Faculty and Staff News
Dean Hess invites school community to October 29 All School Meeting
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, there have been exciting developments at IU School of Medicine during the past several months. In an email sent to the school community this morning, Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, invited faculty, staff and learners to attend the Fall All School Meeting on Thursday, October 29, to hear the latest updates.
“I know the past several months have been difficult, but the hard work and perseverance of our school community have given us so many reasons to celebrate,” Hess said. “I look forward to your participation in this important meeting, as we gather to reflect and look ahead to the close of the calendar year.”
Held virtually, the All School Meeting will begin at 4:30 pm. There will be opportunities to ask questions, and award recipients will be announced. Register to attend and receive an email with a unique Zoom access link.
Walther Cancer Foundation $11 million investment to expand IU-Purdue bioinformatics collaboration
The Walther Cancer Foundation will invest $11 million to advance collaborative cancer research at Indiana University and Purdue University by supporting scientists through bioinformatics—an increasingly critical aspect of their work.
Bioinformatics involves managing and analyzing the massive amounts of data generated by scientific research—turning data into knowledge that could lead to new cancer treatments.
“We hope this gift enables scientists at IU and Purdue to dig more deeply and refine their studies so they can point out new pathways to good patient outcomes in cancer,” said Tom Grein, president and CEO of the Walther Cancer Foundation. “Sometimes, you have so much data, it’s hard to comprehend where it’s leading you. I hope the data-driven analysis will uncover nuggets of opportunity that would otherwise never be seen.”
Income from the new Walther Cancer Foundation Bioinformatics Fund will continuously support bioinformatics personnel, technology, and other tools shared by the cancer research programs at both universities. In addition, IU and Purdue will make their own investments into the fund.
“The Walther Cancer Foundation leadership understands the central importance of data and analytics in developing better treatments and, ultimately, cures for cancer,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. “We are tremendously grateful for their support and the confidence they have in our work.”
For more on the Walther Foundation gift, visit the Newsroom.
Call for proposals: Second annual IU School of Medicine Education Day
IU School of Medicine is now accepting proposals for its second annual Education Day. The theme of the April 22 event is “Adaptability in Medical Education.” Proposal submissions, due on Friday, January 15, are encouraged with particular interest in topics related to:
- Assessment and evaluation
- COVID-related educational initiatives
- Cultural competence
- Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
- Curriculum development
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Effective feedback
- Instructional techniques, including online tools
- Innovation in education
- Point of care ultrasound
- Pre-clinical instruction
- Procedural competence
- Professional identity formation
- Teaching development for residents and faculty
IU School of Medicine Education Day will be held virtually via Zoom from noon-5 pm, Thursday, April 22. Read this blog post for full details and the link to submit proposals. Questions? Contact Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA.
On the blog: Medical student publishes glioblastoma discovery
Victoria Sanchez, second-year medical student at IU School of Medicine, recently published a first-author paper in the Nature research journal “Scientific Reports,” the seventh-most cited journal in the world. The paper presents critical research about one of the most aggressive and intractable types of cancer—glioblastoma. In this disease, tumors expand rapidly in the brain, evade the immune system and create their own blood supply. Even with chemotherapy and surgery, median survival after diagnosis is 15 months.
Sanchez’s research, conducted at the National Institutes of Health from 2017 to 2019 under Principal Investigator Edjah Nduom, MD, involved mouse models used in glioblastoma research. Studying tumors in mice is an important precursor to clinical trials and informs researchers how the disease responds to new drugs.
Read the Student Life blog post for more on Sanchez’s paper and the research that informed it.
