Forward Thinking: 1980s

1982

Case Western Reserve researchers discover HIV is transmitted by blood products, just one year after the virus is first reported in the United States.

1986

The nation's first free, open-access community computer system, Cleveland Free-Net, originates at Case Western Reserve.

1986

A man paralyzed from the neck down is able to grasp and lift a coffee mug for the first time since his 1977 diving accident, thanks to the development of the first implantable electrode stimulator system by professor P. Hunter Peckham.

1987

Case Western Reserve physicist Marshall Crouch and former chair Frederick Reines lead a group of physicists in detecting a burst of neutrinos when a star goes supernova. The find marks the birth of observational neutrino astronomy.

1987

Joseph F. Fagan, a Case Western Reserve psychologist, develops a test for infants to identify mental retardation within one year of birth.

1988

Biomedical engineering professor Michael Neuman and colleagues C.C. Liu and Wen Ko develop respiratory sensors to monitor the breathing of premature infants.