Case Western Reserve University, est. 1826: Think Beyond the Possible

One of the nation's top universities

Case Western Reserve, a leader among independent research universities, offers world-class academic programs in Cleveland's culturally vibrant University Circle.

Centers + Institutes

Eight schools strong? That's just the beginning. Case Western Reserve supports more than 100 interdisciplinary academic and research centers and institutes, providing just about any program of study and discovery you can imagine. Explore the collection.

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From virtual to tangible, interdisciplinary to inter-institutional, educational and explorative centers and institutes are at the center of work and play at Case Western Reserve. With more than 100 academic and research hubs here, a complete list could be exhausting. So, instead, we focus on the core that most people are searching for. If you're seeking a specific axis of knowledge and inquiry at Case Western Reserve, you can probably find it here. If not, submit a request to have it added.

Strategic interdisciplinary alliances

As outlined in our strategic plan, Case Western Reserve aims to enhance research and discovery by establishing powerful alliances and focusing university-level attention on these interdisciplinary priorities:
Energy and the Environment: The Great Lakes Energy Institute

Through the Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University is coordinating efforts of numerous partners throughout Ohio to provide the state with a competitive advantage in terms of cost, reliability and the ability to access, generate, transport and store its sustainable energy resources.

Culture, Creativity and Design: Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities facilitates and encourages collaborative work among faculty and students in the humanities and arts. With colleagues in the sciences and social sciences, and through joint programs with other institutions, the center sponsors conferences, seminars, lectures, research and special events that enhance the presence and visibility of the humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

Social Justice: Social Justice Institute

In a society wrought with blatant discrepancies, Case Western Reserve's Social Justice Institute supports and facilitates social critique and civic engagement to identify the causes and consequences of injustice and work toward resolutions.

Ethics: Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence

As a beginning to influencing ethical leadership around the world, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence seeks to create a strong understanding of ethics, ethical thinking, and ethical behavior for all students, staff, and faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Centers and institutes

The following centers and institutes are listed alphabetically by name. You can use the links below to skip through the list and find the information you need.

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Institute for Advanced Materials

The Institute for Advanced Materials at Case Western Reserve University brings together more than 90 internationally recognized faculty members engaged in innovative research on polymers, metals, ceramics, composites, molecular materials and biomaterials. As a one-stop shop for materials research, the institute aims to enhance Ohio's and the nation's advanced materials industrial base and manufacturing capability with the next generation of materials.

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Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities facilitates and encourages collaborative work among faculty and students in the humanities and arts. With colleagues in the sciences and social sciences, and through joint programs with other institutions, the center sponsors conferences, seminars, lectures, research and special events that enhance the presence and visibility of the humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education

The Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of violence that leads to scientifically based violence prevention programs and widely applicable violence prevention policy. Key goals include forming interdisciplinary academic partnerships, promoting community-based strategies for violence prevention, and conducting research/interventions that address the social stressors associated with youth violence.

Bolton-Brush Growth Studies Center

The Bolton-Brush Growth Studies Center has tracked human development for more than 70 years and utilizes technology to develop three-dimensional computerized craniofacial models.

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Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, along with some of the university's health-care partners.

Center for Aids Research

Coordinating clinical and basic research activities working in areas of research including mycobacterial research, molecular and clinical virology, HIV immunology, clinical treatment trials, epidemiology, biomedical ethics, vaccine research, and international aspects of AIDS.

Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

See the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value below.

Center for Community Partnerships

The Center for Community Partnerships connects Case Western Reserve with its neighbors in the Greater Cleveland community.

Center for Global Health and Diseases

The former Center for International Health links 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.

Center for Human Origins

The Center for Human Origins explores how our branch of the evolutionary tree is related to other living and fossil lineages, how we branched off, and how understanding human evolutionary biology informs current research in many fields of science and medicine.

Center for Institutional Research

The Center for Institutional Research at Case Western Reserve provides information and research to support decision-making, policy analysis, institutional assessment and strategic planning.

Center for Layered Polymeric Systems

The Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) provides a national presence for distinguished research at the crossroads of polymer science and engineering (called "polymers plus") and for education of a diverse American workforce that can meet the challenges of emerging multidisciplinary polymer-based technologies.

Center for Policy Studies

The Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve endeavors to stimulate greater interest in policy issues at the university, to encourage the many policy scholars across the university to interact with each other and with the wider public and to increase the local and national visibility of Case Western Reserve's policy studies.

The Center for Popular Music Studies

The Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University promotes scholarship and teaching about the history and significance of popular music through classes, community outreach, lectures, and symposia.

Center for Science, Health and Society

The Center for Science, Health and Society focuses 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.

