Top News

  • Hulvershorn and Kronenberger named interim co-chairs for psychiatry

    Leslie Hulvershorn, MD, MSc, and William Kronenberger, PhD, will serve as co-chairs for the Department of Psychiatry when Thomas McAllister, MD, steps down on Tuesday, June 1.

    Hulvershorn, who joined the IU School of Medicine faculty in 2010, is director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and medical director for Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction. She directs the Mood Disorders and Dual Diagnosis programs at the Riley Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Indiana’s Department of Child Services Psychotropic Consultation Program, and currently is serving as the interim director of Hospital-based Psychiatry at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Hulvershorn’s NIH-funded research investigates neural mechanisms underlying decision-making that impact outcomes such as substance use and suicide.

    Kronenberger, who joined the faculty in 1993, is director of the Section of Psychology and executive vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He serves as director of the Pediatric Psychology Testing Clinic and co-director of the ADHD-Disruptive Behavior Disorders Clinic at the Riley Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. Kronenberger’s NIH-funded research program investigates the development of neurocognitive and spoken language functioning in children with hearing loss and cochlear implants.

    The appointments of Hulvershorn and Kronenberger as interim co-chairs will ensure continuity for the Department of Psychiatry in furthering its tripartite mission of education, research and clinical care. McAllister plans to continue his groundbreaking research with the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium.

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  • IU to require COVID-19 vaccine for all faculty, staff and students

    Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, all Indiana University (including IUPUI) students, faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus. Individuals should plan to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine no later than Thursday, July 1, and must be fully vaccinated by Sunday, August 15, or upon return to campus after Sunday, August 1, whichever is earlier.

    A person is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after having all doses of a vaccine (two doses for Pfizer or Moderna; one dose for Johnson & Johnson).

    If you have already been vaccinated, or after receiving the vaccine (two doses for Pfizer or Moderna; one dose for Johnson & Johnson), be sure to fill out the self-report form. Get more details.

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  • Department of Pediatrics ranked among best graduate programs

    Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks the “Best Graduate Schools” in the nation. U.S. News surveyed over 191 medical and osteopathic schools to determine rankings for “Best Medical Schools: Research” and “Best Medical Schools: Primary Care.” Schools are ranked on their faculty resources, academic achievement of entering students, and qualitative assessments by schools and residency directors.

    For 2020, the Department of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine tied for 19th in “Best Medical Schools: Primary Care,” ranking it among the top pediatric programs in the nation.

    “This is a direct result of the hard work and dedication all members of our program have put forth in the education of our students,” said Bobbi Byrne, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics and vice chair of pediatric education. “Congratulations to our entire team!”

    In addition to the U.S. News and World Report recognition, the Department of Pediatrics recognized eight Trustees’ Teaching Award winners this year, along with several awards presented by the 2021 medical school graduating class.  Pediatrics and pediatric faculty/residents were presented with the Outstanding Clerkship Award, Outstanding Basic Science Teaching Award (Jean Molleston, MD), Outstanding Clinical Science Teaching Award (Jean Molleston, MD), Outstanding Resident Award (Amy Hanson, MD) and Curriculum Pioneer Award (Emily Walvoord, MD).

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  • Class of 2021 honors faculty members and staff for teaching, service

    Each year the IU School of Medicine graduating class honors faculty members in the basic and clinical sciences for excellence in teaching. The class also recognizes other faculty and staff for their contributions and support in providing exceptional medical education and experiences to students at IU School of Medicine.

