Faculty and Staff News
Wade Clapp, MD, elected to National Academy of Medicine
D. Wade Clapp, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).The group announced the election of 100 new members during its annual meeting on Monday, October 19. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
“Wade is not only a top physician-scientist, but he has also been a leader in training the next generation of physicians and scientists” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine. “His contributions to the field of neurofibromatosis have undoubtedly helped to improve the lives of people with this disorder. This recognition from the National Academy of Medicine is much deserved. We could not be more proud of him for all he has accomplished.”
“It is an honor to join this distinguished group of leaders from all around the world,” Clapp said. “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has supported my work through the years, including family, friends, colleagues and students.”
New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. A diversity of talent among NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organization, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions—for example, from such fields as law, engineering, social sciences and the humanities.
The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to more than 2,200 and the number of international members to approximately 175.
For more on Clapp’s recognition, visit the Newsroom.
New psychiatry residency program hopes to ease physician shortage in northwest Indiana
IU School of Medicine is partnering with the Northwest Indiana GME Consortium to launch a new psychiatry residency program at its regional campus in northwest Indiana aimed at treating an underserved population in that part of the state.
The program will help train new psychiatrists to better care for people with mental illness in northwest Indiana, an area designated as a high-needs geographic Health Professional Shortage Area for mental health by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration. The Northwest Indiana GME Consortium is a group of health care organizations aimed at providing medical training in response to the statewide physician shortage.
The new four-year program, which will accept four residents each year, has received its initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the accrediting body for graduate medical education (GME) programs.
“This is the first psychiatry residency program in northern Indiana and the third from IU School of Medicine,” said Elizabeth Ryan, EdD, associate dean and campus director of IU School of Medicine Northwest – Gary. “The program contributes to a goal of recruiting medical students to the Northwest-Gary campus, upon medical school graduation transitioning to a northwest Indiana-located residency program and retaining these physicians to serve in the region.”
Visit the Newsroom for more on the new residency program.
All School Meeting is next Thursday
Open to faculty, staff and learners, the IU School of Medicine All School Meeting will be held virtually from 4:30-6:30 pm, Thursday, October 29. Plan to attend to hear the latest school updates from Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans. Award recipients will be announced, and there will be opportunities to ask questions. After you register, you will receive an email with a unique Zoom access link.
IU School of Medicine opens searches for two positions
IU School of Medicine is now accepting applications for two key leadership positions within the school.
Associate dean and regional campus director, IU School of Medicine – West Lafayette
The school is searching for a visionary academic leader to serve as associate dean and regional campus director for the West Lafayette campus. The associate dean will lead medical education for the regional campus and collaborate in a strategic initiative to build and enhance programs between IU School of Medicine and Purdue University, particularly in the area of biomedical engineering. This is an opportunity for a transformational leader to build on existing strengths and expand education programs. Full position summary and application details are available.
Division chief, hematology/oncology
IU School of Medicine has opened a search for a division chief (associate/full professor of medicine) of hematology/oncology. The successful candidate will have strong background in academic leadership across the tripartite clinical, education and research missions. Additional qualifications include a national reputation in hematology/oncology, a record of scholarship in the discipline and documented success in leading interdisciplinary initiatives. Full position summary and application details are available.
Priority application review deadline for both positions is Monday, November 30.
Applications sought for Indiana CTSI chief operating officer
The Indiana CTSI, in conjunction with IU School of Medicine, is accepting applications for a chief operating officer (COO) and associate dean to advance the research vision and objectives of the school and institute. The COO and associate dean will represent the executive associate dean of research affairs at an executive level within the university, Indiana CTSI, the school’s health care affiliates and with public and private donors. Programs within the research affairs office include a variety of high-risk, milestone-driven projects that pursue a wide range of basic, translational, clinical and implementation research, as well as health delivery and novel therapeutics development.
The COO will have input into which initiatives and approaches are prioritized. The person will also assist with transitioning promising therapies into initial studies with patients, work closely with the extramural research community and build partnerships with nonprofit research organizations and companies.
Full position summary and application details are available. Priority application review deadline is Friday, November 27.
IU researchers join nationwide effort to use AI in study of Alzheimer’s disease
A new $17.8 million grant will help researchers discover novel ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease through state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) methods.
IU School of Medicine will join several institutions across the country in the five-year National Institutes of Health-funded effort, “Ultrascale Machine Learning to Empower Discovery in Alzheimer’s Disease Biobanks." Also known as “AI4AD” the project will develop new AI methods and deep-learning tools to discover features within giant databases of genetic, imaging and cognitive data collected from more than 50,000 Alzheimer’s disease participants. Forty co-investigators at 11 research centers will join forces to leverage AI and bolster precision diagnostics, prognosis and the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
For more, check out the full news release in the Newsroom.
Distinguished gene therapy expert recruited through INCITE program
Weidong Xiao, PhD, a world-renowned authority in gene therapy, has recently joined IU School of Medicine. Xiao’s expertise includes the development of a molecular tool for the transfer of genes called adeno-associated viral vectors.
Xiao’s research interests are in molecular virology, development of vectors for gene therapy and hemophilia treatment. He has received continuous National Institutes of Health funding since 2001 and has trained in the leading programs and labs in his field. Xiao is currently the director of a U54 center grant to study immune responses in the treatment of hemophilia. His work also complements the research and goals of hematologists at IU Health and Riley Children’s Health.
Xiao’s recruitment is supported by the Indiana Collaborative Initiative for Talent Enrichment (INCITE). INCITE aims to elevate Indiana’s position as one of the nation’s top life science research hubs by fostering an innovative recruitment strategy designed to attract top scientists to IU School of Medicine and the state. Funded by a $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., INCITE also leverages the expertise of non-academic partners in the life sciences. As part of INCITE, IU School of Medicine is hiring scientists whose work will not only enhance research and education at the school, but also strengthen the economic health of Indiana’s life sciences community.
