IU Health CEO discusses Strategic Research Initiative in State of the System Address
Feb. 7, 2013
Indiana University Health CEO Daniel F. Evans addressed a major initiative of the IU School of Medicine and IU Health in this State of the System Address at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital on Jan. 31.
The Strategic Research Initiative, which includes $75 million from the IU School of Medicine and $75 million from IU Health, was created to enhance the institutions’ joint capabilities in fundamental scientific investigation, translational research and clinical trials that will result in innovative treatments for disease.
“As Indiana’s only academic health system, our mission extends beyond clinical care to include education and research,” Evans said. “Our partnership with the IU School of Medicine keeps us closely engaged with researchers working to advance patient care in ways that are felt far beyond our own system.
“Together, we launched the Strategic Research Initiative. This collaboration will jointly invest $150 million over five years, enabling us to move the results of medical research more quickly into the hands of physicians for the benefit of future patients. Since its inception just last year, the Strategic Research Initiative has already funded a number of very promising projects focused on developing the next generation of innovative treatments and cures for cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders.”
These three target research areas represent research strengths at IU School of Medicine, key strategic service lines for IU Health, and important medical needs in a time of an aging population and rising health care costs.
In addition, Evans addressed another major project at the IU School of Medicine, the expansion of medical education at the school’s eight regional campuses to include third- and four-year medical students, which aims to curb the state’s growing physician shortage.
“Our partnership with the IU School of Medicine also supports the growth of its regional medical campuses as we expand opportunities for medical school students. Last year, we added 42 new clinical rotations in eight IU Health entities -- acquainting tomorrow’s clinicians with many of the communities where they are needed most by our fellow Hoosiers.”
To listen to the complete address, visit this IU Health Web page.