SBU Part of a $85 Million Government Funded Consortium Pursuing Innovative Healing for War Wounded
Dr. Richard Clark Directs Burn and Nonscar Healing Program of AFIRM
STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 17, 2008 – Stony Brook University is part of an academic consortium of 15 institutions that will be a
key component to the newly formed Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), an interdisciplinary network working to develop advanced treatment options for severely wounded serviceman and women. The group, led by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the Cleveland Clinic, is one of two academic groups nationwide that are part of AFIRM. The consortium will receive $42.5 million over five years. Stony Brook University is the only institution from New York State participating in AFIRM.
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Veterans Affairs will fund both academic consortia. The second consortium will be managed by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh with another $42.5 million in funding.
Wounded soldiers face the challenge of overcoming severe limb, head, face and burn injuries that can take years to treat and usually result in significant lifelong impairment. The use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan has caused a marked increase in severe blast trauma, now responsible for approximately 75 percent of all injuries, according to the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.
AFIRM will develop new products and therapies for the repair of battlefield injuries through the use of regenerative medicine. This innovative approach employs biological therapy, including stem cells and growth factors; tissue and biomaterials engineering; and transplants to enable the body to repair, replace, restore and regenerate damaged tissues and organs.
“Burns and scarring from battlefield injuries cause great morbidity and …