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News Releases for Life and Health Sciences

School of Science at IUPUI Launches New Problem Solving Institute

January 11, 2012 — The Purdue School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has launched the Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science, an interdisciplinary endeavor dedicated to solving perplexing problems in such diverse fields as medicine, the environment, and computer science. iM2CS’s parallel mission is to train a new generation to identify and solve the scientific issues with which they will be faced.

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Hall Center Welcomes Health Law Expert Nicolas Terry as Co-director, New Faculty Member

Nicolas TerryJanuary 4, 2012 — The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has announced the appointment of Nicolas Terry, leading authority in the intersection of medicine, law and information technology, as the Hall Render Professor of Law and co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health.

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New Strain of Lab Mice Mimic Human Alcohol Consumption Patterns

Associate Professor Nicholas Grahame, Ph.D., and doctoral student Liana M. Matson conduct research to better understand the brain mechanism involved in alcohol consumption. December 21, 2011 — A line of laboratory mice developed by a researcher from the Purdue School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) drinks more alcohol than other animal models and consumes it in a fashion similar to humans: choosing alcohol over other options and binge drinking.

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Indiana University's Continuing Medical Education Receives Commendation

December 20, 2011 — The Continuing Medical Education program at the Indiana University School of Medicine received a commendation for excellence and the rare distinction of being accredited for a six-year period by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

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NIH Funds $400,000 IUPUI Biomedical Engineering Grant, Type 1 Diabetes Implications

Chien-Chi Lin, Ph.D.December 13, 2011 — The National Institutes of Health have recently awarded biomedical researchers at IUPUI’s Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis approximately $400,000 to study a synthetic hydrogel matrix that could potentially trigger both cell proliferation and differentiation. This cutting-edge technique could have significant implications for individuals suffering from Type I Diabetes, as well as bone, cartilage and other cell deficiencies.

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From the Desk of the Chancellor, Dec. 12, 2011

Chancellor Charles R. BantzDecember 12, 2011 — As part of the follow-through for Indiana University’s New Academic Directions project, the IUPUI Survey Research Center distributed an e-mail request for participation with the subject line, “Health Science Campus Survey.” I urge all who receive it to take time to offer your views.

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Drug Co-pays Mean Less Generous Health Care Benefits for Families Facing Chronic Disease

Anne RoyaltyNovember 21, 2011 — Benefits paid out under employer-sponsored health care plans are less generous to families covering a member with a chronic illness than to families without a chronically ill member, according to a trio of university researchers. The difference is due primarily to higher out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs.

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Spirit and Place Festival's Opening Weekend will Feature Legendary Tattoo Artist, Renowned Health Experts

October 31, 2011 — The opening weekend of the annual Spirit & Place Festival is kicking off with four events reflecting on this year’s theme of “the body.”  The weekend will feature legendary tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle, the Butler University Chamber Dance Ensemble and a discussion panel with renowned health and wellness experts.

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CHE Endorses Request to Create Public Health Schools at IUPUI, IU Bloomington

IU President Michael A. McRobbieOctober 14, 2011 — Indiana University's request to establish the state of Indiana's first schools of public health, one at IU Bloomington and the other at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, was approved today (Oct. 14) by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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New Modeling of Brain's Circuitry May Bring Better Understanding of Parkinson's Disease

Leonid L. RubchinskySeptember 29, 2011 — Researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have developed a mathematical model of the brain’s neural circuitry that may provide a better understanding of how and why information is not transmitted correctly in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. This knowledge may eventually help scientists and clinicians correct these misfires.

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IU Professor Launches Pioneering Social Network for Classrooms

Ali JafariSeptember 22, 2011 — If it were an idea for a movie, it might be pitched as the social network meets the global classroom. And should all go according to script, this new online learning environment would soon be showcased at a college, university and high school near you.

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