Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Graduates Inaugural Class


The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University graduated its inaugural class of physician-investigators on Sunday, May 17, as part of Case Western Reserve's Commencement ceremonies.

This first class of graduates was awarded an "M.D. with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research" from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine was established in 2002 with a $100 million gift from Al and Norma Lerner. The college is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve, offering a unique medical school experience focused on producing physician-investigators and scientists. The first class of physician-investigators was enrolled in 2004. Read more.

Campus News

The Thwing Center Postal Substation will soon operate on a summer schedule. Beginning May 29, the station will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and closed on Fridays. The Post Office will close for breaks daily from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., and from 1:15 to 2 p.m. The station is closed this week, as well as June 15-19. Regular semester hours will resume Monday, August 17.

The Mood Disorders Program at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals is currently enrolling participants in a clinical trial. The trial is looking at how pioglitazone can treat the symptoms of depression and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of medical risk factors found in individuals that may include being overweight, having high blood pressure and/or elevated cholesterol levels, and a family history of heart disease and/or diabetes. The trial is enrolling men and women ages 18 to 70 who have been diagnosed with both major depressive disorder and metabolic syndrome. For more information on the trial, call (216) 844-2869 or go online.

Case Western Reserve University's Emerging Infections Committee continues to monitor H1N1 flu conditions and provide updates to help students, faculty, staff and visitors avoid contracting this new strain of the flu. No cases have been reported on campus. Additional information is available on the university's emerging infections Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Training is offering "The Schedule of Classes—Fundamentals" from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 4, at the Kelvin Smith Library, Room LL06. This session will offer comprehensive training on the Schedule of Classes module in the Student Information System (SIS), and is open to both new and existing users. More information is available online. Registration is required for attendance by sending an e-mail to


The Writing Resource Center can work with faculty to develop and present in-class writing workshops to cover a variety of topics, including research and documentation, the writing process (planning-drafting-revising-editing), audience awareness, and strategies for selecting and narrowing topics. Workshops can be designed to fit the specific content and assignments for your courses, and can range in length from 30 minutes to two hours. Contact Hazel Emery to schedule a meeting on how to help students become better academic writers.

For Students

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


The Weatherhead School of Management continues its Family Business Speaking Series with Brent Grover, president of Evergreen Consulting LLC, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 258. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Learn more.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

May 19, 2009

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Case in the News

As aged population grows, more doctors say it's not too late to fight cancer

The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2009
Only 20 percent of women over age 80 get annual mammograms, according to a recent study. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center was one of eight institutions that received money in 2003 as part of a five-year, $25 million federal grant to create geriatric oncology programs across the country and boost the amount of research dealing with aging and cancer. The center, housed at Case Western Reserve University, is a research collaboration between the university, University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.

The Grill: Dawn M. Taylor on brain-computer interfaces

Computer World, May 18, 2009
Dawn M. Taylor, a research scientist at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center—a consortium of partners Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland VA Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center—discusses research on brain-computer interfaces.

Case Western Reserve University infectious disease expert discusses swine flu outbreak

The Plain Dealer, May 19, 2009
Swine flu—the H1N1 virus—continues to spread. Deaths from the illness reached 75 over the weekend. Amy J. Ray, an infectious disease expert from Case Western Reserve University, explains the virus.

Fund for Our Economic Future draws proposals on Northeast Ohio government sharing with prize money

The Plain Dealer, May 15, 2009
Cities, schools and other municipal groups can save big money by sharing resources and information. Members of the First Suburbs Consortium want to share repair and building permits, architectural data, code enforcement records and vacant-property data. With a $100,000 grant, the 17 suburbs would be able to submit that information in a common form to an online database run by Case Western Reserve University that anyone can then access and download.

Area students discover Cambodia, May 15, 2009
Renee Chaffee, who received a master's degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University on Sunday, recently shared her experiences in Cambodia with a group of Defiance, Ohio, high school students.

Higher Ed News

Fund raising challenge

Inside Higher Ed, May 19, 2009
The job market is tough for new graduates and young alumni, but development offices still want them as donors. At many institutions, this is leading to campaigns to get as many people as possible to give small amounts, such as $20.09 to symbolize this year.