Faculty and Staff News
Four IU School of Medicine faculty named distinguished professors
Four IU School of Medicine faculty members are among 11 Indiana University faculty this year to earn the title of distinguished professor—the highest academic title for IU’s most outstanding and renowned scholars and researchers.
Since the adoption of distinguished titles in 1953, IU has honored 254 scholars, scientists, artists and musicians with this recognition. There are currently 98 distinguished professors on the IU faculty.
"IU's newest distinguished professors have all made major contributions to their fields of study where they are all widely respected and have earned international recognition and acclaim," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Their remarkable research and creative activity represent the pinnacle of what it means to be a researcher and scholar. And it is a comment on IU's standing as a great research university that it is able to sustain such excellence in such a wide variety of disciplines from the humanities through the sciences to medicine."
This year’s distinguished professor honorees from IU School of Medicine are:
Liana Apostolova, MD, MS, FAAN, Barbara and Peer Baekgaard Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, is a professor of neurology, radiology, and medical and molecular genetics. Her research focuses on the early symptomatic and pre-symptomatic stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Apostolova’s reputation as a world leader in Alzheimer's disease clinical investigation led to her selection as principal investigator of a $45 million National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging grant, the largest single NIH grant ever received by a scientist at IU.
Aaron Carroll, MD, professor of pediatrics, is an expert in pediatrics, health research and health policy. He co-designed the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation system that has improved pediatric care in developmental screening, autism screening, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and more. An internationally recognized and sought-after expert, Carroll has published more than 300 articles and opinion pieces in mainstream media outlets, including regular features in The New York Times and The Atlantic.
D. Wade Clapp, MD, Richard L. Schreiner Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, is a professor of microbiology and immunology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and medical and molecular genetics. His research focuses on "orphan" cancers, which affect fewer than 100,000 children in the U.S. and are often neglected in medical research. Clapp is the principal investigator of the first pediatric Scientific Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the NIH, which studies pediatric tumor responses. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine.
Debomoy Lahiri, PhD, is professor of medical neurobiology in psychiatry and in medical and molecular genetics. His work focuses on the mechanism of aging and longevity, the origin and biogenesis of the amyloid plaque, and gene regulation of Alzheimer's disease, autism and bipolar disorder. Lahiri is known as one of the first and leading scientists to identify molecular pathways contributing to cellular degeneration and the importance of a genetic variant in relation to drug treatment outcomes in Alzheimer's. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years.
For more on this year’s distinguished professor appointments, view the full news release.
School announces leadership for PRIME grant targeting underserved populations
Thanks to a $7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), IU School of Medicine is working to improve preparation of IU medical school graduates in primary care skills and delivery to underserved populations. A related goal of the grant—Primary Care Reaffirmation for Indiana Medical Education (PRIME)—is to help medical school graduates gain understanding, direct immersion and expertise in the impact of health care disparities related to systemic racism. Co-principal investigators for the PRIME HRSA grant, Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, and Paul Wallach, MD, worked last fall to select a group of talented leaders with the optimal expertise to take on these important projects.
PRIME’s goals will be accomplished through the creation of three new curricular threads and one new competency.
Principles of Primary Care (with a focus on telemedicine and point-of-care ultrasound, POCUS)
Maria Robles, MD – Director
Lindsey Reese, MD – Telemedicine Director
James Wilcox, MD – POCUS Director
Care for the Medically Underserved and Vulnerable Communities
Juan Carlos Venis, MD – Director
Health Equity and Care of the Underserved: Education on the Impact of Systemic Racism and Caring for Indiana’s Black Communities
Maryann Chimhanda, MD, MS – Director
Seventh IU School of Medicine competency
Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Allyson Thomas, MD – Director
For more on PRIME, read the Faculty News blog post.
Register for two remaining Diversity Town Hall sessions
Don’t miss your chance to participate in this month’s IU School of Medicine Diversity Town Hall series. Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, hosts the virtual discussions, which include updates from the diversity, equity and inclusion task forces. The task forces recently shared the first quarterly update of the initiative. The two remaining town halls will be held on Monday, February 15, and Thursday, February 25. All events have the same format and cover the same content. Register for an upcoming session:
Monday, February 15: noon-1 pm
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Thursday, February 25: 4-5 pm
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As a community, each person’s voice and contribution impacts the advancement of systemic change. If you have specific questions or topics you’d like addressed, or if you’d like to provide feedback, suggestions or ideas before the meeting, you can share them in advance. If you do not wish to submit questions or ideas in advance, there will be an opportunity to participate through breakout sessions during the town hall sessions.
Second annual Education Day: Registration now open for April 22 event
“Adaptability in Medical Education” is the theme of the second annual IU School of Medicine Education Day. Registration is now open for the virtual event, which will be held from noon-5:30 pm on Thursday, April 22. Education Day offers an opportunity for students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff from all departments and campuses to showcase their medical education research. Oral presentations, small group discussions, workshops and poster sessions will be featured.
More information, including the agenda, is available in this Research in Medical Education blog post.
