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The Irsay Institute Officially Opens!

The Irsay Institute, a new research institute at Indiana University, made possible by a $3 million donation from the Jim Irsay family, has formally launched its mission to become a leading national center for addressing the stigma surrounding mental illness and other health issues such as HIV, epilepsy, cancer, dementia and addiction.

At a kickoff event for the new Irsay Institute on Thursday, IU President Pamela Whitten joined Kalen Jackson, vice chair and owner of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and Irsay family representative, and Bernice Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the IU College of Arts and Sciences and director of the institute, to celebrate the opening of the institute’s newly renovated home in Morrison Hall on the IU Bloomington campus.

“The transformative research taking place at the Irsay Institute will allow IU to strengthen interdisciplinary research addressing stigma and other key health issues, while bringing several impactful campus-wide efforts under one umbrella,” Whitten said. “We are thankful to the Irsay family for their generous donation and commitment to equipping IU researchers to confront these pressing issues.”