On April 13, Indiana University celebrated the progress and accomplishments of its Grand Challenges Program with a virtual Grand Challenges Summit exploring the impact of these collaborative initiatives on the lives of everyday Hoosiers. The summit video and accompanying publication features Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, and IU alumna and ESPN anchor Sage Steele, and is hosted by Gerry Dick of "Inside Indiana Business".
A Special Grand Challenges Summit
Leading the way toward precision health
Illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease touch the lives of countless Hoosiers every year. IU’s Precision Health Grand Challenge Initiative is developing new and better disease treatments, such as novel breast cancer immunotherapy, which can harness the body's immune system to target and destroy cancer cells.
Preparing Hoosier communities, businesses for consequences of changing weather
IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge launched the Hoosier Resilience Index in 2019, through its Environmental Resilience Institute. Over the last year and a half, 27 Hoosier communities have used the index to learn about their vulnerabilities to climate change and better prepare to meet them.Read more about IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge
Fighting a crisis and making a difference
IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge has 32 research teams at work on new treatment and training options; prevention and harm reduction; law and policy; workforce issues; and ways to reduce the burden of stigma associated with drug use.
Hoosiers view collaboration as crucial for Indiana
A new statewide survey commissioned as part of the IU Grand Challenges program reveals that three out of four Hoosiers agree universities in Indiana have a responsibility to help improve their surrounding communities, and a majority support universities partnering with policymakers and government officials.Read more about the survey
IU Grand Challenges research in the news
- "These patients tested negative for coronavirus, but still have ‘long COVID’ symptoms", with Natalie Lambert, PBS News Hour, April 12, 2021
- "Another Roaring '20s: Alcohol Consumption and Pandemic Spending", with Melissa Cyders and Rick Wilk, All IN/WFYI, April 7, 2021
- "Ending Indiana wetlands safeguards hurts wildlife. Here's how it also hurts us.", by Ellen Ketterson, Alex Jahn, and Matthew Houser, Indy Star, March 30, 2021
- "Methadone research could help babies exposed to opioids in utero", with Brady Atwood, WBIW, March 26, 2021
- "As Biden mulls reversing Trump’s monument cuts, researchers urge him to go big", with David Polly, Science Magazine, March 16, 2021
- "Could a New Drug Help Ease Alzheimer's?", with Liana Apostolova, HealthDay, March 13, 2021
Resources and events
IU's Precision Health Initiative Grand Challenge offers the monthly Health Care Triage podcast, hosted by Dr. Aaron Carroll, who explores health care policy, medical research and many other questions about medicine, health, and health care.
The "In This Together” project, a partnership through the IU Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge and the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, serves as a community resource for those wanting to learn more about the topic of substance use disorder and how to help.
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