Polio: A Look at America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York University professor David Oshinsky for an in-depth look at the largest public health experiment in American history. Oshinsky will focus on the events leading up to the 1954 Salk polio vaccine trials and the ways in which the polio crusade revolutionized philanthropy and medical research. Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A part of the “History Talks! Engage the Past, in the Present, about the Future” presented by IUPUI Department of History, with support from IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, IU School of Medicine, Spirit and Place, and JBS Society. The talk will be held from 4-5:30pm on Thursday, October 19 at the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W Ohio Street. Reserve your free tickets now before they run out!

Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council awards $105,000 in grants to 11 programs on IU campuses

Indiana University School of Medicine LogoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council awarded grants Wednesday totaling $105,000 to 11 programs affiliated with five IU campuses and one regional center. This year marks the council’s fifth grant cycle, with cumulative awards totaling more than $500,000 since 2012.

Awards range from $3,000 to $20,000 and support projects to improve public health, support women’s leadership initiatives, increase opportunities for diverse and underserved populations, and provide global experiences at IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis/Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and IU South Bend. There were 28 grant applicants this year.

“We were impressed by the applications we received, which reflect the creativity and commitment of the applicants to IU students, the IU community, our state and beyond,” council member and Grants Working Group chair Judy Summerville said. “It is a challenging process to select awardees as we receive more worthy applications than we can currently fund.”

In a unique partnership with the Well House Society — one of the IU Foundation’s donor recognition societies — three applicants received an additional $25,108 in funding this year. Members of the Well House Society Advisory Board reviewed Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grant applicants to ensure selected projects answer urgent needs and opportunities, demonstrate widespread impact on the university and align with the priorities of the Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

Well House Society support fully funded the Student Outreach Clinic of the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology on the IUPUI campus, and it provided supplemental support to the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington and IUPUI’s School of Social Work.

“The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council was created to work together to support the innovative work of IU faculty, students and staff,” Summerville added. “We help new initiatives get started, expand the reach of current programs and provide special opportunities through the IU campus system. We invite others to partner with us to expand our ability to effect change. Together, we believe we can make a difference.”

The funding makes a difference for populations the grant recipients’ projects serve — and may even save lives, according to Rosalie S. Aldrich, assistant professor in communication studies at IU East. One of this year’s grant awards will expand suicide prevention training on the IU East campus.

“I am excited and grateful to receive the WPLC grant,” Aldrich said. “This funding will allow me to continue to offer multiple suicide prevention trainings to faculty, staff and students at IU East with the hopes of increasing the willingness to intervene when someone is suicidal and ultimately save lives. Together we can positively address the serious public health problem of suicide and improve intervention training effectiveness through assessment.”

2016 IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grant recipients are:

Workplace Simulation Project, Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at IU Bloomington: This is a collaboration of industry professionals and high school teachers who develop client-generated projects that students complete. Participating students will explore STEM concepts and gain hands-on, real-world experience as they complete projects.

Student Sexual Health and Awareness Campaign, Kinsey Institute at IU Bloomington:
The award will fund a campus bus-wrap advertisement to provide students with information and resources related to safe sex. The grant will support advertising inside the bus as well.

International Women’s Day Conference, Gender & Women’s Affairs at IU Bloomington:
This one-day conference will focus on women’s empowerment, leadership development, healthy relationships and student well-being.

Examining Suicide Intervention Training and Its Effectiveness, Rosalie S. Aldrich at IU East:
The award will help expand suicide prevention training — Question, Persuade, Refer training — among students, faculty and staff on the IU East campus.

Supporting Student Persistence in Traditionally Underserved and Underrepresented Student Populations at IU Kokomo:
Grant funds will enable more students to participate in the Summer Bridge program, which prepares underserved students for the transition to a university environment.

Pathway to Success for Practicing Nurses, School of Nursing at IUPUC:
The award will provide tuition assistance to registered nurses with an Associate of Science in nursing, increasing their educational and professional opportunities through the IUPUC nursing program.

MAC-Tech: Mentoring for Accessible Careers through Technology, School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI:
This three-day workshop will address technology’s impact on employment of the blind/visually impaired population, with the goal of improving communications, networking and mentorship opportunities to reduce this group’s 70 percent unemployment rate.

Building Hopes, Creating Change: International Service-Learning in Post-War Communities, School of Social Work at IUPUI:
Grant funds will allow minority and low-income social work students to participate in study abroad service-learning programs in conflict-affected areas.

Girls STEM Institute, Crystal Morton at IUPUI:
This summer camp provides African American and Latina females ages 9 to 18 the opportunity to access mathematics and other STEM concepts in a culturally grounded context. Grant funds will double the number of participants in the program.

Office for Women at IUPUI/IUPUC:
This office will extend services and support from the IUPUI Office for Women to the Columbus campus, providing programming, mentoring and support that address needs of female students.

Raclin School of the Arts 25th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend:
Funds will support a series of six prominent speakers who, through lectures and workshops, will discuss the impact that a formal arts education has had on their professional success.

