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  • Deadline is next week to nominate staff for IU School of Medicine awards

    If you’ve been thinking about nominating an IU School of Medicine staff member for a recognition award, now is the time. These annual staff recognition 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 staff awards is Friday, September 3. Award descriptions, guidelines and previous winners are available at the links below. 

    Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award
    Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award
    Outstanding Staff Commitment to Diversity Award

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  • Register for Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting on September 24

    Plan now to attend the 2021 Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Annual Meeting, which will be presented in a hybrid format, supporting both in-person and remote participation, on Friday, September 24. 

    The keynote speaker for the annual meeting is Nancy J. Brown, MD, dean, Yale School of Medicine. Brown is also the recipient of this year’s August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research. Her research helped inform the focus of this year’s annual meeting, “Preventing the Smoldering Pandemic of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome.”

    Additional speakers and presentations include: 

    • “Person-to-Person Health Interview Study Findings; Obesity Disproportionality Affecting Minorities” – Stephen Carter, PhD, assistant professor, IU Bloomington School of Public Health
    • “Dysfunction of the Circadian Clock that Underlies Several Disease States, including Obesity and Diabetes” – Giles Duffield, PhD, associate professor, biological sciences, University of Notre Dame
    • “Indiana CTSI and State Department of Health Community Coalitions’ Approach to Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome” – Dennis Savaiano, PhD, director, Connections IN Health/Indiana State Department of Health Coalition Development Program, Purdue University; and Lily Darbishire, MPH, RDN, PhD candidate, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
    • “Shoulder-to-Shoulder Against the Menace of Diabetic Ulcer” – Chandan Sen, PhD, IU Distinguished Professor and associate vice president of research, IU School of Medicine; and executive director, Indiana University Health Comprehensive Wound Center

    View the full meeting agenda and register.

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  • Sign up for the All School Meeting on September 28

    IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the Fall All School Meeting on Tuesday, September 28. The meeting will be held on Zoom from 4:30-6 pm. Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, will provide important school updates, and there will be opportunities to ask questions. Register for the meeting.

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  • In the news: IU resident on the front lines of COVID-19

    IU School of Medicine residents and fellows have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 18 months. Courtney Welch, MD, an internal medicine and pediatrics resident working at IU Health Methodist Hospital, recently shared her experience with WRTV. Watch the segment.

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  • On the blog: Slemenda experience reveals roots of global health interest

    Joshua Matthews was one of three IU School of Medicine students selected as Slemenda Scholars this summer by the IU Center for Global Health. Although the pandemic prevented the scholars from traveling to the AMPATH Kenya program as intended, each scholar has participated in global health activities with IU and AMPATH colleagues. Matthews shares how this summer’s experience ties back to his childhood memories of AMPATH.

    “Some of my lasting memories of growing up in Eldoret (Kenya) are the early days of AMPATH. I vividly remember the skill of artisans in the Imani workshop, the greenery of acres of AMPATH farmland and the wonderful people who worked so hard to help establish the program. Of course, being a child at the time, some of AMPATH’s work was beyond my understanding. Now as a Slemenda Scholar, it has been an honor to revisit these memories with a better understanding of AMPATH. Indeed, while being a Slemenda Scholar has been an incredible learning and perspective-shaping experience as a budding student, the program has been transformative on a personal level as well.”

    Read more of Matthews’ story in the Global Health blog post.

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Research News

  • Study shows link between head injury and Alzheimer’s disease

    New research from IU School of Medicine shows that the presence of neurodegenerative proteins is associated with common head injury among the general population.

    Recently published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, a journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, a study led by Shannon Risacher, PhD, associate professor of radiology and imaging sciences at IU School of Medicine, explored brain imaging data from individuals who have a history of head injury to see whether or not there was a link to a higher level of tau, a protein associated with cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease.

    “While previous studies on head injury primarily looked at individuals in sports or the military,” Risacher said, “we wanted to shift the focus onto the general population to determine how common head injuries, like from car collisions or falling, could also play a significant role in one’s future health, particularly their risk for developing dementia.”

    For more on the study, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Data management plans due Tuesday

    As a reminder, IU School of Medicine is requiring that all active, federally funded research projects (excluding VA), have a data management plan on file no later than Tuesday, August 31. 

    “Since the reminder was sent in early August, DMP submissions have been flooding in,” said Beth Whipple, assistant director of research and translational sciences, who is leading this project. “In July, we were at 46 percent completion, and now we are at 75 percent, including 10 departments with 100 percent completion, so we are nearing our goal. Let’s continue this strong push towards 100 percent compliance—it truly is achievable.”


    • The plans are award-based; this means one DMP per active award.
    • Information on how to submit a DMP, frequently asked questions and support for meeting this requirement are available on MedNet.
    • There is a direct link to the DMP form.

    With questions, email Compliance with the DMP requirement will be reviewed annually and incorporated into departmental annual reviews.

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  • Cancer Research Day goes virtual on October 14

    The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Research Day, originally planned as an in-person event, is now going to be held virtually on Thursday, Oct. 14.

