Faculty and Staff News
Salman named inaugural executive director of Brown Center for Immunotherapy
IU School of Medicine has named its first executive director of the Brown Center for Immunotherapy. Huda Salman, MD, PhD, will become the center’s new leader, effective November 1.
Salman joins IU School of Medicine from Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Cancer Center where she is currently an associate professor, section chief of hematological malignancies and director of the CAR T-cell program. She founded the hematological malignancies section as well as the Cancer Center Adolescence and Young Adult Program at Stony Brook. She completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residency at Cornell Medical College and medical school at Jordan University. A leukemia survivor herself, Salman’s clinical expertise is focused on hematological malignancies and bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy, particularly for acute and aggressive lymphomas. Her most recent work on CAR T-cell and immunotherapy is extramurally funded and very well received in the medical community.
At IU School of Medicine, Salman will hold the title of Don Brown Chair in Immunotherapy and professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology.
“I’m excited to join IU and focus on cancer immunology research and immunotherapy,” Salman said. “This is a great opportunity to establish new treatments through basic, translational and clinical research in collaboration with other IU faculty and existing programs, as well as across the country. I’m also looking forward to building a dedicated team of scientists and clinicians to advance the field in this area of medicine.”
The Brown Center for Immunotherapy was established in 2016 thanks to a $30 million gift from Indianapolis entrepreneur Donald E. Brown, MD. The center studies new ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancer and pioneer use of technology in other diseases.
“Immunotherapy represents one of the most promising advances in recent decades, if not in the entire history of medicine,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, executive vice president for university clinical affairs and IU School of Medicine dean. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Salman as the Brown Center’s inaugural director and look forward to the new advancements the center will make under her leadership.”
For more on Salman’s appointment and the Brown Center’s mission, visit the Newsroom.
Researchers receive $17.1 million grant to study impact of drugs, medicines in pregnant women and children
Researchers with IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Pediatrics, and Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine are studying how certain drugs and medications affect pregnant and lactating women and their children thanks to a new, five-year, $17.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
“The goal is to bring together data sciences and clinical pharmacology research for maternal and pediatric populations to improve understanding of drug metabolism, distribution and effects,” said Sara Quinney, PharmD, PhD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at IU School of Medicine. Quinney is the principal investigator of the study along with Lang Li, PhD, from The Ohio State University.
The Maternal and Pediatric Precision in Therapeutics (MPRINT) Hub will serve as a national resource for multidisciplinary expertise and knowledge in maternal and pediatric therapeutics. The Indiana University-Ohio State University Maternal and Pediatric Precision in Therapeutics Data, Model, Knowledge and Research Coordination Center, or MPRINT-DMKRCC, is made up of six core components. The logistics core, outreach, dissemination and training core, pharmacometrics and clinical trial design core and real-world evidence core are led by IU, while the knowledgebase portal core is based at Ohio State. The MPRINT Hub also consists of two Centers of Excellence in Therapeutics at Vanderbilt University and the University of California San Diego.
“At IU, we’re focused on coordinating MPRINT Hub activities, promoting educational opportunities and pharmacometric modeling,” Quinney said. “We’re incorporating data from various sources, including literature and electronic health data, and developing models to promote our understanding of drug therapy for pregnant and lactating women and their children.”
Visit the Newsroom for more on the research.
Egan returns to IU School of Medicine as associate dean for research affairs
Carmel Egan, PhD, is returning to IU School of Medicine as associate dean for research affairs, effective October 1. In 2016, Egan joined the school as associate dean for research affairs, chief operating officer for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), and operations director of the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative.
“Carmel is a tremendous asset to IU, having advanced precision health under her leadership. She helped direct funding to the right investments, united teams and kept the initiative on track and delivering results,” said Tatiana Foroud, PhD, principal investigator of the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative and executive associate dean for research affairs. “Carmel has earned the respect of her colleagues and therefore her influence cannot be overstated.”
In her role as associate dean for research affairs, Egan will be responsible for:
- Operationalizing the strategic goals of the Office of the Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs and helping the school reach its annual research milestones.
- Coordination and efficient use of resources (research funds, lab space and scientific oversight) to maximize the success of research faculty.
- Serving as project leader for the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative and coordinating all operations for the pillars and disease state teams in the transition to their sustainability plans.
- Working closely with Indiana CTSI leadership, including new Chief Operating Officer Michelle Shwery, MS, MBA.
- Taking an active role in partnering with the Indiana CTSI as the institute develops, writes and submits its 4.0 grant application.
Fall All School Meeting is September 28
Register for the IU School of Medicine Fall All School Meeting, which will be held via Zoom from 4:30-6 pm, on Tuesday, September 28. All faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the meeting, which will include important school updates from IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. There will be opportunities to ask questions.
