Faculty and Staff News
Upcoming town hall series to address diversity, equity and inclusion
The IU School of Medicine community is invited to join Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, for a virtual town hall discussion on diversity, equity and inclusiveness at IU School of Medicine. The town hall will be an opportunity for the school community to share concerns, feedback and ideas for improvement.
IU School of Medicine is committed to increasing representational diversity, fostering an inclusive working and learning environment, and developing culturally competent health care professionals dedicated to patient-centered care and innovative research. As a community, each person’s voice and contribution impacts the advancement of systemic change.
Three sessions are scheduled; all three will be the same format and will cover the same content.
Monday, August 24
8-9 am (Eastern Time)
Thursday, August 27
12:30-1:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Thursday, September 17
4-5 pm (Eastern Time)
Questions or topics to be addressed can be submitted in advance. Feedback, suggestions or ideas can also be shared prior to the meetings. There will be opportunities to participate during the virtual town hall events.
IU School of Medicine welcomes Class of 2024 to campuses
In what continues to be a historic year, the IU School of Medicine Class of 2024, which includes 365 new medical students, officially joined the school community on Wednesday, August 5, to complete a hybrid in-person and online orientation at their home campus.
Orientation activities at the nine regional campuses included service projects, wellness sessions, a virtual family-and-friend event and an in-person physician oath ceremony with IU School of Medicine faculty and staff. For this year’s class and all future classes, the traditional White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for the end of Phase 1 in May.
Here is a closer look at the incoming class of medical students:
- 80% (292 students) are Indiana residents from 52 Indiana counties
- 20% (74 students) are non-residents, hailing from 24 states
- Female medical students form 48% of the class (174 students) and male medical students comprise 52% (192 students)
- Medical students from underrepresented minority backgrounds constitute 19% of the entering class (68 students)
- Undergraduate (science and overall) GPA for the class averaged 3.77, and the average score on the Medical College Admission Test was 511.
Visit the IU School of Medicine Facebook page for photos from the physician oath ceremonies at campuses across the state.
Timmons and Kuhar appointed to ACGME review committees
Two IU School of Medicine faculty members have been appointed to review committees for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has been appointed to ACGME’s Neurological Surgery Review Committee. Nominated by the American College of Surgeons, Timmons was chosen from a highly selected group of national leaders with expertise in education and post-graduate training. She will join six neurosurgeon colleagues, a resident member and a public member on the Neurological Surgery Review Committee in July 2021 for a six-year term. The group accredits the country’s neurosurgical training programs and provides insight to issues affecting training to the ACGME at large.
Matthew J. Kuhar, MD, associate professor of clinical pathology and laboratory medicine and director of the IU School of Medicine Pathology Residency program, has been appointed to the ACGME Review Committee for Pathology. Kuhar, who has worked extensively in the areas of pathology accreditation and certification at the national level, was nominated by the trustees of the American Medical Association. His appointment was confirmed by the ACGME board of directors after consideration by the Review Committee for Pathology. Kuhar will begin a six-year term on the 12-member committee in July 2021. The committee oversees all U.S. and Canadian pathology residency and fellowship programs.
According to the ACGME, “review committees set accreditation standards, provide peer evaluation of programs or sponsoring institutions to assess the degree to which these comply with the published educational requirements, and confer an accreditation status on each program or sponsoring institution with regard to meeting those standards.”
The ACGME is a private, nonprofit organization that sets standards for U.S. graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) programs and grants accreditation based on adherence to the standards.