    The deadline to complete the online abstract submission form is 5 pm, Friday, September 3. Visit the event website to view the agenda, register, submit your abstract submission form and learn more.

    Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute—a collaboration between IU School of Medicine-South Bend and the University of Notre Dame—are eligible to present their current cancer research efforts at Cancer Research Day.

    Cancer Research Day is an event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Cancer's research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Hobson is new director of faculty development; learn more about her role

    Tara Hobson, MA, recently joined IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity as the new director of faculty development. In this role, Hobson will lead inclusive professional and career development and mentoring initiatives to support faculty.

    Hobson joined IUPUI in 2012 as assistant director of the Solution Center within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. From there, she served for eight years as director of IU School of Medicine Graduate Programs and Student Success, focusing on recruiting, retaining and preparing graduate students from diverse backgrounds for academic, professional and personal success. Hobson was named a 2019 recipient of the Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award for her faculty development and support contributions. In addition, she is a 2017 alumna of the HERS Leadership Program for Women in Higher Education and a 2017 Luce Foundation Fellow.

    Hobson completed bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology at Indiana University and is a doctoral candidate in higher education leadership at Indiana State University.

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  • Tomorrow is deadline to apply for AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development Leadership Seminar

    IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity and the IU School of Medicine Diversity Council will sponsor two faculty members for the AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development Leadership Seminar. The virtual seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 28.

    The seminar is designed for associate professor-level faculty who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. Attendees will gain many benefits during this new blended-learning program, which addresses the specific needs of mid-career faculty from a culturally responsive approach. This includes how to: 

    • Assess professional development goals and identify strategies and tools for promotion and tenure
    • Develop key professional competencies in academic leadership
    • Enhance leadership skills in the areas of communication, team building, change management and work-life balance
    • Expand your network of colleagues and sponsors

    To apply, complete the survey and submit your application for internal review. Deadline for internal review is Friday, August 27. To learn more about the AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, visit Questions? Contact Sydney Rucker, director of diversity initiatives.

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  • Checking out PoCUS equipment for short-term practice is easy

    Did you know point of care ultrasound equipment can be checked out by students or faculty on all campuses to practice hands-on skills? 

    Here’s what you need to know:

    • Go to the PoCUS Mednet page
    • Find the “Reserve PoCUS Equipment” section and click on your campus.
    • Fill out the reservation form and wait for confirmation that your reservation is approved.
    • Arrangements for pick-up and drop-off are specific to each campus. Watch your confirmation email for more information.
    • Return your equipment promptly.

    The Ruth Lilly Medical Library on the Indianapolis campus also has a PoCUS practice room available for reservation. 

    • Go to the PoCUS Mednet page
    • Find the “Reserve PoCUS Equipment” section and click on Indianapolis.
    • Fill out the Ruth Lilly Library reservation form and wait for confirmation that your reservation is approved.
    • Show your reservation notification to the circulation desk.
    • You will receive one Lumify and one Butterfly PoCUS device.
    • Equipment must stay in the library.
    • Return the devices to the circulation desk promptly after your practice session.
    • Masks must be worn at all times in the library and the practice room until further notice.

    Important reminders

    • Volunteer student “patients” must sign the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through the Medical Student Administration System. There are no exceptions.
    • Use of this equipment is for educational purposes only and cannot be used in a clinical setting. There are no exceptions.

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  • August 31 on Zoom: Get details about the IPE Seed Grant Program

    Learn more about the Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) Seed Grant Program during a Zoom session from noon-1 pm, on Tuesday, August 31. Laura Romito, DDS, MBA, MS, BS, will review the application process, how payment happens and the criteria for proposals that have the best chance of being selected for the $5,000 award. A live Q&A session will follow her presentation.

    The IU IPE Seed Grant Program provides faculty with funding, consultation and support to develop and implement new educational programming into the existing statewide IPE Team Education Advancing Collaboration in Healthcare (TEACH) curriculum. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, September 15. Awardees will be notified, and initial funding will be provided by December 1. Registration is required to attend the session.

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  • Pediatrics conference to explore intersection of social justice and child health

    IU School of Medicine General Pediatrics will host the Pediatric Practice Pearls conference, “The Intersection of Social Justice and Child Health: What Pediatricians Can Do” from 7:45 am-noon, on Saturday, September 11. The conference is virtual, and attendees will be eligible for continuing medical education credits. Learn more and register.

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  • Travis earns highest honor presented by Harvard Chan Alumni Association

    Lois B. Travis, MD, ScD, has earned the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association. It is the highest honor presented by the school’s alumni association and will be awarded virtually during Alumni Week in late September.  

    An internationally recognized expert on cancer survivorship, Travis is the Lawrence H. Einhorn Professor of Cancer Research at IU School of Medicine and a researcher at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is the principal investigator of The Platinum Study, an international, multicenter study of cancer survivors which she developed and leads.

    Travis earned her doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School. Read more about her work.  

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