Center for Science and Mathematics Education

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Arts and Sciences serves as a clearinghouse for the wide variety of pre-college programs at Case, as a coordinating body for outstanding programs housed at the university, and as a catalyst for the development of new and innovative partnerships.

Center for Social Justice

See the Social Justice Institute below.

Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative

The ultimate goal of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative in Cleveland is to provide complete service and integrated clinical translational research capability within the Cleveland community that will improve the health of patients in Northeast Ohio through patient-based research.

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Dittrick Medical History Center

The Dittrick Medical History Center is dedicated to the study of the medical past through a distinguished collection of rare books, museum artifacts, archives, and images.

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The Center for Evidence-Based Practices

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) is a technical-assistance organization that promotes knowledge development and the implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of people with mental illness and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. The center also implements and studies emerging best practices in an effort to identify innovations that consistently generate improved outcomes.

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Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

The mission of Case Western Reserve's Center for Women is to promote the well-being and advancement of women through education and advocacy.

Fowler Center for Sustainable Value

The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value encompasses a number of activities, all devoted to the healthy advancement of business in society. The center brings together work that fosters sustainable enterprise, social entrepreneurship, cooperation and global action.

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center prepares students for global opportunities in law practice, business and public service and explores critical issues of global legal reform through lectures, research and publications.

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The Great Lakes Energy Institute

Through the Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University is coordinating efforts of numerous partners throughout Ohio to provide the state with a competitive advantage in terms of cost, reliability and the ability to access, generate, transport and store its sustainable energy resources.

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Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence

As a beginning to influencing ethical leadership around the world, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence seeks to create a strong understanding of ethics, ethical thinking, and ethical behavior for all students, staff, and faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

The Center on Interventions for Children And Families

The Center on Interventions for Children and Families (CICF) is a research and training center that is focused on developing and disseminating evidence-based interdisciplinary treatment models that promote the developmental and social emotional well-being of young children by enhancing family and social-environmental supports.

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Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

More often considered a school than a center, the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations supports the mission of nonprofits through a blend of services and programs that nurture the development and prosperity of nonprofit organizations and their leadership. The center offers one of the nation's most fully developed programs in nonprofit management.

Mount Sinai Skills and Simulation Center

The Mount Sinai Skills and Simulation Center provides access to a variety of multidisciplinary simulation modalities, integrating technical and non-technical elements of training in a realistic environment.

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Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence

The Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE) helps mental health agencies and substance abuse agencies throughout the State of Ohio develop and enhance services to persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

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Schubert Center for Child Studies

The Schubert Center for Child Studies strengthens the links between child-related academic study, public policy formation, and professional practice.

Institute for the Science of Origins

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.

Social Justice Institute

In a society wrought with blatant discrepancies, Case Western Reserve's Social Justice Institute supports and facilitates social critique and civic engagement to identify the causes and consequences of injustice and work toward resolutions.

The Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

The Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness provides education, research, training and consultation in the fields of substance abuse and mental health, with particular emphasis upon the co-existence of substance and mental disorders.

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TiME: The Institute for Management and Engineering

The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME) brings together the resources of the Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management. Uniquely positioned to help both students and technology-based companies learn how to integrate engineering and management proactively, TiME's entrepreneurial education equips students and businesses to achieve superior organizational performance. TiME aims to foster the integration of these disciplines through the master's degree programs in engineering and management, industrial relationships and experiential learning.

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University Center on Aging and Health

A community of scholars with national and international recognition, and professional practitioners dedicated to critical thinking, the University Center on Aging and Health fulfills a unique mission of encouraging and coordinating innovative interdisciplinary research, education and service programs relevant to the health and well-being of elderly persons.

University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is dedicated to working with the faculty and students at Case to create an enriching and rewarding learning experience for everyone.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Researchers at the center view the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.

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The Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health

The Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health enhances the well-being of residents, while influencing the course of medical research, training and practice across the nation.

World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research

An institution designated by the director-general of the United Nations to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the World Health Organization program at all levels. The global network is geared to nursing development (education, practice, research and leadership) for primary health care.

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See the Violence Prevention, Research and Education, Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for above.

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Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences

The institute is an internationally recognized research center dedicated to making advances in all aspects of electrochemical sciences, systems and devices. Its mission is to enhance the education and training of students in fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry; provide an international resource for electrochemical knowledge in industry, laboratory, academic communities and the general public; support the continuing education of professional electrochemists; promote interactions between electrochemists and their research colleagues through seminars and symposia; and foster the improvement of the environment and human welfare through research in the design of materials and the development of processes and devices that will positively influence many fields, from medicine and microelectronics to energy conversion and energy storage.

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