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"Trauma affects everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. Stepping Strong aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries in Boston and beyond."
—Ali Salim, MD, Stepping Strong Center Medical Co-Director

"A moment that defines my commitment to leading the center was when Gillian and I participated in B.A.A. 5K race. Our goal is to fuel innovation programs that lead to happy endings like Gillian’s."
—Mitchel B. Harris, MD, Stepping Strong Medical Co-Director

“For patients with a high level of chronic pain, amputation can be the best form of salvage. Ewing Procedure patients enjoy more precise control of their limb and increased sensory freedom.”
— Matthew J. Carty, MD, Stepping Strong Center Director of Strategy and Innovation

“Our goal is to provide the brilliant professionals at the Brigham with the funding to help patients with devastating traumatic injuries achieve the best possible outcomes."
—Steven, Audrey, Danielle, and Gillian Reny

The mission of The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is to catalyze multidisciplinary collaborations that inspire groundbreaking innovation, effective prevention, and compassionate intervention to transform care for civilians and military heroes who endure traumatic injuries and events.

The Stepping Strong Innovator Awards program inspires multi-institutional faculty to pursue groundbreaking innovation with a goal of transforming outcomes for civilians and military heroes worldwide.

The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention program aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries resulting from elderly falls, gun violence, distracted driving, and substance use.

The Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellowship is a unique program designed to train the next generation of medical leaders in advanced and innovative techniques for treating acute and complex injury.

True to the Boston Strong spirit of kindness and collaboration, the members of the Stepping Strong community are inspired to come together to help those with traumatic injuries step strong again.

Our second 2020 Stepping Strong Innovator Award Winner is Dr. Jeffrey C. Schneider, MD.

With funding from the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, Schneider and his team will use new data collection technology and methods in the form of a smartphone application (app) to collect data from burn survivors after they leave the hospital. The app will send out short survey questions to participants and will also track movement and location data to measure levels of socialization and community integration. This cutting-edge data will help researchers better understand burn survivors’ long-term recovery and the results of this project will be leveraged to expand these investigations into the larger trauma population.

Jeffrey C. Schneider, MD, is the medical director of Burn, Trauma, and Orthopedic Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, division chief of Comprehensive Rehabilitation, associate chair and associate professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Rehabilitation Outcomes Group at Spaulding. He is also the project director of the NIDILRR-funded Boston Harvard Burn Injury Model System, a multi-institutional clinical and research collaboration between Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston University School of Public Health, and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston. His research focus is on long-term effects of burn injury.

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Dr. Yi Lu, MD, PhD, is one of the 2020 Stepping Strong Innovator Award recipients.

Dr. Lu and his team will use Stepping Strong Center funding to develop treatments for mTBI patients who have progressive vision impairment.

Dr. Lu is the director of neurological trauma at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. Lu, a complex spine surgeon, is also a dedicated spinal cord and traumatic brain injury researcher who collaborates with experts at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on finding solutions for patients with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Lu serves as the co-chair for the North American Spine Society’s section on spinal cord injury.

Lu’s research team is currently working on discovering mechanisms for axon sprouting and functional restoration and bringing breakthrough discoveries from basic science laboratories to clinical settings with a goal of advancing care for patients suffering from the devastating outcomes of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

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Who will win the 2020 #SteppingStrong Innovator Awards? Tune in tomorrow at the Virtual Stepping Strong Trauma Research and Innovation Symposium!

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Matthew Carty, MD, director of BWH’s Lower Extremity Transplant Program, shares the miracles of ambulation and the first of its kind amputation procedure he developed to give amputees better control, less pain, restored senses, and improved mobility.

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In the United States, it takes an average of seven minutes for emergency medical personnel to respond to a 911 call. To help trauma patients receive care more quickly, the U.S. government’s “Stop the Bleed” campaign educates the general public about the basics of bleeding control and empowers them to intervene in life-threatening emergencies. Led by Stepping Strong innovator Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, and with funding from the center, Goralnick’s team has trained more than 3,000 people in hemorrhage control.