For more on Xiao and his work, read the Research Updates blog post.
Faculty and Staff News
IU open enrollment starts Monday
For IU faculty and staff, open enrollment for 2021 benefits begins Monday, October 26, and runs through Friday, November 6. Open enrollment is an annual opportunity to fine tune your benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family.
To prepare for enrollment decisions, use the resources available on the open enrollment website. The site includes details on plan changes and premium amounts, as well information on live and on-demand virtual information sessions.
Faculty search and screen info session is October 27
Are you directly involved in the faculty recruitment process with your department? If so, plan to attend an informative online session from 9-10 am, Tuesday, October 27, to learn best practices and common pitfalls in a search and screen process. Presenters will lead an interactive discussion on principles of equitable search practices. While this event is open to all, it is tailored for those involved in the faculty recruitment process.
“Faculty Search and Screen: Fundamental and Advanced Practices” will be offered again on Tuesday, February 23.
Faculty: Deadline to submit committee preferences is November 6
Each year, the Faculty Steering Committee partners with Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity to solicit faculty interest in serving on school-wide committees in appointed and elected roles. Eligible IU School of Medicine faculty members received an email on Friday, October 2, with details to indicate interest and submit preference (or nominate others) for serving on committees for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The deadline to submit preferences is Friday, November 6. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Apply by October 30 for fall IU tuition benefitApplications to use the IU Tuition Benefit for the fall 2020 semester/term must be submitted by Friday, October 30. The online application is available by searching for "Tuition Benefit" in One.IU.
Department of Otolaryngology adds two faculty members
Two new faculty physicians have recently joined the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
Traci Bailey, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, completed her residency and a fellowship at Loma Linda University in southern California.
Christopher Discolo, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, specializes in pediatric otolaryngology and trained at the Cleveland Clinic.
Over the past two years, the department has added six physicians—with strong research backgrounds—and two scientists as faculty members. The department has also been growing its clinical presence, with plans to hire 12 advanced practice providers in 2020.
For more on the new faculty members and the department’s expansion, read the Faculty News blog post.
Healthcare inEquity and Racism (HEAR) series begins Monday
Healthcare inEquity and Racism (HEAR), a weeklong series of speaker events and discussion groups, will take place from Sunday, October 25, through Friday, October 30. An initiative led by IU School of Medicine students, HEAR is designed to further educate medical trainees on how racial disparities affect various areas of medicine. Focus areas include patient outcomes, access to care and medical education. The HEAR series will also provide tools to empower trainees to start advocating for equity at both the bedside and within their communities.
Check online for a list of sessions and topics, more details and registration.
COVID-19 Q&A with Aaron Carroll, MD, is October 28
Aaron Carroll, MD, IU School of Medicine associate dean and a leader of IU’s COVID-19 response team, hosts a weekly webinar to answer questions about the pandemic. The next event will be held at noon, Wednesday, October 28. The Q&A will cover a variety of topics, including:
- How to safely connect with others
- Self-care and wellness tips
- Staying healthy this flu season
Register now and submit your questions.
Check out the upcoming Culture and Conversation events
Culture and Conversation is a monthly lunch discussion series that addresses culturally relevant topics, health equity and current events. The sessions are open to students, faculty, staff, administrators and leadership. Upcoming dates and topics in the series include:
AMPATH “fireside chat” on November 9 to focus on mental health
“Fireside chats” began at IU House in Eldoret, Kenya, during the late 1990s for AMPATH trainees and visitors to connect, reflect and learn more about global health. Even during a global pandemic, AMPATH colleagues are determined to reach their goals of scaling up and improving mental health services in western Kenya.
Join the virtual fireside chat at noon (ET), Monday, November 9, for a discussion on mental health with:
- Dr. Edith Kwobah, psychiatrist, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital
- Dr. Florence Jaguga, psychiatrist, Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital
- Dr. Matthew Turissini, associate field director for population health at AMPATH, IU School of Medicine
Registration is available.
November 11 webinar to forecast business, health care and the economy in 2021
2020 is not the year anyone expected. Will 2021 be any different? A free webinar hosted by the Kelley Graduate Certificate in Medical Management considers that question. Kelley professor and economist Kyle Anderson will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic, the recession and the election will influence the economic forecast for 2021. Specifically, he’ll address a timeframe for recovery and how the economy will affect health care and health care-related organizations.
“Business, Healthcare, and the Economy: Outlook for 2021” will be held at 12:15 pm, Wednesday, November 11. Register for the webinar.
IU Health offering six free registrations to medical education conference
IU Health has received six free registrations to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region 5 Medical Education Conference. With a theme of “Changing Lanes: Adapting to a New Normal,” the conference will be held virtually from Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25. IU Health is sharing the registrations with IU School of Medicine students, residents and fellows on a first come, first served basis. To request a registration, contact Kaci Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four faculty named 2020 Showalter Scholars
The Showalter Scholars program was created to support faculty whose scientific expertise and productivity have resulted in significant contributions to IU School of Medicine and the greater research community. Congratulations to the 2020 scholars:
David Basile, PhD
Research focus: Acute renal injury
Ankit Desai, MD
Research focus: Inflammatory mechanisms
Kathleen Unroe, MD
Research focus: Ways to improve care in nursing homes
Tao Lu, PhD
Research focus: Pancreatic cancer
The Research Updates blog post includes more details.
Gunderman publishes book on Marie Curie
Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, the John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology, has published a new biography of Marie Curie. Gunderman’s richly illustrated text, simply entitled “Marie Curie,” tells the story of triumph over tragedy, including the six Nobel Prizes won by the Curie family. Learn more.