September research awards total more than $11 million
Sept research awards Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Liana G Apostolova Purdue University New Manganese Exposure Susceptibility as a modifier of Excitotoxicity in Alzheimer¿s Disease 6/1/2020 10/31/2020 $79,250 Brady K Atwood National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New The Impact of Fetal Methadone Exposure on Alcohol-Related Behavior and Alcohol-Induced Changes in the Striatum 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $44,006 R Andrew Chambers National Institute On Drug Abuse New AMPA Antagonism: A Novel Pharmacology for Launching Recovery from Opioid Addiction 9/1/2020 8/31/2022 $1,854,492 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Haddad Scholars Program 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $100,000 Matthias A Clauss National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Potential Role of Extracellular Vesicles for the Development of HIV Comorbidities 8/1/2020 7/31/2021 $647,413 Linda A DiMeglio University Of South Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $37,736 Katrina Ducis Riley Children's Foundation New Exome Study 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $5,700 Evan L. Fogel National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Indiana University (IU) Clinical Center for Chronic Pancreatitis Clinical Research Network 9/5/2020 6/30/2021 $473,661 Mark W Geraci National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute Renewal (not prev committed) IU Training Program in Molecular Physiology and Clinical Mechanisms of Lung Disease 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $377,997 Ed Greenfield National Institute On Aging New Regulation of age-related bone loss by PKIgamma 7/15/2020 4/30/2021 $419,737 Stacey L Halum National Institute On Deafness And Other Comm. Dis New Muscle progenitor cell-based implants for dynamic laryngeal muscle reconstruction 8/14/2020 6/30/2021 $557,740 Flora Hammond Administration For Community Living New BeHEALTHY: Chronic Disease Management for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $500,000 Sarah Morsbach Honaker National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Evidence-based Detection of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea 8/15/2020 7/31/2021 $155,741 Xiumei Huang National Cancer Institute New Targeting NQO1+ tumor to trigger innate and adaptive immunity 7/13/2020 6/30/2021 $421,360 Chandy C John University Of Minnesota New The role of natural killer cells and antibodies in protection from malaria 3/25/2020 2/28/2021 $18,090 Babar Ali Khan Vanderbilt University Medical Center New Cognitive and Physical Exercise to Improve Outcomes after Surgery in the Elderly 6/1/2020 3/31/2021 $18,313 Debomoy K. Lahiri Michigan State University New Neurofibrillary tangle evolution in mild cognitive impairment 4/1/2020 3/31/2021 $280,394 Jodi L Lukkes National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Investigating the neural mechanisms through which NF1 mutation alters vulnerability to an ADHD phenotype 9/30/2020 8/31/2022 $412,475 Brenna Cathleen McDonald University Of Pittsburgh New Mobile Device CBT for Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Dysfunction: A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial 6/1/2020 5/31/2021 $321,061 Edward A Motea National Cancer Institute New Development of a novel biochemical tool with tumor-selective theranostic anti-cancer potential 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $222,296 Harikrishna Nakshatri U.s. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New The influence of adipogenic progenitors and duffy-null phenotype on the normal breast and breast cancer biology of women of African descent 7/1/2020 6/30/2023 $1,310,027 Padmanabhan Pattabiraman National Eye Institute New Role of Clusterin in Aqueous Humor Outflow Physiology 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $396,250 Hongxia Ren National Center For Advancing Translational Science New Illuminating the Metabolic Function of GPR162 by Delineating Downstream Signaling Pathways and Characterizing Hypothalamic Expression Pattern 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $171,642 Steven D Rhodes Johns Hopkins University New Targeting the Let-7/HMGA2 axis in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor 7/1/2020 6/30/2023 $727,334 Mark D Rodefeld Riley Children's Foundation New Design and Fabrication of Tesla Turbine Pumps, Phase 2 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $60,000 Courtney Marie Rowan National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Prognostic biomarkers for respiratory failure post hematopoietic cell transplantation 9/1/2020 7/31/2021 $179,267 Don B Sanders Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Standardizing Treatment of Pulmonary Exacerbations in Pediatrics (STOP-PEDS) Pilot funding request 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $865,577 Robert Eugene Stratford Purdue University New Integrated BB Barrier ¿ Computational Model 8/1/2020 7/30/2021 $63,283 Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds Indiana University Health New Planning Healthy Pregnancies in Indiana 1/1/2020 12/31/2022 $492,385 Jun Wan University Of Notre Dame New Decoding and Disrupting the Coupled Cellular Plasticity and Myeloid Cell Instigation in Metastatic Prostate Cancer 9/30/2020 9/29/2021 $10,559 Jun Wan University Of Notre Dame New Targeting Basal-Like Prostate Cancer with Cadherin 3 Antibody-Drug Conjugate as single agent and in combination with immunotherapy 9/30/2020 9/29/2021 $21,119
Researchers developing model to help people with TBI overcome challenges
IU School of Medicine researchers are hoping to develop a new model to help those who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) recover and better manage challenges that result from their injury.