July research awards total over $13.2 million
August 2020 Grants and Awards Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Andrea L Frump American Lung Association Renewal (not prev committed) Identification of the Apelin-Mediated Transcriptome During Pulmonary Hypertension-Induced Right Ventricular Failure 7/1/20 6/30/21 $50,000 Archita Desai National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New The Intersection of Personalized Medicine and Implementation Science to Improve Healthcare Utilization in Cirrhosis 7/15/20 4/30/21 $181,711 Areeba Kara Indiana University Health New "The Experience of Underrepresented Minority and International Medical Graduates working in Hospital Medicine" 6/1/20 5/31/22 $67,510 Bree Ashley Weaver Health And Hospital Corporation Of Marion County Renewal (not prev committed) Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) Program 7/1/19 6/30/20 $12,200 Bruce A. Molitoris Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center New Utilization of intravital microscopy to define glomerular mechanical stress in podocyte mediated kidney disease 8/1/19 12/31/20 $6,500 Carmella Evans-Molina University Of Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors - nPOD 4/1/20 3/31/21 $24,268 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Research Scholars Program 7/1/20 6/30/21 $500,000 David L McKinzie Indiana University Health New Development of Novel Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor-2/3 Agonists for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder 7/1/20 6/30/21 $150,000 Ed Greenfield National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin New P2X7R: A Novel Therapeutic Target in Implant Loosening 2/1/20 1/31/21 $131,555 Elizabeth Shinmay Yeh National Cancer Institute New HUNK Regulation of IL-4 7/1/20 6/30/22 $158,500 Eric Orman National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New The Cirrhosis Medical Home: A Feasibility Study 7/1/20 4/30/21 $121,498 Hal E Broxmeyer National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Basic Sciences Studies on Gene Therapy of Blood Diseases 7/1/20 6/30/21 $331,293 Hyun Cheol Roh American Heart Association Incorporated New Obesity-Induced Cellular Reprogramming in Adipocytes: A Role of SRF 7/1/20 6/30/23 $231,000 Jean P Molleston National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Continuation of ChiLDReN, the Childhood Liver Disease Research Network: Indiana University 6/1/20 5/31/21 $479,433 Joan M Cook-Mills National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Mechanisms for initiation of food allergy early in life 7/1/20 6/30/21 $707,842 Leonidas George Koniaris National Institute Of General Medical Sciences New The Musculoskeletal Cost of Organ Repair 6/1/20 2/28/21 $414,221 Lois B. Travis National Cancer Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Genetic Susceptibility and Biomarkers of Platinum-related Toxicities 7/10/20 6/30/21 $1,195,158 Martin Rhys Farlow University Of Southern California New The A3 Study: Ante-Amyloid prevention of Alzheimer's disease 5/1/19 4/30/21 $570,000 Mary De Groot Indiana University Health New Reaching Our Colleagues: A Formative Study to Evaluate Approaches for Enhancing Wellness Among Health Care Providers at IU Health 7/1/20 6/30/22 $99,983 Matthew David Durbin National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New "SHROOM3 is a Novel Cause of Congenital Heart Disease" 7/7/20 6/30/21 $155,248 Michael J. Econs National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin New The Natural History of Autosomal Dominant Osteopetrosis Type 2 7/16/20 6/30/21 $219,429 Nathan Wade Schmidt National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Gut microbiota and human malaria 7/1/20 6/30/21 $719,124 Peter Maxim University Of California, Irvine New Increasing the therapeutic index of brain tumor treatment through innovative FLASH radiotherapy 6/1/20 5/31/21 $254,188 Roberto F Machado National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Role of Sphingolipid pathways in the pathobiology of PAH 8/1/20 6/30/21 $702,584 Sashwati Roy University Of Montana New Immunization against filamentous bacteriophages to prevent bacterial infection 6/1/20 5/31/21 $195,576 Scott L Coven Nationwide Children's Hospital Renewal (not prev committed) Neuroanatomical, cognitive, and family aspects to recovery from a brain tumor 11/1/19 9/30/20 $1,250 Stacey D Gilk National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Intracellular IL-17 signaling during Coxiella burnetii infection 7/1/20 6/30/21 $198,125 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Research Study Core Master Agreement 1/1/20 12/31/20 $208,211 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Research Study Core Master Agreement 1/1/20 12/31/20 $286,571 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Research Study Core Master Agreement 1/1/20 12/31/20 $131,570 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Research Study Core Master Agreement 1/1/20 12/31/20 $977,993 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Research Study Core Master Agreement 1/1/20 12/31/20 $1,116,227 Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Research Study Core Master Agreement 1/1/20 12/31/20 $211,359 Titus K Schleyer Indiana University Health New Creation of a Chronic Wound Care Registry to Improve Outcomes 4/1/20 3/31/21 $149,981 Troy A Markel Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Children¿s Endowment Grant #21-A26-Pediatric Surgery Support 7/1/20 6/30/21 $150,000 Xiao-Ming Xu National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Reprogramming reactive glial cells into functional new neurons after SCI 8/1/20 6/30/21 $535,925 Yuichiro Takagi Nih Office Of The Director New Glacios Cryo Electron Microscope 6/15/20 6/14/21 $1,606,377
COVID-19 “Long Haulers” can experience symptoms for months
Natalie Lambert, PhD, associate research professor at IU School of Medicine, is studying COVID-19 “Long Hauler” symptoms. People who consider themselves to be “Long Haulers” can suffer from symptoms for weeks or months after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Lambert’s most recent research involves a study she conducted in partnership with Survivor Corps, a nonprofit group for people who have been affected by COVID-19 which encourages them to participate in medical and scientific research.
