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Medical students get the opportunity to work in a wide range of medical research labs on the Fort Wayne campus throughout the academic year.

Medical Research

Exciting medical research is underway at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne. Faculty at this campus collaboratively conduct research in areas of neuroscience, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. The Fort Wayne medical research facility provides spacious laboratories for each of the basic science faculty members at this campus.

Students at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne have opportunities to work with basic science and clinical faculty on research throughout the academic year. Additionally, IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne is the co-sponsor of the Student Research Fellowship Program, which provides basic science and clinical research opportunities to medical students in a nine-week comprehensive program each summer.

Faculty Spotlight

Jui-Hung (Jimmy) Yen, PhD, is an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne. His work to develop anti-inflammatory therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases includes ischemic stroke and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is also working to further dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying the protective effects of these treatments.

Student Research Programs

Several research opportunities are available to students at the Fort Wayne campus and throughout the community.

Community Research Consortium

The Community Research Consortium provides clinical research opportunities for residents and medical students as well as trainees in physician assistant, nurse practitioner, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing programs. For information about the Community Research Consortium, email Gina Bailey or call 260-257-6866.

The Research Education for College Student (RECS) Program is a six-week summer program open to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA and completed at least six credit hours of science courses. The program covers medical research components, methodology, applications and ethics.

The Student Education and Research Fellowship Program is a nine-week summer program open to graduate and medical students interested in strengthening basic research skills and practical experience conducting research independently.

During the summer following the first year of medical school, students can participate in a ten-week NIH-funded research program sponsored by IU School of Medicine. Participants in the Student Research Program in Academic Medicine program can undertake a research project in the laboratory of a Fort Wayne campus faculty member.

Medical Research Updates

IU School of Medicine is conducting advanced medical research at its campuses throughout Indiana. To keep track of these developments, IU School of Medicine offers a variety of information resources, including the newsroom and a research blog. To hear faculty researchers describe their work in person, plan to attend the annual meeting of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, featuring presentations and poster sessions from scientists across the state. Find seminars, scientific presentations and other live events on the IU School of Medicine calendar.

Research News

To stay current on the medical research work at IU School of Medicine, follow the IU School of Medicine newsroom and research blog, where investigators throughout the school’s academic departments post updates about their work.