Anna Roberts, data navigator
June 20, 2018

Meet Anna Roberts, the Indiana CTSI’s Data Navigator

By Ashlynn Neumeyer:
Anna Roberts is the new data navigator for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), where she serves as a resource for investigators across Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame who are looking to harness data expertise available through the Regenstrief Institute. Roberts succeeds Faye Smith, who is now Director of Research Services at Regenstrief.
Anna Roberts (Regenstrief Institute photo)
As data navigator and assistant manager of Regenstrief’s Data Core, which is a designated core of the Indiana CSTI, Roberts is responsible for responding to researchers’ requests for information, meeting with new investigators to...

Kerri Rodriguez and Maggie O'Haire
June 19, 2018

Purdue Study Shows How Veterans with PTSD May Benefit from Using Service Dogs

By Kevin Doerr and CTSI Staff Reports:
Kerri Rodriguez, human-animal interaction graduate student (left), and Maggie O’Haire, assistant professor of human-animal interaction in the College of Veterinary Medicine, look at cortisol samples. Cortisol was one of the measurements used in a new study that shows how veterans with PTSD may benefit physiologically from using service dogs. (Purdue University photo/ Kevin Doerr)
Indiana CTSI-supported researchers at Purdue University have recently published a new study that shows how veterans with PTSD may benefit physiologically from using service dogs.
The study was led by Maggie O’Haire, assistant professor of human-animal interaction in the Purdue College of Veterinary...

Tiffany Campbell
May 22, 2018

Indiana CTSI Receives $33M NIH Grant to Improve Health Statewide, with Public’s Participation

Indiana consistently lands near the bottom of the nation’s health ranking lists, with too many babies dying before their first birthday and too many people smoking and abusing drugs.
The Indiana CTSI is a statewide research partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, represented by the institute’s three-color logo.
A statewide network of researchers and staff at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame have been working together to reverse this poor state of health, and are now seeking the help of Indiana residents of all ages and backgrounds as their partners.
Indiana’s preeminent...

Michael Econs and Kenneth White
May 21, 2018

Three Decades of Research Culminates in FDA Drug Approval

By IU School of Medicine and CTSI Staff Reports:
Indiana CTSI-supported research led by two Indiana University School of Medicine faculty members has culminated in U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a new drug for patients with an uncommon, painful and deforming bone disease.
IU School of Medicine researchers Michael Econs and Kenneth White (Photo courtesy of Indiana University)
The drug, burosumab, treats X-linked hypophosphatemia, or XLH. It is being brought to market by Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. in collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. and its European subsidiary, Kyowa Kirin International PLC, under the brand name Crysvita.
XLH is a phosphate-wasting disease that...

computer keyboard
May 17, 2018

Updates Coming to Indiana CTSI Websites

Changes are coming soon to two Indiana CTSI websites.
CTSI Homepage
Our homepage is getting an updated look and feel to better reflect our institute’s mission and story, as well as our strategic goals for the coming years. Our goal is to create a more user-friendly experience for our customers.
The homepage is the only web page that we are changing at this time.
If you have any questions, please contact communications manager Andrea Zeek at
Visitors to our research volunteer registry website will also see an updated design. will be changing its name to “All IN for Health” and its URL to...

Sharon Cromer
May 16, 2018

Longtime CRC Employee Retiring After Nearly 30 Years of Service

By Laurie Trevino:
It is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude for her service that we are announcing the retirement of Sharon Cromer, administrative manager for the Indiana CTSI Clinical Research Center (CRC). 
Sharon Cromer (Photo courtesy of Laurie Trevino)
Sharon has worked at the CRC for almost 30 years. She started out as a temporary employee in July 1988 working for the computer science department.  Before the end of her temporary assignment, she was recruited to a full-time position with the CRC as administrative assistant to Dr. Munro Peacock in November 1988 and assumed the role of administrative manager in...

Beth Meyerson
May 16, 2018

IU Study Finds Many Indiana Pharmacists Are Not Dispensing Naloxone

By April Toler:
Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication, can save lives, as reflected by the U.S. surgeon general’s recent advisory that Americans carry it and know how to use. But in Indiana, only one in four pharmacists have actually dispensed the medication, an Indiana University study found.
Beth Meyerson, PhD (Photo courtesy of Indiana University)
Researchers at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington’s Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention and the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior, who received Indiana CTSI Project Development Team funding, investigated the role of Indiana community pharmacies in naloxone access and found that while 58 percent of pharmacies stocked naloxone and...

May 16, 2018

CTSI to Fund Notre Dame Early Childhood Needs Research

By Erin Blasko:
The University of Notre Dame is partnering with Ready to Grow St. Joe to assess the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children age birth to eight in St. Joseph County — part of an effort to better inform future health prevention and intervention efforts in the county, where 30 percent of young children live in poverty.
Financed with a $25,000 Community Health Partnerships grant from the Indiana CTSI, the assessment will document the current status of young children in the county and the need for programming and policy to address gaps and promote improved health and well-being.

May 14, 2018

Training Opportunity: New Tool for Understanding ‘Omics Data

The Indiana CTSI has made available a shared license for QIAGEN’s Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA), a powerful analysis and search tool that uncovers the significance of ‘omics data and identifies new targets or candidate biomarkers within the context of biological systems. With its many features, IPA allows you to quickly understand and visualize your data.
IU, Purdue and Notre Dame researchers can purchase sub-licenses to use this product. The new licensing period is from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
If you’re interested in learning more, please join us at one of the free IPA training workshops listed below. These hands-on sessions...

Smith, Ekser and Li
May 11, 2018

IU Researchers Using CTSI 3D Bioprinting Core to Study Organs

Indiana University School of Medicine scientist and transplant surgeon Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD, will boost his lab’s xenotransplantation, or cross-species transplantation, research program with a four-year, $9 million research agreement with Lung Biotechnology PBC.
IU School of Medicine researchers Lester Smith, PhD; Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD; and Ping Li, PhD. (Photo courtesy of IU School of Medicine)
According to the latest data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, there are more than 110,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and each day, about 20 people die while waiting for a transplant.
Dr. Ekser and his team are working...