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Honors + Recognitions 2018


Amit Anand, MD, professor, was senior author of "Diagnosing and treating bipolar disorder in primary care," published in Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

August 1, 2018


Mayur Madhavan, PhD, research scientist, and Zachary S. Nevin, BS, MD/PhD student, were lead authors and Paul J. Tesar, PhD, the Dr. Donald and Ruth Weber Goodman Professor of Innovative Therapeutics, was senior author of “Induction of myelinating oligodendrocytes in human cortical spheroids,” published in Nature Methods.

July 25, 2018

Zita Hubler, BS, MD/PhD student, and Dharmaraja Allimuthu, PhD, postdoctoral scholar, were lead authors and Drew J. Adams, PhD, the Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. Professor of Novel Therapeutics, was senior author of “Accumulation of 8,9-unsaturated sterols drives oligodendrocyte formation and remyelination,” published in Nature.

July 25, 2018

Ulf-Peter Guenther, PhD, postdoctoral scholar, was lead author, and Eckhard Jankowsky, PhD, professor, was senior author of "The helicase Ded1p controls use of near-cognate translation initiation codons in 5' UTRs," published in Nature. Frank A. Tedeschi, Brittany N. Stawicki, Leah L. Zagore, and Donny D. Licatolosi also contributed to this publication. 

July 17, 2018

Barry Hoffer, MD, PhD, adjunct professor, was an author of "Post-treatment with PT302, a long-acting Exendin-4 sustained release formulation, reduces dopaminergic neurodegeneration in a 6-Hydroxydopamine rat model of Parkinson's disease," published in Scientific Reports.

July 16, 2018

Tsan Sam Xiao, PhD, associate professor, received a $1.2 million NIH grant to investigate the molecular mechanism of how gasdermin D is maintained in its autoinhibited state, and how such state is recognized by inflammatory caspases to initiate pyroptosis. 

July 16, 2018

Tsan Sam Xiao, PhD, associate professor, was senior author of "Mechanism of gasdermin D recognition by inflammatory caspases and their inhibition by a gasdermin D-derived peptide inhibitor," published in PNAS.

July 16, 2018

Sahil Gulati, of the Department of Pharmacology, was lead author and Krzysztof Palczewski, PhD, professor, was senior author of “Targeting G protein-coupled receptor signaling at the G protein level with a selective nanobody inhibitor,” published in Nature Communications.

July 11, 2018

Elma Baron, MD, professor, was senior author of "An Acne Survey from the World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Twins” published in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Danyelle Dawes, MD, assistant professor, also contributed to this publication.

July 9, 2018

Charis Eng, MD, PhD, professor, was senior author of “65 YEARS OF THE DOUBLE HELIX: One gene, many endocrine and metabolic syndromes: PTEN-opathies and precision medicine,” published in Endocrine-Related Cancer.

July 9, 2018


Alice Jo, medical student, was awarded the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation Student Fellowship Award.

June 29, 2018

Minzhong Yu, PhD, assistant professor, was lead author of “Lutein and Zeaxanthin Isomers Protect against Light-Induced Retinopathy via Decreasing Oxidative and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in BALB/cJ Mice,” published in Nutrients.

June 28, 2018

Chris Longenecker, MD, assistant professor, received a $3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This grant will be used to fund a nurse-led intervention to improve hypertension and cholesterol management for people living with HIV. 

June 27, 2018

Fabio Cominelli, MD, PhD, the Hermann Menges, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Robert Haynie, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor, received the 2018 Maurice Saltzman Award from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. 

June 18, 2018

Pallavi Tiwari, PhD, assistant professor, received a $570,000 CDMRP/DOD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCP) grant from the Department of Defense to develop a Systems Biology Approach to Predicting and Assessing Response to Chemo-radiation for Brain Tumors.

June 18, 2018

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) was recently featured in the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Equity Snapshot for their Produce Prescription Project. The PRCHN is 1 of 26 academic research centers supported by the CDC to promote wellness in the communities that they serve.

June 16, 2018

Alan D. Levine, PhD, professor, received an honor for providing exemplary mentorship to the AGA Future Leaders Program.

June 14, 2018

Lawrence C. Kleinman, MD, MPH, FAAP, Frederick C. Robbins Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, was the senior author of “Behavioral Health Diagnoses Among Children and Adolescents Hospitalized in the United States: Observations and Implications,” published in Psychiatric Services.

June 14, 2018

Fredrick R. Schumacher, PhD, associate professor, was lead author of “Association analyses of more than 140,000 med identify 63 new prostate cancer susceptibility loci,” published in Nature Genetics.

