Faculty and Staff News
IU School of Medicine names new chair to lead Department of Medicine
IU School of Medicine has recruited David M. Aronoff, MD, FIDSA, FAAM, for the role of chair of the Department of Medicine, effective January 3, 2022.
A highly respected physician-scientist in the field of infectious diseases and reproductive health, and author of over 220 publications, Aronoff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of chair. He is currently a professor and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he holds the Addison B. Scoville, Jr. Chair in Medicine.
In his leadership role, Aronoff has guided the strategic growth of the division’s clinical, education and research programs, more than doubling the division’s research funding, and launched new telehealth programs and a new fellowship training program in transplant infectious diseases.
“Dr. Aronoff is a highly collaborative leader and champion of interdisciplinary research, education and clinical care. His vision aligns with the Department of Medicine’s interdisciplinary approach to clinical research and patient-centered care and will advance the department to the next level of excellence,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA.
A native Hoosier, Aronoff serves in leadership roles with several national and international organizations and has directed national mentorship programs for the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). He is president-elect of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology.
“A strong Department of Medicine inevitably benefits patients, other departments across IU School of Medicine, the affiliated health systems and the state of Indiana,” Aronoff said. “Priorities that build upon existing institutional strengths and target new opportunities can shape Indiana into one of the leading academic medicine departments in improving human health through quality, innovation, discovery, education and implementation.”
For more on Aronoff’s appointment, visit the Newsroom.
Wilbert and Peggy Hamstra make $1 million gift for cardiology research
Indiana native Wilbert Hamstra and his wife Peggy are making a $1 million gift to support cardiology research at IU School of Medicine. It is a gift that’s been decades in the making, beginning with a frightening incident 30 years ago.
“I was on my boat with some guests in Fort Myers, Florida, and I passed out,” said Wilbert Hamstra, who was taken to a nearby hospital. “After running tests for two days, they said they couldn’t do anything for me and recommended I go to one of the top cardiac medical hospitals they knew of in the country.”
That hospital was back home in Indiana—at what is now Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. It was also home to Douglas Zipes, MD, one of Indiana’s most celebrated cardiologists and an IU School of Medicine faculty member.
In other words, Hamstra was in good hands.
“He scheduled some tests and then said he could fix me up, which he did,” Hamstra said. “I never had that same issue again. I had the highest regard for Dr. Zipes from that point going forward, and still do to this day.”
Hamstra, the son of first-generation Dutch immigrants, is a native of Jasper County, Indiana, where he still lives part of the year. He was raised to believe in hard work and service to the community. He founded and operated Hamstra Builders, a home and commercial construction company that has built structures across the country. Now the Hamstra Group, the company’s success provided Hamstra with the means to say thank you.
Subha V. Raman, MD, chief of cardiology at IU School of Medicine, welcomed the creation of The Wilbert and Peggy Hamstra Cardiology Research Fund. She said it will play a vital role in the division’s future.
“Mr. Hamstra’s inspirational life of building with purpose will help a long line of builders at IU–people who recognize where we can do better for people affected by heart and vascular disease, and who do something about it through their work,” Raman said
Visit the Newsroom to read more about the couple’s gift.
September 3 is deadline to nominate staff for IU School of Medicine awards
There’s still time to nominate colleagues for IU School of Medicine’s staff recognition awards. These awards provide a visible and powerful way to honor the behaviors, achievements and outcomes that are most important to advancing the school.
The deadline to submit nominations for the following awards is Friday, September 3. Award descriptions, guidelines and previous winners are available at the links below.
Remembering Tadataka ‘Tachi’ Yamada, MD
Tadataka “Tachi” Yamada, MD, an internationally renowned global health expert and recipient of the first August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research in 2013, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 4. In addition to a storied career in academia, Yamada was responsible for transforming drug development at GlaxoSmithKline and developing vaccines for malaria and meningitis at the Gates Foundation. Endpoints News provides more detail about Yamada’s life and career.
