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  • Dean’s corner: An important COVID update from Dean Hess

    The current COVID surge is putting a tremendous strain not only on our providers and health systems, but on our families and our personal lives as well. However, with the exception of some clinical trials, which are temporarily paused to reduce the strain on ancillary services required for COVID patients, our missions continue.

    While we focus on continuing our critical work in labs, in clinical settings, in classrooms and in administration, we’ll need to be flexible and supportive of each other as we navigate the weeks ahead.  

    During this time:

    • We encourage everyone to wear the most effective mask possible. 
    • If you are experiencing symptoms, complete the IU COVID-19 Symptom Checker and schedule an appointment via the emailed link.
    • For those who do not have symptoms but would like to be tested, follow the prompts on this website to schedule a voluntary asymptomatic test.
    • Check here for the latest IU COVID guidance.
    • For the latest research restrictions, visit this website. 
    • Still have questions? Register and attend the January 20th COVID town hall hosted by IU’s Chief Health Officer, Aaron Carroll, MD.

    With gratitude,
    Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA

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  • IU issues updated event guidance

    In response to the increased number of COVID-19 cases across the state, IU’s Incident Management Team has issued updated event guidance. The guidance states that for the month of January, it’s recommended that large events and meetings move to a virtual format or be postponed to a later date. The new guideline applies to events both on and off campus, sponsored or hosted by IU entities, venues and related organizations. Additional recommendations are also included in the updated guidance.  

    It’s possible this guidance may be extended or updated as the situation develops.

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  • Department of Surgery launches hand surgery fellowship

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery has launched a hand surgery fellowship to provide the next generation of board-eligible orthopaedic and plastic surgeons specialized skills and academic research experience. The first selected fellow will serve August 1, 2022, through July 31, 2023. Two fellowship positions will be available starting in 2023.

    “Our hand surgery fellowship program is designed to offer surgeons an integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum that covers the full spectrum of the specialty,” said Joshua M. Adkinson, MD, associate professor of surgery and the fellowship program director. “Fellows will be given increased responsibility throughout the year and the opportunity to teach residents and medical students. Those who complete our fellowship program will be armed with expertise in the full scope of hand surgery and will gain a network of colleagues, mentors and friends.”

    The multidisciplinary, comprehensive program is designed to immerse fellows in both plastic surgery-based and orthopaedic surgery-based hand services, with exposure to treating patients for a myriad of complex conditions, including traumatic injuries, brachial plexus injuries, tendonitis, vascular problems, amputation management, congenital conditions, tumors of the upper extremity and options for additional exposure to shoulder and elbow pathology.

    For more details on the new fellowship, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Save the date: Spring All School Meeting is April 20

    IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the Faculty Steering Committee invite faculty, staff and learners to attend the spring All School Meeting from 4:30-6 pm, Wednesday, April 20. The meeting will be held virtually. Further details and registration information will be provided closer to the date.

    The All School Meeting, held twice a year in the spring and fall, offers a chance for the school community to hear updates from Dean Hess and the executive associate deans. 

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  • On the blog: Fort Wayne medical students feel supported while engaging in diverse clinical experiences

    Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne is often described as a “big little town,” simultaneously offering big-city cultural amenities and small-town community connections. For students at IU School of Medicine–Fort Wayne, the mix means one-on-one attention from faculty along with clinical experiences ranging from big hospitals to community clinics for the underserved.

    “The overall support system in Fort Wayne is so strong, and everybody knows you on a personal level,” said third-year medical student Leah Amstutz. “Having a small class size really allows you to get to know your classmates and build a valuable sense of camaraderie and community.”

    Read the Spirit of Medicine blog post for more details on student life and clinical experiences on the Fort Wayne campus.

