Throughout the history of the School of Medicine, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and its hospital partners have been at the forefront of important medical breakthroughs. As a student at the School of Medicine, you can be part of this robust community shaping the future of medicine through work in leading-edge laboratories, clinical practices and neighborhood settings.
The School of Medicine is the largest biomedical research institution in Ohio, as measured by funding received from the National Institutes of Health, the country's largest funding agency of biomedical research. The medical school receives more NIH funding than all other Ohio medical schools combined and is in the top tier of all medical schools in the country in receiving such funding. For students, these facts translate into numerous opportunities to work side by side with investigators who are leaders in their fields.
Whether you're part of the University Program, the College Program or the Medical Scientist Training Program, conducting basic or clinical research will be an integral part of your education. Understanding the scientific process, being able to critically read and analyze scientific literature, and knowing how to formulate hypotheses will help you be successful whether your career is in clinical care, research or both.
The School of Medicine has recently instituted a mentored research thesis requirement for all students in the University Program. Considering medical innovation comes from medical research we
feel it is essential for our students to appreciate the science of discovery. The objective of this cornerstone is to help students acquire tools and experience in asking questions, critically
Several annual student research events enable students to receive recognition and gain experience in presenting the findings of their basic science, clinical science and health
- The School of Medicine signed a 10-year research agreement with the Shanghai Zhabei District Health Bureau to study how an increasingly westernized diet and a less active lifestyle are affecting the health of Chinaâ€™s residents. Researchers from the School of Medicine and Zhabei Health Bureau will track the health information of 48,000 children and adults in the Zhabei district over 10 years and study the prevalence of disease across multiple generations as well as the impact of environmental and genetic factors.
- Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), the state designated entity for health information exchange development, granted the School of Medicine $7,942,500 in federal stimulus funds. The funding positioned our school as a regional extension center (REC), allowing us to help 1,765 health care providers in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties advance the use of health information technology (HIT) in their practices.
- The National Eye Institute awarded a $12.3 million grant to support School of Medicine researchers leading a national study to determine whether corneas transplanted up to two weeks after donor death work as well as corneas transplanted up to one week after donor death. Jonathan Lass, MD, is the lead investigator of the Cornea Preservation Time Study.
- The National Cancer Institute awarded $11.3 million to our School of Medicine to establish a center of excellence for research on gastrointestinal cancers, led by Sanford Markowitz, MD. The funding designates the university as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancersâ€”recognition extended to just one institution this year.
- The School of Medicine received its largest ever gift commitmentâ€”a $25 million pledge from Al and Celia Weatherhead to found the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health, part of a $50 million commitment to the university. The new institute is being led by George Kikano, MD.
Some past highlights:
- In 2010, the School was named International Center of Excellence for Malaria research and awarded $7.9 million.
- CWRU is 1 of 10 worldwide such Centers.
- The largest biomedical research center in Ohio, with $329 million in NIH funding. (FY 2009)
- Received $50 million in stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, most in the state (2009).
- In 2008, NIH awarded the School $26 million to participate in the National Children's Study (comprehensive study on the interaction of genes and the environment on children's health).
- In 2007, the School of Medicine was awarded a 5-year, $64.4 million Clinical and Translational Science Award - the only one in Ohio and one of twenty-four in the country.
- Advances at the School have fueled 25 start-up companies and spawned more than 150 biomedical deals, injecting $200 million into the region's economy.
- More than 598 NIH-funded research projects in 16 basic science departments, 19 clinical departments, and 20 interdiscipliary centers under the direction of approximately 300 different investigators. (FY 2006)
- More than 56 prinicipal investigators who receive more than $1 million in research funding from the NIH annually. (FY 2006)