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The Case School of Engineering, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2005, has distinctive and acclaimed research programs, including biomedical engineering, functional polymers, fuel cells, advanced materials, microgravity fluid flow and combustion, biologically inspired robots, sensors and microfabrication. Research awards at the school have more than doubled since 2001 to nearly $60 million. Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Sciences.


GRIN (Gradient Refractory INdex) polymer lens nearly identical to human eye lens
16 November, 2012
A multi-layered polymer gradient refractive index (GRIN) lens inspired by the human eye could one day provide a more natural alternative to implantable eye lenses and consumer vision products.
CWRU study suggests the race for high IQs relates to access to information
11 February, 2007
From about the age of three, whites on average outscore their African-American counterparts on IQ tests, but psychologists find the 15-point gap can be eliminated when each racial group has an equal opportunity to learn.
CWRU scientists reveal how magnesium works on ion channels important for regulating blood pressure
11 February, 2007
Case Western Reserve University researchers report in Nature how magnesium activates microscopic ion channels in the membrane of a cell. These particular ion channels are important in controlling blood pressure.
CWRU sociologists find social stimuli shape youths
11 February, 2007
No single 'silver bullet' produces a well-adjusted adolescent, according to a team of Case Western Reserve University sociologists reporting on the influence of family, school, neighborhoods and friends on the lives of early teens.
CWRU study offers insight to control hypertension
11 February, 2007
Case Western Reserve University researchers have been able to set and achieve lower blood pressure goals in a study group of African Americans whose hypertension is difficult to control, according to a study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
CWRU physicist's discovery to help in the development of new electronic devices
10 February, 2007
Molecular electronics got a boost with the discovery of a new class of liquid crystalline materials that has potential use in electronic devices such as light emitting diode, solar cells, optical switches and transistors.
CWRU study examines Web sites that sold anthrax treatment after 2001 outbreak
10 February, 2007
Web sites selling the prescription-only medication ciprofloxacin (also known by its brand name Cipro(r)) sprang up quickly following an anthrax outbreak in October 2001, according to a new study by researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
New CWRU twins study to look at environment and reading
10 February, 2007
Researchers from four universities and 350 pairs of same-sex twins will participate in a study, looking at environmental factors that influence how and when children read.
CWRU researchers creating new gel to replace severed peripheral nerves
10 February, 2007
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University's School of Engineering are developing a synthetic material to help bridge the gap between severed peripheral nerves.
CWRU anthropologist discovers Ethiopians adaptations to high altitude living differs from Tibetans, Andeans
09 February, 2007
New discoveries by Case Western Reserve University anthropologist Cynthia Beall continue to unravel the mystery of how humans have adapted to high altitude living.
CWRU researchers demystify fatigue failure in polysilicon used in MEMS devices
09 February, 2007
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University report in Science that miniature micron-sized polysilicon laboratory specimens subjected to cyclic tension/compression loading undergo fatigue, and could ultimately fail, as a result of damage produced by the compressive cycles, rather than from moisture-assisted stress corrosion cracking.
New therapy for heart failure? CWRU researchers try stem cells from an umbilical cord
09 February, 2007
The National Institutes of Health awarded $450,000 to investigators at The Research Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University to explore the use of umbilical cord stem cells to heal damaged heart muscles.
Study shows donating a kidney does not benefit seller
09 February, 2007
Individuals who sell a kidney do not receive a long-term economic benefit from the sale and may have a worsening of their health, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
New drug targets cancer cells: In combination with laser light, destroys tumors
08 February, 2007
Researchers at the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are, for the first time in human clinical trials, using a new drug designed to sensitize cancer cells for destruction.
Researchers discover anxiety and aggression gene in mice
08 February, 2007
Calling it the Pet-1 gene, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Department of Neurosciences say that when this gene is removed or 'knocked out' in a mouse, aggression and anxiety in adults are greatly elevated compared to a control (also called wild type) mouse. Other neurologic functions, such as motor coordination, feeding and locomotor activity, do not appear altered in the knockout mouse.
Possible genetic link between sleep apnea and obesity discovered
08 February, 2007
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital are the first to complete a whole-genome scan for obstructive sleep apnea and obesity.
New age provides evidence for presence of a dark energy
08 February, 2007
Cosmologists from Case Western Reserve University and Dartmouth College have continued efforts to refine the age of the universe by using new information from a variety of sources to calculate a new lower age limit that is 1.2 billion years higher than previous age limits.
