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  • CARE Consortium receives over $42 million to launch next phase of concussion study

    The world’s most comprehensive concussion study is being expanded with a boost of nearly $42.65 million in new funding, aimed at following athletes for a decade after injury—examining the impacts of head injuries after graduation. 

    The NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium has received a $25 million award from the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), as well as an additional $10 million from the NCAA and $7.65 million from the Defense Health Agency.

    IU School of Medicine serves as the administrative and operations core for the study and is the central coordination center for the CARE Consortium. Led by Thomas W. McAllister, MD, Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine, the IU team provides regulatory and fiduciary oversight, as well as biostatistics and data management, neuroimaging, bioinformatics, biomarkers/biospecimen management, and other support resources for the group. 

    “This new phase of funding will allow for us to even further expand on the study’s original goals, enabling us to follow athletes after they’ve moved on from their collegiate and service academy careers to see how concussion and repetitive head impacts affect them later in life,” said McAllister. “This research will not only help to inform our understanding and treatment of traumatic brain injury, but also provide valuable information for youth sports participants and their families.”

    For more on the study, visit the Newsroom.

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  • CBS News: Carroll explains why some parents are hesitant about COVID-19 vaccine for kids

    Aaron Carroll, MD, chief health officer for Indiana University, recently spoke to CBS News about why some parents are still weighing whether to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19. Carroll, who is also a distinguished professor of pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, talks specifically about the importance of “using the tools parents trust,” including the voices of pediatricians and other health care providers to spread the word about safety. The interview included many of the points presented in  Carroll’s article, “Many Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Kids. Here’s Why,” which was published in The Atlantic last month.

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month: MD student shares immigration experiences

    Editor’s note: Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15, to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the United States through achievements and contributions to society. 

    Every email Alejandro Bolivar sends out to members of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at Indiana University School of Medicine starts the same: “Hola, Familia!”

    Finding and fostering a close-knit community for Hispanic and Latinx medical students was important to Bolivar, who serves as LMSA president. Before he was accepted to IU School of Medicine, he had never visited the state of Indiana. It was the second time in his life when he found himself needing to expand his “familia.”

    The first time was at age 15, when his family immigrated from Caracas, Venezuela to Tampa, Florida. He had mixed emotions about coming to a new place, assimilating into a new culture and forming new relationships.

    “I was scared when my parents brought up the idea of going to the United States because I didn’t speak English, and I thought it would be hard to learn a new language and make new friends,” Bolivar recalled. “I was afraid but kind of happy, too. It was exciting to go the United States and live the ‘American dream.’ I envisioned my life like a movie.”

    Soon to become the first physician in his family, Bolivar is grateful for the opportunities he has been given in America, but the journey wasn’t always as he imagined.

    In this Spirit of Medicine blog post, read about the conditions that prompted Bolivar’s family to immigrate to the United States and the experiences that led him to pursue a career in medicine. In addition, check out Doriann Alcaide Amador’s story of living through Hurricane Maria and being the first in her family to study medicine in the United States.

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  • On the blog: Slemenda Scholars learn valuable lessons about global health

    IU School of Medicine students Cassie Anderson, Neal Patel and Joshua Matthews were selected by the IU Center for Global Health as 2021 Slemenda Scholars for the AMPATH-Kenya partnership. Although the pandemic prevented the scholars from traveling to the program in Kenya as intended, each scholar has participated in global health activities with IU and AMPATH colleagues. Read their stories on the Global Health blog to find out how the experience built on their previous interests and impacted their perspectives.

