IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice Community Showcase

  • Sept. 16, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Join distinguished faculty scholars at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as they present their translational research and illustrate how they improve lives at the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice Community Showcase.

Translational research solves problems people face in their everyday lives by using meaningful, evidenced-based information to address complex social, health, governmental, cultural and relational issues.

The showcase also will feature a presentation by the inaugural Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice Award recipient, David Marrero, who will present on “Practical Approaches to Preventing Diabetes: What Actually Works.”

WHAT: IUPUI TRIP Community Showcase

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 16, 5-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Room 450, Indianapolis

IUPUI has made translating research into practice a signature part of its identity. “IUPUI’s tradition of translating research into practice is more deeply integrated in our academic culture than anywhere else I’ve ever been,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz said. “It is an integral part of our commitment to community engagement and deepens and broadens service learning, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, international partnerships, and other learning and discovery experiences across the curriculum. These are high-impact practices for student learning and high-impact opportunities for faculty to make a difference in our world through their research.”

The cutting-edge research from these translational scholars has resulted in successful businesses, improved learning experiences, model programs, improved health care and quality of life, and more.

Jeffrey L. Crabtree

IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Community Mobility and Participation in Society Lab

  • Crabtree, an associate professor of occupational therapy, developed the Community Mobility and Participation in Society Lab, which provides researchers the opportunity to understand how to reduce barriers to public transportation usage by people with disabling conditions and shares the findings with service providers. Despite medical and rehabilitation advances and the positive public transportation accommodations provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, those with chronic disabling conditions continue to face mobility barriers that result in social isolation, poor nutrition, poor quality of life, reduced education opportunities, reduced employment opportunities, and other challenges. The lab uses the gains made in medical rehabilitation and research to further enable access to public transportation for those who are transportation disadvantaged so that they may “live, learn and earn.”


Carrie Hagan

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Law and Social Works: Providing Holistic Services to Benefit Students, the University and the Community

  • Hagan, a clinical associate professor of law, and Stephanie Boys, an assistant professor at the IU School of Social Work, developed a new service learning opportunity through an interdisciplinary partnership between the IU schools of law and social work. The researchers redesigned a Civil Practice Clinic, which had formerly involved only law students, to now pair law students and social work students in order to serve the holistic needs of clients. Referrals for the clinic are obtained through Indiana Legal Services, and many clients do not have resources to retain legal counsel or services by other means. The law students address the clients’ legal issues and the social work students ensure the clients are connected with appropriate social services, such as domestic violence counseling and social welfare benefits.

David Marrero

IU School of Medicine

Translating Diabetes Prevention Program into the Public Health Community

  • Marrero, the director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center, is an expert in the field of clinical trials in diabetes and translation research, which moves scientific advances into the public health sector. Marrero has helped design two national multi-center studies -- the Diabetes Prevention Program, a landmark study looking at lifestyle interventions versus medication in people with pre-diabetes, and the Translating Research into Action for Diabetes study, which evaluated strategies to improve diabetes care delivery in managed care settings. Marrero’s research interests include strategies for promoting diabetes prevention, care settings, improving diabetes care practices used by primary care providers, and the use of technology to facilitate care and education.


Razi Nalim

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Propulsion Research

  • Nalim, a professor of mechanical engineering, conducts research on new approaches to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of aircraft engines and power plants, focusing on wave devices and pressure-gain combustion. Responding to NASA’s call for early-stage highly innovative ideas with the potential to meet national aeronautics needs, he proposed a novel hybrid electric engine that would combine electric battery and motor drive with a highly fuel-efficient and compact combustion turbine engine. The benefits of electric propulsion would be combined with an innovative wave-rotor turbine engine invented at IUPUI. This engine merges the functions of a compressor, combustor and turbine found on today’s aircraft engines into a single rotating component, and offers significantly lower-fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Patricia J. Scott

IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Impact of the Liver Transplantation Process on Everyday Lives

  • Scott, an associate professor of occupational therapy, is devoted to a research career that will help determine the impact of liver transplantation on everyday lives. Scott’s  goal is to increase the number of individuals who have access to information and health care servicesto aid them in returning  to full, meaningful participation in life post-transplant. Scott recently received the 2012 American Society for Transplantation Allied Health Research Award, which will further her work and allow her to initiate trails to determine the best interventions that will support individuals struggling to resume meaningful life after transplantation.

Sarah Wiehe, M.D.

IU School of Medicine

Engaging the Community to Inform Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

  • Dr. Wiehe, an assistant professor of pediatrics, along with a team of academic and community partners, engaged stakeholders of Avondale Meadows – an 800-unit, mixed income housing development – in a discussion on how to improve the community’s health. Despite well-known associations between where a person lives and his/her health, few patient-centered approaches have been used to develop and implement place-based health interventions. For the first time in the United States, Avondale Meadows, a Purpose Built Community in Indianapolis, is incorporating health as part of its community development strategy. Through mixed-methods and participatory design, the team has elicited and engaged residents to develop health-promoting interventions in their community.  These ideas were presented back to the larger community for validation and further resident engagement. 


Margie Smith-Simmons