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Biomedical engineering researchers aim nanotechnology at micrometastases

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received two grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to build nanoparticles that seek and destroy metastases too small to be detected with current technologies.
They are targeting aggressive cancers that persist through traditional chemotherapy and can form new tumors. The stealthy travel and growth of micrometastases is the hallmark of metastatic disease, the cause of most cancer deaths worldwide.

CWRU receives 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award for second straight year

Case Western Reserve University received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
It marks the second straight year Case Western Reserve has won the award, which measures an institution’s achievement and commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach, student recruitment, retention and completion, and faculty and staff hiring practices.

Researchers develop way to inexpensively create nanodiamonds in lab setting

(Clockwise) Microplasma dissociates ethanol vapor, carbon particles are collected and dispersed in solution, electron microscope image reveals nanosized diamond particles.

Instead of having to use tons of crushing force and volcanic heat to forge diamonds, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a way to cheaply make nanodiamonds on a lab bench at atmospheric pressure and near room temperature.

The nanodiamonds are formed directly from a gas and require no surface to grow on.
The discovery holds promise for many uses in technology and industry, such as coating plastics with ultrafine diamond powder and making flexible electronics, implants, drug-delivery devices and more products that take advantage of diamond’s exceptional properties.

University launches academic collaboration with Brazilian education agency

A 2012 trip to Brazil to explore opportunities for a single dual doctoral program has evolved into a far-reaching commitment between the South American country and Case Western Reserve.
The partnership calls for qualified Brazilian students to take graduate courses and earn advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines—including engineering, medicine and dental medicine—at this campus, while university faculty and students will be able to pursue research collaborations and other academic projects in Brazil.

CWRU researchers establish sleep center

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to establish a national sleep research center with the help of a $7.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
GQ Zhang, division chief of medical informatics and professor of computer science at Case Western Reserve, will serve as the chief architect and principal investigator of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute National Sleep Research Resource Center. He is collaborating with Susan Redline, associate clinical director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and principal investigator of the NSSR grant.