INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana University School of Medicine is forming a new partnership with the Purdue College of Engineering to gain educational opportunities to improve medical technologies. The two institutions, which have worked together for years, say the new efforts formalize the relationship and represents a commitment to combine expertise. 

The collaboration already has over 50 research projects in development, including a new Type 1 diabetes therapy and a new imaging technique that offers a detailed 3D brain image in the study of Alzheimer's disease. The universities' collaborative work is also expected to boost the state's biomedical device industry. 

“The marriage of medicine and engineering is essential to developing the most advanced diagnostics and devices to treat patients,” said Jay L. Hess, dean of IU School of Medicine. “This partnership leverages existing expertise optimizes public resources and positions Indiana to be a leader in the development of technologies that transform health.”

The partnership also establishes an MD/MS in biomedical engineering program that will provide master's level training to IU medical students, and creates a new program, Clinical Innovation and Translation Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering, that will place Purdue engineering students in clinical settings to better prepare them to translate technology.