For more information about training email stopthebleed@bwh.harvard.edu

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On this World Kindness Day we’d like to thank our runners, donors, researchers, surgeons, and all supporters for their kindness.

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation was inspired by a Boston Marathon tragedy survivor, Gillian Reny, with the purpose to help people recover from traumatic injuries. The Reny family hopes to help future patients who have traumatic, athletic, and disease-related limb injuries regain their strength and step strong once again.

#steppingstrong #steppingstrongboston #brighamandwomenshospital #bwh #worldkindnessday #worldkindnessday2020 #kindness #thankful
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In the lead up to the 2020 Stepping Strong Trauma Research Symposium, where we will be announcing the 2020 Innovator Award recipients, each Thursday we will be presenting the research of one of the 2019 award recipients.

In our final feature we share the work of Marc Wein, MD, PhD. Wein’s team recently identified a new, orally-available small molecule drug that stimulates bone regeneration and promotes healing of noncritical fractures in mice. With Stepping Strong funding, his multidisciplinary team involving scientists with expertise in bone cell biology, skeletal biomechanics, orthopedic surgery, single cell genomics, and medicinal chemistry are testing the effects of this new drug in traumatic fracture repair in rats. In addition, team members will synthesize a new version of this drug that is targeted directly to bone for enhanced action with reduced side effects. These studies will lay the groundwork for new therapies to improve the treatment and recovery of individuals with traumatic injury.

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#SteppingStrong is committed to turning tragedy into hope for #Military heroes who endure traumatic injuries.

On this #VeteransDay2020, and every day, we thank those who have served.

Dr. Matt Carty and Army SGT Brandon Korona getting ready for surgery. #ewingamputation #surgery #bwh #brighamandwomenshospital #amputation #veterans #usa #steppingstrongboston
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Trauma is a major public health problem. In the US, traumatic injury results in over 150,000 deaths and over 3 million non-fatal injuries every year. Our overarching goal is the prevention of such injuries, but also improvement of the provision of care when trauma does occur.

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"Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for adults up to 45 years—a shocking statistic that affects everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. #SteppingStrong aims to reduce the number and severity of traumatic injuries in Boston and beyond." -Ali Salim, MD

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The Stepping Strong Center is delighted to welcome Justin Gelzhiser, PhD, as the inaugural Stepping Strong Injury Prevention fellow. For the last two years, Gelzhiser served as a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health within Harvard’s Injury Control Research Center. He completed his PhD studies at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education in social science and comparative education, and a master’s degree in intercultural communication from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Gelzhiser’s deep appreciation for K-12 and higher education teaching and research has led him to work extensively both in the United States and abroad, including travels to nearly 60 countries with a significant amount of time spent in South Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, and China. As a proud Philadelphian, he is excited about his move up north but hopes New Englanders will be accepting of his love for the Eagles.

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In the lead up to the 2020 Stepping Strong Trauma Research Symposium, where we will be announcing the 2020 Innovator Award recipients, each Wednesday we will be presenting the research of one of the 2019 award recipients.

This week we present the work of radiologist Dr. Bharti Khurana who is working on radiologically detecting intimate partner violence (IPV).

Radiologists like Dr. Khurana are in a unique position to provide an objective opinion in an unbiased manner based on the specific radiological findings and patterns. With funding from the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards, Dr. Khurana is using machine learning to develop a multi-dimensional alert system that harnesses a patient’s signs, symptoms, imaging findings, and history; classifies injuries for their likelihood of being a result of IPV; and automatically alerts clinicians. In addition, Khurana’s multidisciplinary team will generate conversational guides for social workers and clinicians with a goal of enhancing communication amongst caregivers and potential IPV victims.

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Multidisciplinary teams of Stepping Strong research scholars continue to push the boundaries of transformative trauma-related research care.

Dennis Orgill, MD, PhD, and his team are working to develop better technologies to treat wounds, prevent amputations, and regenerate tissues. His work has included improvements in artificial skin and methods to improve wound healing including micromechanical forces, platelets, and stem cells.

