Faculty and Staff News
Reporting positive COVID-19 results: What you need to know
In addition to wearing masks and practicing physical and social distancing, testing and contract tracing are vital to maintaining the health of the IU community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact tracing helps isolate positive cases of COVID-19 and identifies close contacts of those who have tested positive to stop the chain of transmission. To do their jobs effectively, IU’s team of contact tracers depends on the cooperation of everyone in the university community.
Reporting positive COVID-19 results
If you test positive for COVID-19, and you were not tested at IU Health: Submit the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form located at one.iu.edu. You must report your results to initiate the IU contact tracing process.
If you test positive for COVID-19, and you were tested at IU Health: You will receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps.
Voluntary asymptomatic testing at IUPUI and IU Bloomington
IU faculty, staff and students now have the option to schedule a free asymptomatic COVID-19 test on the IUPUI or IU Bloomington campus. Each week from November 30-February 7, about 500 voluntary testing slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on both campuses. Appointments are required for these saliva-based tests, which are offered at the same on-campus sites where mitigation testing is conducted. There are certain conditions under which you should not schedule a voluntary test. Learn more about these conditions and access the links to schedule a test.
Additional details on mitigation, symptomatic and asymptomatic testing are available.
Registration now open for virtual LGBTQ Health Care Conference
Plan now to attend the 2021 LGBTQ Health Care Conference, which will be held virtually Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26. The two-day event is open to anyone seeking to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ population.
Conference attendees will learn how to provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent health care to LGBTQ individuals with an emphasis on developing skills to:
- Establish rapport
- Recognize barriers to medical care
- Offer LGBTQ patients competent primary care and/or referrals to such care
- Identify the unique health risks in the LGBTQ population
Topics will include:
- Safe spaces
- Family planning
- Case presentations
- Sexual consent, assault and domestic violence
- Gender diverse youth
- Emergency care
- Spiritual care
More details and registration are available. Learners (students, residents and fellows) may attend the conference at no charge. CME, ACPE and ANCC credits are available.
Reminder: Submit Education Day proposals by January 15
Focusing on “Adaptability in Medical Education,” the second annual IU School of Medicine Education Day will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 22. There is still time to send in proposals, which may be submitted electronically by 5 pm, Friday, January 15. Read this blog post for full details, including a list of topics. Questions? Email Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA.
Final 2020 Ask Me Anything office hours session is December 10
Have a question or want to share an opinion before year end? Ask Me Anything office hours are an open, dedicated time to ask questions and provide feedback to school leaders in Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity. The final office hours session for 2020 will be held via Zoom from 10-11 am, Thursday. December 10. Any member of the IU School of Medicine community may participate. Check the information page for a tentative list of the deans participating, as well as a link to the office hours Zoom Room.
Share some joy by submitting your original creative works
Through the challenges of 2020, what has brought you joy? Members of the IU School of Medicine and IU Health communities are invited to submit their creative works for the Sharing Joy Project, a virtual exhibit intended to build community, share ideas and express positivity during this unprecedented time.
Anyone affiliated with IU School of Medicine or IU Health is invited to submit original works of art, stories, music, writing, photographs, favorite recipes, videos of hobbies and activities—anything that brings personal joy.
There is significant data to support that being grateful and seeking joy is associated with overall well-being. The Sharing Joy Project seeks to inspire everyone in the academic and health care community to find joy in their own life and elevate the collective community values of compassion, team building, purpose, diversity, respect and cooperation.
Join the Joy Movement
Submissions will be reviewed for acceptability for public display by the project review panel and will remain the property of the submitter. View all submission guidelines and submit your entry here.
Participants in COVID-19 vaccine study come from different backgrounds
Three participants in the IU School of Medicine late stage clinical study of an investigational COVID-19 vaccine known as AZD1222 spoke with members of the media during a virtual press conference on November 17.
The study’s lead researcher, Cynthia Brown, MD, also shared information about the study’s enrollment at IU School of Medicine, which started on October 29. By mid-November, the study team had screened more than 750 people and brought in more than 200 people to participate. Of those, about 9% were Black, 16% were Latinx and 15% were individuals over the age of 65. For every two people who get the vaccine as part of this study, one person will receive the placebo.
For more detail and information about the three participants who spoke with the media, visit Research Updates.