Next week’s roundtable to feature Precision Health Initiative Grand Challenge
The Office of the Vice President for Research hosts a series of virtual roundtables to share progress and stories of impact from the innovative research empowered by IU's Grand Challenges program. The next roundtable, featuring the Precision Health Initiative Grand Challenge, will be held at 11:30 am, Friday, February 19. The discussion will focus on progress of the Precision Health Initiative, with special attention to advances in triple negative breast cancer. Several IU School of Medicine faculty will participate, including Tatiana Foroud, PhD, Milan Radovich, PhD, and Bryan Schneider, MD.
The roundtable will be followed by a moderated Q&A. Registration is available.
Foroud, Moe share research advances on Inside Indiana Business
Tatiana Foroud, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs at IU School of Medicine, recently made her first appearance on Inside Indiana Business in her new role as research leader. Foroud, who is also principal investigator for the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative, shared IU’s progress in the disease areas of triple negative breast cancer and childhood cancer. Sharon Moe, MD, associate dean for clinical and translational research at IU School of Medicine and co-director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), joined Foroud for the interview and discussed research progress in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. View the interview.
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Bookmark these resources to get the latest on COVID-19 vaccines
The State of Indiana is now allowing people age 65 and older to sign up for vaccination. Individuals currently able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Individuals age 65 or older.
- Those who work or volunteer in health care and have (physical or close) contact or face-to-face interactions with patients.
- Those who have exposure to COVID-19 infectious material.
Faculty election ballot deadline is March 5
The faculty election ballot for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open. Those who are eligible to vote received an email in their IU email accounts with a link to the ballot.
Annual faculty elections to committees and for department representatives and offices signify an opportunity to participate in IU School of Medicine’s important work. During this time of great change, it’s especially vital that your voice be heard.
Deadline to submit the ballot is Friday, March 5. Questions about the election? Contact Jessica Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for upcoming Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine Lecture
Marly Bradley, MD, JD, FAA, will be the featured speaker at the 2021 Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine lecture. Bradley, who became an IU School of Medicine ombudsperson in 2017, is as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate medical director of Eskenazi Health’s Pediatric Urgent Visit Center. The online lecture will be held from noon-1 pm, on Monday, March 1.
Honoring Dr. Treadwell’s 40 years of service to the IU School of Medicine community, this lecture explores how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions. This annual lecture series marks the transition from Black History Month to Women's History Month.
Patricia Treadwell, MD, currently serves as special advisor to the dean and is chief diversity officer at IU School of Medicine.
Check out the free screening of Black Men in White Coats
Fewer Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2 percent of American doctors being Black men, this comes as no surprise. The documentary, “Black Men in White Coats,” dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.
View a free screening of the documentary, sponsored by the Indiana AHEC Network, on February 20, 21 and 22. The film runs 80 minutes and may be viewed anytime on these dates. Registration is limited to 300. Prior to the screening date, registrants will receive an email that includes viewing instructions, as well as a unique coupon code good for a free screening. Registrants are advised to add email@example.com to their contact list to ensure receipt of the email.
Questions? Email Jackie Mathis or call 812-237-9688.
Missed the Cultural Awareness Town Hall? Request the recording
If you missed last month’s Cultural Awareness Town Hall on systemic racism and COVID-19, you can register to gain access to the recording. Recordings of all diversity events hosted by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity are available upon request. See the upcoming schedule and the list of recorded events.
Stimulant use disorder ECHO begins February 17
The virtual Stimulant Use Disorder ECHO Series begins at noon on Wednesday, February 17, and will continue every Wednesday for six weeks. The goal is to promote clinical competence in primary care offices for treating this complex disease, specifically highlighting evidence-based practices related to treatment and continuity of care. The program is free and approved for continuing medical education credit. More information and registration are available.
New Indiana Network for Hospice & Palliative Care to host meeting on March 4
Established in November 2020, the Indiana Network for Hospice and Palliative Care is a collaborative of like-minded people across all disciplines who desire to improve the care of seriously ill patients and their families in Indiana through education, collaboration and advocacy. The network will host its next virtual meeting from 5:30-7 pm, Thursday, March 4. Meeting topics include opioid education/best practices and legislative updates. Membership in the network is free. To request a meeting link, send an email with your name, title and employer to INHPCgroup@gmail.com.
Working together to End Lung Cancer Now
Are you interested in lung cancer advocacy? Are you currently an advocate for lung cancer awareness and care? Improve lung cancer research and support programs by sharing your experiences with researchers at Indiana University.
IU researchers, in collaboration with the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, are developing a lung cancer awareness campaign called End Lung Cancer Now. Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, PhD, is conducting a study to develop and evaluate a health communication campaign designed to raise awareness of and encourage collaboration between researchers, health care professionals and community members with an interest in eliminating lung cancer. Learn more and participate. Questions? Email Darla Imhausen-Slaughter.
IU Health expands visitor guidelines
In January, IU Health updated its visitor guidelines to welcome one visitor per patient for those who are COVID-19 negative. As of Thursday, February 4, these same guidelines expanded to include patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who have completed their isolation period.
Patients with COVID-19 may follow the same visitor guidelines as patients without COVID-19, if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Complete an isolation period as outlined by protocol
- No longer require enhanced droplet or airborne isolation precautions
- Are cleared for removal from isolation by their provider or Infection Prevention
Visitation remains restricted for patients with (or suspected of having) COVID-19 who are in isolation.