Indiana University School of Medicine began construction Oct. 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to create a $230 million medical education and research building.
Located west of Senate Avenue and south of the IU Neuroscience Research Center on 16th Street, this building will rise 11 stories and occupy 326,200 square feet of land.
Dr. Jay L. Hess, dean of IU’s medical school and IU’s executive vice president for academic clinical affairs, said it was the first new classroom in Indianapolis since 1959.
“The future of the medical workforce, especially in Indiana, will spend time in this building,” Hess said. “To be able to design a building that can bring the latest technologies, such as holographic anatomy learning methods, we built a building that optimizes the training of doctors in the best way.”
As one of the largest medical schools in the nation, the construction project is the largest in IU School of Medicine’s 120-year history.
The first three floors will be entirely dedicated to medical education. There will be two large lecture halls and smaller classrooms to facilitate problem-based learning. These floors also include a surgical learning lab where residents and fellows can develop skills and get real-time feedback on all types of surgery.
Connecting the south side of the building, an eight-story tower will contain faculty offices for those directly involved in medical education. Included will be 100,000 square feet of space for researchers.
“Building a facility that will train generations of doctors to help serve in Indiana and beyond is so important,” Hess said. “It’s like the iconic Bloomington Gates, well known, it’s the center of gravity of the School of Medicine.”
According to a News at IU article, IU President Pamela Whitten said she hopes this new building will help prepare students and save lives.
“As we open the new Indiana University School of Medicine Medical Education and Research Building, we celebrate the creation of a space that will accelerate our faculty’s cutting-edge discoveries,” Whitten said in the post. .
Dave and Susan Roberts, supporters of Alzheimer’s disease research at IU, have donated $10 million to advance Alzheimer’s disease research at the School of Medicine.
Thanks to this donation, one of the floors of this new building will be dedicated to research on Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neuroscience research. IU School of Medicine is one of the nation’s oldest Alzheimer’s disease research centers and a state leader in dementia-related disease research.
Dr. Bruce Lamb, executive director of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and Roberts family professor of Alzheimer’s disease research, said Roberts’ donation will help expand neurodegenerative research throughout Indiana.
“Dave and Susan Roberts continue to want to help make a difference,” Lamb said. “They want to help find a solution and find it here in Indiana. The research building will allow us to expand our center for neurodegenerative diseases to another level.
The Indiana School of Medicine is fourth in the nation in funding provided by the National Institute on Aging. Lamb said this funding will allow Alzheimer’s disease research to grow throughout Indiana.
“My hope, especially for Alzheimer’s disease, is that some of the solutions will come from Indiana,” Lamb said. “With funding from the National Institute on Aging, I think it’s entirely possible that some of the solutions to these terrible diseases will come from Indiana.”
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