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
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

Please Join Pitt in Celebrating Achievements of U.S. Military Medicine

Please come join us as we celebrate excellence in military medicine.

On Friday, September 2, the University’s School of Medicine will host an exhibit of U.S. Army medical innovations that could be useful in practice and in combat zones. The exhibit, on... View »

Faculty Snapshots

Pitt has a new place on the editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Peter Strick, a PhD and University Distinguished Professor, has been appointed to the Systems Neuroscience board of the journal.  Strick is the Thomas... View »

Pitt researcher's work headed to International Space Station

Rocky S. Tuan, Ph.D., has received a research grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to continue his work on a 3D microphysiological system (MPS) to be conducted on board the International Space Station (ISS) to evaluate the... View »

National Chemical & Biological Defense Consortium

The University of Pittsburgh is a member the National Chemical & Biological Defense Consortium (www.ncbdconsortium.org), an organization formed to support the Department of Defense's medical pharmaceutical and... View »

Pitt’s CMMR Featured in National Defense Magazine

The University of Pittsburgh is featured in the June 2016 issue of National Defense Magazine for the work being done at the CMMR. In the article, Ron Poropatich, Executive Director of the CMMR, describes the priority of the center as being to... View »