Strong National Research Funding
Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are working to advance scientific discovery that improves health and drives economic impact in Indiana and beyond. In the past few years, the school’s research enterprise has grown significantly thanks in part to investment in a robust schoolwide mentoring program—including peer review committees and assistance for junior investigators, a new scientific core infrastructure that provides access to expertise such as biostatistics and data management, and state-of-the-art research facilities and new technologies.
In federal fiscal year 2017, IU School of Medicine scientists earned more than $135 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—a record for the school and an increase of nearly 40 percent compared to 2012. Researchers set another school record in 2017 by publishing more research papers (108) in scientific journals with an impact factor of 10 or higher than any other year—highlighting the quality and greater visibility of research by IU School of Medicine faculty. All of this adds up to increased recognition for the school and its partners, as well as improved health outcomes and more skilled workers for the state.
IU School of Medicine centers and institutes support innovative and collaborative basic, clinical and translational research on a broad range of key scientific, medical and health care topics. Research core laboratories provide investigators with specialized scientific services to support their research. The school has more than 500,000 square feet of space available for research activities in a dozen buildings on the Indianapolis campus and additional research resources at its campuses throughout Indiana. Explore the IU School of Medicine Research Guide for details on the school’s research facilities and programs.
Medical Research Programs
Rare Disease Research
A rare disease is defined as any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people. One in ten Americans suffer from a rare disease, but more than 7000 rare diseases affect approximately 25 million Americans. IU School of Medicine faculty researchers are committed to the discovery of new treatment and therapies to improve the quality of life of those 25 million Americans and individuals suffering from rare disease worldwide.
Student Research Programs
IU School of Medicine students can enrich their studies and training by participating in a wide range of research opportunities available statewide. Each summer, many students choose to work alongside IU School of Medicine scientists and investigators at other institutions near IU School of Medicine campuses to participate in research programs in areas such as genetics, drug discovery, cancer research, health policy and independent inquiry. Research programs are also available to individuals not currently enrolled as a student of IU School of Medicine.