The Medical Sciences Program in Bloomington is unique among the IU School of Medicine campuses in that it educates medical students seeking an MD as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Bloomington offers a Big 10 learning environment on an iconic campus.

With six major hospitals housing about 2000 beds, medical students in Evansville have access to physician educators in a range of medical specialties. An expanded residency program here will provide more than 100 new graduate medical education positions over the next few years.

The Fort Wayne campus offers clinical education in both rural and urban communities through two large hospital systems serving the region. A Student Research Fellowship Program offers med students nine weeks of summer research experience.

Students and faculty in Indianapolis benefit from close proximity to some of Indiana’s largest teaching hospitals and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. This campus offers medical education in the heart of one of the most progressive and economically healthy cities in the United States.

Muncie is the School’s only campus that’s located on hospital property, giving medical students a front-row four-year medical education with all the amenities that come with being located near the campus of Ball State University, a bustling college environment.

Located in a highly populated urban region just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, the Gary campus offers medical students unparalleled access to clinical care at 11 major teaching hospitals housing 2800 beds. An expanded residency program in Gary will accommodate more than 100 new graduate medical education positions.

IU School of Medicine-South Bend is located on the campus of Notre Dame, offering a rich campus life in a traditionally collegiate community. Students here gain clinical care experience at the Navari Student Outreach Clinic, and external funding for faculty research exceeds $2 million per year.

Known for its rural medical education program, IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute meets the increased need for physicians to serve rural communities throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. This unique four-year medical school program emphasizes primary care and other specialties of need in rural communities.

Located on the campus of Purdue University, the West Lafayette campus offers a Big Ten campus atmosphere and opportunities to supplement the MD curriculum with research experience in the collaborative labs and research centers here. This IU School of Medicine campus offers on-campus housing to med students.

Centers and Institutes

Brown Center for Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy

The Brown Center for Immunotherapy at Indiana University School of Medicine was established in December 2016 with a $30 million gift from Indianapolis entrepreneur and IU School of Medicine alumnus Don Brown. The mission of the Brown Center is to develop new treatments and cure disease through the use of cell-based immunotherapies.

Working in partnership with leaders from private industry, researchers at the center will improve the application of cellular therapy for cancers and pioneer use of this powerful technology for other diseases. The center ultimately seeks to develop innovative methods to make this highly specialized therapy accessible to large numbers of patients so it makes the greatest impact on patients’ lives.

Researching immunotherapy for cancer and neurodegenerative disorders

The Brown Center for Immunotherapy will initially focus on multiple myeloma and breast cancer, two diseases for which IU School of Medicine and its clinical partner Indiana University Health have a strong foundation of talent, sizable patient populations and existing resources that can be leveraged to maximize impact.

Building on IU School of Medicine expertise

With meaningful experience and related expertise as well as strong infrastructure and institutional commitment, IU School of Medicine is primed to make significant contributions to the understanding and application of cell-based immunotherapies.

  • Experience. Since Dr. Hal Broxmeyer’s pioneering use of cord blood transplants, IU School of Medicine has been building on the use of cellular approaches to treat disease. The Brown Center for Immunotherapy will further advance this experience.
  • Expertise. IU School of Medicine is home to internationally recognized faculty members in fields such as myeloma and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Facilities and infrastructure. IU School of Medicine is home to an NIH-funded national laboratory that has played a vital role in producing the gene vectors and ensuring the safety of some of the country’s most successful and novel immunotherapy trials to date.
  • Institutional commitment. Indiana University is making a monumental investment in personnel, infrastructure and technology as part of the Precision Health Initiative, a five-year, $120 million program focused on tailoring treatment for individual patients through a variety of approaches. The Brown Center for Immunotherapy will leverage these investments.

Researchers will also investigate potential opportunities to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders with immunotherapies. A growing body of evidence suggests that the body’s immune response is important for preventing the development of Alzheimer’s, making it an obvious target for immunotherapy.

About Don Brown

Don BrownDon Brown, MD, is one of Indiana’s most successful and respected entrepreneurs, and his ties to Indiana University run deep. He earned his Bachelor of Science in physics from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1978 and later enrolled in a combined MD/PhD program at IU School of Medicine with the intent of becoming a laboratory researcher. After deciding that career path was not a good fit, he switched his focus to computer science. He earned a Master of Science in 1982 before finishing medical school in 1985. Learn more about Dr. Don Brown.