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Research News

  • September research awards total more than $23 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Kamal Abulebda Yale University New R Baby Pediatric Emergency Mobile Simulation Program Project 7/1/2020 6/30/2023 $94,595
    Micheala A. Aldred American Heart Association Incorporated New Deciphering the Role of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 4/1/2021 3/31/2023 $63,040
    Caitlin Bernard University Of Washington New Co-benefits of co-delivery of long-acting antiretrovirals and contraceptives 5/1/2021 3/31/2022 $13,813
    Ashay D Bhatwadekar National Eye Institute New miR-92a as a biomarker of diabetic retinopathy 9/30/2021 7/31/2022 $472,042
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Children's Endowment Grant #22-A14 Wells Center-Infrastructure Support for Pediatric Surgery 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $675,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Pediatric Health Services Research & PACER Support 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $1,100,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Riley Children's Endowment Grant #22-A21 Recruitment: Division Chief 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $250,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Riley Children's Foundation Annual Endowment Awards for IU/Riley Programs 2021-2022 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $4,256,628
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Wells Center Bridge Funding 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $500,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Recruitment funds FY22 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $500,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Riley Research Scholars 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $500,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Wells General Fund Support 2021-2022 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $5,978,000
    David G. Clark Mayo Clinic, Rochester New ARTFL-LEFFTDS Longitudinal Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ALLFTD) 7/15/2020 6/30/2021 $53,890
    Erica L Clinkenbeard American Society For Bone And Mineral Research New Iron deficiency-mediated lactate production in CKD related bone loss 7/1/2021 6/30/2024 $60,000
    Andrew Richard Coggan National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Association between tryptophan derivatives, frailty, and brain health in older adult ICU survivors 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $37,276
    Simon J Conway National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Tafazzin and metabolic reprogramming during cardiomyopathy 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $578,683
    Lingxiao Deng Indiana State Department Of Health New Combination of locomotor training and Schwann cell transplantation to promote the micturition function after contusive spinal cord injury 7/1/2021 6/30/2023 $160,000
    Linda A DiMeglio University Of South Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $418,860
    X Charlie Dong Wayne State University New A Precision Targeted Therapeutics for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease 7/1/2021 4/30/2022 $69,740
    Carmella Evans-Molina Riley Children's Foundation New Diabetes Bridge Funding Fund 7/1/2021 12/31/2021 $150,000
    Sandeep K. Gupta Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center New "A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Dupilumab (Anti-IL4Ra) in Subjects with Eosinophilic Gastritis" 8/27/2021 8/26/2026 $258,515
    Peter C Hollenhorst University At Buffalo - Suny New Epigenetic mechanisms of drug resistance in renal cell carcinoma 3/20/2021 1/31/2022 $110,132
    Yohan Jang Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation New HIP ATTACK-2 trial (HIP fracture Accelerated surgical care and TreaTment trACK) 2 7/22/2021 3/31/2025 $10,500
    Chandy C John University Of Washington Renewal (not prev committed) Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $40,500
    Katherine J Kelly National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Anti-inflammatory actions of exosomes in the postischemic kidney 6/3/2021 5/31/2022 $237,750
    Jungsu Kim National Institute On Aging New The role of ABI3 in Alzheimer's disease 9/15/2021 8/31/2024 $2,284,811
    Weiming Mao National Eye Institute New The role of Wnt signaling in treating glucocorticoid-induced glaucoma 9/30/2021 7/31/2022 $506,115
    Eneida A. Mendonca Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia New Preserving Kidney Function in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (PRESERVE) 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $72,328
    Eneida A. Mendonca University Of Wisconsin Renewal (not prev committed) Children's Respiratory and Environmental Workgroup (CREW) 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $120,000
    Jason Meyer National Eye Institute New Establishing a human cellular model of retinal ganglion cell compartmentalization in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $421,591
    Kathy D. Miller Breast Cancer Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Inhibiting PLK1 in TONSL amplified breast cancer 10/1/2021 9/30/2022 $190,000
    Thomas V Nowak Purdue University Renewal (not prev committed) Mapping Stomach Autonomic Circuitry and Function for Neuromodulation of Gastric Disorders 8/1/2021 7/31/2022 $169,176
    Karen E. Pollok Riley Children's Foundation New Christian's Flash to a Cure Fund 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $12,000
    Andrew J Saykin National Institute On Aging New KBASE2: Korean Brain Aging Study, Longitudinal Endophenotypes and Systems Biology 8/15/2021 7/31/2022 $2,404,788
    Chandan K Sen University Of Michigan Renewal (not prev committed) University of Michigan Data Coordinating Center for the Diabetic Foot Consortium 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $125,334
    Andrea Shin Butler University New "Assessment of gastric pH changes induced by ascorbic acid tablets" (under the direction of Dr. Hala Fadda, a Butler member) 9/30/2021 6/30/2022 $15,000
    Jason Michael Spaeth National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Swi/Snf chromatin remodeling activity is required for islet cell development in vivo 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $31,387
    Jason Michael Spaeth Central Society For Clinical And Transnational Research New Early Career Development Award 4/1/2021 3/31/2022 $10,000
    Ruben Vidal University Of Notre Dame New Chemical approaches to selectively target beta-rich amyloids 8/15/2021 5/31/2022 $38,089
    Sophia Wang National Institute On Aging New The Role of COVID-19 Endothelial Cell Dysfunction and Hypercoagulability in the Development of Post-ICU Cognitive Impairment and Dementia 9/1/2021 5/31/2022 $198,125
    John M Wo Purdue University Renewal (not prev committed) Mapping Stomach Autonomic Circuitry and Function for Neuromodulation of Gastric Disorders 8/1/2021 7/31/2022 $163,680

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  • Researcher leads NEI-funded project studying survival of human stem cells in glaucoma model

    An IU School of Medicine researcher is among a select group of scientists funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to develop models to gauge the survival and integration of regenerated cells to treat degenerative and blinding diseases.

    Jason Meyer, PhD, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics, and colleagues at four other universities are using a model of glaucoma to test the regeneration and replacement of lost retinal ganglion cells—the connection between the eye and the brain—from the disease using human pluripotent stem cells.

    “We’re looking at how we can advance these models to enhance regeneration of retinal ganglion cells and integration of stem cells,” said Meyer, who operates his laboratory within Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at IU School of Medicine.

    This study is one of three projects that the NEI, part of the National Institutes of Health, has funded through its Audacious Goals Initiative. The NEI launched this initiative in 2013 to develop therapies that replace lost or damaged cells of the retina and thereby preserve or even restore vision. The NEI awarded the team led by Meyer $7 million over five years for the collaborative study.

