As one of the top research universities in the United States, Case Western Reserve University highly values student research at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Indeed, research and scholarship is one of the four cornerstones of the School of Medicine's unique Western Reserve 2 Curriculum. Active learning, practical experience and training are only a few of the many benefits students gain when conducting their own original research.
The School of Medicine offers a rich environment of research opportunities for medical and graduate students in several areas of basic, translational, clinical and population-based research. Emphasis is placed on programs that promote interdisciplinary research and innovation. Top research themes, which provide an intellectual basis for the majority of ongoing research at the School, include metabolism and disease; cancer; infection and inflammation; cardiovascular health and disease; and neuroscience. Additional specialized research areas are population and public health, membrane biology, sleep research, systems medicine, translational therapeutics and informatics, biomedical engineering, and imaging.