Researchers reach milestone in learning how to stop disfiguring disease
08 February, 2007
Researchers have reached an important milestone in learning how to halt a major mosquito-borne disease affecting 120 million people around the world. The disease, called lymphatic filariasis and commonly known as elephantiasis, is a leading cause of physical disfigurement, social ostracism and economic loss throughout Africa, Asia, South America and islands of the Pacific Ocean. The disease can lead to dramatically swollen and disfigured legs, arms, breasts and genitals.
CWRU researchers find critical molecules that trigger inflammation in Alzheimer disease
07 February, 2007
The main pathological signature of Alzheimer disease, which causes progressive memory loss in its victims, is plaques in the brain. Currently, massive research efforts are geared toward eliminating these plaques.
New findings at CWRU further tie to gum, heart disease
07 February, 2007
One more link has been forged between poor oral health and heart disease as findings from two research studies from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dentistry were presented during the 32nd annual meeting of the American Association of Dental Research in San Antonio, Texas.
New breathing device result of CWRU, UHC, VA research
07 February, 2007
The innovative breathing device that is enabling actor Christopher Reeve, paralyzed in a horseback riding accident eight years ago, to breath periodically on his own was developed through three decades of research at CWRU, University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
CWRU geneticists find component of common plastic bottles causes abnormal pregnancies in mice
07 February, 2007
Researchers have found disturbing new evidence suggesting that environmental exposure to a ubiquitous substance may cause chromosomally abnormal pregnancies. They have learned that low levels of a compound used in the manufacture of some plastic food and beverage containers and some baby bottles interfere with cell division in the eggs of female mice.
CWRU study shows tight glucose control in diabetes lowers risk of atherosclerosis
06 February, 2007
Strict glucose control in type 1 diabetes reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, a benefit that persists for years, according to a study published 'New England Journal of Medicine'.
CWRU study finds African-Americans and premature babies face increased risk
06 February, 2007
In a study of more than 900 Cleveland children, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital have discovered a surprisingly large number of youth with a serious sleep-related breathing disorder that could make it difficult for them to think or perform well in school and may lead to serious growth or heart problems.
CWRU researchers find signs of lethal cell division in mouse models for Alzheimer's disease
06 February, 2007
CWRU researchers have discovered signs of lethal cell division in mouse models for Alzheimer's Disease, findings that offer clues as to why AD mice may not exhibit neuron death as seen in humans.
Cystic fibrosis gene therapy trial results encouraging
06 February, 2007
Scientists and physicians in Cleveland have announced encouraging results from the first-of-its-kind gene therapy trial involving cystic fibrosis patients and a new compacted DNA technology.
CWRU researchers find obesity in young adults is linked to dental diseases
05 February, 2007
There's one more reason why young adults should trade in potato chips and television for a more active life. Case Western Reserve University researchers in epidemiology and dentistry have found a link between obesity and periodontal disease. They have discovered that obese young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 have twice the rate of gum disease than middle and older-aged adults.
High levels of gene duplication implicated in disease
05 February, 2007
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine geneticists have been involved in a detailed analysis of the reference sequence of chromosome 7 that is published in the July 10 issue of the journal Nature.
CWRU researchers help discover new colon cancer gene
05 February, 2007
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland report finding a new gene that is switched off early in the development of colon cancer.
CWRU breast cancer researchers question tradition: Are stem cell transplants better than chemo?
05 February, 2007
High-dose chemotherapy coupled with a stem cell transplant do not improve the outcomes of post-operative patients with advanced breast cancer, according to findings of a multi-center study designed and conducted at the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Case study finds listening to soft music can ease labor pains
04 February, 2007
Many women approach childbirth labor fearful of the pain they may experience, but are also unwilling or unable to take medication to ease the pain. However, a new study provides hope for those seeking to lessen delivery pain without medications: through the use of music.
Case psychologist to develop diagnostic tool for detecting bipolar disorder in young children
04 February, 2007
Information gathered over the next five years from more than 1600 families in the Cleveland area will help researchers develop a tool to diagnose bipolar disorder in children as young as five years old.
Case researchers substantiate bacterial link to preterm birth through mice studies
04 February, 2007
A team of researchers, led by microbiologist Yiping Han from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, has discovered that a bacterium (Fusobacterium nucleatum) found in orally related periodontal disease enters the blood, targets placentas and amniotic fluid of pregnant mice and triggers preterm or term stillbirths and infant deaths.
Superclot therapy tested as repair for periodontal disease
04 February, 2007
A super blood clot, rich in growth factors, has the potential to be a new therapy in restoring oral health to those with periodontal (gum) disease. Once implanted during surgery, the clot has the potential to spur the regeneration of lost bone, gum and connective tissues damaged by gum disease.
