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Undaunted and Determined

A FEW years ago, Don Brown, MD, decided it was time to pull his teenage son away from video games and his regular perch on the couch. “I said, ‘Get up. We’re going to the local airport. When you were a kid you talked about wanting to fly airplanes. We’re going to learn to fly,’ ” Brown recalls. There was only one problem: Brown, an Indiana University School of Medicine alumnus and tech entrepreneur, is terrified of heights. As he sat […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017

Revving Up the Immune System

The newly established Brown Center for Immunotherapy at Indiana University School of Medicine will discover innovative ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancers and pioneer the use of this powerful technology in other diseases. “Immunology is the right place for a big investment. It is clear to me that this is the most exciting area in all of science,” said Don Brown, MD, a 1985 graduate of IU School of Medicine who made a $30 million gift to establish […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017

Fragile Contents

SHAYNA GAMM is hesitant but honest. “Do you think you have ever had a concussion?” I ask. It’s a balmy Thursday in August. She’s fidgeting near a turn of an indoor track in Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Indiana. Gamm plays softball. A catcher, the California native transferred to Indiana University from a junior college outside Chicago. “Yes, I have had a concussion,” she answers. “I had one in the fifth grade.” Sure, her head—encased in a plastic shell—has taken […]

Big Shoes to Fill

IN APRIL 1954, David Nahrwold, then a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, sat across from his academic advisor—“an English professor with long hair down to his shoulders”—and had a frank conversation about his likelihood of getting into medical school. The advisor did not seem impressed by his smattering of As and Bs. “He evidently thought I could do a lot better than I was doing,” Nahrwold says. “He said I probably wouldn’t get into med school at Wash […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017

The Public’s Health

INSIDE A cramped meeting room, the squeak of a felt tip on a white board cracked the silence. Standing before 10 future physicians, Bob Ehresman, MD, explained how to craft a note on a patient’s chart, detailing how he would document symptoms for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The medical students from Indiana University School of Medicine–Terre Haute nodded slowly and furiously wrote down his advice. They had plenty of questions about other topics, too. What if a patient needs a […]

Winning the Race to Save Memory

DAVE ROBERTS is all about speed. The North Carolina-based businessman cultivated a love of racing at an early age and has amassed a collection of autos that would make any fan jealous. There’s the 1978 Indy car that ran in the 500. A coveted ’16 Porsche and an ’08 Corvette. And the ’69 yellow-and-blue Camaro he partnered with Indy Car driver Alex Lloyd to race in the 2016 pro-am Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The multinational […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017

Out of this World Research

SpaceX founder Elon Musk recently announced plans to fly two space tourists on a trip around the moon, but one Indiana University School of Medicine researcher won’t have to wait for her chance to soar above the Earth. Melissa Kacena, PhD, who will be promoted to professor of orthopaedic surgery effective July 1, has already launched into space aboard one of Musk’s rockets—or at least one of her experiments has. In partnership with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense, […]

Ryan Bowman  |  Jun 01, 2017

Tailoring Treatment

SHERRY PERCIFUL was in the throes of planning her daughter’s wedding in fall 2015 when she noticed that her right breast felt sore. Life was hectic, and she couldn’t find a lump, so she held off seeing a doctor until after the Christmas holidays. By then, the nagging sore had turned into something more: Her breast was inflamed and hot to the touch. “As soon as I saw the doctor and he looked at it, his face sort of scrunched […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017

What the Future Holds

JAY L. HESS, MD, PhD, MHSA, the 10th dean of Indiana University School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the country. He sat down to discuss research, medical education and where patient care is headed. What do you see as the greatest opportunity in medicine? It is now possible to have all the genetic information for many diseases—in particular, cancer—and we are beginning to understand how to use that information. Taken together with some remarkable advances in immunotherapy, I […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jun 01, 2017