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Deadline: Biomedical Research Grant (BRG) Submission
Jan 19 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Deadline: Research Enhancement Grant (REG) Submission
Jan 19 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Deadline: Showalter Trust Grant Submission
Jan 19 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Deadline: Center for Diabetes & Metabolic Diseases Pilot & Feasibility Letter of Intent
Jan 22 @ 12:00 am – 5:00 pm
WISE Indiana Monthly Mingle – January 2021
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On the 4th Thursday of every other month in 2021, WISE Indiana will host Monthly Mingle networking sessions. These discussions are intended to be casual and collaborative – participants can go for a walk or eat lunch while engaging in the networking session!

On January 28, Umberto Tachinardi and Kosali Simon will highlight COVID-19 data through CoRDaCo and N3C and having a discussion about ways to get involved in COVID-19-related research.

Register here.

WISE Indiana is a partnership between the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Monon Collaborative and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to engage Indiana’s nationally-recognized academic experts to evaluate and inform Indiana practices, programs and policies. This partnership aligns with and furthers the visions of both organizations by facilitating timely, high-quality evidence-informed research, evaluation and analysis to the benefit of all Hoosiers.

The Trauma Care Research Landscape in the Federal Government: Priorities, Challenges, and New Directions
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

IU will host a virtual panel presentation and discussion on Friday, January 29 from 11 – 12:30 EST that will cover the spectrum of trauma- and prehospital care-related research funded by the government.  Presenters will include CDR Travis Polk, the current director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Combat Casualty Care Research Program as well as Dr. Jeremy Brown, Director of the Office of Emergency Care Research at the NIH.  Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion on priorities, future directions, and challenges in this critical area of research.  To add additional perspective to the panel, a physician researcher from industry will also join the discussion portion of the event.

The DoD is often seen as the home for trauma care research in the federal government, yet what is somewhat less known is that the NIH is also active in funding trauma and emergency care research.  This seminar aims to clarify the federal research funding landscape in trauma, to discuss future priorities, and how more researchers can contribute to this important area.

Who Should Attend: Clinical and translational researchers as well as basic scientists who work across the domains that directly or indirectly touch upon trauma care.

Register here.  The event will be broadcast via Zoom.


  • 11:05 am – Session Introduction by Tatiana Foroud, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • 11:10 am – Presentation by Jeremy Brown, MD, Director, Office of Emergency Care Research, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • 11:40 am – Presentation by CDR Travis Polk, MD, FACS, Director, Combat Casualty Care Research Program, U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC)
  • 12:10 pm – Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Todd McKinley, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
    • In addition to Dr. Brown and CDR Polk, the discussion will be joined by Ross Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTrop, FACEP, President & CEO, Critical Innovations LLC; Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, and Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health
  • 12:30 pm – Conclusion

Participant Biographies:

Jeremy Brown, MDDr Jeremy Brown is an emergency physician and Director of the Office of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health. Jeremy grew up in London, studied medicine at University College, London and trained as an emergency physician at Boston Medical Center. Before joining the NIH, he was the Research Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  While at GWU, Jeremy served as the founding director of the ED HIV screening program, received three NIH grants to study a new therapy for kidney stones, and taught undergraduate courses in clinical research and science and religion. Jeremy is the author of over forty peer-reviewed papers and four books, including two textbooks of emergency medicine published by Oxford University Press. He and his wife, Erica live in Silver Spring, Maryland. They have four children, three more by marriage and two beautiful grandchildren.

CDR Travis Polk, MD, FACS – A native of Phoenix, Arizona, CDR Travis Polk graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship program in 1997. He attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences on active duty and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in 2001. Following completion of a surgical internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2002, he served as the Medical Officer for USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD-43) homeported in Sasebo, Japan from 2002-2004 completing several underway deployments with the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in the western Pacific.

CDR Polk completed General Surgery residency in 2008 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.  Returning to Japan from 2008-2010, he served as a staff general surgeon at Naval Hospital Okinawa and deployed with the Commander- Joint Special Operation Task Force Forward Surgical Team in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Following this overseas tour, he completed fellowship training in traumatology, surgical critical care and emergency surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.  CDR Polk returned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and served as the Surgical Director of the Healthcare Simulation and Bioskills Training Center and Program Director for Wounded Warrior Care. During this time, CDR Polk also established a translational research experience for the general surgery residency program and a military-civilian trauma partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School. In 2014 and 2019, CDR Polk deployed as Chief of Trauma at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.   From 2017-2020, he served as Director of the Navy Trauma Training Center at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center where he trained US Navy surgical teams for deployment.  In 2020, CDR Polk became the first Navy medical officer to direct the DoD’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program based in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

CDR Polk is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University and is board certified in general surgery with an added qualification in surgical critical care. He is the Navy State Chair for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, Chair of the Navy Trauma Clinical Community and represents the Navy on the Defense Committee on Surgical Combat Casualty Care.  His academic and research interests include mentoring, surgical simulation and alternative devices for the treatment of tension pneumothorax. CDR Polk’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification device.

