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Science Cafe is a monthly educational series that gathers together scientists, investigators, trainees, and community members to engage in meaningful discussions aimed at forging new collaborations through common interests in exciting areas of research.

Every month will feature a new research focus, content expert, fresh perspectives, and a chance to discover uncharted territories in the world of science. Each Science Cafe will begin with our content expert discussing their own work and potential areas of collaboration. 

The sessions will be relatively unstructured to promote conversation and collaborative thinking with the goal of uncovering overlapping interests on that topic. For example, Long COVID can result in multi-organ complications thus resulting in increased risk of new health conditions. So, a vast array of disciplines would benefit from attending the Science Cafe. 

If you have any questions or an idea for a future Science Cafe topic, please email


Science Cafes are held via Zoom on the second Thursday of the month at 12:00 PM.*

*Programming dates, times, and speakers are subject to change.

Date Topic Content Expert

February 8, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the February 2024 Science Cafe.

Integrative Health

Santosh Rao, MD, ABOIM

Medical Director of Integrative Oncology
University Hospitals Connor Whole Health

March 14, 2024  No Science Cafe, Attend the March 13, 2024 Women's Health Equity Un-Meeting instead!

Un-Meeting PI: Rachel Pope, MD

OBGYN, University Hospitals and Founder, Our Womanity

April 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the April 2024 Science Cafe.

Artificial Intelligence in Research

David Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH

Chief Medical Information Officer, MetroHealth System

May 9, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the May 2024 Science Cafe.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Cynthia Owusu, MD

Medical Oncologist, Department of Hematology and Oncology
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

Associate Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Gelise Thomas, JD, MS

Director, Research Health Equity
Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative
Case Western Reserve University

June 13, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the June 2024 Science Cafe.


Grace McComsey, MD

Vice Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Principal Investigator, Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Northern Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

July 18, 2024 at 12:00 PM*

*Note date change.

Register here for the July 2024 Science Cafe.

Parkinson's Disease

Thyagarajan Subramanian, MD, MBA

Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Bioengineering

Director, Junior Faculty Translational Research Program

University of Toledo

August 8, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the August 2024 Science Cafe.

Rural Health

Fredrick Schumacher, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

Co-Leader, Population and Cancer Prevention Program

Case Western Reserve University

September 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the September 2024 Science Cafe.

Enhancing the Impact of Clinical Trials

Princess Ogbogu, MD*

Division Chief, Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Heather Tribout, BS, CCRP*

Manager, Research Support Core
University Hospitals Clinical Research Center

*Trial Innovation Network Liaison Team

October 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the October 2024 Science Cafe.

Gerontology/Special Populations

Margy Sanders, MA, LSW

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, NEOMED


November 14, 2024 at 12:00 PM



December 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Register here for the December 2024 Science Cafe.

Dissemination and Implementation

Anita Misra-Hebert, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University 

​​Center Director, Healthcare Delivery and Implementation Science Center