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Research News

  • December research awards total more than $2 million

    Dec research awards
    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Sandeep Batra Public Health Institute New ADVL2121 HutchMed Work Order 6/28/2021 8/31/2025 $574,600
    Jenny Belsky American Osteopathic Association New Exploring Osteopathic Medicine as an Effective Adjunctive Therapy for Pediatric Oncology Patients (OMET) 11/1/2021 4/30/2023 $13,994
    Evan L. Fogel Pennsylvania State University New Data Coordinating Center for the Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium (T1DAPC), (Indiana University clinical Center for acute pancreatitis and diabetes clinical research network) 8/1/2021 7/31/2022 $184,762
    Sarah Morsbach Honaker American Academy Of Sleep Medicine Foundation New Adapting CBT-I for and with Adolescents 12/3/2021 12/2/2024 $249,394
    Travis S Johnson Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation New Deep learning-based identification of progression-associated myeloma cells 12/1/2021 12/31/2022 $75,000
    Leonidas George Koniaris Medical University Of South Carolina New The Role of the macroenvironment in pancreatic cancer-induced cachexia (Core B) 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $267,736
    Charly Lai University Of California, San Francisco New Phase II Trial of Metformin for Pulmonary Hypertension in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction 3/1/2021 2/28/2022 $31,500
    Pablo Alberto Martinez Contreras Alzheimer Association New Role of Bassoon in Tau Pathology and propagation. 1/1/2022 12/31/2025 $175,000
    Angelina Polsinelli Kessler Foundation New Teaching Self-Management Skills to Improve Self-Efficacy and Quality of Life for Caregiver Dyads in TBI and Dementia Populations 8/9/2021 8/4/2022 $12,000
    Reza Shahbazi American Society Of Gene And Cell Therapy New Elucidating the Exosomal Communication in Hematologic Malignancies Towards Engineering New Therapeutics and CRISPR Delivery Vehicles 11/30/2021 11/30/2022 $100,000
    Bree Ashley Weaver Health And Hospital Corporation Of Marion County Renewal (not prev committed) Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) Program 7/1/2020 12/31/2021 $19,010
    Yu-Chien Wu Purdue University New Image Based Modeling of Biomechanical Factors for Risk Assessment of Developing Periventricular White Matter Hyperintensities 5/15/2021 4/30/2023 $187,385
    Yong Zang Tulane University New Computational tools for Proteoform Identification by Top-Downdata Independent Acquisition Mass Spectrometry 9/1/2021 8/31/2022 $113,290
    Teresa Audrey Zimmers Medical University Of South Carolina New The Role of the macroenvironment in pancreatic cancer-induced cachexia (Project 1) 7/1/2021 6/30/2022 $398,980

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Life Celebration for Hal Broxmeyer, PhD, is next Tuesday

    Colleagues will gather on Tuesday, January 18, to share memories of Hal Broxmeyer, PhD, who passed away last month. The Life Celebration will be held from 2 to 3:30 pm in person in R3 C303/305 and via Zoom (Meeting ID: 852 9951 0303 and Password: 801931). Masks are required for the in-person gathering. A distinguished professor, Broxmeyer was the Mary Margaret Walther Professor Emeritus and professor of microbiology and immunology.

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  • Review legislative affairs policies before engaging in political activity

    Now that the Indiana legislative session is underway, IU School of Medicine faculty are reminded to review the existing policies related to political activity. Indiana University Policy GR-01 and IU Health’s Policy on Communications with Government and Elected Officials govern political and lobbying activity for members of these respective communities.

    The policies are in no way meant to limit your rights as a citizen or your participation in the democratic process. The most important aspect of the policies in regard to the legislative session is that you must make it clear you are engaging as an individual and not as a representative of Indiana University or IU Health, unless specifically authorized to do so by the IU Office of Government Relations or the IU Health Office of Government Affairs.

    Have questions or need clarification about the policies? Email the following individuals:

    Brad Boswell, Indiana University
    bsboswel@iu.edu

    Tory Castor, IU Health
    tcastor@iuhealth.org

    Sarah Wingfield, IU School of Medicine
    swingfie@iu.edu

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  • Faculty: Promotion and tenure general session is February 7

    IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity is once again partnering with the school’s promotion and tenure committee to offer information sessions on the promotion and tenure process. A general session offering a broad overview of the promotion and tenure process will be held from noon to 1 pm, Monday, February 7. Register for the session.

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  • Apply by February 13 for ASPIRE program

    Recruitment is underway for the fourth cohort of the Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education (ASPIRE). ASPIRE is an 18-month program designed for junior to mid-level faculty interested in pursuing an area of scholarship, developing research skills and disseminating their findings or final product. The upcoming program will run from July 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023. The program is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

    Application deadline is February 13. Questions? Email Donna Burgett.