    W Graham Carlos, MD, MS, BS, received the Golden Apple Award, which is the highest award for teaching excellence. Carlos has received this award several times, signaling his continued commitment to medical education and the impact he has on students. Amanda Ybarra, IU School of Medicine registrar, received the Outstanding Support Staff Award from the Class of 2021. Congratulations to this year’s award winners:

    Outstanding teaching of basic science
    Bloomington: Mark E. Bauman, MD; R. Daniel Lodge-Rigal, MD
    Evansville: Gattadahalli S. Seetharam, PhD
    Fort Wayne: Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD
    Indianapolis: Maureen A. Harrington, PhD; Jean P. Molleston, MD
    Muncie: Gerard M. Guillot, III, PhD
    Northwest: Brian G. Kennedy, PhD
    South Bend: Tracy C. Vargo-Gogola, PhD
    Terre Haute: Michael J. Lannoo, PhD
    West Lafayette: James D. Forney, PhD

    Outstanding teaching of clinical science
    Anesthesia: David A. Nakata, MD
    Emergency Medicine: Daniel Corson-Knowles, MD
    Family Medicine: Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD
    Neurology: Joanne M. Wojcieszek, MD
    OB/GYN: Chemen M. Neal, MD
    Internal Medicine: T. Robert Vu, MD
    Pediatrics: Jean P. Molleston, MD
    Psychiatry: Maria C. Poor, MD; Jayme Ahmed, MD
    Radiology: Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD
    General Surgery: Katie Stanton-Maxey, MD
    Subspecialty Surgery: Avinash V. Mantravadi, MD

    Additional awards
    Golden Apple Award: W. Graham Carlos, MD, MS, BS
    New Curriculum Pioneer Award: Emily C. Walvoord, MD
    Outstanding Clerkship Award: Department of Pediatrics
    Outstanding Clerkship Coordinator Award: Belinda M. Sandborn, Anesthesia; James A. Graber, Emergency Medicine
    Outstanding Support Staff Award: Amanda Ybarra, registrar
    Outstanding Regional Campus Support Staff Award: Carol A. Craig, Fort Wayne
    Outstanding Resident Award: Amy E. Hanson, MD, Pediatrics

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  • Look for the next INScope on June 10

    INScope begins its summer publication schedule following today’s issue. The next issue will be distributed on Thursday, June 10. During June and July, INScope will arrive in inboxes on the following Thursdays: 

    June 10
    June 24
    July 15
    July 29

    Weekly publication will resume Thursday, July 29. As a reminder, the deadline for news item submissions is Wednesday at noon for each Thursday’s issue. Email submissions to scopemed@iu.edu.

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  • On the blog: Insights on spiritual care for Hindu patients

    Focusing on holistic treatment for all patients within hospitals and other medical facilities, spiritual care addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of patients with various belief systems. In this Spirit of Medicine blog post, Sangeetha Kowsik, a designer/artist, spiritual life advisor at New York University and founding member of the North American Hindu Chaplain Association (NAHCA), provides insight on spiritual care for Hindu patients.

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Research News

  • Musey named division chief of research for emergency medicine department

    Paul Musey, MD, MSc, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed division chief of research in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

    Musey received his medical degree from Emory University and completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. After two years on staff at Carolinas, he joined the faculty at IU. He completed a research fellowship at IU and obtained his master’s degree in clinical research.

    Musey is now nearly 100 percent funded by extramural grants, including an R01 equivalent from PCORI—the Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute founded through Affordable Care Act. His additional support comes from the National Institutes of Health, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation and the Department of Defense. His primary area of focus is the clinical intersection of physiologic and mental health pain syndromes. He has spoken nationally over a dozen times and published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications to date.

    In a message to colleagues announcing Musey’s appointment, Peter Pang, MD, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, wrote: “Paul is well known within the department and nationally for his leadership. Despite a relatively short timeframe, he already has an exemplary track record of mentorship, sought out by students, residents, fellows and colleagues. Importantly, he knows how to build successful teams, bringing disparate people together towards a common mission.” 

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  • Researchers help discover more of the biology behind bipolar disorder

    A team of scientists, including researchers from IU School of Medicine, is making promising discoveries in the biology behind bipolar disorder that could lead to better treatment options for patients.

    The study published this month in the scientific journal Nature Genetics, includes important contributions from IU School of Medicine researchers and distinguished professors: Howard Edenberg, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; John Nurnberger, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and vice chair for research, and Tatiana Foroud, PhD, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, executive associate dean for research affairs. 

