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.

TEAM-TBI: Targeted Evaluation, Action, and Monitoring of Traumatic Brain Injury

David Okonkwo, MD, PhD

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) image of Veteran in Doctor office.Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has impacted countless warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq, and will likely exceed half a million injuries before US withdrawals are complete. An estimated 3.2 to 5.3 million people in the United States live with the long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological health disabilities of TBI. Recent efforts have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of TBI; however, these advances have failed to translate into a single successful clinical trial or treatment to date, and the heterogeneity of TBI is a large factor among many for TBI research to unravel. There is an urgent, critical need for specific diagnosis and effective rehabilitation to improve the lives of those living with a TBI based on individual patient symptomatology, and doctors at Pitt are working on exciting research to meet this need. Read more >


Center Highlights

2LT Kevin Pfau departs CMMR for his officer basic course
Dr. Nindl's Career Highlights Intersects Between Research and Military Service
Dr. Ron Poropatich Announced as CMMR Director

The following message from Dr. Arthur Levine, Dean of the School of Medicine announced Dr. Ron Poropatich as the new Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research as CMMR Founding Director Rocky Tuan transitions to a new role at the Chinese University... View »

CMMR Hosts U.S. Army Officers and Scientists

CMMR hosted officers and scientists from the Army in an effort to build collaboration on work being done in traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment and human performance and optimization. The group met with members of the Targeted Evaluation, Action, and... View »

CMMR Advisor Dr. Brad Nindl Serves as Guest Editor for Journal of Science and Medicine and Sport (JSAMS)

A special issue of the Journal of Science and Medicine and Sport (JSAMS), dedicated to the topic of Military Human Performance Optimization/Injury Prevention, has recently been published. NMRL Director, Dr. Brad Nindl, served as a guest editor for this special... View »