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Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2005

IU Trustees appoint Craig Brater as first vice president for life sciences

Brater will continue as dean of School of Medicine

Dec. 9, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees on Friday (Dec. 9) expanded the responsibilities of IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater. As of Jan. 1, he also will serve as the vice president for life sciences, a newly created position at IU.

Dr. Craig Brater

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The appointment was made on the recommendation of IU President Adam W. Herbert, who has made strengthening and developing the life sciences at IU and across the state a top priority of his presidency.

"The life sciences area is now our highest university priority," Herbert told trustees at the monthly board meeting in Indianapolis. "Its overall leader, strategic thinker and spokesperson should be a senior officer of the institution."

Dr. Brater's new responsibilities will include coordinating the university's life sciences strategic plan, in collaboration with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, the vice president for research and the chancellor of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

"IU has established some very aggressive goals for the life sciences, and these goals will require more collaboration than ever before between scientists in our basic research laboratories in Bloomington and basic and medical researchers at the School of Medicine in Indianapolis," Dr. Brater said. "One of my goals will be to leverage these assets in such a way as to make IU one of the top medical research centers in the nation."

His responsibilities also will include working with university lobbyists to represent IU's life science interests within the Statehouse, in Washington, D.C., and with potential private-sector partners; serving as the primary liaison in heath-related matters with Clarian Health Partners; and representing IU with other life science organizations in Indiana.

Dr. Brater was appointed dean of the IU School of Medicine, the second-largest medical school in the country, in 2000. As dean, he oversees an annual budget of approximately $800 million, including more than $200 million in research funding. He will continue reporting to IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz in this capacity. In his additional role as vice president for life sciences, Dr. Brater will report to Herbert.

For more information, contact Pamela Perry at 317-274-7722 and