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  • Sen elected to prestigious National Academy of Inventors

    Chandan K. Sen, PhD, director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at IU School of Medicine, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Sen, who is also associate vice president of research at IU and a distinguished professor, will receive the award during the academy’s annual meeting in June.

    The NAI recognizes the election of NAI Fellow status as the highest professional distinction solely to academic inventors and includes more than 1,400 fellows worldwide representing more than 250 universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.

    Sen has “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society,” the NAI Fellows Selection Committee stated in a congratulatory letter. 

    “I am deeply honored to receive this distinction from the National Academy of Inventors and join alongside some of the greatest scientific innovators of our time,” Sen said. “This is a recognition of our interdisciplinary team effort.” 

    For more on the recognition, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Research shows how wrinkles in brain might influence function

    IU School of Medicine research reveals how formation of the brain’s characteristic wrinkles may influence how brains are wired.

    For more than 50 years, researchers have tried to understand why brain folding—development of the characteristic wrinkles of the cerebral cortex—occurs. While every brain is unique, some brain folding patterns can look quite different for individuals with clinical disorders like autism, schizophrenia, epilepsy or bipolar disorder. With advanced technologies like diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), researchers have been able to see that axons—the wires that connect different areas of the brain— are also different in these individuals.

    New research published in Nature Communications and led by Kara Garcia, PhD, assistant research professor of radiology and imaging sciences at IU School of Medicine, explores how mechanical forces within the brain might explain the relationship between brain folding and brain connectivity.

    “We know a relationship exists between connectivity and clinical disorders. We know a relationship exists between folding and connectivity. But until this point, theories have not been able to fully explain how this fits together,” Garcia said.

    Visit the Newsroom for details on the findings.

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  • LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference proposals due next week

    Proposals are currently being accepted for the 2022 LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference, which will be held March 24-26. The application deadline has been extended to December 17.

    The conference is a three-day event designed for healthcare professionals, learners, researchers, patients, community organizations and community members who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ+ population.

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  • Proposal deadline for third annual Education Day is January 14

    IU School of Medicine’s third annual Education Day will be held on Thursday, April 28. Proposals for the event—"Building Bridges in Medical Education”—are now being accepted. Submissions related to the following topics are encouraged:

    • Assessment and evaluation
    • COVID-related educational initiatives
    • Cultural competence
    • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
    • Curriculum development
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Effective feedback
    • Instructional techniques, including online tools
    • Innovation in education
    • Point of care ultrasound
    • Preclinical instruction
    • Procedural competence
    • Professional identity formation
    • Professionalism
    • Simulation
    • Teaching development for residents and faculty
    • Wellness 

    Session formats will include oral platform presentations, small group discussions and workshops. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 pm on January 14. Questions? Contact Komal Kochhar, MD, MHA.

