D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, will attend several events in northwest Indiana on Tuesday, March 22, culminating in an Open House Reception at the new medical education building on the campus of IU Northwest. Braterís visit will focus on the economic development potential of life sciences research conducted at each of the regional campuses, including the Northwest Center in Gary.
The job creating potential of life sciences research, with the goal of Indiana becoming a center for biotechnology businesses and jobs, has been a recent focus of attention for IU President Adam Herbert, Ph.D., and the IUSM is poised to become a big part of those initiatives.
"By expanding their research portfolios, the centers can advance health care through discoveries with their community partners. By bringing research support into their communities, the centers can create new jobs and serve as economic stimuli to their regions," Brater said.
Unlike most states, Indiana has only one medical school, but has several regional campuses where faculty teach medical students and conduct research.
"It is gratifying that a system set up more than 30 years ago as a strategy to provide more physicians to Indiana also serves as the foundation on which the state can create a life sciences economy. The medical school will not only continue to be integral to the health of Hoosiers, but also to its economic health in all regions of the state," Brater said.
"One new initiative toward Dean Braterís and President Herbertís goal would be the creation of a Northwest Indiana Health Research Institute with 15 new researchers dedicated to pursuing cutting edge basic and clinical research on the health problems most prevalent in northwest Indiana," said Bankston, Ph.D., assistant dean and director of the Northwest Center. "IU has included this IU Northwest project in its request for congressional funds and it is supported by Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. We are seeking other partners to create this exciting expansion of our medical schoolís research and job creating potential."
Brater will speak to the Munster Rotary on that day at Noon in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, meet with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, and attend the reception at the new medical school building on the IU Northwest campus in the evening. Brater was appointed Dean of the medical school in 2000.