Faculty and Staff News
Register for the May 4 All School Meeting
Plan now to attend the IU School of Medicine spring All School Meeting on Tuesday, May 4. Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, will provide important updates about the school. The meeting will be held virtually from 5-6:30 pm, and all faculty, staff and learners are invited. Register to attend.
The All School Meeting is held twice a year in the spring and fall. Visit the Faculty Steering Committee webpage for more details.
COVID-19 vaccine now available in Indiana for those 50+
The availability of a third COVID-19 vaccine was enough for the State of Indiana to extend vaccine eligibility to more Hoosiers this week. Individuals age 50 and older are now eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment on ourshot.in.gov.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, including those who are eligible to receive it in Indiana, visit coronavirus.in.gov. For the latest COVID-19 information from Indiana University, visit covid.iu.edu.
LGBTQ Health Care Conference is March 25-26; get details and register
Register for the LGBTQ Health Care Conference on Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26. The two-day event, which will be held virtually, 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
On the blog: Partnerships aid pandemic response locally and globally
Decades of working to strengthen health systems and fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya provided the expertise that informed the COVID-19 response in both western Kenya and in Indiana.
“These are challenging times to be running global health programs,” said Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH, director of the IU Center for Global Health. During a presentation last month about how the center has responded to the pandemic, he cited stressed health systems, disruption of the global economy, school closures, research interruption and travel restrictions as some of the major challenges experienced around the world. But he also saw reasons to be optimistic for the future of international health collaborations such as IU’s AMPATH partnership in Kenya. “There has never really been a time where the interconnectedness of the global community and need for global cooperation has been more obvious.”
For more from Gardner, read the Global Health blog post.
February research awards total more than $4.5 million
Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Aaron E Carroll University Of Utah New Risk Factors for Residual Medical Needs after Pediatric Traumatic Injury 11/1/2020 2/28/2021 $9,210 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Bridge funds FY21 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $500,000 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Wells Center Director Recruitment Package 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $1,000,000 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Recruitment funds FY21 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $800,000 Paul Richard Dexter Regenstrief Institute, Inc. New Establishing a Breast Cancer Cohort with Data Enrichments via Natural Language Processing 12/1/2020 9/30/2021 $128,013 Carmella Evans-Molina University Of Chicago New The Integrated Stress Response in Human Islets During Early T1D 9/15/2020 6/30/2021 $113,852 Loren J. Field National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Sequence Variants Impacting Cardiomyocyte S-phase Activity in Inbred Mice Following Injury 2/15/2021 1/31/2022 $453,920 J Dennis Fortenberry Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center New A Comprehensive Assessment of Transgender-Related Decision 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $11,984 Randall W Grout Yale University New Implementation of Decision Support for the Management of Obesity in a National Pediatric Primary Care Research Network 8/22/2020 3/31/2021 $55,344 Kathryn M Haider Jaeb Center For Health Research Inc New A Randomized Trial to Evaluate Sequential vs Simultaneous Spectacles plus Patching (ATS22) for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) 11/20/2020 12/31/2021 $37,048 JoAnna Lee Hunter-Squires Consortium Of Universities For Global Health New Breast Biopsy training for Kenyan Surgical Registrars 6/1/2021 5/31/2022 $5,000 Seethal A Jacob Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center New Maximizing Fetal Hemoglobin Responses to Hydroxyurea using Precision Medicine 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $25,074 Cassie D Karlsson University Of Southern California New "Alzheimer¿s Clinical Trial Consortium for Down Syndrome (ACTC-DS) - Trial- Ready Cohort - Down Syndrome (TRC-DS)" 9/15/2019 8/31/2021 $306,000 Mark R. Kelley Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Tom Wood Lexus Foundation Lexxll 12/1/2020 11/30/2021 $20,000 Todd Owen McKinley Johns Hopkins University New Serum Protein Based Indices for the Progression of Fracture Healing and Non-Union 9/30/2019 9/30/2020 $17,487 Clement L Ren University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Renewal (not prev committed) Assessing Effectiveness of CF Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $14,990 Tuan M Tran National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Evaluating the role of P53 pathways in malaria 2/1/2021 1/31/2022 $638,439 Tuan M Tran National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Validation and characterization of antibody responses to Plasmodium falciparum antigens identified by protein array screening 2/10/2021 1/31/2022 $79,250 Lei Wei National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Role of ROCK isoform-mediated actin cytoskeleton modification in the pathogenesis of heart disease 1/15/2021 12/31/2021 $393,332 Weidong Xiao Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center New Manipulation of microRNA for CNS delivery: implication to treatment of neurological LSD 9/15/2020 8/31/2021 $15,850
School receives grant to study how to improve colonoscopy preparation drugs, methods for Crohn’s disease patients
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is awarding a grant to IU School of Medicine to support a breakthrough study to inform evidence-based recommendations that could enhance the colonoscopy process for patients with Crohn’s disease. The grant, totaling $644,250, further advances Helmsley’s mission to improve the lives of people living with Crohn’s disease.
