About Us

The Center for Military Medicine Research (CMMR) at the University of Pittsburgh was established in 2012 to support the medical research interests of the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Over the last six years, CMMR has built a series of multi­disciplinary research programs between academia, industry and military researchers. The Center’s work is national in scope and we have close connections across the US Armed Forces community. 

The Center for Military Medicine Research (CMMR) “represents a formal mechanism through which the challenges and opportunities of casualty care and wound healing can be examined at an advanced research level,” announced Arthur S. Levine, Pitt’s senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.

CMMR has lived up to Dr. Levine’s pledge that the center would “identify a network of successful partnerships and collaborations between scientists, clinicians, industry, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to foster the most promising research technologies and therapeutic strategies.”

Mission

  • Support medical research interests of the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs 
  • Organize collaboration among investigators at the University of Pittsburgh to promote forward planning of research initiatives in advance of award annoucements to enhance readiness of the University to compete for federal funding
  • Develop new research themes in collaboration with DoD investigators
  • Advancing the most promising research technologies and therapeutic strategies

In practice, CMMR achieves those goals by:

  • Planning research initiatives in advance of award announcements to enhance the center’s readiness to compete
  • Developing relationships with key military medical partners to ensure they are constantly interpreting, communicating, and acting on Pitt’s strengths
  • Proactively managing competencies in science and medicine for “Big Problems” (traumatic brain injury, orthopaedic trauma, massive soft tissue injury etc.)
  • Acting as a “change-agent” to build influence with America’s military medical command

Key Focus Areas

  • Medical Research 
  • Education 
  • Community Engagement

Learn more about our Research Collaborators