From virtual to tangible, interdisciplinary to inter-institutional, educational and explorative centers and institutes are at the center of work and play at Case Western Reserve.
With more than 100 academic and research hubs on campus, a complete list could be exhausting. Instead, here you will find some of the most commonly searched centers and institutes.
If what you’re looking for isn’t listed here, use our site search to find it (and please let us know).
The Institute for Advanced Materials at Case Western Reserve University brings together more than 90 internationally recognized faculty members engaged in innovative research on polymers, metals, ceramics, composites, molecular materials and biomaterials. As a one-stop shop for materials research, the institute aims to enhance Ohio's and the nation's advanced materials industrial base and manufacturing capability with the next generation of materials.
Coordinating clinical and basic research activities working in areas of research including mycobacterial research, molecular and clinical virology, HIV immunology, clinical treatment trials, epidemiology, biomedical ethics, vaccine research, and international aspects of AIDS.
The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities facilitates and encourages collaborative work among faculty and students in the humanities and arts. With colleagues in the sciences and social sciences, and through joint programs with other institutions, the center sponsors conferences, seminars, lectures, research and special events that enhance the presence and visibility of the humanities at Case Western Reserve University.
The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of violence that leads to scientifically based violence prevention programs and widely applicable violence prevention policy. Key goals include forming interdisciplinary academic partnerships, promoting community-based strategies for violence prevention, and conducting research/interventions that address the social stressors associated with youth violence.
The Bolton-Brush Growth Studies Center has tracked human development for more than 70 years and utilizes technology to develop three-dimensional computerized craniofacial models.
A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, the center is a partnership organization supporting cancer-related research efforts at CWRU, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.
The ultimate goal of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative in Cleveland is to provide complete service and integrated clinical translational research capability within the community that will improve the health of patients in Northeast Ohio through patient-based research.
The Center for Community Partnerships connects Case Western Reserve with its neighbors in the Greater Cleveland community.
The Dittrick Medical History Center is dedicated to the study of the medical past through a distinguished collection of rare books, museum artifacts, archives and images. The center originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Electronics Design Center (EDC) is a world-renowned research center specializing in the development of microsensors and microsystems. It is dedicated to the facilitation of technology transfer between the university and industry. The EDC is also a fully equipped microfabrication laboratory, specializing in prototyping of devices or providing service on existing devices.
The Center for Evidence-Based Practices is a technical-assistance organization that promotes knowledge development and the implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of people with mental illness and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. The center also implements and studies emerging best practices in an effort to identify innovations that consistently generate improved outcomes.
The mission of Case Western Reserve's Center for Women is to promote the well-being and advancement of women through education and advocacy.
The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (formerly the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value) encompasses a number of activities, all devoted to the healthy advancement of business in society. The center brings together work that fosters sustainable enterprise, social entrepreneurship, cooperation and global action.
The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center prepares students for global opportunities in law practice, business and public service and explores critical issues of global legal reform through lectures, research and publications.
The former Center for International Health links the numerous international health resources of the university, its affiliated institutions and the Northern Ohio community in a multidisciplinary program of research, training and clinical application related to global health.
Through the Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University is coordinating efforts of numerous partners throughout Ohio to provide the state with a competitive advantage in terms of cost, reliability and the ability to access, generate, transport and store its sustainable energy resources.
The Center for Human Origins explores how our branch of the evolutionary tree is related to other living and fossil lineages, how we branched off, and how understanding human evolutionary biology informs current research in many fields of science and medicine.
The Center for Innovative Practices assists social service agencies and organizations in identifying, selecting and implementing evidence-based practices and other services that address the needs of young people—especially those facing various behavioral, mental health and recovery challenges.
The Center for Institutional Research at Case Western Reserve provides information and research to support decision-making, policy analysis, institutional assessment and strategic planning.
The Center for International Affairs is designed to provide a "home" for international students and activities, as well as to be a central location where the university will engage the business, government, foundation and civic communities around global issues.
The Center on Interventions for Children and Families is a research and training center that is focused on developing and disseminating evidence-based interdisciplinary treatment models that promote the developmental and social emotional well-being of young children by enhancing family and social-environmental supports.