The founder of Survivor Corps, Diana Berrent, posted a poll on her group’s Facebook page asking Long Haulers to share what symptoms they have experienced.
“The poll was left open so that if someone was experiencing a symptom that wasn’t on the list yet, they could add it,” said Lambert. “Then that symptom could be chosen as well, so that was a unique feature of the study.”
Lambert analyzed the results of that poll, finding a total of 98 symptoms, including many that the CDC had not previously listed, such as difficulty focusing or concentrating, problems with sleeping or memory, vision issues and hair loss.
“The most interesting part to me is the feeling of a lack of recognition for the Long Haulers,” said Lambert. “There are so many people suffering from the long-term symptoms, yet employers and even family members are skeptical that these people are still sick.”
Visit Precision Health for more on the research.
Funding from NIH expands collaboration on ocular neovascularization
IU School of Medicine was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to explore whether a unique protein often targeted in cancer treatments can also treat ocular neovascularization.
Neovascularization is the root cause of a range of sight-stealing eye diseases. Researchers Timothy W. Corson, PhD, and Mark R. Kelley, PhD, are targeting Redox effector factor-1 (Ref-1) as a signaling node for treating blood vessel growth in the eyes.
Ref-1 helps regulate the transcription of various genes involved in all kinds of cellular processes, including angiogenesis and inflammation. Corson and Kelley hypothesize blocking the signaling mechanisms in Ref-1 that promote the growth of new blood vessels could treat diseases like age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity.
The NIH funding—$1.7 million to be distributed over the next four years—will allow Corson and Kelley to explore what genes Ref-1 is influencing within the eye. Their studies will help determine if the protein is hyperactive in various eye diseases and whether it can be targeted therapeutically.
For more on the research, read the full Spirit of Medicine blog post.
Researchers renew efforts to recruit Black women with breast cancer for study of chemo side effects
Researchers are restarting the communications campaign to recruit patients for the National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trial, EAZ171, a unique study looking at Black women with breast cancer. The goal of this study is to help doctors better understand and treat Black breast cancer patients with neuropathy, which is a side effect from chemotherapy.
Study organizers paused advertisements about recruitment back in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have continued to enroll patients during that time. Thirty-nine patients have already joined the nationwide study, but researchers are looking for 241 more to enroll.
“Like many studies taking place all over the world, we are behind where we want to be in terms of enrollment because of the effects of the coronavirus,” said Bryan P. Schneider, MD, who leads EAZ171. “We still hope to engage more Black women as we move forward with this study, so we can determine the best and most effective ways to treat their symptoms.”
For more details, visit Precision Health.
Faculty and Staff News
Remembering Gloria Yancey
Gloria Yancey, document delivery and content management assistant in the IU School of Medicine Ruth Lilly Medical Library, passed away on Wednesday, August 5. Yancey’s career at Indiana University began 13 years ago, and she was a valued member of the library staff.
IU School of Medicine offers support for the school community. IU School of Medicine and IU Health team members and their families can receive rapid access to a full range of confidential services by calling (317) 963-2200 to be connected to the services that are right for you. This includes services through the Department of Psychiatry Stress, Trauma and Grief Emotional Supports (STAGES) program and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).The Department of Mental Health Services (DMHS) offers support to IU School of Medicine trainees; contact 317-278-4357 (HELP) 24/7.
Editor’s note: Arrangements were not available when INScope was distributed.