Research team at IUPUI develops social app to support Alzheimer’s caregivers

INDIANAPOLIS — Every day, more than 15 million unpaid caregivers provide care to people David Wilkerson Imagewith Alzheimer’s disease, with little outside support and often at the risk of their own health.

Now a team of researchers, including David Wilkerson at the Indiana University School of Social Work at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will use an innovation grant awarded by the Regenstrief Institute to see whether a social microvolunteering app developed for Facebook could help provide support many caregivers are now lacking.

The team, which also includes Dr. Daniel Bateman, a gerontology psychiatrist with the IU School of Medicine and Erin Brady, a faculty member at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, hope to have an answer to that question by early fall. The three met through their participation at the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation and decided to join forces to explore the possibility that their social microvolunteering application could aid caregivers.

The social microvolunteering app communicates with a Facebook community and can push and retrieve information to and from the entire community or only selected groups within the community. Social microvolunteering is a simple and brief form of volunteer service usually done virtually through social networks and requiring no long-term time commitment. It connects an individual with a question to a group of potential answerers, leveraging the social networks of a core group of supporters to expand the scale of answerers available and increase the speed of responses.

Brady developed and researched the social microvolunteering idea in an application for people with limited vision. Bateman will help the team understand the needs of caregivers. Wilkerson’s interest has to do with patient-centered care and creating a holistic care environment that includes caregivers and strengthens the resource of caregiving.

If the research project shows the application is effective, it could prove to be an inexpensive way to provide support to millions of caregivers. The numbers of unpaid caregivers trying to maintain their own lives and care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease is staggering. In 2014, 15.7 million unpaid caregivers took care of people with Alzheimer’s disease, providing a total of 17.9 billion hours of care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Providing care comes with its own problems. Experts say caregivers have higher rates of depression, anxiety, insomnia, cardiovascular disease and health care resource use, making caregiver self-management an important target for intervention, according to research studies.

Wilkerson said the team will be investigating small groups of five to eight caregivers; each group will have a Facebook account. The group will be asked what informational and emotional support questions it would like to get answered in alternating weeks of the research. This aspect of group discussion is anticipated to be a first step in the development of mutual support and will generate questions that will be pushed to the larger Facebook community for the purposes of social microvolunteering.

The social microvolunteering app retrieves their answers, and relevant answers are sent back to the caregiver group for deliberation. The online caregivers’ group will discuss online which answers seem the most relevant and then take action. Wilkerson said the caregivers would give authorization through their Facebook page to use the application for the test period.

The team expects to recruit 24 to 26 people, who will be divided up into four groups by April, and then start the project in May

“If our intervention can increase support, it can potentially improve caregiver health and, in conjunction with primary health care interventions, extend the amount of time that people with Alzheimer’s can remain at home,” Wilkinson noted.

IUPUI Symposium | Civil Discourse: April 4, 1968

Date: April 4, 2016 April 4, Before We Forgot How To Dream Play Image
Time: 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, CE 450

Keynote Address:

James Still, Playwright |  April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream, 1:00 to 2:45 p.m.

James Still is Playwright-in-Residence at the Indiana Repertory Theater. His play, April 4, 1968: Before We Forgot How to Dream, which premiered at the IRT last fall, is an intimate look at an Indiana family’s collisionwith history when Bobby Kennedy delivered his powerful speech in Indianapolis on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Inspired by true stories of those who were there, Mr. Still will share what he learned from interviewing them and researching this historical event during a turbulent time and how these experiences influenced the play. He will also explore what we can learn from April 4, 1968 as we experience and respond to significant political, social and cultural change today. A brief presentation to provide historical context to April 4, 1968 will precede the keynote.

About the play: (Note: Play was presented at IRT in October/November 2015)
Bio for James Still.

Other Events:

Concurrent Sessions: Models for Civil Discourse
3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Campus Center (various rooms)

Making the Dream a Reality: April 4th Annual Festival
Starts at 5:00 p.m.
Landmark for Peace Memorial, 17th Street and Central Avenue

Participants are invited to stay after the keynote to participate in concurrent sessions which will provide additional context to April 4, 1968 as well as models for civil discourse for students and others to consider as they raise awareness of and respond to situations and events on campus or across the nation and world. Individuals are also encouraged to attend in the evening the Making the Dream a Reality: April 4th Annual Festival at the memorial site of Kennedy’s speech.

Information about the Festival.

The IUPUI Symposium on Civil Discourse is a collaboration of various campus units, including Office of Equal Opportunity, Office for Women, IU School of Dentistry, IU School of Medicine, Office of Diversity Affairs, Office for Intergroup Dialogue and Civil Community, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, University Library, and IU School of Liberal Arts.
For more information, call: 317.278.4230.

Five new centers awarded Signature Centers Initiative grants

INDIANAPOLIS — One team of scientists is searching for an innovative repair strategy for human spinal cord and brain injuries. Another is looking for cures for the “wasting away,” imagesexperienced by patients with cancer, congestive heart failure, AIDS and other underlying diseases.

