Walther Hall
Joseph E. Walther Hall, Indiana University’s largest research building, houses most of the cancer center’s researchers.

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is one of the leading academic cancer research centers in the United States. It is located in Indianapolis on the IU School of Medicine campus.

Our History

1992: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awards a planning grant to the IU School of Medicine for a cancer center, establishing the Indiana University Cancer Center.

1999: The IU Cancer Center earns National Cancer Institute designation.

2004: NCI renews designation.

2006: The IU Cancer Center becomes the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center to reflect the philanthropic support of Melvin and Bren Simon.

2008: NCI renews designation.

2014: NCI renews designation.

At the IU Simon Cancer Center, more than 200 scientists conduct research from five different programs.  The goals of those programs range from understanding the molecular changes that cause cancer to the development of targeted therapies to prevent and treat cancer.

Each year, our physician-researchers lead more than 600 active clinical trials for pediatric and adult cancers.

Our researchers have made protocol-defining discoveries that have changed the way doctors treat testicular cancer, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, thymoma and thymic carcinomas, and thoracic cancer.

The researchers at the IU Simon Cancer Center are primarily faculty of the IU School of Medicine. They also include researchers from the IU School of Nursing, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

A National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center

The IU Simon Cancer Center is Indiana’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center that provides patient care, and is one of only 68 in the nation. The NCI-designated Cancer Centers Program recognizes centers around the country that meet rigorous criteria for world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer research. These centers put significant resources into developing research programs, faculty and facilities that will lead to better approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The NCI designation not only recognizes excellence but opens doors to greater federal funding, information sharing and resources.

Our Partnership with IU Health

Through our partnership with Indiana University Health, cancer patients benefit from the scientific discoveries made at the IU Simon Cancer Center. IU Health provides multidisciplinary clinical care for adults with cancer at IU Health Simon Cancer Center and for children at Riley Hospital at IU Health.

Many IU Simon Cancer Center researchers are both scientists and physicians. Search our member directory to find physician scientists working in a particular research area.

For the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers

At the IU Simon Cancer Center, you will see how scientific discoveries change the way physicians deliver cancer care. Learn about educational opportunities at the IU Simon Cancer Center »