    Bipolar disorder is defined by the National Institutes of Mental Health as a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. 

    Beginning in 2009, a group—including Edenberg and Nurnberger—established the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium as a framework that allows hundreds of scientists from across the globe to contribute data to better understand the biology behind certain disorders. The new study is from the bipolar disorder working group, composed of over 300 scientists.

    Through this study—the largest genetic study of bipolar disorder—scientists evaluated more than 40,000 cases and found 64 variations along the human genome associated with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Of the 64 regions, the working group identified several genes that appear to be druggable targets; some of these already have drugs associated with them that are approved for other uses. One example of these already approved drugs that may be useful in treating bipolar disorder is calcium channel blockers. 

    For more on the research, visit the Newsroom.

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  • OB-GYN researchers studying how exposure to harmful chemicals can impact pregnancy

    Researchers in the IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are learning more about how dangerous chemicals pregnant women in Indiana are exposed to can impact their health. It’s part of a large, multisite study by Heartland Health Research Alliance called The Heartland Study.

    “We’re recruiting a cohort of pregnant women in the early part of their pregnancies and measuring their exposure to herbicides throughout the course of pregnancy,” said David Haas, MD, MS, vice chair of research for the OB-GYN department and IU’s principal investigator for the study. “We’re going to look at pregnancy outcomes for both mom and baby, including things like preterm birth, preeclampsia and diabetes, and then we’re going to follow the babies and their health and development until three years of age.”

    Read the Research Updates blog post for more about the study.

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  • Indiana CTSI team’s support leads to phase 2 study: ZETA-1

    An IU School of Medicine researcher is seeing his work progress to a phase 2 study to help patients with diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME). The study, called ZETA-1, is evaluating a small molecule oral drug candidate called APX3330. With the goal of enrolling 100 patients across the U.S. in the study, Mark Kelley, PhD, Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research, has developed APX3330 from the bench to clinic. The molecule is a potential first oral therapy for DR and DME.

    “It’s been a long path to get to this phase 2 study, but it’s really rewarding,” said Kelley.

    After receiving support from the Indiana CTSI and learning how valuable it can be through the clinical trial process, Kelley joined the Indiana CTSI Think Tank Program for Drug Discovery and Development with the goal of helping other researchers follow in his footsteps.

    “Our goal is to make it easier for the next people coming along,” said Kelley. “The theme of all of this is teamwork. You can’t do it alone. We’re here to help the researchers and patients of Indiana and beyond.”

    Visit Indiana CTSI for more details on the study.

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  • Research Jam adopts new tools during COVID-19 pandemic

    Research Jam, part of the Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships program, was created seven years ago to better connect the community through patient-engaged research methods. Although they are not considered focus groups, jams are similar to focus groups in the way they present explicit knowledge. Jams empower people to express their thoughts and ideas through what they make, say and do.

    In the past, jams were held in person and were quite successful when held face-to-face. However, as COVID-19 forced the state of Indiana into a lockdown and a long-lasting work-from-home situation, the team behind Research Jam had to find ways to keep the activities going online. They’ve taken advantage of online tools, like Zoom, to continue the process of keeping the community engaged in research.

    Learn more at Indiana CTSI.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Card access required for IUPUI campus buildings on Memorial Day

    Exterior and interior doors in most IUPUI campus buildings will be secured on Memorial Day. Doors will transition to card-only access from midnight to 11:59 pm on Monday, May 31. Please work with your building administrator to update or verify access for Monday; do not contact the Indiana University Police Department or Campus Facility Services.

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  • Make the switch to eduroam

    IU’s legacy Wi-Fi network, IU Secure, will fully retire on December 22, 2021. Make the switch to eduroam, IU’s default wireless network. If you are already using eduroam, you may need to authenticate via the new installer that offers enhanced security. Connect on campus with eduroam at IU.