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Research News

  • November research awards total more than $31 million

    Nov research awards
    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Zachary W Adams Medical University Of South Carolina New Evaluation of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost, and Implementation Factors to Optimize Scalability of Treatment for Co-Occurring SUD and PTSD Among Teens 8/15/2021 6/30/2022 $43,243
    Cynthia L Bodkin Massachusetts General Hospital New HEALEY ALS Platform Trial 9/27/2021 12/31/2022 $55,770
    Cynthia Diane Brown Seattle Children's Research Institute New A Prospective Study to Evaluate Maternal and FetaL Outcomes in the ERa of ModulatorS (MAYFLOWERS). 4/1/2021 12/31/2027 $87,273
    Howard J. Edenberg National Institute On Drug Abuse New Functional genetic variants in substance use disorders 9/30/2021 6/30/2022 $582,965
    Carmella Evans-Molina Leona M. And Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust New Collaborative Effort to Identify and Validate miRNA Biomarkers of T1D 12/1/2021 1/31/2024 $996,203
    Tatiana M Foroud Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New Global Parkinson's Genetics Program (GP2) - 2022 Working Group Lead 1/1/2022 12/31/2022 $25,000
    Tatiana M Foroud Foundation For Peripheral Neuropathy Renewal (not prev committed) Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry 1/1/2022 12/31/2022 $73,400
    Tatiana M Foroud University Of Pittsburgh New Longitudinal multicenter head-to-head harmonization of tau PET tracers 9/1/2021 5/31/2022 $145,384
    Andrew Alexander Gonzalez National Academies Of Science, Engineering, And Medicine New 2021-2023 National Academy Medicine Omenn Fellow 9/15/2021 9/15/2023 $25,000
    Gayle M Gordillo U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New AutoMated BUrn Diagnostic System For Healthcare (AMBUSH) 9/30/2021 9/29/2023 $1,978,450
    Brett H Graham Riley Children's Foundation New Mouse Model of Muscle Mitochondrial Energy Metabolism Defect 11/1/2021 10/31/2022 $100,110
    Gabriel Gruionu Elevate Ventures Inc New Cardiovascular Health Innovation Ecosystem for Equal-Access and Accelerated Translation of Medical Discoveries to Clinical Solutions (CHIE) 10/29/2021 8/31/2024 $50,000
    Onyedika Ilonze Research Foundation State University New York New Program to Increase Diversity in Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (PRIDECVD) 10/1/2021 12/31/2021 $12,700
    Mark H Kaplan Dr. Ralph And Marian Falk Medical Research Trust New Inhibitors Targeting Peanut-Specific Allergic Reactions 11/30/2021 11/29/2023 $300,000
    Byungwook (BK) Kim Alzheimer Association New Role of microRNA-21 in Alzheimer's disease 10/1/2021 9/30/2024 $175,000
    Olivia Ann Kwan Arthritis Foundation New Barriers to healthcare experienced by pediatric rheumatology patients, Indiana University School of Medicine 1/3/2022 1/2/2024 $50,000
    Kenneth Lim Dialysis Clinic, Inc Renewal (not prev committed) Effects of long interdialytic intervals on Cardiovascular Functional Capacity (ECON) Study 1/1/2022 12/31/2022 $60,000
    Luke A Lopas Johns Hopkins University New Evaluation of a New Strategy for Protocolized Anitibiotic Care for Severe Open Fractures 4/1/2021 9/29/2021 $5,715
    Paul H Lysaker Research Foundation City University Of New York New Development of a stage-specific adaptation of a self-stigma intervention for people recovering from a first episode of psychosis 7/16/2021 5/31/2022 $81,900
    Thomas W McAllister Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium New Characterizing Potential Chronic Brain Health Effects of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impact Exposure: The CARE-SALTOS Integrated (CSI) Study 9/21/2021 11/21/2026 $25,000,000
    Ranjani N Moorthi Dialysis Clinic, Inc Renewal (not prev committed) A Metabolte Profile of Muscle Health in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease 1/1/2022 12/31/2022 $60,000
    Kenneth P Nephew Van Andel Institute Renewal (not prev committed) VARI-SU2C EPIGENETICS DREAM TEAM 1/1/2021 12/31/2022 $100,000
    Kelly Nicole Holohan Nudelman Indiana Department Of Health New Polygenic Risk and Functional Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 7/1/2021 6/30/2023 $184,038
    Adrian L Oblak Jackson Laboratory New Deciphering Microglial Responses to Amyloid and Tau with Wild-derived Mice 8/1/2021 7/31/2022 $20,235
    Shannon Leigh Risacher Vanderbilt University Medical Center New Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project Phenotype Harmonization Consortium 9/30/2021 8/31/2022 $238,145
    Martha Rodriguez Arthritis Foundation New Increasing diversity in pediatric rheumatology, bridging the gap 1/3/2022 1/2/2023 $34,000
    Courtney Marie Rowan University Of Pennsylvania Renewal (not prev committed) PROSpect Prone and Oscillation Pediatric Clinical Trial 8/1/2021 7/31/2022 $23,500
    Gregory M. Sokol National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Incorporating nonpharmacologic approaches into a comparative effectiveness pharmacologic trial for neonates with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) 9/17/2021 8/31/2023 $468,862
    William J. Sullivan National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Regulation of cyst formation in the AIDS opportunistic pathogen Toxoplasma 11/1/2021 10/31/2022 $190,810
    Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc New Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine 10/15/2021 10/14/2022 $275,000
    Wei Wu Indiana Department Of Health New A polypharmacological strategy to promote regeneration and recovery of function after cervical spinal cord injury 7/1/2021 6/30/2023 $160,000
    L Daniel Wurtz Saint Louis University New Local Bisphosphonate Effect on Recurrence Rate in Extremity Giant Cell Tumor of Bone: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial 11/9/2021 11/8/2023 $7,500
    Constantin T Yiannoutsos Vanderbilt University Medical Center New Harmonist: A Scalable Toolkit for Standardizing and Coordinating Data Sharing Across International Research Networks 5/25/2021 4/30/2022 $62,817
    S. Elizabeth Zauber Parkinson's Disease Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Parkinson's Center of Excellence 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $60,000

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  • Researchers find that feeling better after STI treatment doesn’t always mean cure

    Researchers from IU School of Medicine suspected that one emerging sexually transmitted infection, caused by a tear drop-shaped, antibiotic-resistant bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), may not behave like other STIs. Their concern is that treatment of antibiotic-resistant MG might be enough to kill most, but not all, of the MG bacteria, resulting in patients feeling better while still having an ongoing MG infection. The findings confirm this “cure disconnect” in MG infections, which should be a warning to both clinicians and patients. Read a full summary of the research in this blog post.

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  • Save the date: Research misconduct series resumes January 13

    Learn how authorship decisions can lead to research misconduct allegations and what to do about it. In the next session of the Research Misconduct Webinar Series, faculty will share best practices for determining and documenting authorship, as well as strategies for avoiding authorship disputes. Hosted by the IU Research and Integrity Office, “The by-line and its impact,” will be held from 11:30 am-1 pm, on Thursday, January 13. See the list of speakers, register for the event and get details on future sessions in the series.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Prepare your staff for 2022 performance feedback discussions

    Performance feedback is key to an effective supervisor-employee relationship and is a framework for conversations throughout the year to foster open, honest, two-way communication. In January of each year, IU School of Medicine Human Resources encourages supervisors to begin setting the direction for the upcoming year by establishing performance expectations and developing goals.

