We’ve got good people here at the IU School of Medicine and it’s time for some kudos to those who’ve recently been recognized for their work (and as a result, will also be spreading the word about IUSM). In no particular order:
Two of our young faculty members, Jie Sun and Henrique Serezani, have been selected as associate scientific advisers to the scientific journal Science Translational Medicine, a sister publication of the journal Science. Their tasks will be to write monthly “Editor’s Choice” articles about current papers from other journals in their areas of interest, crafting summaries of 300 words or so in language that, in the words of the journal’s editor, “is understandable to a broad range of scientists.”
Sun, an assistant professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology, is interested in the regulation of immune response during acute respiratory virus infections. Serezani, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, is interested in diabetes and sepsis — how sepsis, even after it’s been effectively treated, can leave patients susceptible to secondary infections.
Meanwhile, two of our pediatrics faculty, Stephanie Davis and Brenda Poindexter, have been elected to three-year terms on the Society for Pediatrics Research Council, the leadership group for the national academic pediatrics organization. Davis is section director, pediatric pulmonology, allergy and sleep medicine. Poindexter is principal investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Neonatal Research Network at IU.
But Davis and Poindexter are adding to an already strong IU presence on the SPR Council. Stephanie Ware, newly appointed professor of pediatrics and of medical and molecular genetics will finish her three-year term in May. Pediatric endocrinologist Linda DiMeglio is in her second year on the council, and David Ingram is the past president of the society and will be leaving the council in May. All-in-all, a strong presence for IU pediatrics.
And finally, as many of you know, Aaron Carroll, director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, and several colleagues have made the Incidental Economist the go-to blog on health policy over the past several years. Now Carroll and his fellow blogger, Austin Frakt, have agreed to contribute their perspectives to the New York Times’ new Upshot venture. Upshot, according to The Times, will work to “demystify politics, economics and other subjects.” (Their work on the Incidental Economist will continue.)