Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

Dedicated to improving outcomes for persons suffering from disorders of the nervous system

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine, under the leadership of Executive Director Bruce T. Lamb, PhD, brings together the scientific community in a dynamic, collaborative organization that advances discovery of neuroscience-related disease mechanisms and therapeutic strategies and disseminates and applies this knowledge to prevent, treat and cure disease.

For more than 20 years, Stark Neurosciences Research Institute has provided a collaborative space on the Indiana University School of Medicine campus in downtown Indianapolis where scientists and clinician-scientists from different disciplines can work together on translational science to investigate devastating disorders, ultimately seeking novel therapeutics to treat patients alongside partnering physicians. 

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Stark Neurosciences Research Institute investigators can join nine research interest groups, from addiction to spinal cord injuries.

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The Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program trains students for research and teaching careers in academics, institutes, industries or hospitals.

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Faculty Investigators

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute members have faculty appointments at IU School of Medicine, IU Indianapolis and IU Bloomington. 

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100+ investigators
98 million dollars in NIH funding 
9 research interest groups

Transformational neuroscience research

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute is at the cutting edge for the role the IU School of Medicine plays locally and globally to shape new treatments for devastating disorders of the nervous system, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as addiction, glaucoma, spinal cord and brain injuries, chronic pain and psychiatric disorders.

Exponential growth in research funding

Stark Neuroscience Research Institute investigators at IU School of Medicine received $98.5 million in National Institute of Health grant funding in 2023, a 35 percent increase since 2019. Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders related grants comprise a large majority of the funding. 

Research at Stark Neurosciences Research Institute is not only reflected across departments at IU School of Medicine and at other IU campuses statewide but at several universities and institutions, such as Purdue University, the Jackson Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh and Sage Bionetworks.



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