PoCUS practice room now open in Ruth Lilly Medical Library
The Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) practice room located on the second floor of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library is now open. Faculty and students can practice PoCUS skills by reserving this room at rooms.iu.edu.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Information on the registration process and how to set up a rooms.iu.edu account is available.
- New accounts may take 24 hours to activate.
- Once your account is activated, you may reserve the PoCUS practice room for a one-hour time slot during regular library hours.
- Show your reservation confirmation to the circulation desk at the time of your reservation. You will receive one Lumify device and one Butterfly PoCUS device.
- Please return the devices to the circulation desk promptly at the end of your reservation time so others using the room will have access.
- Volunteer student “patients” must sign the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through the Medical Student Administration System (MSAS). There are no exceptions.
- Masks must be worn at all times in the library and the practice room.
- Circulation desk personnel will provide gloves and disinfectant wipes when the equipment is picked up.
IUanyWare user profiles to reset tomorrow
University Information Technology Services (UITS) will reset all IUanyWare user profiles on Friday, August 14. This maintenance will improve application performance, printing capabilities and mapping of your IU cloud storage resources.
The first time you log in after the maintenance:
- IUanyWare may take slightly longer to load while it rebuilds your user profile—after that, IUanyWare should load faster than it did before maintenance.
- You'll need to reconfigure personal settings for some of the applications you use.
Fall events to cover promotion and tenure
Plan to attend these upcoming events about the promotion and tenure process at IU School of Medicine. All events will be held via Zoom.
- General overview: Tuesday, October 27
- Documenting your work: Monday, November 9
- Personal statement: Wednesday, November 11
- Preparing your CV: Wednesday, November 18
Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity offers promotion and tenure office hours (currently available only on Zoom) from 9-11 am on the third Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Fellows: Apply for Department of Pediatrics research grants
The IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics is offering grants to support research projects conducted by pediatric clinical fellows in accredited fellowship programs within the sections of the Department of Pediatrics. Applicants can request funding up to $10,000. The department expects to select five to seven grant recipients. Application deadline is Thursday, October 15. More information is available.
Check out fall Culture and Conversation events beginning in September
Culture and Conversation is a monthly lunch discussion series that addresses culturally relevant topics, health equity and current events. Discussions, which are now being held on Zoom, are open to faculty, staff, students, administrators and leaders. Registration is available for these upcoming events:
Civility and Political Engagement: Navigating the 2020 Election
Tuesday, September 8
On the Walls Project
Wednesday, October 7
Addressing Wellness and Mental Health
Tuesday, November 17
Tuesday, December 8
Translational Cancer Biology Training Program application deadline is August 17
The Translational Cancer Biology Training Program (TCBTP) is designed to enhance the training received in any individual laboratory or department. Trainees are exposed to a broad range of cancer-related research encompassing both basic and clinical aspects of the disease. TCBTP predoctoral students fulfill the requirements of their individual basic science departments and complete the cancer biology minor. Pre-doctoral CBTP trainees attend both a basic science and a clinical seminar series, co-sponsored by the IU Simon Cancer Center and participate in the IU Simon Cancer Center's annual Cancer Research Day.
TCBTP stipends are available on a competitive basis for trainees conducting their research in the laboratory of a TCBTP preceptor. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. More information is available. Email Harikrishna Nakshatri, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Application deadline is Monday, August 17.
IU Health System Clinical Services names new leaders
Stephanie Motter, RN, and Greg Kiray, MD, have accepted positions in IU Health System Clinical Services.
Motter has been named president of IU Health Plans, effective Monday, August 31. She joins IU Health from Monument Health where she served as CEO, leading the formation and growth of a joint-venture health plan in a competitive payer/provider environment. As president of IU Health Plans, she will be responsible for leading the operations and growth efforts of the health plan and helping coordinate and implement a broader value-based care strategy.
Also on August 31, Kiray will step into the role of senior vice president of Population and Community Health, and chief medical officer of System Clinical Services (SCS). In addition to leading the population and community health teams, Kiray will provide quality oversight for SCS and IU Health Plans, and work in close coordination with SCS medical directors, IU Health regional physician groups and the system chief medical executive office. He most recently served as CMO of IU Health Physicians. Kiray is an associate professor of clinical medicine at IU School of Medicine.