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Public Policy Resources at Case Western Reserve University

In addition to the many departments and degree programs, the following centers or institutes may be sources for policy-related research.

The Fowler Center For Sustainable Value leverages interdisciplinary scholarship and practice to help leaders capitalize on new profitable business opportunities to solve the world’s growing social and environmental problems. We work directly with all institutions to embed sustainability into their core strategy, applying cutting-edge competencies in design, innovation, whole systems, and appreciative inquiry.

The Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO) 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.

The Center for Global Health was formed in 2002 as a result of a merger between the Center for International Health and the Division of Geographic Medicine. The new Center is located in the Wolstein Research Building on the CWRU Medical School Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The Center provides a coordinating structure to help link 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. The Center brings together many disciplines at CWRU to make life better in developing countries, and thus functions as a catalyst to stimulating international collaborations throughout the institution.

Since its foundation in 1994, the Case Western Reserve University Center for Aids Research (Case CFAR) has been a center of excellence for both clinical and basic AIDS research. As the only NIH-funded CFAR in the Midwestern United States, we have provided our 174 members with national and international research, especially with respect to research in tuberculosis and HIV malignancy, microbicides, pathogenesis, virology, clinical trials, and training. As the first CFAR to make a major investment in international research, we have been able to expand a highly productive and long-standing (21 year) scientific relationship with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

The purpose of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is to foster ethical leadership around the world. The Inamori Center fulfills its purpose by awarding the annual Inamori Ethics Prize; collaborating with people and entities at Case Western Reserve University, in the regional community, and around the United States and the world; and sponsoring ethics research, scholarship, symposia, lectures, and other means of ethical discourse. As a beginning to influencing ethical leadership around the world, we seek to create a strong understanding of ethics, ethical thinking, and ethical behavior for all students, staff, and faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) mission is to enable the transition to advanced sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization, through coordinated research, development, and education. Multiple alternative energy sectors comprise this research, much of which coalesces under the umbrella of utility scale power. These sectors include grid and storage; wind energy; and solar.

The Schubert Center for Child Studies aims to strengthen links between child-related academic study, public policy formation, and professional practice. Based in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, the Schubert Center convenes experts from across campus and throughout the Cleveland community to provide an innovative forum for multidisciplinary education, research, and communications focused on child policy.

The Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was founded in 1987. Our goal is to conceptualize and conduct 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 Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations has a unique graduate program that focuses on developing nonprofit managers into career community leaders. It is distinguished by the quality of its faculty, the strength of its ties with nonprofit leaders, and its close relationships with four sponsoring schools at Case Western Reserve University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the Weatherhead School of Management.

The Center for Health Promotion Research – The mission of the Center for Health Promotion Research is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate health promotion and disease prevention programs in diverse settings and populations, with an emphasis on community-based research and evaluation. In addition, training and education is a critical component of this mission, working to develop behavioral scientists who specialize in health behavior and health promotion and who understand the social and environmental context in which healthy behaviors are developed and maintained.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change in MSASS seeks to create, communicate and apply knowledge on the persistent and concentrated poverty in the Cleveland area. Its multidisciplinary team of social welfare experts seeks to be an agent of social change and to educate and train the next generation of poverty researchers, administrators and advocates. MSASS is also the base of operations for two other policy studies efforts.

The Center for Community Development promotes the development of grass-roots decision-making and the transmittal of technical skills of community and economic development. It focuses on the revitalization of aging neighborhoods and towns throughout the world.

The University Center on Aging and Health is affiliated with the School of Nursing. Since 1978, the University Center on Aging and Health has served as the focal point at Case Western Reserve University for building and maintaining excellence in gerontological and geriatric research, education, and practice. The Center’s mission is to foster collaboration among its community of scholars, learners, and practitioners in order to encourage and coordinate innovative interdisciplinary research, education, and service programs relevant to the health and well-being of elderly persons. Via the Center, state-of-the-art knowledge about the aging process and its implications for individuals, families, communities, and societies is advanced and disseminated throughout the community.

The Law-Medicine Center is an interdisciplinary program, the first law school-based program in the United States to study legal medicine and health law.

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center offers courses, activities and foreign study options that concentrate on the legal aspects of globalization. In addition there are numerous other nodes of policy studies activity involving research, curriculum, application, and advocacy. The variety of formats for the Center for Policy Studies activities is great. Public Policy Forums and weekly Faculty/Staff Public Affairs Discussion Group meetings generate interest and exchange. Forums and endowed lectureships are a regular feature of the Center’s agenda. Likewise, efforts are made to bring students and policy researchers in contact with public officials. Small group meetings and ad hoc sessions are frequently scheduled.

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) based at Case Western Reserve University (Case) is a partnership organization supporting all cancer related research efforts at Case, University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC), and the Cleveland Clinic. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Case CCC serves the cancer research and clinical needs of an urban manufacturing and rural agricultural region containing 3.8 million people in Northern Ohio. The Mission of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is to: Improve the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of cancer through discovery, evaluation and dissemination. Stimulate and support innovative, coordinated interdisciplinary clinical research on cancer diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control. Develop clinical applications of discovery and make these available to Northern Ohio residents as quickly as possible through the integrated efforts of the major health systems in the region. Develop cancer prevention and control activities that build on the expertise of the Center and result in a reduction of cancer morbidity and mortality in Northern Ohio and the nation.