    Some departments may have personalized strategies and timelines to provide performance feedback to their units. You can review staff performance feedback resources on the MedNetHR Performance Feedback page. These resources aim to support or enhance your current performance management practices. Additional university resources can be found on the Performance at IU site.

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  • DEI resource series: Skills for inclusive conversations; view the webinar

    Organizations gain the benefits of diversity when employees bring their whole, authentic selves to work. In this webinar, learn the multistep process for building the skills necessary to engage in inclusive conversations in the workplace. LinkedIn Learning is offered to IU faculty, staff and learners free of charge through One.IU (search “LinkedIn”).

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  • Tomorrow: ‘Simon Says’ explores conversations that lead to quality cancer care

    “In The Exam Room: A Conversation About the Conversations that Lead to High-quality Cancer Care” examines why meaningful communication is the cornerstone of high-quality cancer care. Join communication researchers Richard Frankel, PhD, and Ann Cottingham and IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center blood cancer specialist Larry Cripe, MD, in a discussion about common topics patients and clinicians find difficult to discuss. This next installment of the Simon Says Expert Series will be held at noon on Friday, December 10. Learn more and register.

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  • IU Social Justice Conference honoring MLK is set for January 16-17

    Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the 2022 IU Social Justice Conference—A Journey Toward True Education—offers an opportunity to attend virtual and in-person presentations, workshops and more. With 18 concurrent sessions led by social justice experts and nationally recognized keynote speakers, the conference provides an avenue to reflect, honor and be inspired by the life of Dr. King. Learn more about the conference, which will be held January 16 and 17.

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  • Apply for postdoc challenge grant funding to use core facilities

    The Indiana CTSI Postdoc Challenge offers postdoctoral researchers valuable proposal writing and reviewing experience in areas related to translational research through the use of one or more of the CTSI-designated core facilities at any of the partner universities. This is a competitive opportunity for a $5,000 award in the form of an expense account for use of core facility services. Posts docs at IU, IU School of Medicine, IUPUI, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and IBRI may apply.

    Funding is to be used only for services provided by the core facilities. Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities are listed on the CTSI website. Application deadline is February 10. Learn more and apply.

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  • Research equipment funding available for Bloomington faculty

    The Indiana CTSI (Bloomington) Research Equipment Program supports the purchase of commercially available research equipment to be used by groups of investigators, working together or separately, on innovative projects to enhance externally funded research and the mission of the Indiana CTSI. An applicant must be an IU Bloomington faculty member, but applicants may include interested researchers at CTSI partner institutions. Deadline to apply is February 1. Learn more.

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  • Slemenda Scholars program applications due January 15

    The IU Center for Global Health is accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Slemenda Scholars Program. Selected rising second-year IU School of Medicine students will complete an eight- to 10-week global health experience with AMPATH. Slemenda Scholars typically travel to Eldoret, Kenya, and experience AMPATH Kenya by participating in rounds, collaborating on field projects and working alongside Moi University medical students. Associated travel costs are covered by the IU Center for Global Health and IMPRS. Application deadline is January 15. Questions? Contact Victoria Eder.

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Partner News

  • Weaver named chief of internal medicine at Eskenazi Health

    Bree Weaver, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, has been named chief of internal medicine at Eskenazi Health and the Joseph J. Mamlin Scholar in Medicine. Weaver will have oversight for internal medicine specialty services at Eskenazi Health, including the outpatient services, medical ICU service, inpatient consultative services and procedural laboratories.

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  • Cancer center enters into sponsorship with Indiana racing driver

    The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center will join formula car driver Jackson Lee as the primary sponsor on his No. 2 Cape Motorsports entry in the 2022 Cooper Tires USF2000 championship. Jackson, a 19-year-old from Avon, Indiana, has been racing formula cars for four years, and will be starting as a freshman at IUPUI in 2022. He is entering his second season in USF2000, which is part of the Road to Indy, and races during INDYCAR weekend events at tracks around the country, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course event in mid-May. 

    “We are excited to support Jackson and his team as there are many parallels between racing a car and racing to save lives,” Kelvin Lee, MD, cancer center director, explained. “When you watch a race team compete, you see the precision, determination and the science behind the sport. That’s a lot like cancer research and care.” (Note: Jackson Lee and Kelvin Lee have no familial relationship.)

    For more on the sponsorship, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Regenstrief names new director of clinical informatics fellowship program

    Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Burke Mamlin, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, will be the new director of the institute’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship program. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the program trains the next generation of chief medical information officers and clinical informatics researchers. It focuses on providing fellows with practical knowledge and experience in health IT, educating trainees on EPIC and Cerner architecture, fundamentals of health IT systems, management of health IT projects, business of health IT and more.  

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