On This Day in IUPUI History: May 5, 1974

May 5, 1974. 

On this day, the Indiana University School of Medicine announced receipt of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to establish a new research center to study genetic diseases. The HEW grant totaled $711,813 and would cover the first two years of the center's operations, with the potential to receive more funds. 

Dr. Walter E. Nance, professor of medical genetics in the School of Medicine, was named the center's director. A large team of research scientists and physicians would join him on the center's staff, which would be based in the Riley Hospital for Children. 

In making the announcement, School of Medicine dean Steven C. Beering said that the grant, the first of its kind from HEW in the Midwest, reflected the national stature of the Department of Medical Genetics, established in 1966, and Riley's clinical research effort. 

In the coming years, numerous major research discoveries emerged from research done in the genetics center in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Walter E. Nance fingerprinting non-identical twins, ca. 1970s UA24-000353

To learn more about research advances in the School of Medicine, please consult records in the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Send your questions to speccoll@iupui.edu

Updated May 05, 2019 by Editor Name Missing