Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

Neurosciences Education

The Medical Neuroscience program at IU School of Medicine is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary entity with a variety of broad-based research efforts and training opportunities across the spectrum of the neuroscience specialty.

The more than 75 faculty associated with the program collaborate to prepare students to become future leaders in the exploration and understanding of the nervous system. The interests of teaching faculty represent a spectrum of neuroscience diseases and associated conditions, including animal models of anxiety disorders, neurobiology and genetics of alcoholism and addictive behaviors, Alzheimer’s, neuronal stem cell biology, and autism and neuroimmune disorders.

The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute offers three distinct pathways of study: a PhD in Neuroscience, a Medical Scientist Training Program, and an Undergraduate Summer Research program.

PhD Training

The Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program leads to a PhD. 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.

MSTP Program

Physician scientist students in the IU School of Medicine MD/PhD program can pursue a PhD through the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program offered by Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, where research focuses on translational research. Prospective MSTP students can contact the Stark Institute team to discuss research opportunities and facilitate placement in laboratory rotations.

Groundbreaking Imaging Technology

Stark Neuroscience Research Institute is home to a groundbreaking imaging machine for Alzheimer’s disease research—one of only two such machines in the world.

Why IU?

Indiana University School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the United States. Located on the school’s downtown Indianapolis campus, the Medical Neuroscience program at Stark Neurosciences Research Institute is part of one of the most nationally recognized and diverse research institutions in the country.

Physicians and scientists at the IU School of Medicine were awarded more than $355 million in research grants in the 2018 fiscal year to study the underlying causes of disease, the development of new therapeutics, and how to improve the delivery of care.

Full-time registered MedNeuro students benefit from:

  • A competitive stipend (currently $29,000 per year), tuition, and health and dental insurance coverage
  • Learning facilities in a 138,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research building that adjoins the ambulatory care and imaging facility of the IU Health Neuroscience Center
  • Neuroscience Journal Clubs throughout the year
  • Student-sponsored social activities
  • Collaboration with some of the nation’s top clinical partners as well as premier laboratories and other research facilities