Blog post offers insights about the Afghan community and culture
In light of recent events in Afghanistan, IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity has posted a blog with facts and insights about the country, its culture and customs. Read the article on the Blogs Hub to learn more.
IU Bloomington climbs U.S. News and World Report rankings; IUPUI ranks high in innovation, service learning
The new rankings of national and regional universities released today by U.S. News and World Report show a continued move upward for Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI.
IU Bloomington ranks 26th among public national universities, a jump of five spots from last year's rankings. Both IUPUI and IU Bloomington earned top 25 rankings for "programs to look for." IUPUI tied for 21st for service learning, while IU Bloomington tied for 25th in the study abroad category.
“Indiana University continues to focus on ensuring all of our students succeed, our research goals are ambitious and that we are a leader in advancing economic development and quality of life for individuals throughout our state, nation and world,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “While these rankings are only one measure of our university's success, seeing IU stand out in this evaluation of the higher education landscape bolsters our resolve to continue pursuit of our core missions.”
Overall, IU Bloomington ranked 68th among all national universities, up eight spots from last year. IUPUI jumped 22 spots from last year to earn a tie for 46th among most innovative schools, a ranking that identifies institutions with innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities. The campus again earned a high ranking for best undergraduate teaching, tied for 58th.
For more detail on the rankings, visit News at IU.
COVID-19 Registry offers resources to help with research projects
Are you looking for participants for your COVID-19 research? The Indiana Biobank may be able to help. The COVID-19 Registry, a research project of Indiana University and its partnering institutions through the Indiana Biobank, includes people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are willing to be contacted about research. Contact the Indiana Biobank team at COVIDReg@iu.edu to learn more about available resources.
New webinar series addresses research misconduct; first session is October 6
Research misconduct allegations continue to rise and have a huge impact on the affected researchers, their colleagues and their research. Falsification, fabrication and plagiarism can happen in any discipline, on any campus and often looks very different from the research misconduct cases in the headlines.
In a new webinar series, IU Research Integrity Office staff will join faculty members who adjudicate research misconduct cases to discuss the causes and consequences of research misconduct and share lessons learned from real cases at IU. Learn what falsification, fabrication and plagiarism look like in real life, how research misconduct allegations can affect you and your research, and approaches for preventing research misconduct and allegations in your own labs and research teams.
The first session, “Small mistakes, big consequences,” will be held from noon-1 pm, on Wednesday, October 6. Register for the event and get details on future sessions in the series.
Faculty and Staff News
Remembering Merrill Benson, MD
Merrill Benson, MD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, passed away on September 11. Benson joined IU School of Medicine in 1976 as an associate professor and established the rheumatology service at the Roudebush VA Medical Center, serving as its chief until 1998. During his 45-year career with the school, Benson was promoted to professor of medicine, professor of medical genetics, and chair of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. In 1999, he joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Benson’s medical specialty was amyloidosis, a rare but devastating protein deposition disease. He established IU as an internationally recognized referral center for patients with amyloidosis and pursued an active basic research program to advance understanding of the disease. While Benson’s expertise covered all types of amyloidosis, he contributed much to the study of hereditary amyloidosis. He developed close, long-standing relationships with multiple generations of families affected by the inherited disease. He was able to translate his passion from bench to bedside with seminal studies, both basic and clinical, that culminated in development of an FDA-approved antisense oligonucleotide therapy (inotersen) to treat patients with transthyretin amyloidosis. Benson’s dedication to the field is recognized worldwide.
A memorial gathering and mass will be held at 10 am, on Friday, September 17, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Indianapolis. More information is available in the obituary.
IU and IU School of Medicine offer support for the school community. IU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides 24/7/365 access to licensed mental health counselors via SupportLinc. The IU School of Medicine Department of Mental Health Services provides emergency help 24 hours a day, seven days week by calling 317-278-HELP (4357).
September 29 is deadline to nominate staff for discretionary bonus program
IU School of Medicine is opening the nomination period for discretionary bonuses for staff members. The staff discretionary bonus award is a special one-time payment awarded to selected exempt, non-exempt and temporary staff members for extraordinary contributions to the school’s strategic priorities.
Nomination requests will be evaluated by a review committee using the criteria in the discretionary bonus guidelines. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, September 29. Complete details, including the guidelines and nomination form, are available on the MedNet Human Resources website. Questions? Contact Gretchen Dennis, human resources director.