Center for Health Care Research and Policy – The mission of the Center for Health Care Research and Policy is to: (1) improve the health of the public by conducting research that examines access to health care, increases the quality of health care services, and informs health policy and practice; and (2) lead educational programs that promote these goals.

The Case GCRC provides private and semiprivate rooms for the conduct of inpatient and outpatient research protocols for both adult and pediatric research subjects. In addition, procedure rooms, a metabolic kitchen supported by a research dietitian, a core chemistry laboratory, a gas chromatograph-mass spectroscopy laboratory, asample processing area, and an array of support personnel with diverse skills to facilitate successful completion of investigators’ protocols. GCRC personnel are available to provide expert support in biostatistics, informatics, and specialized laboratory techniques to assist with project design as well as implementation.

Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is a multi-institutional center composed of investigators from Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Athersys, Inc., and Ohio State University. Building on the 20 year history of adult stem cell research in northeast Ohio, the Center was created in 2003 with a $19.4 million award from the State of Ohio as a Wright Center of Innovation. An additional $8 million award in 2006 from the State of Ohio’s Biomedical Research and Commercialization Program further validated the Center’s ability to achieve its mission to utilize human stem cell and tissue engineering technologies to treat human disease.

Center for Science, Health, and Society – The Center for Science, Health and Society (CSHS) was created in 2002 to focus the efforts of the University and the city in a significant new collaboration to impact the areas of health and healthcare delivery systems through community outreach, education, and health policy.

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health – The Swetland Center brings a new emphasis to Environmental Health at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals throughout Greater Cleveland.

The current major focus of the Center is on the environmental health problems of the Cleveland community especially related to toxic exposures of children and their families. As an academic Center, it has four major components: Medical Education, Clinical Care, Research, and Public Health.

The Center pursues these goals through Translational Interest Group meetings and events, and through the Neurological Institute, in the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, where clinicians and investigators have a direct conduit between research and developing treatments.

Institute for Global Security, Law, and Policy – The events and aftermath of 9/11 have made security and counter-terrorism fundamental, if not defining, concerns for the world community, nations, companies, the legal system, and individuals. Security and counter-terrorism present distinct new policy and legal issues. Satisfactorily addressing these issues requires a broad approach taking into account the vast legal, financial, political, social, religious, and cultural roots and ramifications inherent in this area. The Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case School of Law offers a uniquely comprehensive hub for addressing these issues through a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary approach that also blends theory with practical applications. The Institute develops and integrates the best learning from the academy and the real world and draws on numerous disciplines and experiences to provide innovative and world class programs, research, teaching, and service on the issues of security and counter-terrorism. The work of the Institute serves as an invaluable resource to governments, businesses, organizations, the legal profession, and the general community. Moreover, the course and programs of the Institute educates students at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on these key issues so that they can better serve clients and society in the post 9/11 world and become future leaders in the search for solutions to problems of national security and terrorism.

Canada-United States Law Institute – (CUSLI) is a bi-national, not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary entity created jointly in 1976 by Case Western Reserve University School of Law located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario, Canada. CUSLI serves as a forum where the respective governments, business communities, legal professionals, academics, non-governmental organizations and the media explore and address the issues confronting the Canada – United States relationship.

Center for Business and Law Regulation – The Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law was founded in 2003 to address the challenges presented by this changed business environment. The mission of the Center is to prepare future leaders to understand business issues facing entrepreneurs, business entities, and other clients, engage in legal, empirical, and interdisciplinary research on the role and impact of government in the regulation of business, and foster public debate regarding the role of government in the regulation of businesses.

Center for Professional Ethics – The Center was founded in June 1980 “to provide opportunities for students, faculty, administrators and professionals to explore more fully the foundations of personal and professional ethics.” The Center reaches out to the University community, as well as practicing professionals, through a variety of conferences, forums, and workshops. These programs, which are open to the public, explore a wide range of topics pertaining to ethics. The Center also publishes and distributes The Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter which features substantive articles, information about the Center’s activities, and news and notes about ethics issues generally.

Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CISCDR) CISCDR’s core mission is to bring greater ADR sensitivity and skill development to Case School of Law students to prepare them for the multiple roles that they will perform as lawyers in a global economy.

Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts (Center for LTA) was created with the understanding that technologic and artistic expression are both part of the human creative enterprise; and there are artistic influences in science and scientific influences in the arts. Also behind the Center for LTA’s creation was the recognition that the ongoing technological revolution presents new opportunities and challenges for our legal system pertaining to technological innovation and related proprietary rights. There have been significant national and international developments in the visual and musical arts that offer their own opportunities and challenges. Law and technology and law and the arts are burgeoning fields that present some of the most exciting, important, and complex issues facing not only our legal system, but also the business and technology communities.

Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center – The Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center is where students put their lawyering skills to work representing real clients in civil, criminal, and transactional matters. With close assistance from faculty members, a student in one of the civil clinics may incorporate a nonprofit institution, help a homeowner sue for predatory lending practices, or obtain disability benefits for a client. In the criminal clinic, students handle misdemeanors ranging from DUI to petty theft.

Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Best Nursing Practices Based on Evidence – One of the first of its kind, the Institute was established by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1998. The Hirsh Institute provides consulting services on the implementation of evidence-based practice changes across health care settings and Certificate Programs that educate nurses to determine the best practices based on evidence. It also facilitates and mentors others in the transfer of research knowledge into practice and searches for and synthesizes current research on specific topics.