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One year after colloquium Case continues to forge partnerships

About one year ago, Case Western Reserve University celebrated the inauguration of President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. As part of that city- and university-wide celebration, Hundert and Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell co-hosted "Great Universities & Their Cities," an unprecedented, daylong colloquium designed to drive understanding of the enormous benefits that can result from strong partnerships between universities and the cities that house them.

The colloquium explored best practices among nine national university and city leaders who were collaborating to advance their regions economically. Nine breakout sessions chaired by presidents from Yale, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Commonwealth, Clark and Fisk universities, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Rochester, and York University in Toronto and their local government partners showcased how these alliances can serve to benefit both academic institution and community.

Breakout sessions covered a range of topics including downtown revitalization, cultural and artistic development, human resource development, housing, healthy cities and others.

Following the colloquium, Case decided to concentrate on several areas where it could combine its resources with those of community partners to make a true impact:

  • Technology transfer and economic development
  • Healthy Cleveland, with an emphasis on school-based health programs
  • Cultural and artistic development
  • Neighborhood revitalization, including housing, K-12 education, human resource development and race relations

Significant progress has been made in several areas; for example:

"Healthy Cleveland"
  • The academic medical center Case has established continues to be one of the region's great assets. No other city the size of Cleveland has one major research university that has forged long-term partnerships with all of its primary health providers
  • Agreements with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Cleveland Medical Center, capped off by Case's 50-year partnership with University Hospitals of Cleveland, continue to flourish and mean that Case faculty are working in all of these facilities, helping to improve health care for everyone in Northern Ohio
  • The Case Research Institute, which was formed when the 50-year partnership with University Hospitals was signed, brought the new Wolstein Research Building online when it was dedicated in October 2003. The 320,000 sq. ft. facility was named for the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein for their $25 million gift toward the $110 million cost of the building. The gleaming six-story structure of limestone, metal and glass will be home for up to 700 research personnel
  • Case's new medical school dean, Ralph Horwitz, brought a vision of thinking across the spectrum from basic to population science, and he is deeply committed to the social contract of academic medicine
  • The Center for Health, Science and Society, directed by Case's former medical school dean, Nathan Berger, continues to grow as a vehicle for the university to help the city and its residents shape components of their health care delivery system through outreach and education.
  • The center is integral to a new partnership involving the School of Medicine, University Hospitals, the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, and the Music and Performing Arts group at Trinity Cathedral that is creating a family-based substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention program. This program recently received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to measure the positive effect of the arts on the lives of children and their families.
Research/Technology Transfer:
  • The first annual Research ShowCASE, held in April 2003, a trade show focusing on tomorrow's research, had 621 exhibits spotlighting the innovation and creativity taking place on our campus and at our partner institutions - the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • The expo was helpful in promoting the institutions' work among venture capitalists and among representatives of the media, government, foundations and corporations. It also served as a means for stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration among our own faculty just by providing them with a comprehensive look at all the work their colleagues are doing
  • This year's Research ShowCASE is scheduled for April 2
  • Research ShowCASE is just one example of Case's current effort to move university research out of the lab and into the regional marketplace
  • Invention disclosures at Case rose from 60 in FY 2001 to 102 in FY 2003
  • Licensing fees went from $2 million to nearly $10 million
  • As an example of Case's aggressive entrepreneurial mission, led by the Office of Research and Technology Management, Case launched its first start-up company, International Imaging, Inc., known as I-Cubed
  • I-Cubed is the brainchild of two professors at Case's medical school, Jonathan Lewin and Jeffrey Duerk, who have developed a minimally invasive technology that detects unstable plaque in blood vessels
  • This enterprise applies our biomedical potential for the economic benefit of Northern Ohio and for the well-being of people throughout the world
Toward the Future
  • Case also is aggressively partnering with institutions in other areas:
  • University Circle institutions, including the Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music
  • The Cleveland Municipal School District
  • The Cleveland Play House
  • In September, Case created the new Center for Community Partnerships to facilitate interaction with many community groups
  • Collaborating with the Cleveland schools and the Greater Cleveland Growth Association on hosting the national Vice Presidential Debate in October 2004

"Universities must contribute positively and powerfully to an improved quality of life for the citizens in their respective communities," Hundert said. "It's no secret that universities have emerged as key engines of change and development in modern society, in part because continued economic stability depends increasingly on a base of advanced knowledge. The colloquium brought together great minds and unique experiences, beginning a national dialogue not only on the larger goal of greater connection, but also in several specific areas where great results have been achieved."

 

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