July research awards total over $8 million
July research awards Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Gustavo A Arrizabalaga National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Homologs of brassinosteroid signaling proteins in Toxoplasma gondii regulate parasite division 7/12/2021 6/30/2022 $237,750 Andrea Bonetto National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin New Targeting RANKL for the treatment of muscle and bone defects in cachexia 7/12/2021 5/31/2022 $441,832 David L Boone Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Of American Inc. New Gastrokine-1 in colitis, regulation of bacterial amyloids and biofilms 7/1/2021 9/9/2021 $2,500 Gregory Borschel Moebius Syndrome Foundation New Surgical treatment to enhance dynamic eyelid closure in patients with Moebius syndrome 5/1/2021 4/30/2023 $70,000 Malaz A Boustani Regenstrief Institute, Inc. New A Specialized Automatic Speech Recognition and Conversational Platform to Enable Socially Assistive Robots for Persons with Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia 1/1/2021 6/30/2021 $60,910 D Wade Clapp U.s. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Targeting AXL in Pre-Clinical Models of Plexiform Neurofibroma and Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Chemoprevention 7/1/2021 6/30/2024 $525,000 Suparna C. Clasen Indiana University Health New Detection of late subclinical cardiovascular disease in testicular cancer survivors exposed to high-dose platinum-chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. 7/1/2021 6/30/2024 $149,086 Larry D. Cripe Indiana University Health New Optimizing the Patient Goal Exercise, a web-based resource to enhance end-of-life communication and deliberation 6/1/2021 5/31/2023 $98,600 Arupratan Das Glaucoma Foundation New Human stem cell derived RGCs for investigating Nrf2 activation as neuroprotection approach in glaucoma 7/12/2021 7/11/2022 $60,000 Matthew David Durbin National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New "SHROOM3 is a Novel Cause of Congenital Heart Disease" 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $155,248 Tatiana M Foroud National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke Renewal (not prev committed) BioSpecimen Exchange for Neurological Disorders (BioSEND) 8/1/2021 7/31/2022 $1,499,999 W Scott Goebel New York Medical College New A Pilot Study in the Treatment of Refractory ADV (NYMC-579), CMV (NYMC-580) and EBV (NYMC-581) with Related Donor Viral Specific Cytotoxic T-cells (CTLs) in Children, Adolescents and Young Adult Recipients 4/1/2021 3/31/2024 $12,500 Samir Kumar Gupta National Institute Of Mental Health New Treating insomnia to reduce inflammation in HIV 6/1/2021 5/31/2022 $232,581 Kathryn M Haider Jaeb Center For Health Research Inc Renewal (not prev committed) A Randomized Trial of Low-Dose Bevacizumab Versus Laser for Type 1 Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP3) AND Bevacizumab Treatment for Posterior Zone I Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP4) 7/6/2021 7/5/2022 $59,745 Sheketha Renay Hauser National Institute On Drug Abuse New Adolescent Oxycodone Exposure on Oxycodone Reinforcement and Reward Neurocircuitry in Adulthood 7/15/2021 6/30/2022 $79,250 Edward Hernandez Society Of Amer Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surg New The effect of suture tension on laparotomy fascial closure assessed with Bioabsorbable Flexible Sensors and Actuators 4/1/2021 3/31/2022 $30,000 Roland W Herzog University Of Florida New Immunomodulation Approaches To Improve Safety And Efficacy Of Gene Therapy Treatment In Friedreich's Ataxia 5/1/2021 4/30/2022 $8,713 Roland W Herzog Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Renewal (not prev committed) Molecular and cellular mechanisms of the FVIII immune response (Project 2) 5/1/2021 4/30/2022 $288,034 Stephanie E Hullmann Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation New SibCARE: A Comprehensive Psychosocial Support Program for Siblings of Youth with Cancer 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $10,000 Erik A Imel Grace M. Showalter Trust New Showalter Scholar - Erik Imel 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $25,000 Shelley A. Johns National Cancer Institute New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Fear of Recurrence in Breast Cancer Survivors 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $655,048 Reuben Kapur National Cancer Institute New Novel