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Laura is senior writer with the Office of Strategic Communications and loves to tell the stories of outstanding students, faculty and staff at IU School of Medicine. A native Hoosier, she has over 25 years of experience in communications, having worked with newspapers and other media organizations in Indiana and Florida, along with small businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations. Before joining IU School of Medicine in January 2020, she was editor-in-chief of a lifestyle magazine serving the community of Estero, Florida.
Emergency medicine physician Gregory Taylor launched the Physicians for Wishes YouTube channel to grant wishes for people with critical illnesses. Devin Loudy enjoyed a Lake Michigan vacation with his family as the first wish granted.
Mariel Luna Hinojosa, MD, is on a mission to have more Hispanic students become doctors--and to create supportive environments for them in academic medicine. Only 6% of U.S. physicians are Hispanic, and just 2.4% are Latina.
Cristian Lasagna-Reeves, PhD, received an award at the 2023 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference for the “most impactful study published in Alzheimer’s research.” IU School of Medicine is a powerhouse for Alzheimer's research and resources globally.
Since joining IU School of Medicine, Andrew Saykin, PsyD, has received $53.6 million in NIH funding for research on Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders. He leads the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and is known as a visionary leader in the field.
Michael Adjei, MD, is the first Black man to become a chief resident in anesthesiology at IU School of Medicine. He recently received the Diversity Champion Award from the Multicultural Physicians’ Alliance for his work in mentorship, recruitment and retention of students and residents from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.
Elle Geddes, MD, is one of just two cardiovascular geneticists in the state of Indiana. She recently was named to the IBJ 2023 Forty Under 40 for her career achievements and contributions to medical genetics.
Megan McHenry, MD, director of pediatric global health education at IU School of Medicine, was named to the IBJ 2023 Forty Under 40. McHenry collaborates with Kenyan colleagues to improve the lives of children with neurodevelopmental challenges in Kenya and Indiana.