NIH Funds $9.5 Million for Research on HIV and the Human Innate Immune System


Studying how the mouth wards off diseases will have implications for understanding overall how people stay healthy. The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will use a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research—the largest grant ever in the dental school's 117-year history—to study oral health as one of the human body's frontline defenses against infections.

Under the direction of lead investigator Aaron Weinberg, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the dental school, a team of 22 researchers will unravel changes in the human body's innate immune system in HIV-infected people on anti-retroviral therapies to provide new insights into how the body keeps us healthy.

"New evidence surfaces repeatedly that oral health plays an important and integral role in general health," says Jerold Goldberg, dean of the dental school. "The award from the NIH demonstrates the importance of working across disciplines and professions to answer complex questions."

A multidisciplinary team from dentistry and medicine will discover why HIV-infected humans receiving the class of drugs referred to as highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) have increased the incidence of oral complications, such as a quadrupled rate of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV). Read more.

Campus News

The Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics will be held on campus today through June 17. There will be several conferences, keynote speakers and research presentations. The conference is co-sponsored by the Case School of Engineering and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Go online for more details.

The American Cancer Society's Third Annual Pan Ohio Hope Ride will take place July 30 through August 2. The event will take bicyclists across the state to raise awareness and money to support the operations of the Hope Lodges in Cleveland and Cincinnati, and a future one in Columbus. Riders will be staying on the Case Western Reserve campus the night of July 29, and there are multiple opportunities to volunteer for activities on campus and at the Hope Lodge for the ride's kickoff celebration. Hope Lodge provides free housing for cancer patients and their families while undergoing treatment away from home. Contact Paul Purdy at 888-227-6446 extension 1222 or by e-mail at if interested in volunteering.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development program is continuing to host free online workshops and open houses. Faculty and alumni will explore leadership and organizational change. Join David and Alice Kolb from 4 to 6 p.m. today for "Team Learning." The workshop will be followed by an online open house about the master's program in organization development with Harlow Cohen, program director. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

In an effort to support the university's sustainability program, Distribution Services is no longer offering FedEx paper airbills to customers. The department has established online shipping with FedEx, which will enable the processing of shipments online, completing customs documents, and downloading shipment reports.  Departments interested in obtaining FedEx online shipping abilities should call Darlene Hall at 368-2565 or Crystal Campbell at 368-1354.

A limited number of slots remain for the Travelport training session scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 16. Interested travelers and travel arrangers can learn about this useful online booking tool by signing up online.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is open for summer sessions through July 26. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All appointments will be held in Bellflower Hall 104. Go online to make an appointment, or send an e-mail to with questions.



Case Western Reserve University's LGBT Task Force is marching in the Cleveland Pride Parade on Saturday, June 20. The group will meet at 11 a.m. on the corners of West 3rd Street and Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland to assemble for the march. If interested in participating, contact Jennifer Lhotsky via e-mail, or by phone at 368-0705.

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June 15, 2009

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Media Moment


The campus community is invited to watch a video on the university's YouTube channel featuring Marc A. Stefanski and Sharon Milligan on "The Impact of Housing on Financial Markets and Urban Families." Stefanski is the chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan; Milligan is associate dean for academic affairs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The discussion—which took place during spring semester—was sponsored by the Office of the President.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve dental school receives $9.5M federal grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 15, 2009
The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine has received a five-year, $9.5 million grant—the largest grant in its 117-year history—from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Cleveland residency requirement's strike down could be final blow to home rule in Ohio cities

The Plain Dealer, June 15, 2009, 2009
Ohio municipalities no longer can require their employees to live within their boundaries, as a result of an Ohio Supreme Court ruling last week. To those who had been watching, the ruling came as little surprise. For several years, the Ohio Constitution provision that allowed Cleveland and other cities to make their own laws had taken hits. Jonathan Entin, a constitutional-law professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Exhibit on Darwin comes to Great Lakes Science Center, June 14, 2009
"Darwin," an in-depth exhibition dedicated to the highly original naturalist, Charles Darwin, opens at the Great Lakes Science Center June 27 and runs through Sept. 19. The Science Center is collaborating with several organizations, including Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland manufacturing companies seek to shift to biomedical industry

The Plain Dealer, June 13, 2009, 2009
With the U.S. construction industry in the dumps, auto manufacturing on the ropes and consumer product sales stunted by recession, Cleveland Vibrator Co. and other established manufacturing companies are clamoring to cultivate new markets. Manufacturing experts here see the biomedical industry as a path to more area jobs and greater prosperity. Jeffrey Duerk, chair of the department of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

The Kindle factor

Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2009
Recent announcements of a series of new experiments with Amazon's Kindle reader have prompted much discussion about how it can be used to help students learn and, perhaps, save money at the same time. A professor who is already using the technology offers his perspective.