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  • DEI resource series: From bystander to upstander; access the course

    Find out how to change the trajectory of your organization’s culture—and hold colleagues accountable for their behavior—in this informative bystander training webinar from LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is offered to IU faculty, staff and learners free of charge through One.IU (search “LinkedIn”).

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Opportunities

  • Second annual IU Social Justice Conference starts this weekend

    Plan to attend the 2022 IU Social Justice Conference—A Journey Toward True Education on January 16 and 17. Honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the conference 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. 

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  • PoCUS open labs begin January 24

    Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) open labs will be offered to all faculty, residents and students during scheduled open lab times beginning Monday, January 24. Participants may use this facilitated open scan lab to practice their ultrasound scanning skills. Equipment will be available, but participants should bring a partner to scan. The lab will be held at IU Health University Hospital in the fifth floor scan lab. The lab is only accessible by using the outpatient elevators at the east entrance on University Boulevard. Email Jean Davis with questions or for more information.

    Spring semester PoCUS open lab schedule
    Monday, January 24: 9 am to 1 pm
    Monday, January 31: 9 am to 1 pm
    Thursday, February 10: noon to 4 pm
    Monday, February 21: 9 am to 1 pm
    Thursday, March 3: noon to 4 pm
    Monday, March 14: 9 am to 1 pm
    Monday, March 21: 9 am to 1 pm
    Thursday, March 31: noon to 4 pm
    Monday, April 4: 9 am to 1 pm

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  • Cultural Awareness Town Hall is January 27

    Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will be the keynote speaker for the IU School of Medicine Cultural Awareness Town Hall on Thursday, January 27. Cyrus is a nationally known psychiatrist and strategist, specializing in issues of race, identity, medical practice, public health and conflict stemming from differences. Register for the town hall, which will begin at noon.

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  • Global oncology is the focus of first ‘Simon Says’ event of 2022

    Last year, cancer patients at Moi Teaching Hospital in Western Kenya had access to radiation therapy for the very first time. This marked a significant step forward in a vision IU Distinguished Professor Patrick Loehrer, MD, has been molding for more than 15 years as he dreamed of improving both cancer care and research in Kenya.

    In the next Simon Says session, Loehrer will discuss his unexpected journey to Kenya and how the work he and his colleagues do there have implications for underserved patients in Indiana and beyond. The virtual event begins at 11:30 am on Friday, January 28. Register for the event.

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  • Apply by March 1 for multi-center pilot funding grant

    The goal of the multi-center pilot funding grant is to bring together members of the IU School of Medicine centers and institutes to collaborate and develop novel concepts that advance the school’s mission and the research goals of the funding centers and institutes. Projects should be cross-disciplinary in novel areas of investigation with a goal to generate data in support of future collaborative funding opportunities. Application details, including eligibility, are available. Deadline to apply is March 1.

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  • Deadline to apply for neuroimaging pilot grant is March 1

    The goal of the Stark Neurosciences Pre-Clinical Neuroimaging Research Pilot Study program is to facilitate the generation of new knowledge in the neurosciences through the development of funded research programs. This mechanism will provide seed-support up to $10,000 for innovative, high-risk animal imaging projects using the Bruker BioSpec 9.4T PET-MRI scanner using the IIBIS In-Vivo Imaging Core. Application deadline is March 1.

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Kudos

  • Gupta appointed to Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis board

    The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis has appointed Samir K. Gupta, MD, MS, David H. Jacobs Professor of Infectious Diseases, to its 2022 governing board of directors.

    “After 20 years of working towards prevention and treatment of HIV infection, I see how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go,” Gupta said. “I want to be part of the solutions towards achieving better care and quality of life for our HIV community.”

    The mission of the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis is to support health-related projects and organizations that serve the community's most vulnerable citizens. The foundation is “guided by the vision to champion the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in Indiana with a special focus on the HIV/AIDS community.”

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  • Diabetes Research Center awards pilot funding to six Indiana scientists

    Six scientists have been recognized with Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Awards from the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at IU School of Medicine. Each awardee received $50,000 to advance studies related to diabetes and metabolic diseases. This year’s recipients represent IU, Purdue and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute: Scott Canfield, PhD; Chad C. Carroll, PhD; Gregory Henderson, PhD; Andrew Templin, PhD; I-Chen Yu, PhD; and Li Zhang, PhD.

    Learn more about the awardees, the program’s past success and open funding opportunities for 2022 on the Research Updates blog.

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