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  • Residents and fellows: June 8 webinar to offer strategies for managing student debt

    Indiana University Health Physician Recruitment and Doctors Without Quarters will present an online seminar, “Proven Strategies for Managing Student Debt: Best Practices for IU School of Medicine Residents and Fellows,” on Tuesday, June 8. The presentation begins at noon ET. The webinar offers insights, beyond the basics, to help new graduates avoid common mistakes as they transition into training and manage their loans on a limited budget. Register to receive the webinar link.

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Opportunities

  • Patient Safety Day conference is June 11

    The fifth annual Patient Safety Day, presented by the Residents and Fellows Quality and Patient Safety Council, will be held via Zoom from noon-4 pm, Friday, June 11. The conference provides an opportunity for trainees to present their research in areas related to quality improvement and patient safety. Registration is available.

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  • Register for the Indiana O’Brien Center Microscopy Workshop

    The Indiana O’Brien Center will host its biennial workshop June 7-10. The first day consists of an overview and demonstrations of microscopy services and developments at the Indiana O’Brien Center, followed by three days focused on quantitative large-scale/high-content imaging. An outstanding lineup of international imaging experts will present seminars, participate in round-table discussions and conduct interactive online demonstrations. Register online for the free event.

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  • Apply by June 1 for Deutsch oncology research fund

    The Walter A. and Laura W. Deutsch Research Fund was created to assist PhD students, MD/PhD students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences. Demonstrating an interest in and potential for conducting oncology research, fund recipients must not have received any other type of scholarship or grant for the upcoming academic year. View the application for more information. The deadline for recommendation letters is Tuesday, June 1. Questions? Email Katie Sodrel.

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  • June 1 is deadline to apply for IUSCCC Hester scholarship

    The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCCC) Merilyn Hester Scholarship fund was created to assist medical and/or PhD students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences. Demonstrating an interest in and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or pediatric oncology research, scholarship recipients must not have received any other type of scholarship or grant for the upcoming academic year. Successful applicants are students who have a strong academic record, have outstanding character and well-defined professional goals. View the application for more information. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 1. Questions? Email Katie Sodrel

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  • Apply by July 12 for Alzheimer’s Disease Pre-clinical Translational Science Grant

    This funding opportunity invites applications from all Indiana CTSI investigators with a full-time academic appointment for up to $50,000 to support innovative research work that is aligned with the research activities of the IU School of Medicine-Purdue TREAT-AD Center. Find out more and apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, July 12.

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Partner News

  • AMPATH awarded IU Bicentennial Medal

    The Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) partnership between Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya and a consortium of academic health centers around the world, led by Indiana University, received the IU Bicentennial Medal in a presentation earlier this month.

    “The Bicentennial Medal is awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation and world. Clearly AMPATH has done that in a major, major way,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “Our partnership in Kenya is unique for its long-term, collaborative and multi-disciplinary programs, and it is most appropriate that AMPATH be the recipient of this award.”

    Visit the Center for Global Health to learn more.

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  • Lessons learned in Kenya guide Indiana health care leaders

    In late 2019, a group of health care and industry leaders from central Indiana visited the AMPATH partnership in Eldoret, Kenya, not to teach, but to learn. The examples of innovation, collaboration, and mutual trust and respect they experienced informed their leadership approach when they returned. They shared their key insights during a recent AMPATH Fireside Chat.

    “We believe very strongly that lessons learned in one place can be shared to improve the lives of people in another,” said Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH, executive director of the AMPATH Consortium and director of the IU Center for Global Health. “Diversity in experiences and perspectives can help us create innovative models of care delivered in various settings throughout the world. We term this ‘reciprocal innovation,’ and our panel today is bringing this idea home to organizations they lead in Indiana after visiting AMPATH.”

    Read the leaders’ perspectives in this Center for Global Health news summary.

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Kudos

  • Hobgood earns Society for Academic Emergency Medicine awards

    Cherri Hobgood, MD, professor of emergency medicine, received two awards from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine during the organization’s annual meeting earlier this month. Hobgood received the John Marx Leadership Award, which honors an SAEM member who has made exceptional contributions to emergency medicine through leadership, and the Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Award, which honors an SAEM member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of women in academic emergency medicine.

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