The broad-based basic and clinical research programs in neuroscience are spread across several centers of excellence at IUSM, including the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, the Indiana University Center for Neuroimaging, the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium, and the Institute of Psychiatric Research. Researchers at these centers are applying advanced molecular, genetic, and imaging technologies to fundamental questions about brain function, dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, concussion, and neuropsychiatric disorders.
IUSM is the home of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD). The genome-wide, biological pathway and functional neuroimaging analysis is leading the identification of disease associated genes and biomarkers. A new gene-to-drug initiative is exploiting newly discovered disease-associated genes for drug targeting.
The strong clinical program is led by highly skilled neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists for investigation and treatment of neurological diseases that include Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, neuromuscular disorders, brain aneurysms, Parkinson’s disease, brain and spinal cord injuries, psychiatry, epilepsy and seizures, scoliosis, Huntington’s disease, stroke, and trigeminal neuralgia.