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Laura is a communications consultant with the Office of Strategic Communications. She brings 25 years of experience in communications, having worked with news media organizations, small businesses, corporations and non-profit organizations. She is a native Hoosier who recently moved back to Indiana from Florida, where she was editor of a lifestyle magazine serving the community of Estero, Florida.
It may be tempting to say “Good riddance!” to 2020, but the reality is, many of 2020’s stressors will carry over into 2021. In light of the extra stressors of COVID-19, Samia Hasan, MD, and Stacie Pozdol, MS, LMHC, answer some questions about Mental Health Services at IU School of Medicine and encourage anyone who could use some extra support to reach out.
The Sharing Joy Project encourages members of IU School of Medicine and IU Health to submit photos of “anything that brings personal joy.” The resulting online gallery provides a “joy break” for anyone who might be feeling overwhelmed, or just wants to smile!
Health officials for the State of Indiana called upon Indiana University School of Medicine to train a volunteer army of medical students who will be on-call to administer COVID-19 vaccines throughout the state in the weeks and months to come. More than 430 medical students answered the call to serve during the biggest public health crisis of our time.
Harjas Singh, a member of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2023, and his sister, Harleen Kaur, MD, a resident in internal medicine, used time off from the clinical and laboratory settings during the summer of 2020 to delve into the effects of COVID-19 on skin. While most medical scientists were focused on respiratory symptoms, Singh and Kaur were determined to document skin manifestations reported from around the globe.
Communities of color are disproportionately affected by diabetes. In Indiana, nearly 13 percent of the adult population has diabetes, and another 36 percent has pre-diabetes. The good news for Indiana is there is a growing number of public-private partnerships and community collaborations working to address the social determinants of health affecting outcomes for people living with this disease. “Some of the disparities we see have to do with genetic susceptibility, but much more of it is really the intersection of how the genes we have in our DNA interact with the environment,” said Mary de Groot, PhD, acting director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine.
The growing acceptance of leadership rising from regional campuses is compelling evidence that IU School of Medicine is “one school, nine campuses strong.” As Medical Student Council President Megan Chiu prepares to graduate, she is proud to have blazed the trail for another medical student, Makayla Morning, to become the first class president from a regional campus, representing the Class of 2024.
Amy Williams, PhD, is launching a two-year study to examine how ‘injustice appraisals’—a patient’s perception of injustice in their medical care—affects the physical symptoms and mental well-being of youth ages 11 to 18 with sickle cell disease.
Paul Musey, MD, is leading a study that asks: What role does race play in how an emergency room patient is approached? And, how does a patient’s experience with clinical staff influence their decisions on whether to participate in a clinical trial or to follow through with recommended treatment?
Bucking all her colleagues’ advice, Distinguished Professor Lynda Bonewald's curiosity led her to study osteocytes—a type of cell within bones for which no one knew the function. She now leads the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at IU School of Medicine.
Compared to white women, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is slightly lower for African Americans; however, the risk of dying from the disease is higher for African American women. For years, the medical community thought these disparities could be solely attributed to socioeconomic factors, but current research tells a much more complex story.