IU School of Medicine’s 25 distinguished professors have received the Bicentennial Medal “awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation and world.”
Bicentennial medals are uniquely made from materials salvaged from the old bells which hung in the Student Building on the IU Bloomington campus, giving each recipient a lasting piece of the university’s history.
The following IU School of Medicine Distinguished Professors have been honored with a Bicentennial Medal:
Livestrong Foundation Professor of Oncology; professor of medicine
Research: solid tumor oncology, specifically genitourinary and lung cancers
Impacts: Dr. Einhorn developed a revolutionary treatment for testicular cancer, used to successfully treat seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong; due to his research findings on platinum combination chemotherapy in patients with metastatic testicular cancer, the survival rate has increased from 10 percent to 80 percent, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients.
Chair, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Chancellor’s Professor, IUPUI; Joe C. Christian Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics; adjunct professor of psychiatry
Research: population genetics and complex disease gene mapping; disorders including Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, intracranial aneurysms, alcohol dependence and cancer; more than 175 publications
Dr. Foroud manages the Indiana Biobank, the NIA-supported National Cell Repository for Alzheimer Disease, the NINDS-supported BioSEND Repository for Parkinson Disease, Huntington Disease and frontotemporal dementia biospecimens, as well as multiple Michael J. Fox Foundation supported biorepositories.
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research; Stuart A. Kleit Professor of Nephrology; professor of medicine; adjunct professor of anatomy, cell biology and physiology
Co-director of Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and director of the Department of Medicine Division of Neurology
Research: pioneering work in clinical and basic research studies in the field of vascular calcification and bone and mineral metabolism in kidney disease; funded by the NIH and Veterans Affairs for over 20 years.
Past president of the American Society of Nephrology and numerous other positions and honors; More than 200 scientific manuscripts, teaching manuscripts and textbook chapters
Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Chancellor’s Professor, IUPUI; Director of Endoscopy, Indiana University Hospital
Research: colorectal disease; Dr. Rex co-authored the colorectal cancer screening recommendations of the American College of Gastroenterology (serving as past president) and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer (serving as chair)
Editor-in-chief of ASGE Journal Scan and longtime associate editor of Journal Watch Gastroenterology; more than 250 research papers, 60 book chapters, 220 invited papers, 60 editorials and 40 guideline papers
Numerous awards including five-time Outstanding Teacher Award in the Instruction of Medicine and the Department of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award
Associate Vice President of Research; Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Research; J. Stanley Battersby Professor of Surgery; adjunct professor of anatomy, cell biology and physiology
Director, Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering; Executive Director, Indiana University Health Comprehensive Wound Center
Research: Dr. Sen’s team pioneered the Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT) technology in regenerative medicine, receiving the 2018 Edison Award for Innovation; more than 320 peer-reviewed publications and 12 books
Current work: principal author of a study demonstrating that coronaviruses are killed upon exposure to an electroceutical fabric
Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Robert A. Harris Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Precision Health Initiative Professor; adjunct professor of chemistry
Director of Chemical Biology and Biotherapeutics at the Indiana University Precision Health Initiative
Founder and Chief Invention Officer, Thermalin Diabetes, Inc.
Research: molecular endocrinology, particularly insulin signaling for diabetes mellitus and sex determination applying to infertility syndromes; more than 150 publications, including four on his insulin analogue designs that were named “Paper of the Week” by the Journal of Biological Chemistry
Richard and Pauline Klinger Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics; professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology; professor emeritus of ophthalmology; professor emeritus of cellular and integrative physiology; former assistant dean for entrepreneurship
Director Emeritus, Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering; former director, Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Research: development biology, particularly acute kidney injury and hyperoxic lung injury; more than 296 publications
Professor Emeritus of Medicine; former director of the Department of Medicine Cardiology Division and Krannert Institute of Cardiology (1995-2004)
Founding editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology; founding editor of Heart Rhythm (journal of the Heart Rhythm Society); editor of Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Research: arrhythmias and electrophysiology; more than 900 articles and 16 textbooks
Numerous awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology, “Sagamore of the Wabash” award from former Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon, Indiana University President’s Medal (2010), Pioneer in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology from the Heart Rhythm Society, and the Gold Medal from both the European Society of Cardiology and the German Cardiac Society