Centers and Focus Areas

Purdue Autism Research Center (PARC)

The Purdue Autism Cluster was established to develop an interdisciplinary and highly coordinated effort to understand, assess, and treat individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); our effort spans basic biological and genetic to behavioral and applied approaches. Faculty associated with the Purdue Autism Cluster reside in a number of academic units across campus, including the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), Science (SCI), Education (EDU), and Veterinary Medicine (VM), and research interests include causes, diagnosis and treatment of autism. The Purdue Autism Cluster is deeply invested in the testing and delivery of newly discovered clinical interventions to children with ASD, and in generating the basic research that makes these interventions possible. The Purdue Autism Cluster is poised to make significant progress in this area of critical societal need.

Center for Implantable Devices

Located within the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, the Center for Implantable Devices brings together faculty, clinicians, and industry collaborators for the purpose of maximizing clinical impact from ongoing research and discovery efforts in the design and manufacturing of implantable medical devices.

Center for Research of Brian, Behavoir, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL)

CEREBBRAL is a center started within the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) as an Area of Research Excellence.  CEREBBRAL leverages strong collaborations between basic and applied scientists across units to answer big questions about how to improve quality of life, not just extend it, and how to predict disease- and aging-related declines in large highly variable populations.

Hearing Sciences at Purdue

Few institutions in the world compare with Purdue’s combination of pioneering research, leadership in graduate and clinical education, and a full array of clinical services. Hearing research is conducted by Purdue faculty at all levels from environment and sound, through cochlea to brainstem to cortex to behavior. Clinical faculty treat people from infancy through old age in the M.D. Steer Audiology Clinic while providing pivotal roles in translational research. Faculty and students across five departments and schools converge weekly to share their latest findings on an exceptionally broad array of questions spanning animal communication, applied acoustics, computational modeling, developmental neurobiology, electrophysiology, neurophysiology, plasticity, and speech perception. Purdue faculty have a strong commitment to graduate education providing degree opportunities in Doctor of Audiology (AuD), PhD, and AuD/PhD.