Join IU Health Sciences colleagues for diversity, equity and inclusion book club
IU School of Medicine is partnering with IU School of Nursing and IU School of Dentistry for a structured book club reading of “How to Be Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi, PhD. Structured reading will begin in October. Each month, participants will read two or three book chapters and join an interprofessional group of faculty and staff from nursing, social work, public health and dentistry for a facilitated small group discussion. All IU School of Medicine faculty and staff are invited to attend; however, space is limited.
Interested? Complete the survey to indicate the days and times of monthly small group sessions that work best for you. Registration will close on Wednesday, September 21. Copies of the book will be purchased for IU School of Medicine participants.
Webinar series: Creating Racially Inclusive Classrooms begins September 24
A yearlong interactive webinar series, the Creating Racially Inclusive Classrooms program aims to change the way faculty see instruction. The series will help instructors apply an equity lens to their courses, which can illuminate the many ways whiteness, power and bias show up in the classroom and curriculum. Participants will be encouraged to develop skills to ensure all students are included and have the opportunity to learn. The webinar series includes viewing 30-minute informational recordings prior to virtual in-person sessions to unpack the information shared in the recordings before engaging in group work and discussions. The deadline to apply for the program is Monday, September 20. Questions? Contact the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning at email@example.com or 317-274-1300.
September 21: Simon Says event to focus on physical activity and cancer
The next virtual Simon Says event—Get a Move on Cancer: Impact of Physical Activity in Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship—will be held at 7 pm, on Tuesday, September 21.
Unlike many medications, exercise may not only delay cancer progression or recurrence, but also improve quality of life and help patients feel better. Exercise reduces the incidence and severity of many cancer-related side effects such as pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety and nerve damage. Despite these benefits, it’s difficult for patients experiencing cancer to know how to improve their physical activity and functional levels. In this Simon Says session, Tarah Ballinger, MD, breast oncologist and exercise researcher, will discuss exercise benefits and best practices to help cancer patients participate. Register now and submit your questions.
Kelley business webinar to share strategies for becoming an inclusive leader
When leaders draw out unique perspectives and help team members feel included, employees speak up, go the extra mile and collaborate. This lifts team performance and helps your organization succeed in today’s complex and uncertain environment.
The Kelley Graduate Certificate in Medical Management is offering a free, 45-minute webinar focused on “Inclusive Leadership: Practical Tips for Understanding Your Teammates and Others.” The event will take place at 12:15 pm, Thursday, September 30. Kelley School of Business Professor Barb Cutillo will discuss what inclusive leadership is and how to develop the core competencies which make an inclusive leader. She’ll also address promoting conscious inclusion and equity, improving cultural competency, and understanding your own biases. Sign up for the webinar.
Deadline extended: Apply for new interprofessional education seed grants
The Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center has created the IPE Seed Grant Program to provide 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.
The seed grant program is worth up to $5,000 of matchable monies and will be awarded by December 1. The deadline to apply for the program has been extended to Friday, September 24. Submit applications to the IU IPE website. View proposal evaluation criteria and submission guidelines.
Apply for postdoctoral training focused on innovation and entrepreneurship
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is requesting applications for TL1 postdoctoral translational research proposals focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. The Indiana CTSI is
encouraging applications from postdoctoral fellows who have a keen interest in directed training in advancing innovations into commercialization and entrepreneurship. The postdoctoral fellow will undertake a translational research project focused on the development of life science technology pertaining to health and human disease. Letters of intent are due Monday, November 8, and the application deadline is Thursday, December 9. Find out more about the program and apply.
December 13 is deadline to apply for IU Grant Linking University-wide Expertise
The Grant Linking University–wide Expertise (GLUE) awards support “planning and team building across campuses to develop large multi-investigator and/or multi-project, milestone-driven, translational research teams who are planning to eventually submit a multiyear extramural grant application.” Applications for GLUE grants are accepted for review at any stage of their development. GLUE funding is available to collaborative teams in which the lead principal investigator is from IU Bloomington and the other team members are from Indiana CTSI affiliate campuses. Application deadline is Monday, December 13. Get more details about the program and apply.
Survey offers health care workers a chance to share COVID-19 experiences
If you are a health care worker with a chronic illness or disability, consider completing a short survey about your COVID-19 pandemic experience. Survey results will be used as part of a related research project on this subject. IU School of Medicine student Hannah Dempsey is co-principal investigator of the IU Institutional Review Board-approved study. Email Dempsey at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
IU Student Outreach Clinic publishes inaugural newsletter
The IU Student Outreach Clinic has released the first issue of its newsletter, The Monthly Follow-Up. The publication features stories from current volunteers, alumni, partners and physicians which highlight various aspects of the clinic. The IU Student Outreach Clinic is a free, student-run clinic that provides primary care-based medical, dental, social and legal services to Indianapolis residents on the city’s near eastside.