About Us

Established in June 2012, 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.”


  • Developing new research themes
  • Promoting collaboration among investigators in Pittsburgh
  • Supporting medical research interests of the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs
  • 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



Philanthropic Gifts

  • Three gifts totaling $530,000

Educational Activities

Areas of Focus

  • Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Transplantation immunology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Human performance
  • Vision Restoration
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

See Research page.


Department of Defense Funding for Military Medicine Research 2008-2012:

  • University of Pittsburgh—more than $125 million
  • UPMC—more than $60 million
  • Areas of funded research have included rehabilitation, diabetes, traumatic brain injury, extremity injury, human performance, burns, nerve repair, wound healing, and limb transplantation