IUSM dedicates state-of-the-art Neuroscience Research Building

October 2, 2014

Academic, scientific and health system leaders from Indiana University and IU Health gathered Oct. 1 to dedicate the new home of one of the nation's pre-eminent neuroscience research enterprises.

The IU Neuroscience Research Building, which opened in the spring, now is home to IU School of Medicine scientists -- including researchers from the Institute of Psychiatric Research and the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute -- conducting studies in fields such as neurotrauma, dementias, epilepsy, addiction and pain.

The IU Neurosciences Research Building is home to one of the nation's pre-eminent neuroscience research enterprises.

The 138,000-square-foot research building adjoins, and on three floors is connected to, Goodman Hall, the ambulatory care and imaging facility of the IU Health Neuroscience Center. The resulting 408,000-square-foot center provides a modern, expertly designed space for collaboration and innovation by physicians and researchers that is rare, if not unique. It also offers important opportunities for educating future scientists and physicians.

"This magnificent facility will allow Indiana University researchers to pursue cutting-edge and life-saving work to unlock the secrets of the brain and central nervous system as they search for the causes and cures to many devastating medical conditions," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "When combined with the adjacent IU Health Neuroscience Center, this research facility promises to make enormous contributions to the health and wellbeing of Hoosiers for years to come and serves as a dramatic representation of the powerful partnership between IU and the state’s largest health system."

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"This superb research building demonstrates our commitment to solving some of the most difficult neuroscience challenges facing scientists and physicians today,” said Jay Hess, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs. “The research and clinical collaborations we forge here will provide us with a unique opportunity to translate scientific discoveries into better care for patients quickly and efficiently."

In keeping with the school's determination to remain on the leading edge of research capabilities, the neuroscience center already has been upgraded to house the world's most advanced magnetic resonance imaging machine approved for use with people, making the IU School of Medicine one of the first three institutions to take advantage of this advance in imaging technology.

The impact of this combination of research strength and clinical excellence in a state-of-the-art facility already are being felt. For example:

  • When the NCAA and the Department of Defense joined forces this spring to fund a $30 million initiative to research and combat athletic concussions, they chose the IU School of Medicine to lead the effort.
  • When the Department of Defense convened its annual Military Health System Research Symposium this year, IU School of Medicine specialists in pain research, spinal cord repair and the use of stem cells to restore inner ear structures were among those invited to speak.

Cost of the IU Neuroscience Research Building was $45 million, of which $35 million was provided by the Indiana General Assembly. Construction was overseen by BSA LifeStructures Inc. The building's energy efficiency has resulted in it being LEED Gold Certified.