Award from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Support Integrating Medical Knowledge into Graduate Education
The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University has earned a four-year, $700,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support the Med into Grad program.
The Med into Grad program is a novel curriculum incorporating medical knowledge and skills into basic science education. The goal of the program is to help future scientists develop an understanding and an appreciation for medically relevant principles.
“Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute is as an ideal training ground for graduate students to learn to perform medically relevant research,” said Martha Cathcart, Ph.D., Director, Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program. “The support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will help us train the biomedical scientists of tomorrow and lay the groundwork for future clinical breakthroughs.”
CCLCM is one of 23 programs – out of 103 proposals – to earn a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute this year and one of only 11 nationwide to receive a renewal of their original grant. Proposals were evaluated by academic scientists and graduate educators.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards the grant as a way to enhance the education of tomorrow’s biomedical researchers. The institute will work closely with the grantees, following their progress, learning their successes, and sharing the findings with other institutions.
About the Lerner Research Institute
The Lerner Research Institute is home to Cleveland Clinic’s laboratory, translational and clinical research. Its mission: to promote human health by investigating in the laboratory and the clinic the causes of disease and discovering novel approaches to prevention and treatments; to train the next generation of biomedical researchers; and to foster productive collaborations with those providing clinical care. The total annual research expenditures was about $258 million in 2008 (including $75 million in new NIH funding). More than 1,200 people (including about 194 principal investigators, 350 junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows, and 160 graduate students) in 11 Departments work in research programs focusing on cardiovascular, cancer, neurologic, musculoskeletal, allergic and immunologic, eye, metabolic, and infectious disease. The Institute includes more than 700,000 square feet of space. The Institute also is an integral part of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and created the Molecular Medicine PhD Program – training the next generation of physician-scientists.