Research Centers and Institutes

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Centers and Institutes

IU School of Medicine centers and institutes support innovative and collaborative basic, clinical and translational research on a broad range of key scientific, medical and health care topics.

Along with more than 500,000 square feet of space available for research activities in a dozen buildings on the Indianapolis campus, IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are advancing discoveries in research facilities at its other statewide campuses.

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The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics offers collaboration, consulting and training in advanced computation and informatics in biomedical processes, drug development and therapeutic responses.

Breast Cancer

At the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research a multi-disciplinary team of more than 30 breast cancer physicians and scientists are capitalizing on new technologies to develop highly customized therapies and to help women avoid the life-altering side effects that often result from standard treatment.


The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center, is the organizational core for the wide array of cancer research, education and patient care programs at IU School of Medicine.


The Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases fosters knowledge, supports training and promotes basic and translational research in diabetes and related metabolic disorders.


The Brown Center for Immunotherapy focuses on advancing cell-based immunotherapies and other therapies that bolster the power of the immune system to treat diseases such as cancer and to develop preventative strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.


Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) brings together Indiana’s brightest minds to solve the state’s most pressing health challenges. The statewide institute is led by Sharon Moe, MD, and Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, and supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Musculoskeletal Health

The Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at IU School of Medicine focus on the discovery and development of new treatments, cures, diagnostic tools, technologies and preventative strategies to address the increasing burden of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders of bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage affecting patients of all ages.

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Stark Neurosciences Research Institute applies advances in molecular, genetic and imaging technologies to fundamental questions about brain function, dysfunction and development.

Pediatric Research

At the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, more than 200 faculty investigators, staff and trainees seeking answers to the most pressing questions related to childhood illness.

Regenerative Medicine

The Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering is comprised of more than 40 scientists and staff working to develop technologies and therapies to help heal burns, address diabetic complications, and treat injured soldiers.

Collaborative Research Programs

Indiana University School of Medicine is home to nationally recognized multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes that focus on specific areas of medicine.

Alcohol Abuse

The Indiana Alcohol Research Center focuses on the biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. The center educates policymakers regarding the science behind diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism.

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Alzheimer's Disease

The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center conducts basic science research on the causes and processes of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, tests new treatments, trains future generations of Alzheimer’s researchers and physicians, and supports patients and their caregivers.

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Research Partnerships

In addition to the Indiana University School of Medicine’s robust research enterprise, the school’s scientist and physician faculty are involved—many in leadership positions—in partner research centers at Indiana University and throughout the world.