Both are the recipients of a grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to establish their research centers as viable units whose work will translate into better understanding of disease and the development of better cures and treatments.

The two groups are among five research center teams awarded development funding in Round 8 of the IUPUI Signature Centers initiative Program.

“This is the eighth year that we have been running this internal grant program, and I congratulate the new centers that have been selected for funding,” Kody Varahramyan, IUPUI vice chancellor for research, said.

“The Signature Centers Initiative has become a key cornerstone of the IUPUI research enterprise, playing an important role in enhancing research and scholarly activity, while fostering the development of research centers that are addressing important national and global needs, and contributing to economic and social well-being,” Varahramyan said.

Two of the five centers selected in the latest round have received Category A (three-year) funding:

Center for Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research, Xiao-Ming Xu, director, IU School of Medicine. Focus: To understand molecular mechanisms underlying traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries and to develop innovative repair strategies that can be translated to clinical treatments of these diseases in a timely and responsive fashion.

Indiana Center for AIDS Research, Samir Gupta, director, IU School of Medicine. Focus: To develop internal infrastructure to facilitate novel collaborations among researchers that will lead to improving access to care for all HIV/AIDS patients; and improving retention in care and adherence to antiretroviral therapy especially for racial and sexual minorities.

The other three centers have received Category B (one-year) funding for planning purposes:

Center for Aerial Unmanned Systems Imaging, Dan Johnson, director, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Focus: non-military applications of unmanned aerial systems (drone) technology such as remote imaging for water quality, mosquito habitat mapping, disaster preparation and precision agriculture; and the utilization and analysis of data collected with unmanned aerial systems.

Institute for Product Lifecycle Innovation, Hazim El-Mounayri, director, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. Focus: the promotion and management of product lifecycle practice in advanced manufacturing and life science applications in order for American industries to remain competitive in the global market; to serve as a test bed and vehicle for the rapid implementation of advanced product liability tests, digital manufacturing and designing.

Center for Cachexia Research Innovation and Therapy, Teresa Zimmers, director, IU School of Medicine. Focus: U.S. multi-investigator cachexia (involuntary weight loss) research center will support development of interdisciplinary, multi-investigator collaborations through meetings, a research retreat and the development of a regional consortium with Ohio State University; and center will invest in a thematic research program on cardiopulmonary effects in tobacco-associated cancer cachexias.

The IUPUI Signature Centers Initiative fosters the development of centers that are unique to IUPUI and that can lead the way in world-class research and creative activities, and make a difference in the lives of people. The initiative provides each selected center with initial funding for a period of one to three years. The centers are re-evaluated at the end of three years and if approved, receive a five-year designation as an IUPUI Signature Center.

Even major works of art need dusting, including Chihuly’s masterpiece at IU School of Medicine

dna towerIt rises 19 feet from the atrium floor of one of the busiest laboratory and classroom buildings on the Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis campus. This unique sculpture created by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is, well, dusty; it needs cleaning.

The luminous structure composed of more than 1,000 glass spheres in shades of blue, green, mauve and yellow can’t simply be vacuumed or spritzed with window cleaner and buffed with paper towel. The process is more complex, and only one firm in the United States is authorized to handle the maintenance and cleaning of Chihuly’s artwork. These professionals from Denny Park Fine Arts travel the globe delicately and skillfully disassembling, cleaning and reassembling Chihuly’s masterpieces.

Denny Park Fine Arts has been commissioned to clean the IU School of Medicine DNA Tower, modeled after the so-called blueprint for life. They will be working on the project June 1 and 2 in the Morris Mills Atrium of the VanNuys Medical Science Building on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

The sculpture was installed in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the IU School of Medicine and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA molecule by IU alumnus James D. Watson and colleague Francis Crick. The DNA Tower was unveiled Sept. 30, 2003, and this will be its first thorough cleaning.


Distinguished IU Professor of Medicine to present talk on origins of echocardiography

photo harvey feigenbaum
Wednesday, October 30, 12:00 – 1:00PM
Emerson Hall Auditorium, 304

Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, IU School of Medicine, will present a talk titled, “History of Echocardiography: How to introduce something new in medicine.”

Echocardiography as we know it today began at Indiana University School of Medicine in the fall of 1963, exactly 50 years ago. This talk will document how this technology became the world’s leading cardiovascular imaging tool.

Dr Feigenbaum joined the faculty of the Indiana School of Medicine in 1962, working in electrophysiology and then cardiac catheterization and hemodynamics, but he is best recognized as the “Father of Echocardiography” for pioneering the use of cardiac ultrasound in the early 1960s. He trained most of the early researchers, held numerous echocardiographic courses and workshops, and wrote the first textbook which is now in its 7th edition. A founder of the American Society of Echocardiography, Dr. Feigenbaum served as its first president and was the first editor of its journal for 20 years.

For more information, see the flyer here.

Presented by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, the IU Student History of Medicine Organization, adn the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program.

Please RSVP to medhum@iupui.edu