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General Mission Statement

The long-range objective of the Pittsburgh Center for Interdisciplinary Bone and Mineral Research (PCIBMR) is to promote impactful science in the area of musculoskeletal diseases, regeneration, and repair. The PCIBMR started out as a grassroots effort to bring the musculoskeletal researchers across the University of Pittsburgh and neighboring institutions (Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University) to form a community that shared resources and generated interdisciplinary research. As the group grew, we were able to excite the University leadership and generate institutional support that has also grown steadily. The PCIBMR investigators have strong track records in basic and translational musculoskeletal research. We are leveraging institutional resources and also building new resources through members of our community coming together. The PCIBMR is committed to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming supportive environment that stimulates interdisciplinary collaborations and to providing an integrated platform to enhance, enrich, and synergize scientific interactions among the various investigators in the field of musculoskeletal and mineralized tissue biology. We will accomplish this by providing the infrastructure for central administration, state-of-the-art and cutting-edge Biomedical Resource Cores, including the new uniquely designed Bioengineered Models Core, serving as a platform for education and promoting scientific exchange and collaboration, and providing research funding for new areas of investigation by both early-stage and established investigators, travel awards for trainees to attend national meetings, and support for summer undergraduate research internships for under-represented minorities.

Organization and Leadership

The PCIBMR has a Leadership Team that consists of the three PCIBMR Co-Directors, the Assistant Director for Enrichment Programs, and the BioMedical Core Directors. The Executive Committee consists of the Leadership Team plus all the Unit Directors/Core Experts.

Administrative Core and PCIBMR Co-Directors: Deborah L. Galson, PhD, Giuseppe Intini, DDS, PhD; Dobrawa Napierala, PhD

PCIBMR Enrichment Program (part of Admin Core) Assistant Director: Peter G. Alexander, PhD

Advanced Bioimaging (AB) Core Co-Directors: Deborah L. Galson, PhD and Giuseppe Intini, DDS, PhD

Bioengineered Models (BM) Core Co-Directors: Stephen F. Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD and Juan Taboas, PhD

Cell and Tissue Characterization Core Director: Dobrawa Napierala, PhD; Associate Director: Elia Beniash, PhD

PCIBMR Administrator for communication: Dianna Fennell

PCIBMR Internal Advisory Board: Jane A. Cauley, DrPh, MPH; Thomas Kleyman, MD; Mary Marazita, PhD, FACMG; Gwendolyn A. Sowa, MD, PhD