Orgill’s Stepping Strong Research Scholar’s team, led by Adriana C. Panayi, MD, made impressing headway in 2015-2020, publishing more than 30 papers on would healing, reconstruction, and other related subjects. Orgill is also collaborating with members of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to develop better skin wound healing constructs.

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Help us do great things 💙💛💖

From golf tournaments, dance-a-thons, and spin classes to dinner parties, car washes, and bake sales, there are many ways to host a fundraiser for the Stepping Strong Center.

Take any activity you enjoy—playing sports (biking, hiking, or golfing), entertaining (trivia night, cocktail gathering, or dinner party), or celebrating (holiday party, corporate outing, or birthday party)—and turn it into a fundraiser.

Every dollar raised, no matter what the amount, will make a difference.

Drop us a message/email and check out our website in bio for more info.

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The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is immensely grateful to the tens of thousands of people across the globe who are helping to turn the Boston Marathon tragedy into hope for trauma patients. Together we are fueling innovation, creating much needed awareness, and proving that the goodness of the human spirit prevails.

Through our Messages of Hope we would like to share the impact Stepping Strong has had on patients, surgeons, researchers and the community.

#steppingstrong #steppingstrongboston #bwh #messagesfromspirit #messagesofhope #hope #tragedyintotriumph #tragedyintohope
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In the lead up to the 2020 Stepping Strong Trauma Research Symposium, where we will be announcing the 2020 Innovator Award recipients, each Wednesday we will be presenting the research of one of the 2019 award recipients.

This Wednesday we showcase the work of Dr. Leah Gitajn who is working to improve outcomes for patients with fracture-related infections.

Her team's goal with the Stepping Strong award is to provide clinicians with an objective measure of thoroughness of debridement that will result in less variation and enhanced treatment of fracture-related infection. This will result in better outcomes for patients with fracture-related infection, which will return patients to work and/or active duty more rapidly. As a next step, we hope to develop an intraoperative technique to optimize surgical debridement for patients with fracture-related infections. This work has high impact potential both within the military and in civilian trauma care.

#research #surgery #surgicalresearch #science #trauma #bonehealing #publichealth #brighamhealth #harvardresearch #hms #harvardmedicalschool #womendoingscience #womeninstem
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Tal Kaufman-Goldberg, MD, is the 2020–21 Stepping Strong Plastic Surgery Trauma Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Kaufman-Goldberg completed her medical degree in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency in Tel Aviv University. During her training, Tal investigated the innervation of bioengineered muscle tissue with the goal of creating functional artificial muscle. She recently finished her pediatric craniofacial surgery fellowship at Boston Children‘s Hospital. While at the Brigham, Kaufman-Goldberg will participate in the multidisciplinary care of trauma patients and be trained in advanced techniques for treating complex traumatic injuries.

#steppingstrong #steppingstrongboston #surgery #plasticsurgery #trauma #surgeon #womensurgeons #femalesurgeon
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Millions of people in the United States participate in long-distance road races each year. While some seem to dance across the finish line, others experience medical issues during or after a race. What factors impact these medical encounters and how can we reduce injuries from occurring? Rebecca Breslow, MD, was awarded the Stepping Strong Center Endurance Medicine Award that will help address these and other questions. ...

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation is immensely grateful to the tens of thousands of people across the globe who are helping to turn the Boston Marathon tragedy into hope for trauma patients. Together we are fueling innovation, creating much needed awareness, and proving that the goodness of the human spirit prevails.

Through our Messages of Hope we would like to share the impact Stepping Strong has had on patients, surgeons, researchers and the community.

#steppingstrong #boston #bwh #brighamandwomenshospital
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Hooray! Fundraising numbers are in for the #SteppingStrong virtual Boston Marathon. We are so excited to report that, despite these extraordinary times, our amazing runners raised more than $1.4 million to advance trauma research and care. We could not be more grateful to our team and our amazing colleagues in the Brigham and Women's Hospital Development Office for their determination, creativity, and support! 💙💛 ...

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