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IUPUI psychologists report on clinician burnout -- healthcare quality and safety links

INDIANAPOLIS -- Psychologists from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) conducted the first study to systematically, quantitatively analyze the links between health care provider burnout and health care quality and safety across medical disciplines. 

The meta-analysis of 82 studies focused on links between burnout and quality as well as between burnout and safety. The studies involved almost 211,000 physicians, nurses and other clinicians.

IUPUI discovery may provide clues to treating alcohol-related heart valve defects

INDIANAPOLIS -- The researchers found that early embryonic alcohol exposure alters several important signaling activities in the growing heart, resulting in faulty heart valve development. 

The IUPUI scientists studied zebrafish to identify the causal link between alcohol intake and defects in heart-valve formation. Zebrafish are biologically similar to humans with the majority of human genes -- including those related to cardiac valve development -- having zebrafish gene counterparts.

Physics graduate receives award for best student paper

INDIANAPOLIS -- Joseph Suelzer received the award at the SPIE Active Photonic Materials VIII conference for his paper titled “Parity-time symmetry breaking in optically coupled semiconductor lasers.” 

SPIE is an international society for optics and photonics. Suelzer’s abstract was reviewed by our program committee members and selected to enter the second phase of the student award competition. Suelzer’s presentation was then judged on-site by a panel of experts in the field.

IUPUI chemists develop new technique that could speed drug development

INDIANAPOLIS -- Researchers at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have devised a method to substantially speed up the process.

The IUPUI chemists have developed and tested a new molecular binding technique that could shorten or abridge the human and animal drug discovery and development process. The new method also is potentially more economical and ecologically friendly than that currently used. 

IUPUI students, researchers begin collaboration with Cuban university to study neglected diseases

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis undergraduate students and researchers recently traveled to Cuba to conduct a workshop and begin a partnership with the University of Havana implementing IUPUI's Distributed Drug Discovery, or D3, program. The American Chemical Society and the School of Science at IUPUI funded the workshop. 

Chemical origami yields new plant compounds with therapeutic and economic potential

INDIANAPOLIS -- Many of these natural products are very useful as antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs or vitamins, among myriad other applications. Many of these compounds are far too complex to synthesize in the laboratory, but they can be purified from the plants in which they are found. 

IUPUI maps genome of black blow fly; may benefit human health, advance pest management

INDIANAPOLIS -- Black blow flies have environmental, medical and forensic uses, functioning as nature's recyclers, as wound cleansers and as forensic timekeepers. They have a blue or green sheen and are similar in size to common houseflies.

The female genome was found to contain 8,312 genes; the male genome had 9,490 genes.

IUPUI leading $4.8M project to increase STEM minority pipeline, impacting students statewide

INDIANAPOLIS -- The National Science Foundation awarded the grant to IUPUI as the lead institution of the Indiana STEM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which was formed to achieve that goal. Other alliance partners are IU Bloomington, Ball State University, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, which is the top provider of transfer students to IUPUI STEM-degree programs.

Graduate student receives William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS – This award, one of the most prestigious of American Psychological Association's graduate scholarships, reflects the outstanding contributions Luther and her mentor Michelle Salyers, Ph.D., have made to IUPUI and psychology research.

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