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The Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame is a cross-departmental PhD program for research and training in a range of fields in the biomedical sciences. Scientists across the campus, representing 55 different research groups, are organized into thematic Research and Training Clusters that offer students the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge biomedical research that transcends traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries. Explore our program here, or download a brochure that describes the key aspects.

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Notre Dame Researchers receive Collaborative Indiana CTSI Awards

Author: Brandi Klingerman

University of Notre Dame faculty to conduct research together with Indiana University and Purdue University

Ctsi Ctr AwardeesFrom left to right: Joel Boerckel and Zhangli Peng

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) recently announced multiple recipients of the Collaboration in Translational Research Pilot (CTR) Grant Program. The CTR Program seeks to foster and encourage collaboration across Indiana CTSI partner institutions by awarding up to $75,000 for the projects.

In describing the awards, Rich Taylor, deputy director of the Indiana CTSI and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said, “The CTR grant program provides an opportunity for faculty to enhance the translational aspects of their research by creating new collaborative relationships.”

The goal of the awarded translational projects is to have immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs or generate novel intellectual property.

Among the awarded grants in this cycle:


  • Joel Boerckel, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and Margaret Schwarz, professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend, will work together on a research project entitled, “Mediation of Arteriogenesis in tissue remodeling following Hind-Limb ischemia.” 

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IDEA Center created to catalyze new research, innovation, commercialization initiatives

Author: Dennis Brown

IDEA Center

The University of Notre Dame will create new innovation and commercialization initiatives under a new entity to be known as the IDEA Center — standing for Innovation, Discovery and Enterprise Acceleration.

To be located in Innovation Park, the center will provide technical services and expertise for idea development, technology translation, business formation and commercialization.

The current Office of Technology Transfer and the staff of Innovation Park will be joined with several new initiatives to comprise the IDEA Center. The University has launched a search for a new vice president and associate provost for innovation.

“Notre Dame is committed to growing its community of innovators and entrepreneurs through our new IDEA Center,” said Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. “With the University’s mission in mind — that of being a powerful means for doing good in the world — this bold initiative will enable Notre Dame’s entrepreneurial environment to be best in class for our entire community, from undergraduates to postdoctoral scholars, faculty members to local business collaborators.”

A distinctive element of the IDEA Center will be the development of Idea Champions, current and new staff members who will directly interface with University researchers, students and inventors to help guide a creative concept through the commercialization process by partnering with each of the other services within the center. The Idea Champions will serve as navigators for inventors through the complex world of intellectual property protection and licensing, and, in some cases, the inventor’s role within a startup company. The champions also will look across campus for ideas that may not be immediately recognizable for their commercial potential and help develop those ideas through proper channels. Read More

Notre Dame to Host Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Retreat

Author: Brandi Klingerman

One-day event will offer presentations and discussion, plus tour of new McCourtney Hall

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Researchers from Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame will be attending the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) retreat hosted at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, October 21, 2016. 

During the event, faculty, students, and other researchers will have the opportunity to present posters and hear from colleagues throughout Indiana. In addition, keynote speaker James Inglese, Principal Investigator of the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, will speak on the design and implementation of assays for chemical biology and drug discovery. Mark Fox, Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend, will also speak at the event.

“The 2016 Indiana CTSI Retreat is a fantastic opportunity to highlight translational biomedical research and researchers from Notre Dame,” said Richard Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry as well as deputy director of the Notre Dame CTSI. “We look forward to hosting our colleagues from across the state-wide consortium and working together to identify new ways to strengthen and support the entire spectrum of translational research from scientific discovery to improved clinical care.” Read More