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Bowen Research Center — Deborah Allen, MD, director

The center conducts research on lifestyle decisions that promote health and prevent disease. It also focuses on access to primary care services among rural and underserved populations; develops methods to control rising health care costs; and improves the effectiveness, efficiency, humaneness, and appropriateness of health services.

Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics — Lang Li, PhD, director

The Mission of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) at the Indiana University School of Medicine is to conduct outstanding basic, clinical and translational research. Through these activities:

  • The CCBB promotes advanced computation and informatics approaches to increase our understanding of normal and disease-associated biological processes, drug development, and therapeutic responses.
  • The CCBB stimulates and facilitates the collaboration among medical science biologists, clinical investigators and health care researchers.
  • The CCBB educates the next generation of bioinformaticians through direct participation in research activities.

Center for Diabetes Research - Peter Roach, PhD, director

The goal of the Center for Diabetes Research is to promote the training of scientists whose research will develop new understandings of the basis of diabetes and its complications, and to cultivate basic science research that can speed the discovery of more effective therapies. 

Center for Immunobiology — David S. Wilkes, MD, interim director

The goals of the Center for Immunobiology are to develop interdepartmental, collaborative, basic science, clinical and translational research programs focused on organ transplant immunology, autoimmunity, innate and acquired immunity and the immunobiology of cancer; to develop training programs for MD and PhD post doctoral fellows and to serve as a pipeline for the recruitment of MD and PhD students into careers of research related to the immunobiology of human diseases.

Center for Medical Genomics Howard Edenberg, PhD, director

The goal of the Center for Medical Genomics is to improve health by facilitating cutting-edge research with state-of-the-art genomic technologies for studying gene expression and genetics. The center provides genomic technologies and also assistance with experimental design, infrastructure, and consulting services for use of genomic technology in studies of disease and in other biomedical research.

Center for Structural Biology — Thomas Hurley, PhD, director

The Center for Structural Biology is a multidisciplinary center whose researchers examine structural characteristics of biological macromolecules and how changes in properties relate to specific diseases. Current projects include studies on the underlying mechanisms for alcoholism, cancer, diabetes, liver and heart disease.

Diabetes Translational Research Center - David Marrero, PhD, director

The Diabetes Translation Research Center conducts research projects that share a focus on diabetes prevention, care and treatment. 

Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Steven Counsell, MD, director

IU Geriatrics has been recognized by the John A. Hartford Foundation as one of 24 Centers of Excellence. The mission of IU Geriatrics is to promote successful aging by improving the quality of health care services for older adults through education, research, and the interdisciplinary team approach to care.

Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research — Mervin C. Yoder, MD, director

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research conducts basic science and translational research within the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, offering exceptional opportunities for collaborations between basic scientists and physicians. The goals of the Wells Center are to increase knowledge of the causes and mechanisms of serious pediatric diseases, to develop innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, and to provide an outstanding training environment for medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows.

Indiana Alcohol Research Center — David W. Crabb, MD, director

The Indiana Alcohol Research Center focuses on the elucidation of the biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Center researchers study the biological and molecular bases for differences in responses to alcohol and the consequences of heavy drinking. It is a national resource for selectively bred animals differing in alcohol preference, it performs genotyping services for a number of candidate genes implicated in genetic risk of alcoholism, and is also highly involved in educating policy makers regarding the science behind diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism, and in the training of medical and social work students.

Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center — Andrew J. Saykin, PsyD, director

The purpose of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center is to identify persons with probable Alzheimer disease. The center's research involves patients with Alzheimer disease and other related senile dementias as well as a comparison group of healthy older adults.

Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy — Kenneth Dunn, PhD, scientific director

High resolution confocal epifluorescence and multiphoton microscopy of cells, tissues and organs in living animals and fixed samples, and development of methods for imaging and digital image analysis.

Indiana Center for Vascular Biology & Medicine (ICVBM) — Keith March, MD, PhD, director

The ICVBM is committed to being a leader in basic as well as applied research in understanding mechanisms of vascular wellness and disease, and the development of leading-edge medical therapies to improve the care of patients with vascular problems.

Indiana University Center for Aging Research — Christopher M. Callahan, MD, director

The mission of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research is to test innovative strategies to improve the quality of health care and self-care for older adults. We conduct health services, epidemiological and translational research at the intersection of primary care, geriatrics, psychiatry, and public health and have developed, tested and disseminated models of health care delivery for seniors throughout the continuum of care. 

Indiana University Center for AIDS Research — Kenneth H. Fife, MD, PhD, director

The mission of the IU Center for AIDS Research is to support a multi-disciplinary environment that promotes basic, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, and translational research in the prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS.

Indiana University Center for Bioethics — Eric M. Meslin, PhD, director

The mission of the IU Center for Bioethics is to serve as a local, state, and national resource in bioethics research, education and policy.

Indiana University Center for Global Health — Robert Einterz, MD, director

The IU Center for Global Health fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships across the university and around the world and conducts and disseminates research in order to create successful global health care systems and train the next generation of global health leaders.

Indiana University Center for Neuroimaging — Andrew J. Saykin, PsyD, director

It is the mission of the IU Center for Neuroimaging to utilize advanced imaging technologies to further the understanding of brain structure & function; investigate the influence of genetic variation on imaging phenotypes; provide training and experience in neuroimaging research; develop, assess, and validate emerging technologies, and advance the state of the art in clinical care for brain disorders including neurosurgical planning and image-guided therapy.

Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center — Patrick Loehrer, MD, director

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

IU Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Martin R. Farlow, MD

The center conducts research and provides multidisciplinary, comprehensive, clinical and educational services to elderly individuals and families with memory loss and/or mood disorders.

National Center of Excellence in Women's Health — Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, director

The center advocates state-of-the-art health care for Indiana women in multiple ways, including education, creation of clinical programs, research, community outreach and professional development.

O'Brien Research Center for Advanced Renal Microscopic Analysis - Bruce Molitoris, MD, director

In June 2002, the IU Division of Nephrology received NIH funding to establish a George M. O'Brien Research Center for Advanced Renal Microscopic Analysis. A primary goal of this center is to develop new optical methodologies for investigators in Nephrologic and Urologic research. Approaches include intravital microscopy, 3-dimensional imaging and quantitative microscopic analyses.