Case scientists test protein as early cancer detection agent
03 February, 2007
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have identified an agent that could lead to the early detection of many cancers. The Case research team discovered that the human body increases production of the protein clusterin as a signal of cell distress and provides a reliable gauge of the general health of a cell. The findings were reported in a recent issue of the scientific journal Cancer Biology and Therapy.
Case psychologist explores pretend play and its role in psychology, therapy
03 February, 2007
Case Western Reserve University Psychologist Sandra Russ takes old-fashioned children's play seriously. In her new book, 'Play in Child Development and Psychotherapy' (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), she broaches the idea of actively teaching children how to play as a way to cope, learn self control and begin to think imaginatively.
Case, WIYN astronomers discover new galaxy orbiting Andromeda
03 February, 2007
Case Western Reserve University astronomers have announced the discovery of a new galaxy, termed Andromeda VIII. The new galaxy is so widespread and transparent that astronomers did not suspect its existence until they mapped the velocity of stars thought to belong to the well-known and nearby large Andromeda spiral galaxy and found them to move independently of Andromeda.
Girls more likely to use tanning facilities than boys, and more often
03 February, 2007
A new study looking at the indoor tanning behavior of white American teens shows that almost 37 percent of girls have used an indoor tanning facility at least once and almost 30 percent of girls report using a tanning booth three or more times.
Case to develop two-way wireless biological sensors
02 February, 2007
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University are carving out a revolutionary new paradigm for the health care market with cutting-edge, implantable, wireless biological sensors smaller than an aspirin.
Case study suggests cardiovascular patients do not exercise regularly
02 February, 2007
Even patients recovering from heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems have trouble maintaining a regular exercise program, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
mouth's defenses against AIDS discovered: New findings hold potential for AIDS prevention
02 February, 2007
The findings are reported in the November 7 issue of the international journal 'AIDS.' The researchers also added that the findings hold potential for finding new ways of preventing AIDS and other infections in the body.
New genetic link to common colon cancer: Blood from families at risk contributed to discovery
02 February, 2007
A team of researchers from University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University have identified a specific location on a human chromosome that can be linked to familial cases of colon cancer, the type of colon cancer that tends to run in families.
Researchers find new breast cancer gene may play role in estrogen-induced breast cancers
01 February, 2007
Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have discovered a new breast cancer gene that may play a role in estrogen-induced breast cancers.
Understanding how teens think help scientist develop interventions for brain-injured youth
01 February, 2007
When a teacher asked a youth recovering from a brain injury to 'boot up' the computer, the teen kicked it. Such misinterpretations of word meanings, sarcasms and social cues are common for teens with head injuries and have long-range consequences in alienating the individual from peers, family members and co-workers.
Autoimmune disease weakens eye and body muscles
01 February, 2007
Under a new $4.7 million grant from the National Eye Institute, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland hope to develop in five years a drug ready for human clinical trials to treat myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that weakens muscles, affects vision, and in the most severe cases, puts patients on artificial ventilation. According to the National Eye Institute, this is the largest single project grant it has awarded to an Ohio institution.
Case researchers to take buzz out of heavy snorers: New implantable device to help treat sleep apnea
01 February, 2007
Relief is on the way for loud, heavy snorers with obstructive sleep apnea. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are developing an implanted medical device slightly larger than a postage stamp to help 20 million Americans who suffer from the sleep disorder. The device will operate like a heart pacemaker.
Case researchers say a positive approach is the most successful in corporate coaching
31 January, 2007
Looking to make a slam dunk with corporate colleagues, many business leaders are hiring professional coaches. How these coaches approach 'their players' can lead to an effective or ineffective shift in action and interactions in the business world, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.
Bioscience firm developing unique drug delivery system to work with Case & UH researchers
31 January, 2007
Transcutaneous Technologies, Inc., a Japanese bioscience firm, which has ties to researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Health System, is currently developing a unique medication delivery system, has agreed to establish its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland.
Case researchers to test epilepsy drug as treatment for Alzheimer's disease
31 January, 2007
A medication that has been around for 40 years and successfully used to treat epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorder may provide new hope for the more than 4 million Americans suffering with Alzheimer's disease.
Case researchers find that aged roaches experience perils of stiff joints
31 January, 2007
Case Western Reserve University researchers reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology that as the roach's life wanes between 60-65 weeks after the onset of adulthood, it slows down, experiences stiff joints, and has problems climbing and a decreased spontaneous fleeing response. Death comes shortly after the onset of these movement problems.
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