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.

Tamara Tunie, entertainer and renowned actor of stage, screen, and television, has joined the CMMR Advisory Council

A Pittsburgh native, Ms. Tunie is an actor, producer, director and philanthropist whose versatile background spans film, television and stage, and also includes producing and directing.

Ms. Tunie currently stars as Marie Van Der Veen on the SundanceTV original series The Red Road. Other memorable television roles include her portrayal of Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and “mean Alberta Green” in the Fox hit series 24, as well as attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns, for which she received two NAACP Image Award nominations and two Soap Opera Digest award nominations. In film, she has worked with some of the most respected directors in Hollywood. She also worked  with the legendary Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate and City Hall. Among her most unforgettable performances was her co-starring role as Margaret Thomason in the Oscar-nominated film Flight, which starred Denzel Washington. She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for the film The Caveman’s Valentine, in which she starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Read More


Center Highlights

Top Military Leadership Visits Pitt

The Center for Military Medicine Research recently had the honor of hosting military leadership from the United States Army and United States Navy during visits to the University of Pittsburgh. In May, Major General Brian C. Lein, MD, Commanding General of the... View »

Substance Abuse in Civilian and Veteran Populations

On June 9-10, 2015, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health will host a first-of-its-kind interprofessional conference on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and other drug use. This... View »

CMMR Center Highlight

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Tamara Tunie, entertainer and renowned actress of stage, screen, and television, has joined the CMMR Advisory Council. A Pittsburgh native, Ms. Tunie is an actor, producer, director and philanthropist whose... View »

CMMR Welcomes Vijay Gorantla, MD, PhD to Leadership Team

Vijay Gorantla, MD, PhD, an expert in reconstructive transplantation and an established DOD-funded investigator, has joined the CMMR leadership team as Clinical Initiatives and Research Innovation Director.

Dr. Gorantla is an Associate Professor of... View »

UPMC’s Dr. Marshall Webster Named to VA Healthcare Reform Panel

Marshall W. Webster, MD, a longtime physician at UPMC and a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves, has been selected to serve on the Commission on Care panel established by Congress to improve access and delivery of healthcare to our nation’s veterans.

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