This website is the home of The University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Counter Measures Against Radiation (CMCR) Program, funded by National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) [U19 AI068021]. Dr. Joel Greenberger serves as the Principal Investigator of this grant. The site has been developed as an online home for the project, which will document CMCR activities and provide a repository for common documents, both for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute / University of Pittsburgh researchers and for all participating institutions.
The CMCR program was created to increase collaborative efforts between academic institutions working to develop new medical technology for defense of the public. Growing terrorist threats have highlighted gaps in research and development of medical countermeasures for protection of the US civilian population against radiation. Few products are currently available for prevention of radiation injury, for treatment of post-exposure injury, or for the rapid identification of exposed individuals requiring treatment.