June 11, 2018

Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, Sally S. Morley Designated Professor in Brain Tumor Research, was a contributor to “An anatomic transcriptional atlas of human glioblastoma,” published in Science.

June 4, 2018

Nuria Lacuey-Lecumberri, MD, assistant professor, was lead author and Samden D. Lhatoo, MD, FRCP, professor, was senior author of “Ictal laryngospasm monitored by video-EEG and polygraphy: a potential SUDEP mechanism,” published in Epileptic Disorders.

June 1, 2018

David A. Buchner, PhD, assistant professor, was senior author of "Mutations in the mitochondrial ribosomal protein MRPS22 lead to primary ovarian insufficiency," published in Human Molecular Genetics.

June 1, 2018

Farren Briggs, PhD, assistant professor, received the award for Best Platform in Multiple Sclerosis Research at the The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers 2018 Annual Meeting. 

June 1, 2018


Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, associate professor, received a $930,000 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research grant to develop decision-making tools to maximize the equitable impact of food systems efforts in Cleveland.

May 21, 2018

Eileen Anderson-Fye, EdD, associate professor, and Paul Tesar, PhD, associate professor and the Dr. Donald and Ruth Weber Goodman Professor of Innovative Therapeutics, received the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring from Case Western Reserve University. 

May 15, 2018

Thomas E. Love, PhD, professor, received the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching from Case Western Reserve University. 

May 15, 2018

Xingjun Fan, PhD, assistant professor, received a $2 million grant from the National Eye Institute to study how aging affects antioxidant defenses in the lens.

May 14, 2018

Elaine A. Borawski, PhD; Sarah Drewes Jones, MS, RD; Laura Danosky Yoder, MPH; Tara Taylor, BA; Barbara A. Clint, BA; Meredith A. Goodwin, PhD; and Erika S. Trapl, PhD were authors of "We Run This City: Impact of a Community–School Fitness Program on Obesity, Health, and Fitness," published in Preventing Chronic Disease

May 3, 2018

Kath Bogie, PhD, associate professor, received a 3-year, $600,000 VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Merit Review Award to develop, test, and evaluate a next-generation personalized modular pressure relief seating cushion.

May 2, 2018

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, clinical professor, was the lead author of "Thinking Developmentally: Nurturing Wellness in Childhood to Promote Lifelong Health," published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

May 1, 2018

Amy Sheon, PhD, MPH, adjunct associate professor and executive director of the Urban Health Initiative, presented at the inaugural Dev4Health Conference April 30-May 1 in Cleveland. 

May 1, 2018


Kingman P. Strohl, MD, professor, was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Education Award for outstanding contributions in the teaching of sleep medicine from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

April 30, 2018

Susan A. Flocke, PhD, professor, was a collaborator on "Challenges Implementing Lung Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers," published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

April 25, 2018

Susan A. Flocke, PhD, professor, was co-author on the paper "Primary Care Resident Training for Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity Counseling: A Mixed Methods Study," published in Health Promotion Practice. It was one of four papers selected in the inaugural collection "The Best of Health Promotion Practice." 

April 25, 2018

Kath Bogie, PhD, associate professor, was elected to the Board of Directors for the Wound Healing Society

April 24, 2018

Elaine Husni, MD, assistant professor, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Psoriasis Foundation.

April 18, 2018

John Tilton, MD, associate professor, received a 2017 Individual Biomedical Research Award from The Hartwell Foundation for research on enzyme-replacement therapy. Tilton and his lab will receive support for three years at $100,000 in direct costs per year for his research titled, “Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Inborn Errors of Metabolism.”

April 18, 2018

Charles J. Malemud, PhD, professor, was named Editor-in-Chief of Current Rheumatology Reviews.

April 14, 2018

Rosa K. Hand, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, instructor, presented "Professional Development for the Registered Dietitian: What does the Future of our Profession Look Like?" at the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings. 

April 12, 2018

Michiko Watanabe, PhD, professor, was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

April 9, 2018

Lin Mei, PhD, professor, was corresponding author of "Dynamic ErbB4 Activity in Hippocampal-Prefrontal Synchrony and Top-Down Attention in Rodents," published in Neuron.

April 5, 2018

Alex Huang MD, PhD, professor, and Yamilet Huerta, MD were awarded $186,405 in grants from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to conduct pediatric cancer research.

April 2, 2018


Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, associate professor, was lead author of "Systematic review of factors influencing farmers’ market use overall and among low-income populations," published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

March 26, 2018

Nathan A. Berger, MD, professor, was lead author of "Young Adult Cancer: Influence of the Obesity Pandemic," published in Obesity.

March 26, 2018

S. Beth Bierer, PhD, associate professor, received the Medical Education Laureate award by the Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA). 

