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The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research

Mission Statement

The mission of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research is to identify and promote ever-improving methods of preventing premature death and reducing associated disability from trauma and cardiac arrest in people with “hearts and brains too good to die.”

Overview

The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research is a 20,000 square-foot research facility that houses the laboratories of scientists and clinician-scientists working across a broad spectrum of fields important to resuscitation medicine. The mission of the Safar Center is to identify and promote ever-improving methods of preventing premature death and reducing associated disability from trauma and cardiac arrest in people with “hearts and brains too good to die.” In addition to conducting basic and clinical research, the Safar Center also provides training to the next generation of resuscitation researchers.

The Safar Center’s current research programs include Traumatic Brain Injury, Cardiac Arrest, Rehabilitation of CNS Injury, Child Abuse, Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation, Hemorrhagic Shock, and Combat Casualty Care. Our investigators work closely with the clinical departments of Critical Care Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery at both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Safar Center also frequently collaborates with faculty in Departments of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, as well as in the schools of Public Health and Pharmacy, and  at the Pittsburgh NMR Center.

The Safar Center was founded by the late Dr. Peter Safar in 1979, initially called the International Resuscitation Research Center.  In recognition of Dr. Safar’s innumerable contributions to the field of resuscitation medicine, it was renamed the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research in 1994. 

The Safar Center has been directed by Patrick M. Kochanek, MD since 1994. Associate directors of the Safar Center include Drs. Hülya Bayır, Michael J. Bell, Rachel P. Berger, Clifton Callaway, Robert S. B. Clark, C. Edward Dixon, Anthony E. Kline, Mioara Manole, Samuel Poloyac, Samuel A. Tisherman, and Amy K. Wagner.

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