Ross Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTrop, FACEP – Dr. Donaldson is President & CEO of Critical Innovations LLC, as well as an Associate Professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology respectively in the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Triple-boarded in Emergency Medicine, pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Clinical Informatics, Dr. Donaldson has been principal investigator on over $30 million dollars’ worth of funding, with research focusing on emergency, critical, and trauma care. He is also the creator of WikEM, the world’s largest and most popular emergency medicine open-access reference resource, and the inventor of multiple patented medical technologies. He has been featured as an expert on CNN, BBC, NPR, and other media outlets, and an invited speaker at over 100 national and international conferences, including at Medical Design & Manufacturing, Department of Defense, and various think tanks. He has worked around the globe, frequently in areas of conflict and recent disaster, and been the lead architect of national emergency care plans in several countries. For five years in Iraq alone, he led the instruction of over ten-thousand surgeons, physicians, EMTs, nurses, and community members, while spearheading the development of pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency and trauma systems for the country, for which he received the Humanitarian Award from the California chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Donaldson has worked for over a decade at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, one of Los Angeles’ main Level I trauma centers, where he serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Program. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Lassa Ward, a memoir about international humanitarian work and, among other honors, been named Los Angeles’ Top Emergency and Trauma Doctor from the Los Angeles Business Journal and the inaugural recipient of the FOAMed Excellence in Education Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Todd McKinley, MD – Dr. Todd McKinley joined the orthopedic trauma team at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after serving with a busy academic practice at the University of Iowa. Drawn to trauma during his residency, he has been in practice since 1999. Dr. McKinley states that his practice philosophy is “working with complete commitment,” which he finds is completely liberating. Dr. McKinley is married and has two sons who are accomplished musicians and athletes.

Dr. McKinley’s clinical interests include polytrauma, pelvic and acetabular surgery, infection and young-adult hip deformity. He has performed more than 400 periacetabular osteotomies. He has been principal investigator on six peer-reviewed grants, including three major grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Dr. McKinley was a finalist in 1998 astronaut selection process, was appointed chairman of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Research Committee and is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Tatiana Foroud, PhD – Dr. Tatiana Foroud is a statistical geneticist who leads a research program focused on the genetic contributions to a number of common disorders. She is funded by the NIH to study the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, alcohol use disorders and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. She also leads multiple large NIH funded biorepositories focused on neurodegenerative disorders. She has authored more than 700 scientific papers.

Dr. Foroud joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1994. Rising through the ranks, she was named the chair of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics in 2015. She was named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University in 2017 and received the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Distinguished Researcher Award in 2019.  In 2020, she was named the Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at Indiana University and continues as a department chair.

Save the date: Congregations as Health Connectors
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Since June 2020, ten Indianapolis churches have been gathering virtually to share their congregations’ stories and support for health and wellness and local knowledge of health assets, partnerships and priorities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, community engagement for holistic health is vital in the majority African American neighborhoods served by the congregational members of the #HealthyMe Learning Community.

During the virtual town hall on Friday, January 29, clergy and health advocates will share lessons learned and next steps forward for this health connections collaboration.

Register here.

#HealthyMe Learning Community is convened by Good to the SOUL, LLC, and organized by the Monon Collaborative, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute with support from the Indiana University Health Values Fund.

Chemical Genomics Core Facility seminar: Medicinal and Analytical Chemistry
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The IU School of Medicine Chemical Genomics Core Facility (CGCF) is planning web-based tutorials and seminar presentations about some of their new services.

The fourth event will be on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 4 pm. It will be about Medicinal and Analytical Chemistry by Lifan Zeng, PhD.

The Chemical Genomics Core provides sophisticated small molecule informatics, design and synthesis, as well as small and large molecule analysis. Zeng will introduce the medicinal and analytical chemistry capabilities available and show examples of small molecule inhibitor drug discovery and molecule analysis by LC/QTOF and nuclear magnet resonance (NMR).

Join from computer or mobile:

Meeting ID: 840 7718 6852
Password: 221962

Informational Webinar – Global Health Reciprocal Innovation Demonstration and Planning Grants
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The IU Center for Global Health and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) have officially released the reciprocal innovation demonstration and planning grants. For this round of funding, applications should focus on one of these priority areas:

  • Non-communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and hypertension.
  • Infant and maternal health
  • Infectious diseases, especially HIV, malaria, and COVID-19.
  • Mental Health
  • Access to quality health care, including health workforce capacity building, health care technologies, health financing, and community-based care.

Eligible proposals are collaborative and must include a principal investigator/project director from an Indiana CTSI partner institution (IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame) and at least one co-investigator or collaborator from a low- or middle-income partner institution.

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 9 am EST to provide deeper insight into the RFAs and answer any questions. Please add this to your calendar if you are interested in attending:

Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 895 0910 8465

Password: 593653

Reciprocal Innovation Demonstration Grants – Submission deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021

Awards are up to $50,000 for a period of two years. This award is designed to support research and demonstrate innovations with a high potential to alleviate the health burden of one of the priority areas. Projects should result in high impact solutions that provide reciprocal benefit to the communities Indiana CTSI institutions serve either at home or abroad, as well as a plan to sustain and expand these efforts after the end of support from this RFA.

Reciprocal Innovation Planning Grants – Applications are accepted year-round while funds are available

Awards are up to $10,000 for a period of one year. This award is designed to provide preliminary support for investigators to establish partnerships, develop project teams, identify promising health innovations for demonstration, develop evidence to support the demonstration of a reciprocal innovation in Indiana or at an LMIC partner site, conduct training to prepare for a reciprocal innovation demonstration project, and other activities needed to prepare competitive demonstration grant applications for reciprocal innovation.

Deadline: Postdoc Challenge Grant Funding to Use CTSI Designated Core Facilities Submission
Feb 4 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

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