Grand Challenges Summit

Grand Challenges Summit

Turning the Tide Together: Progress from IU’s Grand Challenges

Media Partner: The Conversation

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
  • Indianapolis, IN

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Since 2016, IU's three Grand Challenges have been tackling key health, social, and environmental problems that face our state. IU's Grand Challenges are the Precision Health Initiative, Prepared for Environmental Change, and Responding to the Addictions Crisis. Backed by more than 1,200 faculty and thousands of students and staff, as well as hundreds of community partners, these initiatives are positively impacting lives in every county in Indiana.

Please join us to learn about and celebrate the impact of IU Grand Challenge initiatives on our lives, our state, and our world. 

Prepared for Environmental Change projects have touched all 92 counties. Precision Health Initiative projects are active in 72 counties, and the Responding to the Addictions Crisis initiative has projects active in 31 counties. Precision Health and Prepared for Environmental Change are both active in 47 counties, while all three Grand Challenges are active in 28 counties.

Turning the Tide Together: Progress from IU’s Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges Summit Agenda
Session TimeSession Description
8:15 a.m.Doors open
8:25 a.m.

Welcome video

Fred H. Cate, vice president for research, Indiana University

Michael A. McRobbie, president, Indiana University

9:00 a.m.

Featured Speakers

Eric J. Holcomb, governor, state of Indiana

Loretta H. Rush, chief justice of Indiana

9:35 a.m.

Panel 1: Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge

This panel will address stigma and addiction: initiatives that are working; what IU and collaborators are doing; and immediate next steps. 

Panel Participants:

Moderator provided by The Conversation

  • Doug Huntsinger, executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement, Office of Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb
  • Jodi Miller, deputy director, Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition
  • Michelle Saysana, vice president of quality, safety, and performance improvement, IU Health
  • Tamika Zapolski, associate professor of clinical psychology, IUPUI Department of Psychology
10:45 a.m.

Break

  • Visit interactive exhibits from IU's three Grand Challenges
11:15 a.m.

Panel 2: Precision Health Initiative

This panel will address advancements in precision health for Hoosiers: how precision health research has advanced healthcare knowledge and patient treatment; the ways the PHI Grand Challenge is addressing Alzheimer's disease, triple negative breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and childhood cancers; and immediate next steps.

Panel Participants:

Moderator: Dr. Anantha Shekhar, Precision Health Initiative principal investigator, Distinguished Professor, and executive associate dean for research affairs, IU School of Medicine

  • Dr. David Haas, Robert A. Munsick Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and gestational diabetes leader, IU School of Medicine
  • Lisa Hayes, executive director of R.E.D. Alliance (Reaching to End Disparities) in breast cancer, a nonprofit organization
  • Alan Palkowitz,senior research professor of medicine and Alzheimer's disease drug discovery center leader, IU School of Medicine
  • Bernice Pescosolido, director of Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and Distinguished Professor of sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington
  • Dr. Bryan Schneider, professor of medicine at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, co-leader of the triple negative breast cancer research team leader for PHI
12:35 p.m.

Lunch

Keynote Speaker: Pete Yonkman, president, Cook Group & Cook Medical

Presentation of IU Bicentennial Medals

1:30 p.m.

Break

  • Visit interactive exhibits from IU's three Grand Challenges
1:45 p.m.

Panel 3: Prepared for Environmental Change

This panel will address the consequences of changes in Indiana's weather patterns on Hoosier businesses, agriculture, and residents; what IU and collaborators are doing to inform ways to combat negative consequences and secure Indiana communities, natural resources, and economy; and immediate next steps.

Panel Participants:

Moderator provided by The Conversation

  • Bronson Bast, IU student and Resilience Cohort extern for the City of Goshen
  • Stephanie Lawson, executive director, McKinney Family Foundation
  • Janet McCabe, director, IU Environmental Resilience Institute and former EPA administrator
  • Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, D-Goshen, Environmental Resilience Institute collaborator on greenhouse gas inventory
  • Maureen Turman, director, environmental policy and sustainability, NiSource Environmental
2:55 p.m.Fred H. Cate, vice president for research, Indiana University
3:00 p.m.Adjourn