Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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January 2012

Eli Lilly and Company and the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
are second only to the Lilly Endowment in terms of total giving to Indiana University, and much of that comes to the IUPUI campus.

IUPUI has received more than $140 million from the company and foundation, and nearly every unit on campus has benefitted in some way from this relationship. From the arts and the environment, to cancer and public health, to the AMPATH Program with Moi University in Kenya, Eli Lilly and Company and its foundation have been key partners, enabling IUPUI to make an impact at home and around the world.

Thanks to Lilly, some $34 million in pharmaceutical products—gifts in kind— have gone to the Kenya program. What has been done there is being applied in Indiana and helping patients here, as well.

Lilly’s efforts have allowed us to make strides in chronic disease management, especially diabetes. AMPATH has been able to establish care for patients with diabetes in seven dispensaries, two health care centers, and one referral hospital. These serve some 3,000 patients with diabetes thanks to financial support and insulin products from Lilly.

Mental health disorders also take a toll in sub-Saharan Africa. The main referral clinic for mental health services based at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital has supported more than 3,600 patients with Lilly products for inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, some 1,300 patients with mental health disorders are being served in the three rural clinics where our mental health staff operate.

Thanks to the generous contribution of chemotherapy from Lilly, 81 cancer patients are receiving treatment. This has helped to develop the AMPATH Oncology Institute, which has provided care to more than 4,800 patients, and counting.

The institute's mission is to carry out research on government, public policy, and community safety issues that affect the lives of Hoosiers.

Its nonpartisan, non-ideological research has analyzed land use, teenage drivers, economic development strategies, gun violence, gaming, intergovernmental cooperation, housing concerns, and nonprofit organizations. This research informs public and private sector policy makers about the issues as they make decisions that affect the quality of life in communities throughout Indiana.

In 2007, the Center for Urban Policy staffed the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform, chaired by former Governor Joseph Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard.

The Public Policy Institute does research for the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and has collaborated with many university entities statewide, including the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, the McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, and the Center on Philanthropy.

The Lilly Endowment's support of this truly multidisciplinary, applied research institute is recognition of the importance of IUPUI's urban research emphasis and its tradition of translating research into practice.

In the past few years, the Lilly Endowment has made grants to a wide variety of special projects and initiatives at IUPUI. As noted in a previous newsletter, it provided more than $507,000 in support of the Institute for Religion and American Culture's "The Bible in American Life" research project. It has also supported summer youth programs in the IU School of Education and Herron School of Art and Design as well as the work of the Indiana Campus Compact on such projects as "Enhancing Student Learning and Retention through Civic Engagement and Service-Learning."

In 2009, the Lilly Endowment provided $60 million for the IU School of Medicine's efforts to advance translational science. Known as the Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative, the project will capitalize on the distinctive skills that investigators with medical degrees bring to scientific research.

Among its projects are the Indiana Biobank, a project to collect blood and tissue samples to enhance discoveries in clinical health care, and INresearch, an online register for people interested in participating in research studies. Both are jointly supported by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, IU Health, and the Lilly Endowment—projects that will make a huge difference in improving Hoosiers' health.

The Lilly Endowment's commitment to excellence is matched only by its generosity. Its support raises our expectations of what's possible and stimulates others to support our work. Although a quiet agent of change and progress, it is a powerful one for Indiana's future.


Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
 

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