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Peer Mentoring and Review Committees accepting proposals; IU Health lifts visitor restrictions

Mar. 13, 2014

Peer Mentoring and Review Committees accepting proposals


David S. Wilkes, M.D., executive associate dean for research affairs at the IU School of Medicine

The IU School of Medicine Peer Review and Mentoring Committees, or PRMCs, are now up and running and accepting proposals from faculty seeking assistance on resubmissions of grants that were scored on the initial submission.

The PRMCs are teams of clinical research and basic science faculty with expertise in grantsmanship and mentoring. Each team also has a project manager and a biostatistician assigned to it. PRMCs are a part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Project Development Teams program.

To submit a proposal to the PRMCs, visit the Indiana CTSI HUB at https://www.indianactsi.org/prmc-home.

The initial committees are focusing on three of the IU School of Medicine's important thematic areas. They are:

  • A Neuroscience PDT, chaired by Michael Vasko, Ph.D., Paul Stark Professor of Pharmacology and professor of anesthesia and medicine at the IU School of Medicine;
  • A Cardiovascular Disease PDT, chaired by Michael Sturek, Ph.D., chair and professor of cellular and integrative physiology and professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine; and
  • An Obesity/Metabolism PDT, co-chaired by Aaron Carroll, M.D., professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for research mentoring, and Bob Considine, Ph.D., professor of medicine and cellular and integrative physiology, both of the IU School of Medicine.

To learn more about the PRMCs, visit https://www.indianactsi.org/news/prmcs.

IU Health lifts visitor restrictions


Due to decreased flu activity, visitor restrictions put in place at IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and IU Health Simon Cancer Center are being lifted immediately.

Because babies, especially those who are ill or premature, are at higher risk of serious flu complications, the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) will continue to limit visitors during the ongoing flu season.

"Patient safety is IU Health's number one priority. We would like to extend a special word of gratitude to all staff members who helped safeguard the health of our patients while ensuring restrictions would not affect the patient experience," said Kristen Kelley, interim director of infection prevention at IU Health.

Temporary visitor restrictions were originally implemented Jan. 20 at all institutions participating in the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety in response to increased flu activity in Marion County.

IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents considered employees, affiliated physicians, volunteers, students, contractors and vendors at IU Health and Wishard Health Services were required to receive an influenza vaccination this flu season.

IUPUI health leaders also urged the campus community to take precautions against the flu this season due to the predominate strain being H1N1, which strikes young adults at a higher rate than other flu strains.

Flu shots are available to the IUPUI community at IUPUI Campus Health, located in Coleman Hall. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The IUPUI Campus Center Student Health clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

The Marion County Public Health Department also offers low-cost flu shots at its district health offices. Flu shots are $15 for adults; $10 for kids ages 2-18; and free for children under two years old. For a list of district health office locations, call the Flu Hotline at 317-221-2121.

For more information, see the IUSM flu policy, or e-mail flunews@iuhealth.org.

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