McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Since its establishment in 2012, CMMR has worked collaboratively with the McGowan Institute to address key challenges in military medical research. From the fields of cellular therapeutics, tissue engineering, and biomaterials, CMMR has partnered with McGowan to accelerate technology transition of new therapies, materials and processes to advance treatment options for severely wounded service members. CMMR has transitioned in 2018 to working very closely with McGowan, as the institute continues to lead, with Wake Forest University, the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). As principals in the consortium, the Pitt-Wake team is beginning plans for active participation and leadership in AFIRM III (2019-24).
The Neuromuscular Research Lab (NMRL) and Warrior Human Performance Research Center
CMMR works very closely with the NMRL team. Dr. Brad Nindl, PhD, COL USAR, Director of NMRL also serves as Senior Military and Scientific Advisor to CMMR and Ron Poropatich MD (Ret/Col/USA) is the Medical Director of NMRL. The mission of NMRL is to work to mitigate musculoskeletal injuries and optimize human performance through innovative basic and applied research. This research will lead to improved resiliency and performance among civilian athletes and military populations. Very simply stated CMMR intends, over time, to partner closely with NMRL to resource programs and projects for human systems optimization.
University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute
The University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute (UPBI) is composed of 12 institutes and research centers dedicated to promoting basic research in new and expanding areas of neuroscience. CMMR works closely with clinicians and scientists across UPBI centers and institutes to engage with policies and programs across the Department of Defense.
University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute
CMMR is proud and honored to be working closely with the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, as it is the University's hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Since the Fall of 2017, CMMR has helped to facilitate an ongoing relationship between the Innovation Institute and the Army Research Lab (ARL) in several important issue areas related to basic science, technology, and industry partnerships.
Pitt Concussion Research Laboratory
CMMR has a strong collaborative relationship with the Pitt Concussion Research Lab. The University of Pittsburgh Concussion Research Laboratory is part of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program directed by Dr. Micky Collins. The research program is directed by Dr. Anthony Kontos. The program is the premier concussion clinical and research program in the United States . The program has over 25 faculty and staff at several sites in the Pittsburgh area. Currently CMMR has collaborated with a grant for studying brain network activation in military personnel with post-traumatic migraine following TBI (PI- Dr. Anthony Kontos).
UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine (CIRM)
In collaboration with the McGowan Institute and Pitt, experts at CIRM develop new regenerative-medicine technologies and treatments for people suffering from head and facial injuries, scarring from burns, pain from amputation, and limb and muscle loss.
Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering (CCME)
The Pitt School of Medicine’s CCME is an interdisciplinary center that integrates cellular, molecular, and engineering principles to understand tissue development and function and to create regenerative therapies for the treatment of diseases and injuries.
Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
The University's Safar Center, named for Pitt anesthesiologist and "Father of CPR" Peter Safar (pictured at left), identifies and promotes ever-improving methods of preventing premature death and reducing associated disability from trauma and cardiac arrest, while also providing training to future resuscitation researchers.