Research and Clinical Trials

The Department of Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh conducts scientific investigations in multiple interdisciplinary areas. The scope of our projects revolves around the future avenues of tissue reconstruction, transplantation, and tissue engineering. Modalities are investigated to manipulate the immune system in order to achieve transplantation of composite tissue allografts. Tissue engineering projects are focused on nerve, bone, adipose, and cartilage regeneration. We routinely isolate adult stem cells from adipose tissue and we study both the biology of the adipose-derived stem cells and the potential of the cells in tissue engineering applications.

For more information on each of our three areas of research, please see below.

Clinical Trials

For information about human subject research trials conducted out of the UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine, please contact:

Patsy Simon, RN, BS
Director, Clinical Trial Operations
UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
3471 5th Avenue Kaufman Building, Suite 1101
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

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