Translating Technology and Research into Better Health

Case Western Reserve University




The mission of the Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine (SOM) is to improve the health of the people of our community and the world. CWRU SOM has formal affiliations with major health care providers around Cleveland including: University Hospitals (UH), Cleveland Clinic (CC), MetroHealth Medical Center (Metro), and Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center (LSVAMC). As a Center of Excellence in Translating Technology and Research into Better Health, CWRU SOM, the only private medical school in Ohio, is a recognized leader in academic medicine. The Translating Technology and Research into Better Health Center of Excellence has five major components:

  1. Case Center for Imaging Research (CCIR), developed in partnership with UH and the CWRU School of Engineering, translates imaging technologies and research from molecules to men and builds on the large commercial base in Northeast Ohio. CCIR's goal is to define and shape radiologic imaging in the next five to ten years.
  2. National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM), in partnership with CC and UH, rapidly translates cutting-edge adult stem cell and tissue engineering laboratory research into clinical and commercial arenas to treat human disease. With 130 investigators, NCRM has created 112 new jobs in five new companies.
  3. Infectious Disease research, conducted in partnership with LSVAMC, UH, and Metro, focuses on four areas: AIDS, drug resistant bacteria, vaccine research, and global health and disease. This group attracts tens of millions in funding from federal, state, and private sources.
  4. Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC), which includes UH and CC, is designated by the National Cancer Institute and has a total membership of close to 350 professionals. In 2009, CCCC and partners received more than $165 million in funding to support all aspects of cancer research.
  5. Health Information Technology (HIT) is a collaboration with UH, CC, Metro, LSVAMC, and other partners. CWRU is applying its multidisciplinary assets to address the comprehensive set of HIT issues. CWRU is positioned to be a leader in HIT education and outreach to help prepare the next generation of healthcare workers and to link health care providers to HIT.

Driving Economic Advancement

CWRU SOM is at the center of the health care industry in Northeast Ohio. CWRU SOM, with affiliates, were responsible for close to $6 billion of direct and indirect economic impact in 2007 (Tripp Umbach study). CWRU boasts over 300 NIH RO1 grants. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, each NIH RO1 generates seven jobs with an average annual salary of $52,000. In addition, CWRU SOM faculty are active in technology transfer with close to $16 million derived in 2009. With 2,000 full-time and adjunct faculty members, CWRU SOM attracts and retains the best and brightest through its medical school students, residents, fellows, faculty, and employees of spinoff companies.


  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks CWRU's SOM among the top 25 academic medical centers in the country and #1 in the State of Ohio. In addition, in 2009, the following programs were ranked by U.S. News and World Report: #9 Family Medicine; #12 Pediatrics; #13 AIDS; #25 Research; #37 Primary Care


  • Position Ohio as a destination for medical education, innovation, and patient care
  • Spur economic development through technology commercialization
  • Expand strategic partnerships with industry and state and federal agencies to diversify and grow funding streams
  • Develop new therapies and techniques which improve patient care and deliver better health outcomes
  • Improve health of Ohioans with an initial focus on Northeast Ohio


  • Number of competitive, peer reviewed grants awarded
  • Number of peer-reviewed publications
  • Number of intellectual property disclosures
  • Number of new strategic partnerships