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State Budget Committee approves construction of IU Neurosciences Research Building


Located near 16th Street and Senate Avenue near IU Health Methodist Hospital, the Neurosciences Research Building expands and strengthens the biomedical and life sciences research capability of the School of Medicine and university, impacting economic development and offering improvements in Hoosier health.

“I am deeply grateful that our State Budget Committee recognizes the value this structure will bring to our school and state,” McRobbie said. “Not only will it serve as a platform for some very promising research projects, it will help us attract some of the nation’s top neuroscience physicians to Indianapolis.”

The building will provide laboratory-research space for new scientists and expansion space for existing psychiatric and neuroscience research. It will be part of the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center under development by IU Health, creating a unique national model for collaborative, transdisciplinary, patient care, research, and education for neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.

“The Neurosciences Research Building follows a theme that is consistent across the entire neuroscience campus being constructed at 16th and Senate,” said Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and IU vice president for university clinical affairs. “Whether caring for patients or doing bench research, we are committed to a multidisciplinary approach. The research building will welcome neuroscientists from many fields including psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, radiology and pathology. This clustering is unique and will result in true synergy across disciplines as we try to make fundamental advances against the scourges of Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury, addiction, psychoses and many other dread diseases of the nervous system.”

Bonding authority to pay for construction of the building was approved by earlier sessions of the Indiana General Assembly.

The Institute of Psychiatric Research, part of the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, will be a primary occupant of the building. A portion of the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute will relocate to the new building, which has been designed to:

  *   Foster collaborative research through shared technical support and centralized analytical facilities.

  *   Offer a modular floor plan to provide flexibility in adapting to changes in programs and funding and to maximize the performance of scientific instruments.

  *   Adapt to changes in technology and programs, so research is not limited by the building it which it is located.

IU Health and the IU School of Medicine are partnering to bring patients the best in neurological care with the construction of the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, an expansive neurosciences hub being built along 16th Street. This neurosciences complex will consist of a six-story, 270,000-square-foot ambulatory care and imaging center, a research building and a 960-stall parking structure. IU Health and the IU School of Medicine plan to invest more than $100 million over five years to fund the project.

The ambulatory care and imaging center are expected to open in 2012, and the research building is set to open in 2013.

The building is part of the Indiana University’s plan to provide critically needed world-class research space, which has been identified as a key limiting factor to the development of university research capabilities.