Centers and Institutes

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.

Along with more than 500,000 square feet of space available for research activities in a dozen buildings on the Indianapolis campus, IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are advancing discoveries in research facilities at its other statewide campuses.

Breast Cancer

At the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research a multi-disciplinary team of more than 30 breast cancer physicians and scientists are capitalizing on new technologies to develop highly customized therapies and to help women avoid the life-altering side effects that often result from standard treatment.


The Brown Center for Immunotherapy focuses on advancing cell-based immunotherapies and other therapies that bolster the power of the immune system to treat diseases such as cancer and to develop preventative strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) brings together Indiana’s brightest minds to solve the state’s most pressing health challenges. The institute was founded in 2008 by Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, as a statewide institute supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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.


Stark Neurosciences Research Institute applies advances in molecular, genetic and imaging technologies to fundamental questions about brain function, dysfunction and development.

Collaborative Research Programs

Indiana University School of Medicine is home to nationally recognized multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes that focus on specific areas of medicine.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol Abuse

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.
Alzheimer Disease

Alzheimer 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.

Research Partnerships

In addition to the Indiana University School of Medicine’s robust research enterprise, the school’s scientist and physician faculty are involved—many in leadership positions—in partner research centers at Indiana University and throughout the world.