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Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

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

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute 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 are faculty across multiple departments within IU School of Medicine and IUPUI. 

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

Investigator spotlight

60676-Dage, Jeff

Jeff Dage, PhD

Senior Research Professor of Neurology

Jeff Dage, PhD, has been on the forefront of identification, development, and application of novel technologies that answer biological questions encountered in the course of drug discovery and clinical development. Most recently, he has led the discovery and development of a novel blood biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials.

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61207-Sangha, Susan

Susan Sangha, PhD

Associate Professor Of Psychiatry

Susan Sangha, PhD, leads research investigating neural circuits for emotion regulation, using a stimulus discrimination task she developed in preclinical laboratory models to assess how safety cues can regulate fear and reward behaviors.

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Exponential growth in research funding

Stark Neuroscience Research Institute investigators at IU School of Medicine received $75.1 million in National Institute of Health grant funding in 2022, a 53 percent increase since 2018. Alzheimer's disease 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, but at several universities and institutions, such as Purdue University, the Jackson Laboratory and Sage Bionetworks.



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Neuroscience Research

A glimpse into the lives of investigators at Stark Neuroscience Research Institute. IU School of Medicine has deemed neuroscience as a top priority of the school's research.