Methodist Research Institute

The Methodist Research Institute plays an integral role in IU Health’s mission of improving the health of our patients and community by supporting innovative research in a number of important areas.

The Clinical Research Group, in addition to providing clinical research support to the investigators at IU Health Methodist Hospital and embracing the initiative forged among IU Health, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), is also expanding its services to other hospitals beyond IU Health Methodist. The clinical research nurses of MRI also provide study management from the early planning stages through subject enrollment, the procurement of specimens, and the collection and documentation of data at IU Health North and IU Health Saxony. Additionally, in 2013, the first multi-site clinical trial throughout the IU Health system will be managed by this group, which has moved the study forward under the approval of a single IRB.

The Biorepository at MRI, under IRB approval, collects human biological materials (blood, bone, tissue, urine) vital for medical research to provide the best way to study a variety of diseases and their potential treatments. The MRI Biorepository staff has streamlined the process of obtaining research samples from the operating room and preserving the samples in a crucial time-sensitive manner.

Research is further supported through the medical research laboratory, where the groundbreaking work of doctors and investigators takes place, the specialized skill set of our data services providers who validate research and maintain data registries for clinical trials, our certified medical illustrator who explains concepts through images, and the grant writer and editor who helps investigators successfully complete grant submissions. The support of these areas, vital to research as a whole, sustain the mission of the Institute and have been expanded to meet the needs of researchers both on the IU Health Methodist campus and within other areas of the IU Health system.