About CWHTR & Contact

Mission & Goals

The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration (CWHTR), founded in April 2006, is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of injury, wound healing, and regeneration. The members of this multidisciplinary research center investigate the body's reaction to injury, as well as mechanisms of repair and regeneration of tissues.

The specific goals of the center are to promote collaborative research in the areas of tissue repair and regeneration, to support the research training of persons interested in the field,and to enhance translational research in injury and repair science. The long term goal of the scientists and clinicians in the CWHTR is to translate research findings into innovative therapeutic strategies to improve tissue repair and regeneration. To insure the future of healing and regeneration research, the Center maintains a strong commitment to the research training of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and clinical trainees.

The Center is currently supported by the NIH, having received designation as one of four national Centers for Innovative Wound Healing in September, 2006. The CWHTR is under the direction of Dr. Luisa DiPietro, DDS, PhD.


The CWHTR is located at the University of Illinois Chicago campus, within the College of Dentistry. Due to its proximity to the Dental College, Medical College, basic science departments and the Illinois Medical District, the Center has an opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships between numerous clinical and academic departments. The CWHTR also includes research and clinical partners affiliated with other major medical/research facilities in the greater Chicago area. See our directions page for transit information as well as a list of nearby accommodations.

Contact Us

Luisa DiPietro, DDS, PhD
Center Director
(312) 355-0432

Wendy Cerny, PhD
Center Coordinator
(312) 355-2662