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The Indiana University School of Medicine will receive nearly $8.5 million from the estate of the late Dr. Suzanne Buckner Knoebel, a cardiologist and longtime professor at the medical school. She died in July at the age of 87. The money will flow into two funds, one of which supports cardiovascular researchers and the other that will pay for cardiology professors to receive training in new techniques and other educational programs. Knoebel was an IU medical school professor from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. In 1982, she became the first female president of the American College of Cardiology.

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center will receive $7.8 million over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute to support its research. The grant follows up on a previous grant in 2008 from NCI, which is one of the National Institutes of Health. NCI has designated the IU Simon Cancer Center as one of 68 cancer centers across the country that focus on the rapid translation of research discoveries to directly benefit people with cancer. Purdue University also operates an NCI-designated cancer center, although only the IU center provides care to Indiana cancer patients. The IU Simon Cancer Center includes nearly 200 researchers, who attract $61 million per year in grants.

The Indiana Family of Social Services Administration awarded Purdue Healthcare Advisors at Purdue University a $2.3 million grant to keeping helping independent, rural and urban health care providers to use electronic medical records in ways the federal government defines as “meaningful.” Purdue Healthcare Advisors started its work in February 2010 after Purdue received a $14 million federal grant authorized by the 2009 stimulus bill. Providers eligible for Purdue’s help practice in small or independent groups, or in federally qualified health clinics, community health clinics or rural health clinics.

Gov. Mike Pence named Dr. Jerome Adams to be commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, replacing Dr. William VanNess, who announced his resignation in August. Adams is a professor of clinical anesthesia at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health. He plans to continue working at Eskenazi even as he serves his role as health commissioner. Previously, he was an anesthesiologist at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie and a physician rapid responder at Indianapolis Orthopaedic Hospital.

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