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Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute administers the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, a nationally and internationally prominent research institution whose research strengths encompass all areas of modern science and medicine. The Institute is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary entity that conducts broad-based research and provides a range of training opportunities in the neurosciences.

Graduates of the Medical Neuroscience PhD program are well-equipped for successful careers at academic/research institutions or non-academic positions, such as public policy, pharmacology and medical private practice.

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PhD Admissions for an IU School of Medicine program are processed through the IBMG Program.

PhD Admissions

Teaching Faculty

More than 75 faculty members are associated with Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, and these researchers’ interests span the breadth of the neurosciences—basic molecular topics through applied sciences aimed at understanding diseases and solving clinical problems. These accomplished clinicians and investigators are members of the basic and clinical sciences departments in the IU School of Medicine and IUPUI.

Stark houses research groups focused broadly on the biology of the nervous system with a focus on its disorders, disease, injury and repair. These research programs have an emphasis on translation of basic science advances into new therapies.

Stipends and Other Benefits

Students admitted to the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program receive a competitive stipend and tuition as well as health care, dental and other benefits.

Learning Environment

The environment for training is strong with good faculty-student interactions and good cross department/cross-discipline interactions. This program facilitates a collaborative culture, a vital component of today’s inter-disciplinary nature of biomedical science research. The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute training facility is located in a state-of-the-art research building, which is adjacent to the clinical neuroscience departments.

Indianapolis is a great place to live, especially for graduate-students. The cost of living is low; nice affordable housing is close to campus, and the city and surrounding area offers a wide range of cultural, sporting and recreational destinations.


Admission to the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute graduate program is processed through a common open enrollment / gateway system called the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program.
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Students in Medical Neuroscience have the freedom to explore several research areas through three rotations in laboratories within the program and across programs during their first year.
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