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DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY

 
 

GENERAL BULLETIN FOR GRADUATE STUDIES IN ANATOMYimage

The development of independence in research and experience in teaching are essential factors for scholars.  The goal of the Department of Anatomy is to provide individuals with the skills and experiences that will allow them to develop and maintain successful careers as researchers and as teachers.  The strengths of both the faculty and students of the department help lead to the achievement of that goal.

The Graduate Program in Anatomy fulfils all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies of Case Western Reserve University.  Graduate studies in the Department of Anatomy can lead to the Master of Science degree in Applied Anatomy and to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. 

The M.S. in Applied Anatomy can be obtained as part of a joint degree program for qualified individuals participating in other programs at CWRU, such as joint MD/MS or DDS/MS degrees. Each graduate student must successfully complete seventeen credits in the core curriculum of anatomical sciences (i.e., human gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, and embryology).  An additional two credits offered by the department in seminar and research presentations are also required.  Elective coursework completes the graduate student’s program of study.

Research areas of particular strength among faculty in the Department of Anatomy include: biological anthropology, cell injury, control of respiration, developmental neurobiology (non-molecular), mammalian evolution, and vertebrate paleontology.  The department has existing collaborative research efforts with basic scientists in several clinical departments including Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Neurosurgery.

FACILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY

Departmental facilities include a library/conference room, small conference rooms, several common equipment sites, darkroom equipment, computer network, and portions of the Dental School for cranio-facial studies.  Access to common equipment facilities include scanning and transmission electron microscopes, magnetic resonance imaging systems, laser scanning confocal microscope, spectroscopic imaging microscope, molecular biology core laboratories, etc. The individual faculty have National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other foundation funded research programs and fully equipped laboratories. The cooperative spirit of the medical, dental and engineering schools pervade the interdisciplinary approach to research intellectually and through the time-sharing of equipment.

The department is located strategically for interdisciplinary interactions with several strong research programs in Anthropology, Biochemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Nutrition, Paleontology, Pathology, Physiology and Biophysics, and Zoology. Nearby are the departments of Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Geology, and the basic and clinical science departments of the medical and dental schools. The basic science laboratories of University Hospitals are housed within the same complex, and the Veterans Administration Hospital is within walking distance.  Similarly, the collections and other resources of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), the largest natural history museum in the state of Ohio, are only a 20-minute walk from the department.

Case Western Reserve University and the CMNH together have unparalleled facilities for conducting research in biological anthropology. The CWRU dental school houses the Bolton-Brush collection, the world's largest longitudinal database of human growth and development. The CMNH curates the Hamann-Todd osteological collection, an extensively documented collection of over 3,000 human skeletons and the world's largest collection of chimpanzee and gorilla skeletal remains. The CMNH also has an extensive fossil hominid and non-hominid cast collection, the Johns Hopkins human fetal skeleton collection, extensive non-human vertebrate and invertebrate paleontological and zoological collections, a wet dissection lab, casting facilities, library collections, and x-ray and osteoanalyzer facilities. The strong working relationships between Anatomy Department faculty and CMNH curators create many opportunities for graduate students interested in specimen-based research in anthropology and paleontology.

BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Together, CWRU and the CMNH have unparalleled facilities for conducting research in functional macroanatomy and human evolution. The CMNH, the largest natural history museum in the state of Ohio, curates the Hamann-Todd osteological collection, which is an extensively documented collection of over 3000 human skeletons and also includes the world's largest collection of chimpanzee and gorilla skeletal remains. The CMNH also has an extensive fossil hominid and nonhominid cast collection, the Johns Hopkins fetal skeleton collection, extensive vertebrate and invertebrate paleontological and zoological collections, a wet dissection lab, casting facilities, library collections, and x-ray and osteoanalyzer facilities. The CWRU dental school houses the Bolton-Brush collection. This is the world's largest longitudinal database on human growth and development. As a major research and teaching institution, CWRU has multiple research libraries, a Geochronology lab, and many gross dissection and tissue preparation labs.

 
 
Dept. of Anatomy | 10900 Euclid Ave. | Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4930 | Phone:216.368.2433| anatomy@case.edu
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