Events Contact Information

If you would like an announcement listed on our PQHS News & Events main page, please email corresponding image and information to Jodi Gronborg.


Contact information to ask questions or request information about departmental events and event series is listed below. The calendar widget to the right is interactive and can be used to add (most of these) events to your calendar.   Please email Julie Riling to add your PQHS event to the calendar.

Contact :  Nital Subhas:

501 Series Resumes and runs throughout the year, with a break in July and August. Presenters and topics vary each week.

Date/Time:    Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Location:    Usually 501 presentations are held in BRB 105.

The expectation is that students and faculty will attend in person if possible and when appropriate. A Zoom option is available for virtual attendance.


Formed by the PQHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the PQHS DEI Learning Group learning group meets the second Thursday of each month. The group will be discussing articles relevant to diversity issues in population health research, learning how to include diverse perspectives in our research, and building new collaborations and networks together.

This group is a safe space for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge and skills related to DEI and is for people who are both new to DEI topics in research and those who have been working in this space already.

Date/Time:  Second Thursday of the month, Noon – 1:30 pm  

Location: Hybrid via Zoom & In Person (Bioenterprise Building -11000 Cedar Ave Cleveland, OH
44106 - 4th Floor Conference Room #459B)

Topics: Vary each month 
Contact: Rebecca Miller,

Join Zoom Meeting - the Zoom information is always the same
Meeting ID: 927 7470 9123
Passcode: 910584

ENIGMA is a weekly series of informal seminars that seeks to create a community of faculty, post-docs, students, and staff focused on topics involving genomic epidemiology, statistical genetics, and computational biology. The goal of each seminar is to provide a "water-cooler" environment for informal discussions and fostering of new ideas/collaborations. 

Presentations can include journal articles, research aims, research results, funding announcements, etc. The presenter typically uses only a few PPT slides with a specific emphasis on the hypothesis - WHY is this research important? What impact does it have? What are its ramifications? The presenter also will provide 3-4 open-ended questions for discussion.

Participants are encouraged to review the article, grant aims, etc., in advance to engage in thoughtful discussion.

If you would like to suggest a topic or be added to the list, contact Fred Schumacher: 

Date/Time:  Wednesdays - 4:00 - 5:00

Location:     WRB 2136
Note:            Drinks and light snacks are served

This is a quarterly series of presentations by members of the CADRE consortium focused on the genetics of Alzheimer's Disease

Learn more here:
Contact Audrey Lynn, PhD, for Zoom link information:

 PhD program directors send out invitations as PhD trainees first defend their proposal, and then defend their dissertation as the culmination of their program.


This is a series of seminars with invited guests, hosted by the PQHS Assistant Professors.  These seminars are held by Zoom.

 Information about these seminars can be found by contacting

 For updates on Happy Hours and other department gatherings, contact

Contact information for updates and questions:  Cydney Johnson -


Grants Secured: An update on grants secured by the PQHS faculty.

•    Jonathan Haines, Will Bush and Scott Williams - NIH/NIA: Recruitment and retention for Alzheimer’s Disease Diversity Genetic Cohorts in the ASP (READD-ADSP), $6.6 million over 5 years / part of consortium that secured $46 million over 5 years 
•    Hao (Harry) Feng: CWRU Program for Autism Education and Research: Pilot award for research in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). $25,000 for 2022
•    Darcy Freedman: Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR): Nourishing Neighborhoods, Empowering Communities Study.  $1M over 4 years, plus $1.6M in in-kind matching funds from various sources
•    Darcy Freedman: Produce Perks Midwest/USDA GusNIP: COVID Release and Response:  Statewide Nutrition Incentive Program Evaluation.  $185K for 2022
•    Kristina Knight: SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services: Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute Mental Health Awareness Training:  $703K over 5 years
•    Siran Koroukian/through Case CCC Shared Resources/Cancer Population Analytics: Velosano: Healthcare Access and Equity in Patients and Survivors of Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancers Enrolled in Medicaid. $125K over 2 years
•    Daniel Tisch: Cleveland Department of Health: COVID-19 Public Health Partnership with CPDH. $449K through June 2022
•    Erika Trapl: Ohio Department of Health: Statistical Services for the 2022 ODH survey. $16K through September 2022

NIH Grant Proposal Changes Went Live in January 2022

The SOM Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) is reminding all PIs to use the new format for biosketches and other support pages when submitting NIH grant proposals. While NIH requires the new format for all grants submitted on and after January 25th, the SOM OGC is requiring all submissions to have the new formats for any submissions prior to Jan 25th. Any submissions with old formats will be returned to the PI for revisions.

You can view the following training video and slide presentation via this link:

Additional Guidance on completing your Other Support Page: 

  • Question 1: Should I include pending proposals? What do I put down for direct cost?
  • Answer: Yes, you should include any proposals that are submitted but not yet reviewed, or reviewed and still under the possibility of being funded. 

If you are the Contact PI of the project, declare the full cost of the total award. Otherwise, only include the portion of the project awarded to you.

  • Question 2: Do I need to include my start-up package?
  • Answer: Nope! 

For any questions or concerns, please contact your respective research portfolio manager. 

Update on purchasing supplies and equipment

Please make sure that all of your orders for equipment (especially computers) and supplies go through Alberto Santana (software and hardware), Cynthia Moore or Tuesday Gibson (for ICB). Additionally, procurement has recently started to restrict reimbursements for equipment purchased by faculty or staff so to avoid any issues, please contact the above-mentioned individuals and they will process your order for you.  

Also, do not have orders sent to your home address.  

There are exceptions (e.g. orders from the ascertainment team) but a justification needs to be included in the reimbursement request. A sentence or two will suffice. 

 For questions, please contact Maita Diaz (368.0291 / 

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) website lists all events for the coming year, including their seminar series which typically is held on the first Wednesday of the month at noon. Link here:

Check the Seminar series page for more info:
Contact: Briana McIntosh:

The Swetland Center hosts a monthly seminar series on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. To learn more and register, go to the Swetland Center events listing:

As talk titles/descriptions are available, Lindsay sends out updates and invitations. For any questions and to get on the email list for this series, contact:

Rachael Sommer, LISW, MSSA
Director of Operations and Partnerships
Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
Case Western Reserve University
Office:216.368.5774 | Cell:330-635-8047

All MertroHealth PHERI seminars are held on Friday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 am ET unless otherwise noted. Click here to see upcoming seminar details and Zoom link.

You may also join on site at:

MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44109 Rammelkamp Bldg., Conference Room R219

Contact person:

Maria Zebrowski | Administrative Coordinator, Center for Health Care Research & Policy Population Health and Equity Research Institute                                                                              O 216-778-3902 |