Grand Challenges Virtual Roundtable Series

IU Grand Challenges: Progress and Impact

Grand Challenges are major large-scale problems facing humanity that can be solved only by teams of dedicated researchers working across disciplines in collaboration with community partners. IU has three Grand Challenges initiatives in progress: Precision Health, Prepared for Environmental Change, and Responding to the Addictions Crisis.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host a series of virtual roundtables to share progress and stories of impact from the innovative research empowered by IU's Grand Challenges program. Roundtable discussions will feature Grand Challenge researchers and partners, and offer participants the chance to engage via live Q&A.

Looking for previous roundtable recordings? Find them in the archive.

Precision Health Initiative: Multiple Myeloma Roundtable, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.

Rafat Abonour, M.D., Harry and Edith Gladstein Professor of Cancer Research

Abonour joined the IU School of Medicine in 1995, where he is also professor of medicine, professor of pathology & laboratory medicine, and director of Multiple Myeloma, Waldenstrom's Disease and Amyloidosis Program. As leader of the multiple myeloma program, he has practiced research using IMID's and proteasome inhibitors. With the help of the IU Grand Challenges program, Abonour and his team have created infrastructure to support research aimed at preventing myeloma and improving the treatment of those suffering from the disease, especially those with high-risk disease where both remission and survival are short. He is also active with the international Myeloma Foundation and the American Society of Hematology (ASH). His work with ASH is focused on developing a larger set of patient data to help understand the natural course of myeloma. Abonour's work has been published in Nature Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine, among others.

Dorothy Frapwell, multiple myeloma patient

Frapwell joined the IU legal staff in 1975 as an associate university counsel. For a dozen years, beginning in 1978, she served as the IU Medical Center attorney, advising doctors and administrators on matters of patient care, ethics, hospital law and medical education. In 1990, she was named special counsel to the president and associate university counsel. In 1994, she was named university counsel, heading an office that includes six associate attorneys in Bloomington, Ind., and Indianapolis. She was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2006. Throughout the course of her career, Frapwell advised the trustees of IU, four university presidents and other senior IU administrators. She retired from IU in 2012. Frapwell holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University and a J.D. from the IU Maurer School of Law. She served on the Maurer School's board of visitors for 16 years and as a member of the law alumni board, culminating in a term as president in 1993. She was inducted into the Maurer School of Law's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows and has received the IU President Medal for Excellence.