Lerner to Extend Decades-Long Collaboration with Cleveland State University

Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute announced this month that it will renew its 46-year partnership with Cleveland State University (CSU), a long-running effort to advance scientific discovery and education. With a newly signed memorandum of understanding between the two organizations comes a recommitment to the high caliber science and mentorship this program has fostered for close to the last half-century.

Through this partnership—which capitalizes on CSU's academic excellence and Lerner's state-of-the-art facilities and renowned faculty—Cleveland Clinic and CSU have built a strong, collaborative research infrastructure that provides a clear path forward for scientific education and investigation. The agreement will extend the three doctoral programs run jointly by Cleveland Clinic and CSU, promote continued teaching opportunities for Cleveland Clinic researchers at CSU and advance research opportunities for CSU students and faculty at Cleveland Clinic.

Through the joint doctoral programs, students can earn PhDs from CSU in regulatory biology, bio-analytical chemistry and applied biomedical engineering. A concentration in molecular medicine is available through all three programs, as well. With these graduate tracks dating as far back as 1971, nearly 300 total students have graduated from the programs and over 100 Cleveland Clinic scientists currently hold adjunct appointments at CSU.

This partnership also creates opportunities for Lerner researchers to host undergraduate CSU biology and chemistry majors during the summer for a complete immersion research experience, collaborate with CSU faculty on a broad range of research projects and hold adjunct appointments at CSU. These examples of cross-institution collaboration have uniquely strengthened both the quality of science and scientists at Cleveland Clinic and CSU alike.

"We are so excited to continue this partnership which has proven both successful and beneficial over the many, many years," said Serpil Erzurum, MD, chair of Lerner Research Institute. "We are proud to partner with CSU in an effort to support the development and work of both young investigators and experienced researchers. It is agreements like this that have helped solidify northeast Ohio as a hub for innovative and high quality biomedical research."