    Visit the Newsroom for more details about the research.

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  • November 1 webinar to offer strategies for K99/R00 application

    Are you a new postdoc or senior graduate student? Are you interested in a career in academia? If so, plan to attend the webinar, “Demystifying the K99/R00 Application” at 3 pm, on Monday, November 1. Neeraj Agarwal, program official for research training at the National Eye Institute (NEI), will be the featured presenter. Participants will meet previous recipients of the award and learn about the forms of research funded by the NEI. Find out more and register.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • IU benefits open enrollment begins Monday

    Indiana University’s benefits open enrollment period begins Monday, October 18, and runs through Friday, October 29. During this annual event, benefit-eligible employees have the opportunity to review and change their benefits for 2022, including:

    • Enrolling in medical and dental coverage
    • Adding or removing dependents
    • Making an annual pledge to a health or dependent care flexible spending account (formerly known as the Tax Saver Benefit plan)
    • Enrolling in supplemental AD&D coverage

    More information is available on the IU open enrollment website and IU Today

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  • Duo Mobile is getting a new look

    An update to the Duo Mobile app next week will give it a new look. The most significant change to version 4.0 of the app will be the locations of the Approve and Deny buttons. In the updated version, the buttons will be swapped, with the Approve button located on the right instead of the left. The core functionality of Duo Mobile will not change.

    If you have enabled automatic app updates on your device, Duo Mobile will update automatically. You can also manually update Duo Mobile. Learn more about Duo Two-Step Login at IU.

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  • Find out about flu shot clinics on IU campuses and view the schedule

    Flu season is here. Most IU campuses are hosting flu shot clinics this fall. Visit IU Today for a pull-down menu that lists clinic locations by campus. You may also get vaccinated at your local pharmacy or health care provider’s office.

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  • DEI open house for residency/fellowship applicants is November 18

    The IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Diversity Affairs will host a diversity, equity and inclusion open house for residency and fellowship applicants from 6-7:30 pm on Thursday, November 18. The virtual event will be hosted on Zoom, with content geared toward applicants who are underrepresented in medicine. Learn more and register.

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  • Register for upcoming promotion and tenure events; next session is October 20

    Faculty members seeking to learn more about promotion and tenure are invited to attend a series of sessions about the process. Upcoming sessions include presentations on documenting your work on Wednesday, October 20, and writing a personal statement on Wednesday, November 3. See the full list of promotion and tenure events through March 2022 and register for individual events.

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  • DEI resource series: Dealing with microaggression at work

    Do you know how to identify and address subtle, everyday actions that perpetuate bias toward marginalized groups? The webinar, “Dealing with Microaggression as an Employee,” can help you learn new strategies for the workplace. The presentation is available through LinkedIn Learning, offered to IU faculty, staff and learners free of charge through One.IU (search “LinkedIn”).

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Opportunities

  • End Lung Cancer Now initiative begins with virtual gathering on November 5

    A new initiative called End Lung Cancer Now begins with a virtual gathering from 8 am to noon on Friday, November 5. Join the gathering to learn more about how you can be a part of this initiative to end the suffering and death caused by lung cancer in Indiana.​

    Discussion topics include:​

    • An overview of the current state of lung cancer
    • End Lung Cancer Now roundtable​
    • Screening CT overview​
    • Tobacco treatment​
    • Clinical trials and research​
    • Survivorship​ and advocacy​

    Led by Nasser Hanna, MD, the initiative brings together patients, family members, health care providers and researchers. Collectively, the group is focused on advocacy for lung cancer prevention, screening and research. Learn more and register on the End Lung Cancer Now website.

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  • Apply for IU Health Values Fund Grants in research and education

    IU Health is accepting applications for its Values Fund Grant Pilot and Feasibility programs for research and education. Learn more about the research grant program and the education grant program, and find out how to apply. The application deadline for both programs is December 14.

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  • Check out the October 20 event celebrating Africana women’s health

    IUPUI Africana Studies in the School of Liberal Arts will host “A Celebration of Africana Women: Rethinking Africana Women’s Health” at 6 pm, on Wednesday, October 21. Register for the virtual presentation.

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  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds to focus on healing wounds of racial trauma

    Plan to attend the IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry virtual Grand Rounds on Friday, October 22, for a presentation on “Healing Wounds of Racial Trauma.” The event will begin at 11 am. Join via Zoom.

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Kudos

  • Hanna named Charles A. Koller, MD, memorial lectureship recipient

    Nasser Hanna, MD, Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation Professor of Lung Cancer Clinical Research, was recently named the Charles A. Koller, MD, Memorial Lectureship recipient. Hanna was honored for his excellence as an educator and his many years of unwavering support for the jointly sponsored MD Anderson Cancer Center/Baylor College of Medicine Hematology and Medical Oncology Board Review. The award was given to Hanna in recognition of the outstanding scholarship he has demonstrated in his lecture every year and his dedication to the program and its mission. For this year’s review, Hanna presented “Treatment of Early-Stage and Metastatic NSCLC.”

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