Medical research at IU School of Medicine covers many specialty areas, including neuroscience, global health, cancer, musculoskeletal health and precision medicine.

Advancing Research and Innovation

IU School of Medicine is among top NIH-funded medical schools in the United States

Transforming Health

Indiana University School of Medicine is addressing the most pressing health challenges in Indiana and beyond. Research discoveries by IU School of Medicine faculty and trainees yield the building blocks for tomorrow’s most needed medical breakthroughs.

Basic and Clinical Science Departments

IU School of Medicine researchers work to discover the most promising breakthroughs and move new knowledge into tangible health benefits for patients.
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Clinical Studies

Clinical studies test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and treatments. Nearly all medical treatments used today began with clinical studies.
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Research Centers

Centers support innovative and collaborative research to solve some of the most difficult diseases facing society today.
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Spanning IU School of Medicine and IU Health, institutes enable a team-based approach to provide superior care to Hoosiers today and discover new and improved care for the future.
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Strong National Research Funding

IU School of Medicine researchers were awarded more than $243 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in federal fiscal year 2023. According to rankings released by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, this makes IU School of Medicine No. 13 in NIH funding among all public medical schools and No. 29 among all medical schools in the United States.

As the research program at IU School of Medicine grows, so do the benefits to our state. According to data from a 2022 report by United for Medical Research, every $1 million in NIH funding awarded to Indiana researchers created nearly 13 jobs, the income and other associated expenses from which generated $2.76 million in economic activity. Based on that data, IU School of Medicine’s 2023 NIH funding is responsible for creating about 3,142 jobs and an estimated $672 million in economic activity in Indiana — more than half of the estimated total $1.02 billion in economic activity generated in Indiana from all NIH funding in the state.

$243 Millions in NIH research funding
13 Ranking for NIH funding among all U.S. public medical schools
11 Departments ranked in top 25 for NIH funding among national peers
5 Ranking for NIH funding among all U.S. departments of medical and molecular genetics

Portrait of Shannon Risacher in front of a monitor with scans on itFaculty Research Labs

Faculty throughout IU School of Medicine work together to advance knowledge and treatment for patients in the world's most critical areas of medicine.

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

IU School of Medicine graduate programs uplift future scientists and the research on which medicine rests.

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Focused Expertise

An emphasis on team science and prioritization by leadership have allowed IU School of Medicine faculty to grow their expertise in strategic areas of research to maximize the school’s impact on both medical science and public health.

Areas of Expertise