Patients with Crohn’s disease require frequent colonoscopies to enable screening for colorectal cancer and monitoring of disease activity. Current FDA-approved colon preps are poorly tolerated and thwart adherence: they require fasting, the consumption of liters of salty, viscous liquid, and are often not completed—compounding the burden placed on patients, doctors and the health care system. This burden is multiplied in patients with Crohn’s disease who typically need to undergo frequent procedures to monitor and treat disease activity. Bowel preps have been developed for the largely healthy population undergoing routine colon cancer screening—as many as 20 million colonoscopies are conducted each year in the U.S. alone. But little is known about the specific needs and experience of patients with Crohn’s disease undergoing bowel prep for colonoscopy, and innovation is scant.
The “Development of a regulatory roadmap for colonoscopy bowel preparations for Crohn's Disease patients” study is a collaborative effort between multidisciplinary experts from IU School of Medicine, ColonaryConcepts, LLC, a gastrointestinal health focused drug development enterprise, and Alimentiv, a leading gastrointestinal contract research organization.
“Patients with Crohn’s disease and their providers face unique challenges with their required, frequent colonoscopies. We need to better understand these challenges so that we can optimize the bowel preparation process and their overall colonoscopy experiences,” said Principal Investigator Jennifer Maratt, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine. “This grant will enable us to convene a team of world-class experts in Crohn’s disease, colonoscopy and bowel prep, clinical program design, regulatory pathway management, clinical study biostatistics and pharmaceutical product development.”
For more on the study, visit the Newsroom.
Meet the cancer center’s new director: Kelvin Lee, MD
Kelvin Lee, MD, a world-renowned medical oncologist and multiple myeloma researcher, assumed duties as director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 1. Lee, the third director of the cancer center since its founding in 1992, answered some questions about his new role, what brought him to IU and more. Read the Q&A.
Unexpected protein key to estrogen’s protective effect on right heart function
For years, scientists have observed that women with pulmonary hypertension have better survival rates than men with the same condition. It wasn’t clear exactly why this is true—until now.
IU School of Medicine researchers studying a type of pulmonary hypertension called pulmonary arterial hypertension found that estrogen, its receptor ER-α and a protein called BMPR2 work together to increase an abundance of another protein called apelin, which exerts a protective effect on the right heart.
This team is the first to identify and characterize a protective pathway that is able to prevent and even reverse right heart failure, said Andrea Frump, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine and the paper’s first author.
The researchers shared their discovery in an article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation last month.
Visit the Newsroom for more details.
Faculty and Staff News
Remembering Troy Manz, MD
Troy Manz, MD, first-year resident in the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program, passed away last weekend. Before starting his career in medicine, Dr. Manz served for eight years in the United States Marine Corps and was an active member of the 126th Medical Group Air National Guard.
“It was an honor to work with Dr. Manz, who was trusted and admired by his fellow residents,” said Robert Ficalora, MD, program director of the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency. “He was an amazing force of life. From flying the injured out of Afghanistan, service in the Air National Guard, or caring for his patients, he was about service above self.”
IU School of Medicine offers support for the school community. Available resources include Mental Health Services for MD Students, Residents and Fellows and SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program for IU Employees. The Department of Mental Health Services provides emergency help 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 317-278-HELP (4357). A licensed clinical health specialist will provide an assessment and help direct callers to appropriate treatment options based on the situation. You may also call on behalf of a trainee, if you are a family member, friend or colleague concerned about their well-being.
Faculty election ballot closes Friday
The deadline to submit your faculty election ballot for the 2021-2022 academic year is Friday, March 5. 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.
Questions about the election? Contact Jessica Swanson at email@example.com.
Internal search underway for executive medical director for IU Health Physicians-Eskenazi Hospital
The executive medical director will lead, manage, direct and be accountable for the overall performance of IU Health Physicians specialty services at Eskenazi Hospital. The director also will coordinate and participate in conversations between subject matter experts at Eskenazi, IU Health/IU Health Physicians and IU School of Medicine on topics related to all three mission areas (clinical, education and research).
