Department of Psychiatry Receives $7.8 Million to Study Manic Symptoms in Children

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine received a $7.8 million renewal grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for the long-term study of manic symptoms in children.

The grant from the NIMH, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funds the continuation of a study launched five years ago in which 707 children between the ages of six and 12 were screened and evaluated for elevated symptoms of mania (ESM), a common indicator of bipolar disease and other childhood psychiatric disorders.

By studying the course of a child’s ESM over time, which can include periods of rapid mood swings and intense irritability, researchers hope to learn more about what factors make children with ESM more likely to develop a bipolar spectrum disorder.

Robert Findling
Robert Findling

“We want to develop the means by which to more accurately diagnose bipolar disease in children,” said Robert L. Findling, the Rocco L Motto, M.D., Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the School of Medicine and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He is the study’s coordinating principal investigator. Read more.

Campus News

The latest question is up on Think Fast, the new online weekly contest hosted on the Think website. New questions will be added every Tuesday, and a leaderboard gets updated throughout the semester. Get in on the action now and bookmark the page to come back every week.

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The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety is now the Environmental Health and Safety Department. This department includes the university’s radiation, chemical, environmental, laboratory and occupational safety programs. The department also welcomed Charles Hart as its new executive director.

For Faculty and Staff

The Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is holding four Women Faculty Connect luncheons. Join your colleagues to chat, network and relax. The first luncheon will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Room at Thwing Center. Space is limited, so RSVP ASAP to Susan Freimark. Future luncheons are scheduled for Feb. 24, March 31 and April 28.

For Students

Educational Services for Students (ESS) is conducting a series of workshops to enhance students' academic skills and learn to be more effective, efficient learners. Students can register for a workshop no later than 5 p.m. the day before the workshop. All workshops will be held on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the ESS Electronic Learning Center in 464 Sears Building. These workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions, contact Rhonda Moore or call 216.368.3790.

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The Case Cycling Club will sponsor the Triathlon For Life, an indoor triathlon to take place March 19 in Veale Center. The $20 entry fee for the triathlon, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students, will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration information will be released closer to the event.

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The drop-in meditation group for students will not meet Jan. 28 but will resume the following Friday, Feb. 7 at 3:30 on the second floor of University Health Services. For more information, contact Mary Hildenbrand at 216.368.5872.


David Croslin, author of Innovate the Future and former chief technologist at Hewlett Packard, will discuss his step-by-step method for creating revolutionary innovation on Jan. 27. The event, sponsored by think[box] and Case Entrepreneurs’ Club, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Nord Hall 310 and is open to the public.

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The Valentine’s Day Couples Massage Class will be held Feb. 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Case Western Reserve University’s 121 Fitness Center. Massage therapist Sherri Englemann will teach technique and the art of massage. Registrants receive a free massage gift bag, and nonmembers can use the shower, vanity areas, sauna, towels and more. Space is limited to 16 couples. Register online or by calling 216.3168.1121.

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The LGBTA Committee invites all LGBTA faculty, staff and alumni to its Winter Gathering at Table 45 at the Intercontinental Hotel Thursday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free validated parking is available.

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.

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Robert Elston
Robert C. Elston

Distinguished University Professor Robert C. Elston will be named Amasa B. Ford Professor of Geriatric Medicine at a celebration Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The celebration is open to the entire community. RSVP to Kathy Malone by email or at 216.368.3109.

Jan. 25, 2011

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In the News

Cleveland Solo Gets a Supreme Court Win; Ex-Prisoner's $625K Award is Reinstated

ABA Journal, Jan. 24, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court judges reinstated a judgment against Ohio prison officials in a case tried by Case Western Reserve University School of Law Adjunct Professor David Mills and Visiting Assistant Professor Andrew Pollis. The client, Michelle Ortiz, is a former Ohio inmate who sued prison officials for doing nothing to prevent her sexual assault.

Case Western Reserve University Library to Start Community Garden, Jan. 24, 2011
A community garden located outside Kelvin Smith Library will begin growing food this spring. The garden will provide food for both the university community and surrounding neighborhoods. Much of it will be donated to local agencies to be given out to families and individuals in need.

Is Small Business Prosperity Just Around the Corner?

Small Business Trends, Jan. 24, 2011
Though the media touts economic recovery, Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, does not think small business will see this rebound any time soon.

Higher Ed News

As the Web Goes Mobile, Colleges Fail to Keep Up

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 23, 2011
Half of college students use mobile technology daily to access the Internet, compared to 10 percent in 2008, and colleges are trying to figure out how to best use mobile devices, whether through original creations or third-party applications.