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Areas of Expertise
Areas of expertise include extraordinary advancements in global health, musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic brain injury and precision health.
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Advancing Critical Areas of Medicine

IU School of Medicine faculty are among the nation's top experts in today's greatest health challenges.

Areas of Expertise

Indiana University School of Medicine is a committed leader in physician education, medical research and clinical care. Through the successful pursuit of funding, collaborations and talent, the school’s achievements across medical specialties are recognized nationally; yet IU School of Medicine is making extraordinary advancements in specific areas of expertise.

Strong partnerships with Indiana hospitals and global biomedical companies enable IU School of Medicine to generate research and implement discoveries in ways that truly benefit individual patient outcomes and overall population health. Collaboration with other universities and schools within Indiana University through federally funded research centers and institutes led by IU School of Medicine faculty is quickening the path from laboratory to treatment.

These critical areas of medicine are particular areas of focus and strength at IU School of Medicine.

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LGBTQ+ Health

IU School of Medicine is a national leader in LGBTQ+ health education, offering a robust learning and teaching environment to prepare the next generation of healers to provide equitable care to LGBTQ+ people. The school hosts one of the most comprehensive and affordable LGBTQ+ Health Care Conferences in the country.

IU School of Medicine faculty members proudly provide the highest quality health care to LGBTQ+ patients and families in a safe and welcoming environment.

LGBTQ+ Health

Musculoskeletal Health

Recently awarded a five-year NIH grant for a Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program, IU School of Medicine trains new scientists in studying musculoskeletal disorders to improve treatment. The new Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health leverages the expertise of research groups at IU School of Medicine, in conjunction with IU Indianapolis, to boost the population of doctors and scientists who study and specialize in musculoskeletal disorders.

Musculoskeletal Health

Global Health

IU School of Medicine is training the next generation of physicians who will improve the health of people in Indiana and throughout the world. IU School of Medicine’s Global Health program includes work opportunities in Kenya, Honduras, or Mexico for student clerkships and electives.

Research and education in global health

Global Health

Indiana Health

Faculty physicians and medical researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are deeply committed to improving the health of people throughout the state. Innovative programs, including CARE Plus, the Opioid Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project and Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network, boldly tackle the most pressing health issues in Indiana.

Programs to Improve Indiana Health

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

IU School of Medicine is a leader in the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury and mild traumatic brain injury, known also as concussion. With the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, IU School of Medicine is a designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Site, one of just 16 such centers in the nation. The work of this partnership focuses on the long-term treatment and rehabilitation of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as critical research to fill knowledge gaps related to TBI and concussion.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Alzheimer’s Disease

Indiana University School of Medicine recruits top global researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease, and these investigators receive generous grant awards and international support to advance their studies. Through advanced research facilities and clinical care service centers, IU School of Medicine is committed to ending the suffering of Alzheimer disease and other dementias.

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Faculty Spotlight

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Liana G. Apostolova, MD, MS

Barbara and Peer Baekgaard Professor of Alzheimers Disease Research

Liana Apostolova, MD, focuses on the early symptomatic and presymptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease and on the development and validation of sensitive imaging and genetic biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease and other dementing disorders.

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Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD

Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health

An internationally recognized scientific and academic leader in bone research, Lynda Bonewald, PhD, is the first director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at IU School of Medicine.

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Stay Informed

IU School of Medicine is a statewide school that is educating future physicians and scientists throughout Indiana. To stay current on the school’s work and progress in these areas of expertise and other areas of medicine, explore the newsroom and research blog, where faculty physicians and investigators throughout the school’s academic departments post updates about their work. To hear faculty describe their work in person, find seminars, scientific presentations and other live events on the IU School of Medicine calendar.

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Explore the Blog

Research faculty throughout Indiana University School of Medicine’s academic departments post updates about their work to this blog.

Research Updates Blog