And pancreatic cancer researcher Janaiah Kota, PhD, and colleagues may have found a way to help drugs penetrate dense tumors that make it so hard to treat. This is significant as pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with less than 11 percent of people surviving five years after diagnosis.
Executive Director Bruce Lamb, PhD, and colleagues have received three National Institute on Aging grants—totaling $8.7 million in new funding—to further the study of Alzheimer's disease at IU School of Medicine. Researchers are investigating a gene-encoded protein found in the brain’s immune cells which carries two genetic risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
In late summer, IU School of Medicine welcomed a new class of 366 students. And about 62 percent of them are studying at one of the school’s eight regional campuses.
Fifty years ago, each of those campuses started with only a handful of students and a bold notion—train physicians in the communities they might one day serve. Back then, IU pioneered the statewide campus system for medical education.
In 2021, we celebrated the success of what has become one school, nine campuses, one mission, where students learn from a common four-year curriculum and can participate in Scholarly Concentration programs with unique chances for research and mentorship.
No matter where a student learns, the result remains the same: an outstanding medical education.
Eliminating Health Care Disparities and Promoting Inclusion
In 2021, the IU School of Medicine community managed to achieve these milestones while continuing to navigate the pandemic—and contribute to the state’s response to it.
Our scientists and leaders continued to play an integral role in keeping IU campuses safe across the state. More than 430 medical students answered the state’s call for volunteers to administer vaccines—ensuring the most vulnerable Hoosiers received crucial doses.
IU School of Medicine also pursued ways to make every member of its community feel welcome. Task forces reviewed data on diversity, school leadership conducted town halls for input on inclusiveness, and students and faculty were trained in unconscious bias and health disparities.
Celebrating the Spirit of Medicine
This year, IU School of Medicine updated its Honor Code. Central to the Honor Code are the core values of the School: EXCELLENCE, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, DIVERSITY and COOPERATION. Colleagues at IU School of Medicine can be found living the core values every day. Fourth-year medical student Dana Mitchell exemplified excellence as she solved her own mystery illness.
Another IU School of Medicine student, Eamon Eccles, had testicular cancer as an undergrad at IU and is now exploring a career in oncology, learning from Lawrence Einhorn, MD, and other experts in the field at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center—where Eccles was once a patient. Similarly, Carly Chapman, a first-year resident who battled osteosarcoma as a child and was treated at Riley Hospital for Children, is now in the family medicine residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Both bring a unique empathy to their work as physicians.
For more stories on how members of the IU School of Medicine community are innovating, inspiring and helping others with their work, check out the Spirit of Medicine blog.
And visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom to stay up-to-date on the latest school news.
As always, IU School of Medicine will keep moving forward in its mission—preparing healers, conducting innovative medical research and transforming health for patients in Indiana and beyond. That has defined IU School of Medicine for a century—and will continue in 2022.
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