“There are lots of resources dedicated to helping people survive an injury, but then people are really left to navigate the aftermath on their own,” said Flora Hammond, MD, chair of the IU School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “There are a lot of medical issues that can occur later. There are all these ups and downs that can impact how people function. This research is about redefining how we should treat people in the long haul, and not just how one physician should treat them.”
The team, led by Hammond, recently received a $2.5 million federal grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to develop this chronic disease model. The project will take about five years, with the first year focused on reviewing research of other models that exist for other chronic diseases.
“There are chronic disease models that have been in use for the past couple of decades for other diseases like diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, substance abuse and more,” Hammond said. “These models can teach people how to better self-manage as well as help with community resources. We don’t have a model like that for brain injury.”
For more on the new model, visit the Newsroom.
Indiana CTSI co-directors featured on new Healthcare Triage podcast
Get to know Sharon Moe, MD, and Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, the new co-directors of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), by listening to the latest Healthcare Triage podcast. They talk about their collaborative work and goals for the Indiana CTSI.
Healthcare Triage podcasts are hosted by Aaron Carroll, MD, who is the director of the Indiana CTSI Education, Training and Workforce Development Program. The podcast is sponsored by IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative and IU School of Medicine.
Faculty and Staff News
Faculty: Check your email for StandPoint engagement survey
Earlier this week, more than 2,900 full-time IU School of Medicine faculty received an email inviting participation in a national Association of American Medical Colleges workplace engagement survey called StandPoint. This comprehensive survey covers important topics such as workplace culture, departmental and school governance, faculty recruitment/retention efforts, wellness, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Faculty members may complete the survey until Monday, November 30. Faculty are encouraged to share openly their views and experiences. Confidentiality of individual responses is protected with the support of the IU Center for Survey Research. IU School of Medicine has set a goal of at least 40 percent participation in the survey.
Next spring, a summary report will be shared with each chair and regional campus to support data-driven discussions regarding faculty vitality and organizational development. For more information or questions, contact Amy Ribera, PhD, or visit StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey.
Flu shots: How to schedule and more you should know
Flu vaccinations are more important than ever this year. See below for the forms and information you need, as well as how to schedule your flu shot.
Schedule on campus: To get a flu shot at a campus clinic, make an appointment through the Student Health Center's online scheduler. The Indianapolis campus will be hosting "Flu Shot Thursdays" and regional campuses have plans.
All campus reporting form: Flu shots are available at most retail pharmacies and local health care providers’ offices. If you receive your flu vaccination outside of IU, use this Flu Vaccine Reporting Form.
All campus exemption form: If you request an exemption from receiving the flu shot this year, fill out the exemption form.
Faculty, staff and students who do not request an exemption must obtain a flu vaccination by Tuesday, December 1. Medical students are encouraged to get flu shots before Friday, October 30, as this is the deadline set by some of the clinical facilities where students work.
Important reminder: The on-campus clinics are for current faculty and staff and enrolled students only; they are not open to dependents or spouses of employees, or to retired faculty or staff.
IU open enrollment begins October 26
Open enrollment is an annual opportunity to fine tune your benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family. For IU faculty and staff, open enrollment for 2021 benefits will be held from Monday, October 26, through Friday, November 6.
To help you make important enrollment decisions, use the resources available on the open enrollment website. The site includes details on plan changes and premium amounts, as well as the 2021 Open Enrollment guide.
Take note of year-end pay dates, PTO rollover and holiday closings
As 2020 draws to a close, IU Human Resources is providing important information related to year-end pay dates, paid time off (PTO) rollover and the use of PTO and vacation hours to cover a holiday closing (December 24, 2020, through January 1, 2021).
