When eds and meds collide
We know well that our economic strength and resilience is tied to our schools and hospitals. Ranging from the largest public university to the smallest community clinic, our region has abundant resources to employ, educate and care for its residents better than in many other parts of the country. Parlaying those resources into positive quality of life outcomes is a constant challenge that occupies the minds and lives of tens of thousands of brilliant people living right here in Pittsburgh. There is nothing more important than this quest.
But the confluence of educational and medical institutions can create fascinating offshoots or tributaries that may not yet affect our daily lives but could one day change the world. These pools of medical research exist everywhere in Pittsburgh, but perhaps none is more fascinating than the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
The labs that have since 2001 developed artificial organs and medical devices, cell therapy and tissue engineering are now focused on finding new treatments for our wounded soldiers. Writer Christine O’Toole explains how the center’s efforts have shifted to healing damaged limbs, faces and brains that are often caused by IEDs in war zones.
This extraordinary work provides military families with hope and Pittsburgh a great source of civic pride. The medical discoveries McGowan is making are expected to have far-reaching applications for us civilians, too.
Here in Pittsburgh we have a front row seat to the life-changing drama that our medical and academic communities provide.