Areas of Focus

Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering
Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering are rapidly growing fields of biomedicine that seek to create substitute tissues and organs to repair or replace those damaged by injury, illness, aging, or congenital anomaly.
Reconstructive Surgery
Reconstructive surgery is the use of surgery to restore the form and function of the body and the anatomy or functional body part to normal.
Transplantation Immunology
A major barrier to a successful transplant outcome is that the immune system of the recipient will recognize a donor allograft as 'foreign' and seek to remove it. Innovative research in this field aims to minimize clinical side-effects and prevent organ rejection through treatments that do not harm the recipient.
Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops and improves on methods for storing, retrieving, organizing and analyzing biological data. This field includes the development of software tools to generate useful biological knowledge.
Human Performance
Optimizing human performance is defined as the process of applying knowledge, skills and emerging technologies to improve and preserve the capabilities of individuals to execute essential tasks.
Vision Restoration
The development of novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of vision impairment and loss through the use of regenerative medicine research and translation, tissue engineering, cell therapy, gene therapy, neuroprosthetics and transplantation.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Pittsburgh TEAM TBI (Targeted ‎Evaluation, Action, Monitoring of Traumatic Brain Injury) is a research program to conduct multiple monitored clinical interventions for TBI patients. Clinical research trials get underway in December 2013 and will offer powerful new MRI imaging techniques, including High Definition Fiber Tracking, developed in Pittsburgh under Department of Defense support.

Bennet Omalu Foundation Unveiled at Concussion Movie Event

On Tuesday, December 15, the CMMR had the honor of attending an advanced screening of the forthcoming film Concussion at the SouthSide Works Cinema. In 2002, Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith) made a landmark medical discovery in a downtown Pittsburgh morgue: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a neurodegenerative disease caused from repetitive brain trauma. In 2009, Jeanne Marie Laskas, the Director of Pitt’s Writing Program, wrote an article for GQ, “Game Brain,” about Dr. Omalu and his discoveries regarding concussions, CTE, and the link to suicide. The film Concussion is based on this magazine article, which has also been turned into a book by Laskas (also entitled Concussion).

At the screening, Chancellor Gallagher and Giannina Scott, President and CEO of the Bennet Omalu Foundation, signed a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations where the University will provide support for research around CTE and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Omalu, who attended the screening, stated, “I am grateful for Jeanne Marie Laskas, Giannina Scott, Sony Pictures and everyone connected to the Foundation for bringing CTE and brain injuries to people's attention through the film Concussion. But this is just the beginning. CTE is a relatively new disease that requires additional research to understand how it develops, and hopefully to find treatments and a cure. By supporting research, our focus is to establish the science behind this disease and provide this information to the public.”
To learn more about the Foundation, its work, and the affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh, visit:

Center Highlights

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