Cancer researchers publish first scientific article with study results on tumors donated by Tyler Trent
IU School of Medicine researchers have published their work about a specific type of childhood cancer in the peer-reviewed, international oncology journal, Cancers. This research involves a combination therapy that significantly slows tumor growth in models, which includes a model established from cells taken from tumors donated by Tyler Trent. This is the first published manuscript that includes Trent’s tumor model.
Trent was a Purdue University student and sports superfan who died on January 1, 2019, after waging a long and valiant fight against an aggressive form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. In the publication’s acknowledgments, the researchers dedicated the study to Trent’s memory, saying they will always remember him for his courageous battle, his passion for cancer advocacy and the generous donation of his tumor tissue for research.
“We are so proud to honor Tyler’s legacy with this first publication, laying the foundation for future research to build upon,” said Karen E. Pollok, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, who led the study. “We still have more work to do but are hopeful that new therapies for osteosarcoma will be possible as we learn more about how to block different tumors from growing.”
Visit Precision Health for more.
Four published studies add insights into goal of eliminating malaria in Kenya
Researchers at IU School of Medicine have contributed to four studies published in one journal, all related to their research designed to eliminate malaria in the Eastern African country of Kenya. Involving about 8,000 people over 10 years, these studies examined how insecticide-treated bed nets impact disease transmission, tracked disease hotspots and analyzed antibody profiles against disease in participants over time. Chandy John, MD, Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, was the senior author on each of the four research studies, which were conducted with colleagues at the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
“A study like this is the product of about a decade of work,” said John, who is also the director of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health. “That depth of work is the only way we could get four articles published together in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene—they were linked and so it was important for them to be read and disseminated together.”
For details on the studies, read the Research Updates blog post.
COVID-negative control samples available for research
The Indiana Biobank, part of the Indiana CTSI, has recently started managing a set of plasma and serum samples and is making them available for researchers in need of control samples for COVID-related studies. The COVID-negative samples were collected between 2007 and 2013; deidentified clinical data could be accessed through the Regenstrief Institute. The samples will be available until the end of March. For more information or to request samples, contact Brooke Patz.
Faculty and Staff News
Lahiri named AAAS fellow
Debomoy Lahiri, PhD, professor of psychiatry, is one of seven Indiana University faculty to be elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor recognizing outstanding contributions to the progress of science and research. Lahiri was selected for his distinguished contributions to the field of molecular and translational neuroscience, particularly roles of epigenetics and microRNA on neuronal physiology and eventually treating human neurodegenerative diseases. Visit News at IU for more.
Tucker Edmonds honored for work to eliminate disparities in medicine
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS, assistant dean for diversity affairs, was recently awarded the 2020 Outstanding Community Engagement Award by the IU School of Medicine Faculty Community Relations Committee. Read the Faculty News blog post for details on the honor and Tucker Edmonds’ efforts to eliminate disparities in medicine.
Macy Faculty Scholars application now open: Learn more
In 2010, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation launched the Macy Faculty Scholars program to develop and nurture the careers of innovators and future leaders in medical and nursing education. By selecting midcareer faculty who show great promise and providing them with protected time, mentoring and a national network, the program seeks to accelerate the scholars’ careers. The program will support educational change in each scholar’s institution and create a national cohort of educational innovators and leaders. The vision is for Macy Faculty Scholars to become drivers for change in health professional education, working toward the goal of creating an educational system that better meets public health needs.
Macy Faculty Scholars might explore many possible innovations in health professions education. The Foundation has particular interest in innovations that take place in learning environments where clinical care is delivered. With this career development award, the program seeks to attract and nurture faculty who are innovators, committed to careers in health professional education and who show promise as future leaders.
The award is up to $100,000 (plus fringe), which will protect at least 50 percent of the scholar’s time over two years.
Internal submission deadline through the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is Monday, January 11. Funding organization deadline is Wednesday, February 10. For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, view Macy Faculty Scholars Program. With questions and to indicate interest in applying, IU School of Medicine faculty should contact Monica Reiff. Applications to the funding organization are limited to one for IU School of Medicine and one for IU School of Nursing.
Take note of adverse weather policy
With snowflakes beginning to fall in central Indiana this week, it’s time to review the adverse weather policy for staff and employees working on IU campuses.