drug to treat poor prognosis AML 7/2/2021 6/30/2022 $234,662 Jungsu Kim National Institute On Aging New Generation of Abi3 conditional knockout mouse model 6/1/2021 5/31/2023 $431,765 Richard J. Kovacs Purdue University New Novel Approaches for Minimizing Drug-Induced QT Interval Lengthening 8/1/2020 7/31/2021 $17,575 Tim Lautenschlaeger National Cancer Institute New Urine based circulating tumor DNA analysis 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $455,256 Kenneth Lim Indiana University Health New Effects of Thrice Weekly versus Daily Hemodialysis on Cardiovascular Functional 7/1/2021 6/30/2024 $150,000 Troy A Markel Riley Children's Foundation New General research support for Dr. Troy Markel lab. 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $50,000 Samy Meroueh National Cancer Institute New A Fragment-Based Strategy for K-RAS Covalent Inhibitors 7/2/2021 6/30/2022 $469,217 Jean P Molleston Johns Hopkins University New Continuation of the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network (NASH CRN) Data Coordinating Center 9/13/2019 6/30/2020 $19,179 Brian Heath Mullis University Of Maryland New Novel Topical Antibiotic Therapy to Reduce Infection After Operative Treatment of Fractures at High Risk of Infection: TOBRA - A Multicenter RCT 9/30/2020 9/29/2021 $31,122 Andrea Marie Patterson Columbia University New Center for High-Throughput Minimally-Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry 5/1/2021 7/31/2021 $39,625 E. Matthew Ritter Association For Surgical Education Foundation New Assessing the effect of robotic enhanced ergonomics on gender based performance disparities for laparo-endoscopic skills 7/1/2021 6/30/2023 $25,000 Hyun Cheol Roh American Diabetes Association New Obesity-Induced Cellular Reprogramming in Adipocytes: A Role for SRF 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $131,100 Don Jay Selzer Foundation For Surgical Fellowships New Bariatric/MIS surgical fellowship grant 8/1/2022 7/31/2023 $20,000 Pratibha Singh Columbia University New Center for High-Throughput Minimally-Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry 5/1/2021 7/31/2021 $39,625 Mithun Sinha Plastic Surgery Foundation New Host-Biofilm Interaction in Breast Implant Associated ALCL 7/1/2021 6/30/2023 $50,000 Claire E Walczak National Science Foundation New Transitions to Excellence: Structural Cell Biology of Kinesin Motor Proteins 1/1/2022 12/31/2024 $748,343 Steven S Welc National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Paracrine actions of fibroblasts promote pathologic cardiac myocyte remodeling in Duchenne muscular dystrophy 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $525,350 Yu-Chien Wu Indiana State Department Of Health New Identifying Microstructural Imaging Biomarkers that Predict Post-Traumatic Headache 7/1/2021 6/30/2023 $200,000 Nicholas Joseph Zyromski Foundation For Surgical Fellowships New HPB surgical fellowship grant 8/1/2022 7/31/2023 $20,000
Yale School of Medicine dean to deliver keynote at Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting
Nancy J. Brown, MD, recipient of this year’s August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research, will present the keynote address at the 2021 Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSI) Annual Meeting on Friday, September 24. She is currently the Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Yale School of Medicine.
Brown has led a translational research program that focuses on developing new pharmacological approaches to prevent vascular disease in patients with high blood pressure and diabetes. Her research has defined the molecular mechanisms through which commonly prescribed blood pressure and diabetes drugs affect the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease. In her clinical practice, she has treated patients with resistant and secondary forms of hypertension.
Researchers identify a genetic marker to help prevent recurring urinary tract infection in certain children
IU School of Medicine researchers worked in collaboration with an international team of scientists to uncover why certain children get recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) and others do not. The group took the research one step further to uncover a genetic variation in some children that when present—if treated with preventative antibiotics—can help prevent recurring UTIs. The findings are published in the scientific journal Clinical and Translational Medicine.
