Skip Navigation

Military Applications

Military Applications

Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) are known internationally as the first in the world to successfully implant laboratory grown organs into humans. Today, they are working to apply their expertise in regenerative medicine in a variety of projects to help wounded warriors. 

Institute scientists have been selected to conduct numerous federally funded research projects aimed at developing new treatments for military personnel. Two of the largest are:

Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine II (AFIRM):

a $75 million effort that also has the potential to benefit the civilian population. Teams of scientists from almost 30 institutions are working to develop clinical therapies over the next 5 years that will focus on the following five areas:

  • Skin regeneration for burn injuries
  • Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs
  • Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration
  • New treatments to prevent rejection of "composite" transplants such as face and hands
  • Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen

Learn more about the sponsors of this work. Or learn more about some of our military-based research projects by selecting from the menu above.

"Body on a Chip":

a $24 million effort to accelerate the development of antidotes to chemical and biologic weapons such as sarin or ricin. Funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the goal is to build a miniaturized system of human organ to model the body's responses to harmful agents and develop potential therapies.


Quick Reference

Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Phone 336-713-7293
Fax 336-713-7290

Richard H. Dean Biomedical Building
391 Technology Way
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Find A Doctor Ways to Give
Last Updated: 09-06-2017
Wake Forest Baptist Ranked among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’  25 Years in a Row by U.S. News & World ReportComprehensive Cancer Centers National Designation is Renewed2017-2018 Best DoctorsNursing Magnet StatusJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.

© Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. All Rights Reserved.