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.

Center Highlights

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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Jack Wagner Joins CMMR Advisory Council

We are very honored to announce that Jack Wagner, former State Senator and Auditor General of Pennsylvania, has joined the CMMR Advisory Council. He brings over three decades of public service and commitment to the Pittsburgh community to this role.

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Pitt Awarded $1.25 Million from DOD for Whole-Eye Transplantation Program

Congratulations to CMMR-affiliated principal investigator Vijay Gorantla, MD, PhD and his team on receiving $1.25 million from the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish the nation’s first whole-eye transplantation program. Up to 40 percent of blast injuries... View »

Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University Celebrate 20-Year Partnership

The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a joint collaboration between Pitt and CMU, will celebrate its 20th anniversary October 17-18, 2014 with events held on both universities’ campuses.

In late September 2014, the White House Office of... View »