“While more and more people of all ages are developing antibiotic resistance, this is the first study that I’m aware of that shows which children will benefit from the utilization of preventative antibiotics and which ones won’t,” said Andrew Schwaderer, MD, professor of pediatrics and senior author of the study.
Read the full news release for more details about the research.
Faculty and Staff News
IU School of Medicine opens search for Department of Psychiatry chair
IU School of Medicine has launched a search for a visionary leader to serve as chair of the Department of Psychiatry. The school is looking for a transformational leader who can build on the department’s existing clinical, educational and research strengths. Minimum qualifications include an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), board certification in psychiatry, academic credentials appropriate for appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure and eligibility for licensure in Indiana. The individual selected for this position must be highly accomplished and academically productive with exceptional communication, interpersonal and change management skills, and have a strong commitment to upholding the school’s core values, including promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
Candidates with a strong background in high-impact, externally funded basic or translational research are strongly encouraged to apply. Nominations, expressions of interest and applications should be emailed to Beth Frye, MD, Michael Raddatz and Megan Welch, consultants with WittKieffer, which is supporting IU in this recruitment effort. Email address is: email@example.com. View the position announcement for more information.
IU updates mobile app
IU has released updates to its mobile app. This app offers a variety of features, including the ability to easily access Canvas, Zoom and a digital version of your CrimsonCard. Learn more and get the app.
GrubHub now accepts CrimsonCash
GrubHub now accepts CrimsonCash as a form of payment, giving all CrimsonCard holders access to over 280,000 restaurants in over 4,000 U.S. cities. Learn more about connecting your CrimsonCard to a GrubHub account and using this service.
Reminder: IU employees can make a deposit to their CrimsonCard account by authorizing a recurring deduction from each paycheck (Payroll Prepay) or by using a credit/debit card. Employees can also enroll in Payroll Advance. This option allows purchases to be made with the CrimsonCard—up to a certain limit—and those purchases are deducted from the employee's next paycheck.
Celebration of Life for Chaniece Wallace, MD, set for August 21
A Celebration of Life event for Chaniece Wallace, MD, will be held from 2-4 pm, Saturday, August 21, at the Alexander Hotel, 333 Delaware St., in Indianapolis. Wallace, chief resident in the IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, passed away last fall from postoperative complications following childbirth. Celebration of Life attendees are asked to bring a children’s book for donation to the Reach Out & Read program in memory of Wallace.
Join screening, panel discussion for 'Black Men in White Coats' documentary
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.
Access to the film screening is available from 8 am on Wednesday, August 25, through 8 am on Saturday, August 28. A panel discussion will be held from 4-5 pm on Friday, August 27.
Take advantage of free continuing education on conflict resolution
A free virtual continuing education presentation on conflict resolution is available for health care providers. Participating providers will be eligible for one free hour of continuing education provided by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and IU School of Medicine. View the flyer for details on topics and presenters. The links below offer access to the presentation and the required AHEC evaluation. An AHEC evaluation is required to receive the free credits following the presentation.
Questions? Email Jeremy Ashcraft, CFRM, executive director, North Central Indiana Area Health Education Center.
Apply by September 10 for Alzheimer’s disease research project award
Applications are now being accepted for the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Developmental Project Award. Funding supports investigators in developing preliminary data sufficient to provide a basis for an application for independent research support in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Proposals should describe innovative basic, clinical, behavioral, translational, epidemiologic, caregiving or educational research likely to advance the understanding of the basic and clinical underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive disorders. Application deadline is Friday, September 10. Learn more and apply.
Carlos named Eskenazi Health executive medical director at IU Health PhysiciansW. Graham Carlos, MD, Bicentennial Professor, has been named Eskenazi Health executive medical director at IU Health Physicians. In the role since August 1, Carlos is responsible for the clinical care and overall performance of IU Health Physicians specialists who practice at Eskenazi Health. He reports to leaders of both organizations: Himanshu Shah, MD, president of IU Health Physicians, and David Crabb, MD, chief medical officer of Eskenazi Health. Carlos has served as the chief of internal medicine at Eskenazi Health since 2017.