Case Western Reserve University New Computational and Physiological Modeling for Glucose Responsive Insulin Design 1/1/2018 5/31/2019 $256,901
    Carol Ann Witczak National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Calmodulin Kinases and Control of Skeletal Muscle Glucose Metabolism 3/20/2020 4/30/2021 $356,625

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  • Precision Health Initiative experts analyze COVID-19 models to advise state leaders

    As the COVID-19 situation across Indiana changes and evolves, researchers at Regenstrief Institute are developing more accurate models to help state leaders make the best decisions possible. Shaun Grannis, MD, is part of the team keeping a watchful eye on the data.

    “The models are going to change from day to day as we get new and better data,” said Grannis, who is the vice president of data and analytics at Regenstrief. “The IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) models started with information from China. As other countries have hit their peaks, and as the United States comes closer to its peak, we have much better data. That is going to help refine the estimates.”

    Grannis, who is part of the IU Precision Health Initiative Data and Informatics Pillar leadership, says the numbers seem to indicate that social distancing may be making an impact, shortening the epidemiological curve compared to what researchers have seen in China. He says if people hadn’t been practicing social distancing, we may have seen a much higher peak in Indiana earlier on, which could have exceeded the state’s health system’s capabilities to respond to the crisis.

    For more on the team’s involvement, visit Precision Health.

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  • Person to person health study expands scope to include COVID-19 research

    While many research projects across the state are currently in hibernation mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some teams are adjusting their scope to incorporate the coronavirus into their work. Leaders of the Precision Health Initiative Person to Person Health Interview Study are among those who are adapting to accommodate new restrictions. 

    Since fall 2018, field researchers with the Person to Person Health Interview study have been conducting in-person interviews with people from all over Indiana, working to develop a better understanding of the physical and mental health of Hoosiers with a sample population that is representative of the state as a whole. At this point, nearly 1,700 people have taken part in these surveys, showing considerable progress toward the study goal of interviewing 2,000 people. The people who have already been interviewed agreed to be contacted for future research, so researchers have developed a new protocol to conduct telephone interviews with a study sample related to COVID-19.

    For more on how the study will be expanded to cover the pandemic, visit Precision Health.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty named 2020 ASPIRE scholars

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics have selected six faculty members to be a part of the third cohort of ASPIRE (Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education). Faculty members chosen for 2020 are:

    Saira Butt, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine
    Warren Gavin, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine
    Amy Johnson, DO, assistant professor clinical medicine
    Ellen Kaehr, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine
    Abhishek Khemka, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine
    Vinod Kumar, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine

    ASPIRE is designed to foster a vibrant intellectual community, develop or improve existing research skills and facilitate meaningful educational or other scholarly projects in the scholar’s area of interest. The program aims to aid faculty in developing a regional or national reputation, local support and eventual promotion.  

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  • Show your school spirit in Zoom with new IU School of Medicine virtual backgrounds

    Looking for a fun way to customize your upcoming Zoom meetings while sporting the IU School of Medicine brand? Check out these new virtual backgrounds.

    Easy steps for setting up your virtual background:
    • Right-click on one of the backgrounds in Box (link above) that you would like to download
    • Click “Save image as…
    • Save the image to your computer
    Then on Zoom:
    • Go to “Settings,” then “Virtual Background”
    • Select “+”, then add image

    Get more information on Zoom virtual backgrounds.

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  • School pauses staff and faculty award selection; watch for updates

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s IU School of Medicine faculty and staff awards are on hold indefinitely. Check future issues of INScope for more details on when the award selection process will resume.

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  • April 15 webinar to focus on strategies for care team collaboration, communication

    Communication across care team members has become increasingly challenging in today’s environment. This webinar, facilitated by the Kelley School of Business, presents strategies and tools to help health care team members manage the crisis. Topics will include: 

    • Identifying the challenges presented by COVID-19 with existing communication infrastructure and workflow
    • Developing goals for collaboration across team members and systems
    • Sharing approaches to effectively communicate in the current crisis and beyond

    The session will also include an exemplar case study of one system’s approach and a Q&A with webinar attendees. More information and registration are available.

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  • Deadline to apply for Kelley partnership programs extended to June 5

    The application deadline for partnership programs with the IU Kelley School of Business has been extended to Friday, June 5. Program descriptions and application details are available.

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  • Join April 16 virtual compassion rounds: “IN This Together”

    Share in the emotions and experiences of this unprecedented time in life and work at “IN This Together: Finding Compassion in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” a virtual compassion rounds session, from noon-1:30 pm, Thursday, April 16.

    This Zoom-based forum is a safe space to share stories, emotions and to connect with other people in the vulnerability of this lived experience. The session, hosted by Adam Hill, MD, will feature the stories of Sarah Bosslet, MD, and Gabe Bosslet, MD, Quinn Bensi, MD, and Amy Fabian, RN. Storytellers will share for a combined 40 minutes, followed by a town hall forum to share experiences and to connect with the storytellers.

    Check the events calendar for more details and Zoom info.

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  • CHeP revises Trailblazer Award to include COVID-19 response and rural health

    Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) is accepting proposals for its Trailblazer Award, which funds collaborative, community-engaged research projects focused on topics that have potential to improve health equity in Indiana. CHeP funds a variety of work, including projects related to substance misuse, tobacco use, obesity prevention, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The most recent request for proposals encourages and prioritizes projects focused on responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and/or rural health.

    Application deadline is Monday, June 1. Learn more and apply.

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  • Check out spring Culture and Conversation events on Zoom

    Culture and Conversation is a monthly lunch discussion series that addresses culturally relevant topics, health equity and current events. The series is open to students, faculty, staff, administrators and leadership. Plan to attend these spring events via Zoom:

    Wednesday, April 15: Religion and Health Care

    Thursday, May 7: Immigrant Health

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Partner News

  • IU Health providing updates on critical care equipment, testing

    As of Monday, April 6, IU Health is providing current data on COVID-19 testing and the availability of critical care equipment and resources via its website, IU Health COVID-19 Data will be updated weekly and will include:

    • Number of screenings completed by the IU Health Virtual Screening Clinic
    • Number of COVID-19 tests conducted by the IU Health Pathology Laboratory
    • Number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients currently in IU Health hospitals
    • Percent of ICU beds and ventilators in use across the system
    • Number of IU Health team members who have tested positive for the virus and how many have returned to work from isolation

    The website cites IU Health’s commitment to “being a trusted source of information for the public during the COVID-19 crisis. As part of that commitment, we want our communities to know what is happening at IU Health and how COVID-19 is impacting our hospitals and team members.”

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