CWRU is a major research institution with unparalleled resources for conducting research in the biological sciences. Individual faculty have fully equipped laboratories that are supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other funded research programs. A cooperative spirit among the medical, dental, and engineering schools facilitates interdisciplinary research both intellectually and through the time-sharing of equipment.
Anatomy faculty labs are close to the departments of Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (EEPS), 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 and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), the largest natural history museum in Ohio, are both only a short walk from the department.
Case Western Reserve University and the CMNH together have unparalleled facilities for conducting research in human biology, comparative anatomy, and paleontology. The CWRU School of Dental Medicine houses the Bolton-Brush collection, one of the world's largest longitudinal databases of human growth and development. The CMNH curates the Hamann-Todd osteological collection, an extensively documented collection of over 3,000 human skeletons, over 900 primate skeletons, including the world's largest collection of gorilla skeletal remains, an extensive fossil hominin and non-hominin cast collection, the Johns Hopkins human fetal skeleton collection, large and diverse collections of non-human vertebrate and invertebrate paleontological and zoological materials. The strong working relationships between Department of Anatomy faculty and CMNH curators create many opportunities for graduate students interested in specimen-based research in comparative biology, anthropology, and paleontology.