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Research Communications Manager
Anna Carrera is the research communications manager for Indiana University's Precision Health Initiative, IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She joined the team in June 2019 after working as a TV news rep...
IU School of Medicine researchers who received federal grants in 2021 were recognized during a special event on Thursday, April 21 at the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium. This was the first in-person event for IU School of Medicine’s research affairs since the COVID-19 pandemic started more than two years ago.
In 2020, a partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine and Eli Lilly and Company was created to collaborate in specific areas of scientific development. Leaders of this effort say the progress so far from the five year, $5 million collaboration is a good sign for potential expansion in the future.
IU School of Medicine distinguished professor, Debomoy K. Lahiri, PhD, and his team found that “mis”-production of amyloid precursor protein (APP) in the brain contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Their findings were published in two successive articles in Molecular Psychiatry and Scientific Reports, which are both Nature publications.
Three pediatric researchers, including one from IU School of Medicine, are encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. The op-ed about vaccinations which was co-authored by Chandy John, MD, Ryan White Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at IU School of Medicine, has been published in Inside Sources, as well as being picked up by other media outlets. John said the number of children who are getting sick from COVID-19 should be a wake-up call in itself.
The third IU Grand Challenges webinar about the Precision Health Initiative (PHI) took place in October, focusing on progress in studying and treating multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells in blood. This webinar featured Rafat Abonour, MD, who leads the IU Precision Health Initiative multiple myeloma disease research team, as well as Dorothy Frapwell, a multiple myeloma patient and retired IU general counsel. IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate served as the event’s host.
A new publication with contributions from an IU School of Medicine researcher could change the way doctors treat children diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. James Wood, MD, was the local lead investigator and one of the authors of a paper recently published in The Lancet: Child and Adolescent Health, called “Infliximab versus second intravenous immunoglobulin for treatment of resistant Kawasaki disease in the USA (KIDCARE): a randomised, multicentre comparative effectiveness trial.”
An IU School of Medicine researcher developed a graph artificial intelligence model for single cell omics data analysis. Jing Su, PhD, is one of the corresponding authors of a Nature Communications publication about the single-cell Graph Convolutional Network (scGCN), which can help researchers transfer knowledge across different studies and datasets. scGCN software is currently available for researchers to download and use.
More than 140 golfers participated in the inaugural Tyler Trent Foundation “Tee Off for Tyler” Charity Golf Classic at the Bridgewater Club in Carmel. The event raised money for pediatric cancer research, including work being done by IU Precision Health Initiative pediatric sarcomas disease research team co-leaders, Jamie Renbarger, MD, and Karen Pollok, PhD.
The IU School of Medicine researcher who led the school’s effort to test a COVID-19 vaccine is now co-leading a nationwide clinical trial about cystic fibrosis. Cynthia Brown, MD, has several years of experience with clinical trials, including a decade seeing and treating patients with cystic fibrosis. This latest study is the first of its kind, using a smartphone app to track cystic fibrosis outcomes.
An IU School of Medicine researcher and his colleagues have determined that human gut bacteria composition correlates with the severity of malaria in children through the use of samples from clinical studies performed in Uganda and animal models. Nathan Schmidt, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, is the senior author of this study, published this month in Cell Reports.