Indiana University School of Medicine
Mervin C. Yoder Jr MD

Mervin C. Yoder, Jr., MD, Director
Herman B Wells Center
for Pediatric Research

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research website! Investigators in the Wells Center are focusing on the discovery of the causes of many pediatric diseases, and we strive for innovation of novel therapies to alleviate the suffering of children. We are also teaching the fundamental tools and approaches to biomedical research to our graduate students, post doctoral fellows and clinical residents and fellows.

A Long History at Riley Hospital for Children

Pediatric research has a long history at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis dating back to the 1940's with unwavering support from the Riley Children's Foundation (known at that time as the Riley Memorial Association). In 1989, a decision to develop a focused effort in basic research led to the development of the Wells Center. The Wells Center has undergone transformative growth and change from 2 investigators in 1989 to 34 in 2009 and from essentially one major research program to eight robust and expanding programs. The number of investigators, technical personnel and administrative staff has soared to 230, and National Institute of Health funding has reached $13M. We currently rank #8 nationally in funding of Pediatrics Departments of Medical Schools from the National Institute of Health in 2008, up from #10 in 2007. Faculty also function as members of many basic science departments within the Indiana University School of Medicine and are members of several research institutes and centers throughout the medical center.

We Continue to Grow

In 2009, we expanded into R3, the new adjacent research building, and moved the Wells West research faculty into the R4 building to totally occupy that structure. We also have opened a fully equipped and designed for flexible use translational research laboratory in Wells West to facilitate the procurement, processing and storage of patient sample material for human clinical research trials. We anticipate to continue to need more space on campus as we evolve and grow and as our vision and focus fans out to other research frontiers.

We encourage you to search our site for research topics that interest you or investigator profiles that highlight their work, by selecting the appropriate task bars. We also have information about our history and funding, outstanding accomplishments and current news on this site.

We welcome interested persons to contact the Wells Center for personal tours and an introduction to opportunities for contributing to our research enterprise.

Mervin C. Yoder, Jr., MD, Director
Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research