The IU School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Wells Center was ranked 7th in the country in NIH funding last year according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The department secured the highest amount of NIH funding ever in 2022, receiving more than $38,000,000 and resulting in an 8.3% funding increase.
Several Wells Center members personally donated funds and delivered festive boxes of donuts and handwritten “thank you” notes to the nurses and staff facing demanding conditions at Riley Hospital. More than 500 donuts were distributed before the holidays.
Contributing to the first FDA-approved drug to delay onset of T1D
The Wells Center's assistant director, Emily Sims, MD, was a key investigator in clinical studies that led to the FDA's approval of teplizumab to delay the onset of type 1 diabetes in at-risk individuals.
Members from the Gene and Cell Therapy Research group received a $12 million grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to fund studies that explore safer hemophilia treatments and have shared their efforts via a new webpage.
Karen Pollok, PhD, and her team have been awarded two new grants to support osteosarcoma research, building on research established from Tyler Trent's tumor cells.
Stephanie Ware, MD, PhD, was publicly announced as interim chair for the IU School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.
Mark Kelley, PhD, was granted a new patent in Europe, "Benzoquinone Derivative E3330 in Combination with Chemotherapeutic Agents for the Treatment of Cancer and Angiogenesis"
Sarah Burns, from the Kapur Lab, is the second recipient of the Walter A. and Laura W. Deutsch Research Scholarship of the Riley Children's Foundation and Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Renzhi Han, PhD, joined the Gene and Cell Therapy group as its newest investigator in January.
Mark Kelley, PhD, developed an oral drug to prevent diabetic retinopathy, called APX3330, and it recently completed a phase 2b trial with the FDA.
Ben Landis, MD, and his colleagues have received the Department of Defense Discovery Award to study the coarctation of the aorta.
Danielle Soranno, MD, was recently featured in a Riley Children's Foundation blog about her passion for nephrology and decision to join Riley and IU School of Medicine.