Zoom security updates postponed
The Zoom at IU security update involving mandatory waiting rooms for all meetings, originally scheduled for Sept. 27, has been postponed to a later date due to technical concerns. University Information Technology Services will share details and additional information when available.
Check zoom.iu.edu for the latest updates. To keep your Zoom meetings secure, read about how to prevent Zoombombing using Zoom privacy and security features.
Rescorla named emeritus professor
Frederick J. Rescorla, MD, has been named professor emeritus of surgery, upon his retirement from IU School of Medicine on October 1, 2020.
Rescorla served on the faculty of IU School of Medicine for 32 years. He joined the faculty as assistant professor of surgery in June 1988 and progressed to full professor in July 2000. He was named the Lafayette F. Page Professor of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Surgery in 2005. At the same time, he also became program director of the Pediatric Surgery Residency, which he led until 2016. Since 2016, Rescorla has been the Anna O. Healey Chair in Pediatric Surgery.
Rescorla’s contributions to university and hospital committees are numerous, perhaps best illustrated by his membership on the IU School of Medicine Admissions Committee since 1989. He has had similar levels of service regionally and nationally in all of the key pediatric surgery organizations. He served at multiple levels in the Children's Oncology Group and Children's Cancer Group, as well as serving on nine different committees in the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Rescorla has earned 16 teaching awards, most recently the Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award in 2019. His scholarship over his career has been equally impressive with more than 250 publications.
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." Rescorla’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Rescorla and appreciates his contributions to the school and university.
Register for November 7 North Central Indiana Mental Health Summit
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were more than 70,000 U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2017, the most recent year for which final data is available. Drug overdoses and addiction impact Americans across geographic and socioeconomic lines. Learn more about addiction, including how it impacts health care workers, at the 2020 North Central Indiana Mental Health Summit. Registration is now open for the virtual summit, which will be held from 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Saturday, November 7. More information, including a speaker list, is available.
First-Generation Celebration is November 10
IUPUI is hosting a virtual First-Generation Celebration honoring students, faculty and staff who are the first in their families to attend college. Check out the details for this third annual event—and the first held virtually. IUPUI is a “First-Gen Forward Institution,” recognizing its commitment to ensuring the success of first-generation students.
Register today: Medical Miles Fun Run & Walk is November 14
The IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine is hosting its second annual Medical Miles Fun Run & Walk from 9-11 am, Saturday, November 14, at the Indianapolis downtown canal. The fun run will begin and end on the north end of the canal at the IU School of Medicine Health Information and Translational Sciences building, located at 410 W. 10th St. Register to lock in your position on the starting line. Sponsorships are also available.
IU School of Medicine is closely monitoring all developments related to COVID-19. While the event is currently scheduled to take place in person, the event status is subject to change to protect the health and safety of participants, volunteers and team members. More details are available.
Apply by November 12 for predoctoral training awards
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for special predoctoral training awards in translational research. In biomedical terminology translational research refers to what is popularly termed "bench to bedside," the process by which research in the lab "translates" into patient treatment. Translation may involve applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both.
More information is available. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 12.
IU Health physician career fair is October 22
The IU Health physician recruitment team is hosting a virtual career fair from 6-9 pm, Thursday, October 22. The health system’s physician recruiters will be available for live chats about career opportunities with IU Health in all specialties across the state of Indiana. Registration is free and includes a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Questions? Contact Kaci Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrington receives New Curriculum Pioneer Award from medical students
Maureen Harrington, PhD, associate dean for Medical Student Education, Foundational Sciences, was recently awarded the New Curriculum Pioneer Award from the IU School of Medicine Class of 2020. This student-initiated award is in recognition of her commitment to the school during the implementation of the new curriculum, now in its fifth year, across all nine campuses starting in 2016.
Nominating students noted that Harrington constantly sought out student feedback, was always open and willing to listen, wanted the best outcomes for the students and worked tirelessly to implement the changes in the foundational sciences.