Evans fellowship applications due tomorrow
The Evans Fellowship in Health Care Leadership provides funding for the full tuition and fees to complete the Business of Medicine MBA program from the IU Kelley School of Business. The fellowship also includes extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. Application deadline is Friday, March 5. Learn more and apply.
Participate in faculty learning communities on research in medical education; applications due March 31
Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity and the IU School of Medicine Office of Educational Affairs sponsor faculty learning communities (FLC) on educational scholarship in medical education research. The FLC is a peer-led group of faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program that is structured to provide encouragement, support and reflection.
Join a community of four to six faculty members with a shared interest in a medical education research area such as:
- Assessment of clinical competence at the milestones
- COVID-related educational initiatives
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Point-of-care ultrasound
More information is available. Applications are due Wednesday, March 31.
Residents in new global health track bring personal and professional experience
Twenty-nine residents joining the IU School of Medicine Interdepartmental Global Health Residency Track this spring bring a multitude of personal and professional experiences to the program coordinated by the Indiana University Center for Global Health (IUCGH).
Jenny Baenziger, MD, associate director of education for the IUCGH and coordinator of the global health track, lauded the experience and passion that the newest residents will add to the program. “One of the unique aspects of our global health track at IU is that we bring together residents from various specialties so they can learn from each other, as well as from the curriculum presented,” she said. “Residents in this new cohort bring unique perspectives, not only from their specialty, but also from their varied communities in the U.S. and around the world. They are each incredibly accomplished individuals and I look forward to our robust discussions and exchange of ideas,” she added.
IU’s Interdepartmental Global Health Residency Track began in 2011 to help residents better understand the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors, collectively called the social determinants of health, that contribute to health and disease throughout the world. The voluntary program equips residents to address health disparities and encourages long-term commitment to global health issues domestically and internationally.
Learn more about the program in the Global Health blog post.
IU School of Medicine Education Day is April 22; register to attend
IU School of Medicine’s second annual Education Day will be held from noon-5 pm on Thursday, April 22. With the theme of “Adaptability in Medical Education,” the event 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. Registration is now open for the virtual event, and check out the Research in Medical Education blog post for more details.
Food insecurity is focus of March 9 Culture and Conversation event
For many in America, food insecurity is a real and imminent threat. Join a discussion of this important topic at the next Culture and Conversation event from noon-1 pm, Tuesday, March 9. Guest presenters include Ty Davis, assistant dean of students and director of student advocacy and support at IUPUI, Taylor Smith, IU School of Medicine student leader, and Sibeko Jiwanza, of Flanner House, an Indianapolis non-profit. Get more details and register.
March 16 women in leadership event to honor Regina Kreisle, MD, PhD
The Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series is a forum where all faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women. The next event, honoring the career of Regina Kreisle, MD, PhD, will be held from 11:45 am-1 pm, Tuesday, March 16, via Zoom.
Kreisle is associate dean and director of IU School of Medicine–West Lafayette and adjunct professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at both IU School of Medicine–West Lafayette and IU School of Medicine–Northwest-Gary. Learn more about Kreisle and register for the event.
Apply by April 9 for William Wright cancer research scholarship
The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center William J. Wright Scholarship Fund rewards second- and third-year medical students conducting cancer research and who wish to pursue a career in the care of patients with cancer. Selection criteria also include students who have displayed strong humanistic qualities throughout their medical school career.
The expectation for this award is that the student will devote at least two months of their school year to a project that will further the care of patients with cancer, including a formal basic, translational or clinical science research project, quality improvement project, health outcomes research or cancer awareness program. Students need to identify a mentor and a research project, which should be included in the application. Awardees must attend Cancer Research Day (date to be determined) either in person or virtually.
Application deadline is Friday, April 9, and details are available. Note: Students with research grants that already support their education are not eligible.
Save the date: Global Health Scholars Day is April 15
Each spring the IU Center for Global Health convenes Global Health Scholars Day to showcase the university’s work to improve the care of patients worldwide, research the complexities of global health and educate learners about the care of local and global populations. Global Health Scholars Day features poster presentations and the opportunity for those interested in global health throughout the university to network and share information.
Register for April 16 Indiana AHEC “Seeds of Change” conference
Registration is available for the 2021 Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Conference: Seeds of Change. The virtual event will be held on Friday, April 16. In a truly unique experience, conference participants will create a personalized avatar, have real-time “face-to-face” interactions with other attendees, visit a virtual exhibit hall and view community projects of the graduating Indiana AHEC Scholars cohort. The Indiana AHEC Network includes eight regional centers that work to serve the health needs of their communities throughout Indiana. The Indiana AHEC Network office is located within the IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. Register for the conference.