March 23, 2018

Gene Barnett, MD, professor, received the Innovation Honor for Neuronavigation Advancements from Cleveland Clinic.

March 22, 2018

Erika Doxtader, MD, contract staff, presented "INSM1 is a Sensitive and Specific Marker of Neuroendocrine Lung Neoplasms in Cytology Specimens," at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology annual meeting. 

March 20, 2018

Charles Joiner, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor and Jonatha Gott, PhD, associate professor, were awarded the Edmond S. Ricanati, M.D. IQ Facilitator Award.

March 20, 2018

Jon Davidson, MD, FSIR, assistant professor, was inducted as a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology. 

March 19, 2018

James Chmiel, MD, professor, Kristie Ross, MD, associate professor, and Ross Myers, MD, assistant professor, were contributors to "Quintupling Inhaled Glucocorticoids to Prevent Childhood Asthma Exacerbations," published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  

March 19, 2018

Clara Pelfrey, PhD, associate professor, received a $3,500 2018 ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award to evaluate leadership development for women in academic medicine: A comprehensive evaluation of the FLEX Professional Development Program.

March 16, 2018

Alexander Rodriguez-Palacios, DMV, PhD, assistant professor, was lead author and Fabio Cominelli, MD, PhD, professor, was senior author of "The Artificial Sweetener Splenda Promotes Gut Proteobacteria Dysbiosis, and Myeloperoxidase Reactivity In Crohn's Disease-Like Ileitis," published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

March 15, 2018

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was ranked 25th of all research-oriented medical schools nationally and the number one medical school in Ohio, according to the annual ranking of graduate schools released by U.S. News & World Report

March 13, 2018

David Birnkrant, MD, professor, was lead author of "Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Care Considerations," published in The Lancet Neurology.

March 12, 2018

Laurel Beverley, MD, MPH, assistant professor, was selected as faculty for an instructional course lecture on opioid management at the AAOS annual meeting. 

March 8, 2018

Heather Vallier, MD, professor, is a co-author on a paper and poster presented at the AAOS annual meeting. 

March 8, 2018

Glenn Wera, MD, assistant professor, is a co-author on 19 papers or posters presented at the AAOS annual meeting and faculty for a limb reconstruction session. 

March 8, 2018

Amy Sheon, PhD, MPH, adjunct associate professor, presented at the HIMSS conference at the NODE Health breakout session.

March 6, 2018

Mahazarin Ginwalla, MBBS, assistant professor presented “Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” at the 2018 American College of Cardiology meeting.

March 5, 2018

Richard Martin, MD, professor, reproductive biology, and physiology, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Mary Ellen Avery Neonatal Research Award from the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research. 

March 5, 2018

Elaine Borawski, PhD, professor, was inducted into the American Academy of Health Behavior Fellows Class of 2017. 

March 4, 2018

The Jack, Joseph, Morton Mandel Wellness & Preventive Care Pathway was selected as the 2018 most innovative program for future health care professionals by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. 

March 1, 2018

Tomasz Rogula, MD, PhD, associate professor, was lead author of "Prevention and Management of Complications in Bariatric Surgery," published by Oxford University Press.

March 1, 2018


Susan Flocke, PhD, Erika Trapl, PhD, Elizabeth Antognoli, PhD, MPH, Rock Lim, Sarah Koopman-Gonzalez, David Cavallo, PhD, MPH, Maria Pagano, PhD, and José Marino presented "Measuring Nicotine Dependence among Adolescent and Young Adult Cigarillo and Multiple Tobacco Product Users" at the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Annual Meeting.

February 22, 2018

Monica Webb Hooper, PhD, professor, was appointed Co-Chair of the Health Disparities Network for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 

February 21, 2018

Lin Mei, PhD, professor, was senior author of "Controlling of glutamate release by neuregulin3 via inhibiting the assembly of the SNARE complex," published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

February 21, 2018

The CWRU PA Student Society was selected as the 2018 Outstanding Student Society award recipient by the Student Academy of AAPA. 

February 19, 2018

Lisa Navracruz, MD, clinical assistant professor, has joined the Urban Health Pathway program as faculty lead. 

February 19, 2018

Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD, professor, received the Edward W. Morley Science Medal from Western Reserve Academy. 

February 16, 2018

Charles J. Malemud, PhD, professor of medicine and anatomy, was awarded a $261,283 Investigator-Inititated Project Grant from Pfizer, Incorporated. 

February 15, 2018

Lina Mehta, MD, associate dean for admissions and associate professor, received the Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. 

