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IU to introduce Irsay Institute that addresses mental health, other health challenges

Media Advisory Feb 28, 2023

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Media outlets are invited to join Indiana University President Pamela Whitten and Kalen Jackson, Indianapolis Colts vice chair and owner and Irsay family representative, on March 9 as they introduce the Irsay Institute.

Funded through a $3 million gift from the Jim Irsay family and led by nationally recognized scholar Bernice Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences and director of IU’s Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, the Irsay Institute will build connections between existing health-related social science programs, centers and researchers to address mental health and other health challenges.

  • What: Hear Whitten, Jackson and Pescosolido discuss the mission of the institute and the collaboration between IU and the Colts. Tours of the Irsay Institute, in the newly remodeled Morrison Hall, will be available.
  • When: 9 to 10 a.m. March 9.
  • Where: Morrison Hall, 1165 E. Third St., Bloomington.
  • RSVP: Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to April Toler at or 618-319-0515 by noon Monday, March 6.

The Irsay Institute, which consists of scientists who are building connections among IU’s sociomedical scientists, is partnering with other researchers, centers and organizations across the state, the nation and the globe. By creating opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration in research, training and institutional social change, the Irsay Institute targets innovations in science that translate into enhanced training, workforce development, policy change and program success.

While having a rich array of research areas, the Irsay Institute has a special connection to advancing the goals of the Colts’ Kicking the Stigma, a comprehensive mental health initiative.

Media Contact

Office of the Vice President for Research

April Toler

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