June 04, 2008

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine receives $3 million in grants from Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will receive two grants totaling $3 million from The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. A $2 million grant will continue the Mt. Sinai Scholars Program in the basic sciences and a $1 million challenge grant will establish the Dean's Catalytic Fund.

The Mt. Sinai Scholars Program enables the school to attract talented researchers to its basic science departments, bolstering research programs in physiology and biophysics, molecular biology and microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, nutrition, biochemistry and pharmacology. Researchers supported by the Mt. Sinai Scholars Program have gone on to successfully garner more than $12 million in external federal and foundation grants.

The Dean's Catalytic Fund grant will allow Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., to implement her vision for the school by investing in faculty recruitment and retention, shared equipment and special educational programs. A matching grant, the Dean's Catalytic Fund is expected to bolster contributions from the school's donor base.

"These generous grants will allow the School of Medicine to establish its upward trajectory. Support of brilliant new faculty has paid off for Cleveland in the past, and our new crop of recruits, including the most recent Mt. Sinai Scholars, is indeed dazzling in its achievements already. I am especially grateful for the confidence the Mt. Sinai Foundation has shown in the School in supporting the Catalytic Fund, with which we plan to seed great enterprises."

"These Mt. Sinai investments aim to support Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a top-tier medical school," said Mt. Sinai Foundation President Mitchell Balk. "The School's national prominence is not only important for Case, its vital to Cleveland's future."

In addition to these grants, the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation has supported the health sciences at Case Western Reserve University for more than 10 years, including the support of the Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center and grants for recruitment in public health dentistry.

About the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

Formed as a result of the 1996 sale of the Cleveland's Mt. Sinai Medical Center and related hospitals, The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation is an independent grantmaker affiliated with the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. The Foundation's purpose is to assist Greater Cleveland's organizations and leaders improve the health and well-being of the Jewish and general communities now and for generations to come. At December 31, 2007, the foundation's assets exceeded $150 million.

About Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Founded in 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the largest medical research institution in Ohio and 15th largest among the nation's medical schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Eleven Nobel Laureates have been affiliated with the school. The School of Medicine is recognized throughout the international medical community for outstanding achievements in teaching and in 2002, became the third medical school in history to receive a pre-eminent review from the national body responsible for accrediting the nation's academic medical institutions. The School's innovative and pioneering Western Reserve2 curriculum interweaves four themes—research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism—to prepare students for the practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing health care environment of the 21st century.

Annually, the School of Medicine trains more than 600 M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and ranks in the top 25 among U.S. research-oriented medical schools as designated by U.S. News and World Report Guide to Graduate Education.

The School of Medicine's primary clinical affiliate is University Hospitals Case Medical Center and is additionally affiliated with MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, with which it established the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, June 4, 2008 12:12 PM | News Topics: Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Philanthropy, Provost Initiatives, Research, School of Medicine, Science, news

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