February 15, 2018

Ankur Kalra, MD, assistant professor, was lead author of "Subclinical Leaflet Thrombosis and Clinical Outcomes after TAVR: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," published in Structural Heart

February 13, 2018

Nora Nock, PhD, associate professor, was lead author of "Neurobiology of substance use in adolescents and potential therapeutic effects of exercise for prevention and treatment of substance use disorders," published in Birth Defects Research.

February 13, 2018

Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, associate professor, is senior author of "Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research," to be published by SAGE on July 1, 2018. 

February 12, 2018

Peter Scacheri, PhD, professor, was senior author of "Positively selected enhancer elements endow osteosarcoma cells with metastatic competence," published in Nature Medicine

February 12, 2018

Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, PhD, professor, received an $11 million NIH grant for a planned study of gene-edited T cells designed to eradicate persistent HIV infection in patients receiving anti-retroviral therapy, a combination of medicines that slows the rate at which HIV replicates.

February 7, 2018

Sudha Chakrapani, PhD, associate professor, was senior author of "Cryo-EM structure of 5-HT3A receptor in its resting conformation," published in Nature Communications

February 6, 2018

Raffaella Spina, PhD, postdoctoral scholar, received the Award for Drug Discovery & Development Article of the Year from SelectScience. 

February 5, 2018

Robert W. Maitta, MD, PhD, assistant professor, authored Clinical Principles of Transfusion Medicine.

February 2, 2018

Lilibeth Fermin, MD, clinical assistant professor, was the lead author of  "Pearls of Wisdom for High-Risk Laser Lead Extractions: A Focused Review," published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

February 1, 2018


Kakul Joshi, MPH, REACH Strategy Coordinator/foodNEST Project Coordinator, was lead author of "Implementing a produce prescription program for hypertensive patients in safety net clinics," published in Health Promotion Practice

January 31, 2018

An interdisciplinary team of psoriasis and computational researchers received a $6.5M, 5-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The research team includes Kevin Cooper, MD, professor, Nicole Ward, PhD, associate professor, Mark Cameron, PhD, assistant professor, Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD, professor, Thomas S. McCormick, PhD, associate professor, and Rong Xu, PhD, associate professor. 

January 29, 2018

David M. Katz, PhD, professor, was senior author of "Activation of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Reverses Cognitive and Respiratory Symptoms in a Mouse Model of Rett Syndrome," published in eNeuro.

January 29, 2018

Ankur Kalra, MD, assistant professor, received the National Cardiovascular Data Registry/American College of Cardiology Award For Electronic Health Records and Outpatient Cardiovascular Disease Care Delivery: Insights from the American College of Cardiology's PINNACLE India Quality Improvement Program (PIQIP). 

January 26, 2018

Alex Huang MD, PhD, received a $450,000 Basic Science grant from Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

January 25, 2018

Katherine R. Dickman Dobbs, MD, instructor, received a $189,575 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant to study epigenetic reprogramming of monocyte functions during acute uncomplicated malaria in Kenyan children.

January 24, 2018

Christopher Longenecker, MD, assistant professor, was lead author of "Rheumatic Heart Disease Treatment Cascade in Uganda," published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes

January 22, 2018

Divya Seth, PhD, instructor, was lead author and Jonathan Stamler, MD, professor, was senior author of "A Multiplex Enzymatic Machinery for Cellular Protein S-nitrosylation," published in Molecular Cell

January 18, 2018

Helen Moinova, PhD, instructor, was lead author of "Identifying DNA methylation biomarkers for non-endoscopic detection of Barrett’s esophagus," published in Science Translational Medicine.

January 17, 2018

Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD, professor, was senior author of "In vitro and in vivo Evaluation of the Antifungal Activity of APX001A/APX001 Against Candida auris," published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

January 11, 2018

Rong Xu, PhD, associate professor, received a five-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. 

January 9, 2018

Sanjay Mukhopadhyay, MD, was the lead author of "Whole Slide Imaging versus Microscopy for Primary Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology: A Multicenter Blinded Randomized Noninferiority Study of 1992 Cases," published in The American Journal of Surgical Pathology

January 8, 2018

Ignazio Cali, PhD, researcher, was lead author on "Iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with Amyloid-β pathology: an international study," published in Acta Neuropathologica Communication.

January 8, 2018

Suzanne Rivera, PhD, vice president for research, CWRU, and assistant professor of bioethics, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research organization beginning 2018.

January 3, 2018

Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, PhD, adjunct associate professor was senior author of "Structural basis of TRPV5 channel inhibition by econazole revealed by cryo-EM," published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

January 2, 2018

Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, associate professor, was a collaborator on the study "Child hunger from a family resilience perspective," published in Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition

January 1, 2018

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