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Translating Neuroscience Research into Advanced Patient Care

IU Health Neuroscience Center for Excellence, Indianapolis, IN

Recognizing the need to consolidate its neurological services into a single facility, the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center of Excellence combines the neuroscience resources of longtime partners Indiana University Health and Indiana University School of Medicine, resulting in an integrated approach to comprehensive neurological patient care. The center provides easier, faster access to the best neuroscience experts, the latest in clinical breakthroughs, and the most advanced treatment options for neurological disorders—from Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors to spine problems, seizures and stroke.


The north façade is adorned with architectural fins bent to resemble electroencephalograms.A sketch of the west façade, which presents a sculptural form inspired by the shape of neurons.The sculptural form of the west façade is inspired by the shape of neurons.

In addition to responding to human behavior and psychology, the design of the building takes inspiration from the bicameral organization of the human brain with the north side of the Center housing the more “rational” clinical and support functions; the south side, the more “emotional” functions of patient care; and the west side, the collaborative functions so vital to translational research. A large auditorium space, teaming niches, large collaboration areas, and direct connections to other buildings on campus foster constant collaboration. Using our proprietary universal grid, the building is designed to maximize adaptability by allowing clinics to expand or contract while minimizing future environmental impacts and costs of renovation.

The architectural form pays tribute to the work happening inside. The north façade is adorned with architectural fins bent to mimic brain waves. The west façade presents a sculptural form inspired by the shape of neurons. Interiors also incorporate geometry, color, and imagery from neuroscience research, including patterns mimicking cellular forms, and blocks of color inspired by the vibrancy of PET and fMRI brain scans.


Not only does CannonDesign possess deep experience in healthcare environments; they work with an attitude of collaboration and commitment to the objectives of the many constituents involved in a project as large and complex as IUNC.

-Anthony Lampasona, President, Landmark Healthcare Facilities LLC


Interiors incorporate blocks of color inspired by the vibrancy of PET and fMRI brain scans.Glass is used extensively throughout the building, providing ample natural light and sweeping views of an outdoor healing garden.A look down into the six-story open atrium.

Together, we create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society.