Centers and Institutes

IU School of Medicine has more than 500,000 square feet of space available for research activities in a dozen buildings on the Indianapolis campus as well as research facilities at its other statewide campuses. IU School of Medicine centers and institutes support highly collaborative basic, clinical and translational research on a broad range of scientific, medical and health care topics. Service core laboratories embedded within the school’s academic departments provide investigators with specialized scientific services to support their research.

Square Feet of Research Space at Indianapolis Campus
IU School of Medicine Research Centers
IU School of Medicine Institutes
Service Core Laboratories


The Indiana Alcohol Research Center focuses on the biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. The center educates policymakers regarding the science behind diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism.


The Indiana University Center for Aging Research develops and tests innovative strategies to improve the quality of health care and self-care for older adults.

Alzheimer’s Disease

The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center conducts basic science research on the causes and processes of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, tests new treatments, trains future generations of Alzheimer’s researchers and physicians, and supports patients and their caregivers. The IU Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders conducts research and provides multidisciplinary clinical and educational services to individuals and families with memory loss and/or mood disorders.


The Center for Bioethics at IU School of Medicine serves as a local, state and national resource in bioethics research, education and policy.


The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics offers collaboration, consulting and training in advanced computation and informatics in biomedical research.


The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center, is the organizational core for the wide array of cancer research, education and patient care programs at IU School of Medicine.


The Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases fosters knowledge, supports training and promotes basic and translational research in diabetes and related metabolic disorders.

Global Health

The Indiana University Center for Global Health fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships across the university and around the world and conducts and disseminates research in order to create successful global health care systems and train the next generation of global health leaders.

Health Care Policy

The Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research provides quick-turnaround research on issues of health care financing, the uninsured, medical education/training, and ethical, professional and legal issues of physician practice. The Regenstrief Institute conducts research to optimize information needed by patients, providers and policy makers and measures the impact on quality of health care, and Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy conducts research important to informing health workforce development and planning efforts.

Musculoskeletal Health

The Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at IU School of Medicine focus on the discovery and development of new treatments, cures, diagnostic tools, technologies and preventative strategies to address the increasing burden of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders of bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage affecting patients of all ages.


The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute applies advances in molecular, genetic and imaging technologies to fundamental questions about brain function, dysfunction and development. With the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, IU School of Medicine is a designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Site, one of just 16 such centers in the nation. This partnership focuses on the long-term treatment and rehabilitation of people with traumatic brain injury. The IU Center for Neuroimaging uses advanced imaging technologies to further understanding of brain structure and function, investigate the influence of genetic variation on imaging phenotypes, and advance clinical care for brain disorders. The specific mission of the Institute of Psychiatric Research is to apply the methods of genetics and neurobiology to understand neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder.


Research at the Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center focuses on regulation of blood flow in the healthy and diseased eye. Investigators at this center also study ocular perfusion changes during sleep and circadian fluctuations in systemic and intraocular fluid dynamics.


The Department of Pediatrics hosts five research centers on the Indianapolis campus. The department is in the top 10 percent of all ranked pediatric departments in the U.S. in NIH funding. Pediatric faculty specialize in a wide range of research--from basic science and translational research to health policy research, clinical trials and participation in large multi-institution consortiums.

Personalized Medicine

The Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine explores how genetic information and environmental exposure affect each person’s risks to develop certain diseases and responses to medication. The Brown Center for Immunotherapy is focusing initially on advancing treatment for multiple myeloma and breast cancer with cell-based immunotherapy, Researchers will also investigate potential opportunities to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders with immunotherapies.


The Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at IU School of Medicine is comprised of more than 30 scientists and staff working to reduce the number of amputations in the state of Indiana and deliver critically acclaimed science. The Center for Outcomes Research in Surgery consists of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and support staff focused on the prevention and alleviation of human suffering due to surgical disease.