Medical School Leading $17.6 Million Lithium Study


A $17.6 million clinical trials contract was recently awarded by the National Institutes of Health to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Robert L. Findling, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

With site selection now complete, the Collaborative Lithium Trials, also known as "CoLT," will begin with a series of studies that will examine the safety and efficacy of lithium in the treatment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. The results of the nation-wide study will provide the most comprehensive analysis of lithium treatment in children and adolescents to date. Administered by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an arm of the NIH, the nationwide study is the first of its kind and the results will provide the most comprehensive analysis of lithium treatment in children and adolescents to date.

Findling will serve as the lead investigator at Case Medical Center for the multi-site study, which is currently enrolling 60 children and adolescents across seven sites nationwide. Read more.

Campus News

Save the date: Join colleagues and others from the campus community at the Case Party on the Quad -- held to celebrate the year's achievements -- from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20. This year's theme is "Case Reality TV." Read more about the day's activities.

The Cognitive Sciences laboratory of Fey Parrill, assistant professor of cognitive science, is conducting a study of event descriptions. Interested participants would be required to watch a few short cartoon clips then describe them to another person, preferably a friend who also can participate. A small stipend provided. Study subjects will be videotaped. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 604 or send e-mail to the lab for details.

For Faculty & Staff

All faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to a special all-college meeting of general conversation with incoming President Barbara Snyder and outgoing interim President Gregory L. Eastwood from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The campus community is invited to a farewell reception for Provost and Vice President John Anderson from 4-6 p.m. on July 10 in Hovorka atrium. Anderson has accepted a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. For details, send e-mail to Jane Howarth.

Shipwreck Camp 2007 for youth ages 12-15 takes place July 30 to August 10. This camp will engage campers in field science and exploration weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Campers will have their experiences at the university and other sites (Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Squire Valleevue Farm, Cuyahoga Country Public Library and more). Each camper must be at least age 12, but not older than 15 by the start of camp. For more information and an application, call the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Case at 368-5075, or e-mail Kathryn Kwiatkowski.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

July 05, 2007

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Case in the News

Got any good bedtime stories?

The Plain Dealer, July 3, 2007
According to experts, creating your own bedtime stories for children is important. Sandra Russ, a Case Western Reserve University psychology professor who has studied the way children play for 20 years, comments.

Time for kids to share in FCAT booty

Miami Herald, July 3, 2007
Florida schools have a program where incentives are rewarded based on grades. Eric Bettinger, an assistant economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments on how a similar program has worked so far in an Ohio school system.

Cocaine in pregnancy has lasting effect on kids

Reuters, July 3, 2007
Children who were exposed to cocaine in the womb show poorer-than-average language skills during their early years and do not catch up, new research suggests. Barbara Lewis, an associate professor of pediatrics, and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University conducted the research.

Higher Ed News

'Redlining' or reasonable criterion?

Inside Higher Ed, July 5, 2007
Two weeks ago, in a powerfully worded letter, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accused some providers of private student loans with engaging in the kind of racial discrimination that home mortgage lenders once practiced.

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