We value cutting-edge research that encompasses the spectrum from bench science to outcomes research. We value the success and recognition of individuals for their research accomplishments; we equally value nurturing the research careers of junior faculty and trainees and the success and recognition of the entire departmental research enterprise. We value an interdisciplinary approach to science. All faculty will be committed to the research mission, even though not all will be active investigators. Those mainly devoted to our patient care and teaching missions will facilitate their patients' access to clinical trials to further our pursuit of knowledge and to make the most advanced therapies available to them.
In Academic Year 2005, the Division’s Research Section had another banner year, surpassing $21 million in extramural funding (direct costs). The Division’s researchers are organized into well-recognized and productive centers of excellence: the Regenstrief Institute (with President and CEO Tom Inui) and its landmark program in Medical Informatics (headed by Clem McDonald), the IU Center for Aging Research (described above), the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (directed by Brad Doebbeling and including the Roudebush VA Medical Center’s National Center of Excellence in Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice), and the IU Bioethics Center (directed by Eric Meslin, former Director of the President’s Bioethics Advisory Commission). The Division also contains the editorial office of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, for which Bill Tierney serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief.
ResNet was established to facilitate clinical and health services research in an effort to improve the quality and outcomes of primary care. To insure the integrity of all research conducted among patients in the primary care clinics associated with Indiana University Medical Group (IUMG-PC) and Wishard, ResNet is the sole mechanism through which patients in these settings are contacted for research projects.
Since 2000, ResNet has been involved in more than 49 research studies supported by over $15 million in extramural grants. In these studies, ResNet has recruited more than 11,000 patients, approximately 63% of those patients contacted (a remarkable figure, considering that two-thirds of those approached were African-American or Hispanic). Since the inception of Indiana University's primary care "research laboratory," its research has resulted in more than 300 peer reviews journal articles. Importantly, IUMG-PC has its own Federal-Wide Assurance and has a business agreement with ResNet to recruit subjects for research projects. This allows ResNet research assistants access to patient data for assessing patient eligibility while maintaining compliance with HIPAA regulations.