School of Medicine Receives $10 Million to Study Retinal Disease

Jonathan Lass
Jonathan H. Lass

The Departments of Pharmacology and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have been awarded a $10.1 million grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI) to research and develop new treatments for diseases of the retina, a leading cause of blindness.

“The grant strongly positions the School of Medicine and collaborating organizations to play a significant role in advancing the treatment of retinal diseases in order to restore quality of life to countless patients,” said Jonathan H. Lass, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the School of Medicine and director of the University Hospitals Eye Institute. “It is the largest grant of its kind ever awarded to the university by the National Eye Institute, a tremendous achievement.” 

The NEI, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will award the grant over five years, funding the work of researchers in the pharmacology, ophthalmology and biomedical engineering departments at the School of Medicine, who are working in collaboration with the Retinal Therapeutics Study Group. This interdisciplinary consortium of investigators is screening FDA-approved drugs for their potential application to the treatment of eye diseases affecting the retina. Read more.

Campus News

2010 W-2 forms will be mailed at the end of January. By default, your W-2 will be sent to your home address. If you would like it sent to another address, you must enter a W-2 address type through Self-Service in the Human Capital Management System (HCM). All updates must be completed by Jan. 15. W-2 forms cannot be mailed to an international address.

Shortly after the forms have been mailed, they will be available through Self-Service in HCM. Contact the Payroll Office at 216.368.4290 with questions.

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Case Western Reserve University recently expanded opportunities across campus for adults 65 and older to take courses at a reduced tuition rate ($40/credit hour) as part of the Course Audit Program for Senior Citizens (CAPSC). CAPSC is the successor to the Senior Audit program within the College of Arts and Sciences and helps further the university’s mission to increase involvement in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. For more information, email the CAPSC Coordinator or learn more online.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members can get instant in-person support to set up Blackboard sites for spring semester. The Blackboard Clinic walk-in hours will be 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7, at the Kelvin Smith Library Room 212B. Blackboard support is also available anytime by calling the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) and at

For Students

The Observer is seeking a new undergraduate student for newspaper distribution. Students must have their own vehicle and be available Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Work study is not necessary. Students interested in the position can contact for more information.

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Prospective students are invited to the annual open house to learn about the opportunities available at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Sessions will cover admissions and financial aid processes, the innovative curriculum and career options. Faculty, students and staff will be available to answer questions. The school also will offer tours of the law school. The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. For more information and to register, visit the website or call 216.368.3600 or 800.756.0036.


Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Center for Law, Technology & The Arts and Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet present The JOLTI Symposium, Exploring the Current Debate Over Patenting Life. The symposium, held Friday, Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom, will feature keynotes from Rebecca Eisenberg, University of Michigan Law School; Robert Cook-Deegan, Duke University; and Arnold I. Caplan, Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Registration is required for all symposium attendees, and lunch will be provided. Lawyers who attend can earn 4.25 hours of CLE credit for a $200 fee.

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.

In Memoriam

Robert E. Collin, a retired Case Western Reserve University professor, died Nov. 29. He joined the Case Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of electrical engineering in 1958 and retired as a full professor in 1997. Collin served as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and as interim dean of engineering. He also received the Diekhoff Award for distinguished graduate teaching. He was the author or coauthor of more than 150 technical papers and five books on electromagnetic theory and applications.

Jan. 5, 2011

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In the News

Anger at God Common, Even Among Atheists, Jan. 1, 2010
Atheists and agnostics are more likely to have been angry at God during their lifetime than religious people, according to a study led by Julie Exline, associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Additionally, the study finds younger people tend to be angrier at God than older individuals.

Most Interesting People 2011

Cleveland Magazine, January 2011
Two Case Western Reserve faculty members were named to Cleveland Magazine's list of most interesting people: Jim Sheeler, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing, and James Levine, chief of endocrinology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and UH Case Medical Center.

Today's Philanthropists

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 25, 2010
Two couples who recently made significant donations to Case Western Reserve were highlighted as notable philanthropists in the region: Milton and Tamar Maltz, who pledged $12 million to turn The Temple - Tifereth Israel into a performing arts center for the university, and Chuck and Char Fowler, who pledged $7.5 million to develop the business school's offerings around sustainability.

Region's Wealth of Nonprofits has its Downside, Some Say

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec. 25, 2010
Cuyahoga County has the highest numbers of nonprofit organizations in Ohio, which has both positive and negative effects. On the plus side, said David Hammack, professor of history, nonprofit employment often is stable because most nonprofits rely on a mix of revenue that includes government grants and social enterprise.

Higher Ed News

6 Top Smartphone Apps to Improve Teaching, Research and Your Life

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 2, 2010
Beyond checking email regularly, there are a few ways being connected with smartphones can assist in the classroom, from recording notes to planning lectures.