Researchers Work to Give Hope to Wounded Warriors




By Anita Srikameswaran and Tim Betler

Every day is Veteran’s Day at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Center for Military Medicine Research (CMMR), according to its executive director Col. (ret.) Ron Poropatich.

The CMMR aims to foster projects particularly in regenerative medicine, reconstructive surgery, transplantation immunology, and neuroscience that could offer new hope to wounded warriors. On Friday, Pitt scientists, UPMC physicians and military medical leadership gathered at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum to talk about the health care needs of soldiers and their families, and also honored the service of veterans, some of whom reside at UPMC Senior Communities.

To further heighten awareness about the health needs of the nation’s veterans, service members and families, and elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving this community, the Association of American MedicalColleges has established Joining Forces Wellness Week. The effort, which starts today and continues to Nov. 16, features a free webinar series as well as a number of activities focused on military health issues.