Located on the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital campus, the Methodist Research Institute (MRI) supports basic and clinical research through a broad range of services to improve clinical outcomes, quality of life, and cost-effective patient care. The Institute embodies the traditional strengths and values of IU Health Methodist Hospital, while supporting the current and evolving strategies of IU Health.
Medical research, an integral part of IU Health Methodist Hospital since the hospital’s founding in 1908, became a formal department in 1956. When Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children consolidated to form IU Health in 1997, the Department of Medical Research was reorganized as the Methodist Research Institute.
Its rich history includes the following:
- Pioneering work in solid organ transplantation
- Midwest training location for the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System
- Testing of minimally invasive surgical techniques
- Development of laparoscopic bladder augmentation using small intestinal submucosa (SIS)
- Work in the health policy arena (including development and testing of the 1st globally-priced heart surgery reimbursement model for Medicare)
Today MRI is home to a biorepository, a medical research laboratory, a clinical research group, and support services that include statistical consulting, data registry management, editing, and biomedical illustration. The Methodist Research Institute operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and is the wholly owned research subsidiary of IU Health.