Researchers Find Patients Discharged from Hospitals on Ventilators and With Cognitive Impairments Have Poor Outcomes

Patients, discharged from hospitals on ventilator support and with cognitive impairments, fare poorly four months later. Researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing recently reported these findings in American Journal of Critical Care.

"Survival alone is not the only important outcome for patients," says Barbara Daly, lead researcher on the study "Composite Outcomes of Chronically Critically Ill Patients 4 Months after Hospital Discharge."

She adds that having a better quality of life by living at home, breathing free from the ventilator and having normal cognitive function are also important factors constituting a positive outcome in the aftermath of a hospital stay. Read more.

Campus News

President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost William A. "Bud" Baeslack cordially invite the Case Western Reserve University community to a reception welcoming Rick Bischoff, vice president for enrollment; David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs; and Donald Stewart, vice president for financial planning. The reception will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, in the Hovorka Atrium.


All Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff are invited to submit an original piece of writing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. The submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 11. Go online for complete details.

For Faculty and Staff

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center invites applications for its two-year NCI-funded K12 Clinical Oncology Research Training Program. This career development program provides interdisciplinary training in clinical and translational oncology research for clinical oncologists who are interested in pursuing academic research careers as oncology physician scientists. The program's director is Stanton L. Gerson, and the co-director is Alvin H. Schmaier. The application deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28, with a Thursday, July 1, start date. Additional information and application materials are available online.

For Students


"Is There a Ph.D. in Your Future? Beginning the Dissertation: A Practical Workshop for Doctoral Students" will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, in Nord Hall 400. Kelvin Smith Library and the School of Graduate Studies have developed a daylong workshop designed to answer questions students may have as they begin their doctoral work. Students who have passed their qualifying exams and are ready to begin or have begun their research are invited to the event, which will include a panel discussion, breakout sessions, information about the university's requirements, lunch and more. RSVP today to Lauren Jenkins.


The Cell Biology Program's Second Annual Nobel Symposium will take place at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, in Rockefeller 301. During the symposium, Case Western Reserve faculty members will describe the achievements of the 2009 Nobel Laureates. The event will be followed by a reception.

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.

Et al.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the results of the quarterly competition for pilot funding to support studies conducted through the CTSC Core facilities.

Congratulations to the following researchers:

  • Clemens Burda, (CWRU): "Dual-Receptor Targeted Nanoparticles for the Photodynamic Therapy of Brain Cancer"
  • Christina Ching, (Cleveland Clinic): "PTEN/PI3K/mTOR Signaling in Bladder Cancer Initiating Stem Cells"
  • Eckhard Jankowsky, (CWRU): "Identification of Cellular RNA Targets of the DEAD-box RNA Helicase Ded1p"
  • Amr Abdel Kader, (Cleveland Clinic): "Development and Validation of a Novel Sperm Vitrification System Using the Ohio-Cryo Vitrification D"
  • Jenny Kim, (Cleveland Clinic): "VEGF® Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms as Potential Biomarkers of Sunitinib Therapy in Advanced RCC"
  • Jesse McCarron, (Cleveland Clinic): "The Biomechanical Relevance of Tears of the Rotator Cable"
  • Tyler Muffly, (Cleveland Clinic): "Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Evaluation of Women with Uterine Leiomyomas"
  • Mark Rood, (University Hospitals): "Patient-Centered Medical Home Core Measures Study"
  • John Ryan, (Cleveland Clinic): "The Impact of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Knee Arthroscopy on Clinical Practice"
  • Mary Samplaski, (Cleveland Clinic): "The Use of Nanoparticle Technology in the Treatment of Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer"
  • Rahul Seth, (Cleveland Clinic): "Facial Nerve Neuropathy and the Effects of Flucocorticoids"
  • Rakesh Sharma, (Cleveland Clinic): "Role of Curcumin in Reducing Oxidative Stress-induced Sperm Damage"
  • Ruth Siegel, (School of Medicine): "Gene Expression in the Pons and Regulation of Respiration: Role of GABA-A Receptors"
  • Wesley Williams, (School of Dentistry): "Susceptibility of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides to Dicarbonyl-induced Adduct Formation in vitro"
  • Massarat Zutshi, (Cleveland Clinic): "A Study to Determine the Role of Cytokines in MSC Homing to the Anal Sphincter after Injury"

This program is being supported by Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic RPC Program.

January 4, 2010

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Case in the News

Using a 69-year-old telescope, Case Western Reserve University astronomers probe the secrets of massive galaxy clusters

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 4, 2010
Fifty million light years from Earth—practically next door by celestial standards—the equivalent of a massive highway pileup is under way. In a remote Arizona mountaintop observatory, a team of Case Western Reserve University scientists is scrutinizing the Virgo Cluster. Chris Mihos, chair of the astronomy department at Case Western Reserve, comments. He will be involved in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week, and will discuss the work they've been doing at the telescope in Tucson.

CWRU avatars to help patients talk to docs

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), Jan. 4, 2010
Once used mainly for gaming, avatars are getting a more grown-up application at Case Western Reserve University. CWRU recently received a two-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities to develop a program that will help patients practice asking their doctor questions through an avatar posing as a doctor, said John Clochesy, Independence Foundation professor of nursing education.

Changes expected following recession

Crain's Cleveland Business, Jan. 4, 2010
Sam Thomas, senior lecturer of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, comments about changes after a recession. Speaking at the Weatherhead School of Management's 36th annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon, Thomas said he foresees "a great global boom to come."

Time to cut red tape for startups

BusinessWeek, Dec. 29, 2009
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about the challenges and costs of small business owners in the U.S. complying with government regulations.

CWRU Dental School offers free dental exams, xrays, cleaning, Dec. 29, 2009
There will be free dental exams, X-rays and teeth cleanings in January at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. The dental exam includes x-rays and cleanings during the volunteer service day organized by the dental student's from the school's Student Council.

Credit card recovery: Get your finances back on track, Dec. 30, 2009
Bill Mahnic, professor for the practice of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, comments on how consumers can dig themselves out of debt. He offers advice on using credit cards.

Firouz Daneshgari: An opportunity to build a new model of urological medicine

MedCity News, Dec. 29, 2009
Americans are living longer, healthier lives partly because of research done at academic medical centers in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. "All of us know our cholesterol numbers. We eat fruits and vegetables because they reduce cancers," said Firouz Daneshgari, a urologist who also is Lester Persky Professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Bleak news on the front lines

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2010
Already down hundreds of job openings, the Modern Language Association discovered, at its annual meeting here, that it was also down hundreds of graduate students. Attendance dropped from the 8,000s to the 7,000s–and much of the drop appeared to be among those entering the profession.