While the university does not normally close during adverse weather, there will be times when certain employees cannot travel to work, may arrive late or may need to leave early. Employees are expected to use their best judgment when traveling to or from work and should not endanger themselves or ignore the notifications of local officials.
Today from 3-8:30 pm: Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer program
The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer is hosting the Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy – Indianapolis virtual program from 3-8:30 pm, Thursday, December 3. Program highlights include learning how to treat patients with FDA-approved immunotherapies, a deep dive into identifying and managing irAEs, and speakers discussing COVID-19 considerations from direct experience. The program is free to healthcare professionals, students, patients and patient advocates. Shadia Jalal, MD, and Theodore F. Logan, MD, of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center are among the event organizers. More information and registration is available online.
Virtual workshop on the humanities and arts in medicine to feature Hoffmann-Longtin
Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development, will be one of the featured facilitators for a virtual workshop on arts and humanities in medicine on Monday, December 7. Hoffmann-Longtin was selected based on her work using improv to teach scientists and physicians to communicate more effectively. The event, sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, begins at 2 pm and is free and open to all. The subject matter would be of interest to medical and health educators, as well as anyone interested in art and medicine. Other panelists will discuss music, dance and creative/reflective writing in medical education. Check out the details and access the webcast.
Telehealth is focus of December 8 Culture and Conversation event
As technology advances, so do patient and provider interactions. With the rise of telehealth, more physicians are able to meet patient needs from any place and at any time. On Tuesday, December 8, join the discussion about ways technology has advanced how providers can communicate and treat patients. The session will take place from noon-1 pm. More information and registration are available.
Applications now open for 2021 Slemenda Scholars Program
The IU Center for Global Health is accepting applications for the summer 2021 Slemenda Scholars Program. Selected rising second-year IU School of Medicine students will complete an eight- to 10-week global health experience with AMPATH, a partnership between Kenyan and North American universities to build holistic, sustainable health in Kenya and around the world.
During the program, Slemenda Scholars typically travel to Eldoret, Kenya, and experience AMPATH by participating in rounds, collaborating on field projects and working alongside Moi University medical students. Scholars participate in the IMPRS poster presentation at the end of their experience, as well as write blog posts and provide updates to AMPATH and IU School of Medicine websites. Associated travel costs are covered by the IU Center for Global Health, and scholars receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the program requirements. Travel to Kenya depends on COVID-19 conditions.
More information is available. Application deadline is Saturday, January 2.
Town hall on systemic racism and COVID-19 is January 28
Systemic health and social inequities contribute to many people from racial and ethnic minority groups having an increased risk of dying from COVID-19. Breanca Merritt, PhD, director of the IU Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy, will share critical lessons learned from the pandemic during a cultural awareness town hall on Thursday, January 28, at noon. Register for the Zoom session.
Application deadline for young investigator awards extended to January 6
The goal of the Indiana CTSI KL2 Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research is to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research through the various steps: toward the development of new treatment options, interventions or clinical trials; to eventual dissemination or clinical implementation; and then on to studying population health outcomes and health metrics. The phases of translational research may not necessarily be linear and can jump steps depending on the research project and the starting point. More information about these awards, including eligibility requirements, is available.
Interested candidates must email their CV to Patricia McGuire by Wednesday, December 16, for eligibility determination prior to submission of a full application online. Note that the deadline for the full application has been extended to Wednesday, January 6.
Hinkle selected for AMA Health Systems Science Scholars Program
Laura Hinkle, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, associate program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program, and director of the Clinical Transitions Curriculum for medical students, was recently selected to participate in the American Medical Association’s Health Systems Science Scholars Program. This 12-month training program aims to cultivate a national community of medical educators and health care leaders who are equipped to design, implement and evaluate health systems science curriculum at their institution.
Thomas and Messmore earn IUPUI Staff Council Awards
Sydni Thomas and Niki Messmore were recently honored with 2020 IUPUI Staff Council Awards. Thomas, a staff member in the Office of Graduate Medical Education, received the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD, Experience Excellence Award, which recognizes faculty and staff members for service “above and beyond the call of duty.”
Messmore, program director of community and civic engagement for IU School of Medicine, received the Nan Bohan Community Engagement Award. This award is given to employees who “through extraordinary service and special contributions enhance the culture of service and civic engagement on campus and in their communities.”