Neuroscience and Law Class Tours IU Health's Goodman Hall


Neuroscience and Law ClassStudents from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law toured Goodman Hall, the site of IU Health’s Neuroscience Center as part of the Neuroscience and Law class being taught during the spring 2013 semester by Dr. Tracy D. Gunter. The students made the tour on February 5, 2013.

Students visited several research and clinical areas at the site. During the clinical part of the tour, students learned how patients are helped to again learn how to walk, maintain their balance, and recover fine motor skills with the assistance of highly advanced robotics. A tour of the center’s magnetic resonance imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging facilities, and an opportunity to learn how those images help surgeons in real time in the operating room, was also part of the class. Students then got to meet with Dr. Andrew J. Saykin for the research portion of the tour. Dr. Saykin’s work surrounds early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and the basis of chemotherapy induced cognitive changes in the brain in cancer patients.

Phase I of the Neuroscience Center opened in August 2012 and is where patents can see all their specialists and receive all of their diagnostic imaging in one visit. Phase II of the center, which will include the completed research portion of the facility, is scheduled to open in 2014.

Dr. Gunter is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine, in addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at the law school. IU McKinney is one of the few law schools to offer a course in this rapidly emerging field. The Hall Center for Law and Health will sponsor two national research conferences on October 4, 2013, and March 28, 2014, to further encourage collaboration, education, and research in the area of neuroscience, health care, and law.

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