Founded in 1953, the Law-Medicine Center is the oldest law school-based center for the study of legal medicine and health law in the United States. Its mission is professional education—the training of law and medical students.
The Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) provides a national presence for distinguished research at the crossroads of polymer science and engineering (called "polymers plus") and for education of a diverse American workforce that can meet the challenges of emerging multidisciplinary polymer-based technologies.
The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center leverages the resources of Case Western Reserve University to engage pre-K through 12th-grade students across Northeast Ohio in activities that introduce them to practices and concepts and inspire a lasting interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center exemplifies the university’s commitment to serving its diverse student, staff and faculty populations. The space provides an inviting home to members of the LGBT and allied community interested in questioning, investigating and celebrating sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Beyond the student base, the center also welcomes alumni, prospective students, faculty and staff.
The MORE Center facilitates electronic and optoelectronics research and education, with facilities enabling the fabrication and characterization of materials and devices for solar energy, organic light-emitting diodes and other emerging technologies.
The Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center provides access to a variety of multidisciplinary simulation modalities, integrating technical and non-technical elements of training in a realistic environment.
An institution designated by the director-general of the United Nations to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization program at all levels. The global network is geared to nursing development (education, practice, research and leadership) for primary health care.
The Center for Policy Studies endeavors to stimulate greater interest in policy issues at the university, to encourage the many policy scholars across the university to interact with each other and with the wider public, and to increase the local and national visibility of Case Western Reserve's policy studies.
The Center for Popular Music Studies promotes scholarship and teaching about the history and significance of popular music through classes, community outreach, lectures, and symposia.
The Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University conducts research on Tibetan history, society, language, ecology/physiology and culture so as to understand traditional Tibet and the manner in which it has changed.
The Schubert Center for Child Studies strengthens the links between child-related academic study, public policy formation, and professional practice.
The Center for Science, Health and Society focuses the efforts of the university and the city in a significant new collaboration to impact the areas of health and health care delivery systems through community outreach, education and health policy.
The Institute for the Science of Origins is a collaborative team of faculty members and researchers from diverse scientific disciplines seeking to understand how complex systems emerge and evolve, from the universe to the mind, from microbes to humanity. Through interdisciplinary teams and cross-departmental programs, the institute works with its partners and the university community to create new knowledge, to prepare the scientists of tomorrow and to educate the public about origins research.
In a society wrought with blatant discrepancies, Case Western Reserve's Social Justice Institute supports and facilitates social critique and civic engagement to identify the causes and consequences of injustice and work toward resolutions.
The center focuses on intellectual property, technological innovation, and technology transfer; the intersection of science, economics, philosophy, and the law; legal issues concerning biotechnology and computer technologies; and laws and cultural issues relating to the creative arts.
The Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness provides education, research, training and consultation in the fields of substance abuse and mental health, with particular emphasis upon the co-existence of substance and mental disorders.
The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) is a multi-user analytical facility providing instrumentation for microstructural characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. During a typical academic year more than 250 individual researchers from the academic, non-profit and industrial sectors use one or more of SCSAM's instruments. The Center is staffed by six full-time Ph.D. level engineers that provide project guidance, technical expertise and maintain the state of the art equipment.
A community of scholars with national and international recognition, and professional practitioners dedicated to critical thinking, the University Center on Aging and Health fulfills a unique mission of encouraging and coordinating innovative interdisciplinary research, education and service programs relevant to the health and well-being of elderly persons.
The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is dedicated to working with the faculty and students at Case to create an enriching and rewarding learning experience for everyone.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Researchers at the center view the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.
The Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health enhances the well-being of residents, while influencing the course of medical research, training and practice across the nation.
An institution designated by the idector-general of the United Nations to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the World Health Organization program at all levels. The global network is geared to nursing development (education, practice, research and leadership) for primary health care.
The institute is an internationally recognized research center dedicated to making advances in all aspects of electrochemical sciences, systems and devices. Its mission is to enhance the education and training of students in fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry; provide an international resource for electrochemical knowledge in industry, laboratory, academic communities and the general public; support the continuing education of professional electrochemists; promote interactions between electrochemists and their research colleagues through seminars and symposia; and foster the improvement of the environment and human welfare through research in the design of materials and the development of processes and devices that will positively influence many fields, from medicine and microelectronics to energy conversion and energy storage.
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