The Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at Indiana University provides the field of neuroscience with a unique platform for innovation. Powered by the extraordinary vision and commitment of Linda and Jack Gill, together with the College of Arts + Sciences, the Gill Center brings together world-class scientists and state-of-the-art facilities in an atmosphere of unimpeded experimentation. The result is real and rapid progress on understanding issues such as pain, addiction, stress, and dementia. The Gill Chairs, recruited from outside the university in order to promote the expansion of IU’s neuroscience community, are selected not only for their individual records of excellence, but also for their ability to contribute to and influence ongoing center research.Meet the Gill chairs and faculty
Together, we’re better!
Putting leading neuroscientists with different backgrounds in close proximity allows for incredible intellectual exchanges. We have purposefully built a group with both shared values and complementary approaches, so the work we do together goes beyond what any researcher could accomplish alone. These shared values center on a commitment to improving lives by uncovering the core processes of the nervous system. We don’t just want to see what goes wrong in the nervous system. We’re committed to understanding at a fundamental level how the system works and how we can support it.Learn more about our research
2018 Gill Symposium & Awards
Theme: Applying cutting-edge technologies to identifying neuronal circuits
Please save the date and plan to join us Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 AM for the 2018 Gill Symposium and Awards at Indiana University Bloomington.
If you have any questions about the 2018 Symposium, please contact us!
Science Cafe—Free and Open to the Public (ages 21 and over)
We bring together scientists and the public.
Join us, as Dr. Karen Black will talk about antibiotic resistance on Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. at Bear’s Place, located at 1316 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington. Learn more about Science CafeSign up for Email Announcements
2018 Scholastic Stars have big dreams
The Herald Times—May 23, 2018
Joye Tracey, a senior at Bloomington High School North and intern in the Mackie Lab, is selected as a 2018 Herald-Times Scholastic Star.Read about the 2018 Scholastic Stars
IU scientists find first evidence animals can mentally replay past events
IU News—May 10, 2018
Neuroscientists at Indiana University have reported the first evidence that non-human animals can mentally replay past events from memory. The discovery could help advance the development of new drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease.Read more about this study
International collaboration between U.S. and Finnish researchers identifies new approach for treating neuropathic pain
University of Turku News—May 4, 2018
A collaboration between research groups from IU Bloomington and Turku Centre for Biotechnology in Finland has discovered an experimental molecule that appears to interrupt the signaling cascades in the body required for multiple forms of neuropathic pain.Read more about the NOS1AP discovery
Tracey Lab undergrad receives honorable mention for Goldwater Scholarship Program
Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation—March 2018
Congratulations to Katherine (Katie) Fisher for receiving a 2018 Honorable Mention in the Goldwater Scholarship Program!Read more about Goldwater Scholarship
Cracking the Codes: A research dream team tackles neuroscience’s toughest challenges.
The College Magazine—Spring 2018
A tight-knit team of scientists is making real progress with neuroscience issues that are both complex and relevant.Read more about the Gill Center
IU research suggests failed osteoarthritis drug could get new life as opioid-addiction treatment
IU Newsroom—February 27, 2018
A drug proven safe for use in people may prevent opioid tolerance and physical dependence when used in combination with opioid-based pain medications.Read more about this drug discovery
CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains
IU Newsroom—September 6, 2017
IU neuroscientists find cannabidiol reduces symptoms such as impaired memory in adolescent mice simultaneously exposed to THC.Read more about CBD
mGluR5 tunes NGF/TrkA signaling to orient spiny stellate neuron dendrites toward thalamocortical axons during whiker-barrel map formation
Cerebral Cortex—April 27, 2017
Neurons receive and integrate synaptic inputs at their dendrites, thus dendritic patterning shapes neural connectivity and behavior. Aberrant dendritogenesis is present in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Down’s syndrome and autism. Abnormal glutamatergic signaling has been observed in these diseases, as has dysfunction of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5). Deleting mGluR5 in cortical glutamatergic neurons disrupted their coordinated dendritic outgrowth toward thalamocortical axons and perturbed somatosensory circuits.Read more about deleting mGluR5
IU study finds caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia
IU Newsroom—March 7, 2017
New analysis reveals 24 compounds—including caffeine—that can help reduce impact of harmful proteins in the brain.Read more about caffiene and dementia
Current Biology—February 20, 2017
Nociception, the sensory mechanism that allows animals to sense and avoid potentially tissue-damaging stimuli, is critical for survival. This process relies on nociceptors, which are specialized neurons that detect and respond to potentially damaging forms of energy in the environment.Read more about nociception