GARY – Did you know Indiana has the fifth largest life sciences economy in the nation? At the heart of that economy is Indiana University—one of the leaders in life sciences. Building on strengths in the basic sciences, medicine and information technology, IU is leading the genomics revolution, seeking to cure disease and improve Hoosier health—while creating new jobs along the way.
IU will celebrate its role in the life sciences with the inaugural life sciences week January 22–29. Across the state, Hoosiers can learn more about the life sciences and IU’s key accomplishments in the field through a variety of statewide activities and speaking engagements.
IU Northwest will kick-off this week-long celebration with a reception on Monday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the new medical professional building, which is located at the corner of 35th Avenue and Jefferson Street across from Gleason Golf Course. The reception will be held in the Advanced Technology Auditorium, room 2001.
Open to the community, the program will highlight IU’s commitment to the life sciences and programs and activities specific to the IU Northwest campus. Tours of the new building and medical labs will also be given. Phase 1 of the medical professional building was completed in August and is home to the IU School of Medicine Northwest Center for Medical Education. Phase 2 is slated for completion in 2006 and will house the School of Nursing and Health Professions, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Business and Economics.
Other activities at IU Northwest to celebrate Life Sciences Week include a series of brown bag lunches to be held throughout the week highlighting faculty research in the life sciences. Research ranges from ecological and environmental effects in northwest Indiana to a study of healthy eating and physical activity of adolescents in the region. For a listing of brown bag lunch sessions please visit http://www.iun.edu.
Life Sciences Week activities downstate will include the opening of two exhibits at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis: “Genome” and “Genes and Your Health.” The main exhibit, “Genome: The Secret of How Life Works,” began its journey at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Funded with Pfizer and Clarian Health Partners, it provides an interactive medium for the public to learn about genomics research.
Exciting components of “Genome” include interactive touch screens, and a giant 25-foot DNA double helix, which reveals the mysteries of our genes. Piece together a DNA puzzle, navigate a cell or attempt to match a DNA sample found at a crime scene. The exhibit will spend January 22–May 8 in Indianapolis.
Life Sciences Week highlights the economic transition the state is making—from a manufacturing to a life sciences economy. IU is playing a vital role in facilitating that change. To find out more about the life sciences, IU’s exhibits and other statewide activities, visit our Web site at http://lifesciences.iu.edu.