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IU releases annual report on research for 2015-16

Dec. 14, 2016

The IU Office of the Vice President for Research has released its Annual Report 2015-16 on IU’s universitywide research enterprise during the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Fred Cate

Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate | PHOTO BY INDIANA UNIVERSITY

As President Michael A. McRobbie has announced, it was a historic year for research at Indiana University, including the announcement of the first IU Grand Challenges program funding recipient, the Precision Health Initiative; the university’s record-making $614.1 million in external funding for research and sponsored activities received during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and 53 patents issued to IU researchers -- another record for the university and a 29 percent increase over the previous year.

“Far more than numbers and dollars, the annual report describes just a few of the many ways in which IU researchers are making a profound difference in our communities and in the lives of people in Indiana and around the world,” said Fred H. Cate, IU’s vice president for research. “It is a pleasure to be able to share just a snapshot of that important work in this annual report.”

Although still in its early phases, IU’s Precision Health Grand Challenges team is already seeing successes, some of which are featured in the report. These successes include the genetic sequencing of tumors that enabled new treatments for a 4-year-old patient with a rare form of ovarian cancer, whose condition improved dramatically in just two months’ time. This patient was previously assumed to have just weeks to live managing significant pain; now she has just recently returned from a family trip to Disney World.

The report also showcases the impact of other significant IU support for research and creative activities among IU faculty, such as the IU Collaborative Research Grants program and the IU New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities program, as well as examples of innovative collaborations among IU schools, departments, and units.

Brief profiles of IU faculty named to national academies in 2015-16 and summary data on IU’s research funding complete the report.

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