IU Grand Challenges and strategic research approach update Oct. 26

October 15, 2015

On Monday, Oct. 26, Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., executive associate dean of research affairs will provide updates on IUSM’s strategic approach to research and grand challenges goals in the second of two town hall meetings.

IUSM will focus on the topic of “Precision Medicine” for its Grand Challenge initiative | Photo By IU School of Medicine

In an effort to address some of the most urgent challenges facing Indiana and the world, Indiana University launched the most ambitious research program in the university’s history in September 2015.

Indiana University will invest at least $300 million over the next five years in a Grand Challenges research program to develop transformative solutions for some of the planet’s most pressing problems. Up to five large-scale research projects will be selected through a competitive review process designed to maximize impact on the state, its economy and the quality of life of Hoosiers.

These projects will address challenges that are too big to ignore -- such as global water supplies; the availability of energy; infectious diseases; harnessing the power of, and protecting, big data; and climate change -- by catalyzing collaborative and interdisciplinary research, as well as new partnerships with community organizations, industry and government.

At this time, IUSM is focusing on the topic of “Precision Medicine” for its Grand Challenge initiative. As planning takes shape, a work group of faculty experts will be formed to design and implement this initiative. IUSM welcomes input from interested faculty regarding project concepts, needed infrastructure and recruitment of new faculty expertise in the area of Precision Medicine.

The meeting will take place at Fairbanks Hall, 340 W. 10th St. Indianapolis, IN 46202, in room 1111, from noon to 1 pm. To join by telephone, dial the auto attendant at 812-856-7060 and enter the conference code number, 233007, followed by the “#” key. Phone attendants can watch video of the meeting at https://connect.iu.edu/iusmgrandchallenge.

To learn about town hall meeting updates and view video of past meetings, visit the IU Research Development web page. For more information about the scope and purpose of the Grand Challenges, visit http://www.iu.edu/~vpr/grand_challenges.shtml.