The center was founded in 1999 with a core mission of conducting translational bioengineering and biochemical research.  The center received start-up funds of over $1,000,000, along with endoscopic surgical equipment valued at $150,000 from the United States Surgical Corporation (USSC).  Since its inception, the center has been supported with funds from industry, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Administration, and private foundations.

Our center plays a pivotal role in developing technology and moving it from the surgical and biochemical laboratory to the medical market place.  The center has developed a number of products and has brought them to clinical and commercial application:  an innovative non-penetrating, arcuate legged clip with applier.  These clips replace sutures in procedures ranging from vascular access for hemodialysis, lens implantation and pericardial substitute for the dura.   In addition, products which have been successfully developed include a hybridoma producing monoclonal antibody to iron regulatory protein 2, and an FDA approved topical chitosan based hemostat. 

Laboratory research includes biochemical studies involving iron and copper dysregulation in Alzheimer ’s disease, serum biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease, and biomarkers for schizophrenia.  The center has collaborated with and supported co-investigators in the LLUMC Departments of Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Neuroradiology and Radiobiology.  Current collaborations include UCLA (Neuropathology), Detroit MRI Institute, NIH (NHLBD), North Carolina University, Washington University School of Medicine (Barnes Hospital Transplant Service), Dr. Arnold Miller (Massachusetts General Hospital) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Furthermore, the center with the cooperation of the University has formed a small business.  The business has licensed our hemostat patent and facilitated the construction of a manufacturing facility in China for the purpose of producing the hemostat product.

The center mentors and supports graduate students in Biochemistry, Physics and Anatomy.   Throughout the years numerous medical students have participated in laboratory activities which have resulted in publications and scientific presentations.

The center has over 25 issued and pending patents; 5 which have been licensed, 41 publications in refereed journals and has received 8.7 million dollars in grants and foundation funding.

Faculty members of the Center are:

Wolff Kirsch, M.D., Director, Neurosurgery Center for Research, Training and Education E-mail:

Yong Hua Zhu, M.D., Associate Research Professor E-mail


The Center’s staff includes:

Mrs. Cindy Dickson, Administrator E-mail:

Mrs. Jackie Knecht, Administrative Assistant E-mail:

April Dickson, Research Assistant E-mail:



Coleman Pavilion

11175 Campus Street, Suite 11113

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA  92350

Phone:  (909) 558-7070

Fax:  (909) 558-0472


Contact us:

Name:   Cindy Dickson

Phone:  (909) 558-7070