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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.

With 24 (!) days to go till the @bostonmarathon we are delighted to say that the #steppingstrong center has reached 87% of its #fundraising goal!!

We are almost there, please help our runners reach their fundraising goals 💖💖

Runners: share your links with us and we will post them in our stories and posts !!

Thank you to everyone 💖💖💖 #grateful #turningtragedyintohope

25 days until the @bostonmarathon #bostonmarathon

Head over to @chelsea__shortsleeve if you’d like to contribute to her fundraising 💖💖

Thank you @chelsea__shortsleeve !! We will be cheering for you on the big day 💓

Head over to for some awesome giveaways (and to help fundraise for #steppingstrong 😉)


#turningtragedyintohope #fundraising #donate #giveaway

New #steppingstrong publication #alert

In a new paper published in #advancedmaterials , first author Dr. Tom Kamperman, corresponding author Dr. Jeroen Leijten and team collaborated with #steppingstrong innovator and breakthrough awardee Dr. Su Ryon Shin to develop a new type of cell–material interaction strategy (which they call DOCKING). This bioinspired and cytocompatible cell-tethering strategy offers new routes to study and engineer cell–material interactions, thereby advancing applications ranging from drug delivery, to cell-based therapy, to cultured meat.

#coolstuff as always Dr. Shin!

Happy Monday everyone 💖

Mark @mcmill19 who ran the Boston Marathon @bostonmarathon course with #steppingstrong last year shared this awesome picture of the #steppingstrong stash! @mcmill19 hopes to run again in 2022, and we hope he will join our team!!

We are forever grateful to our runners 💖💖

The #SteppingStrong Center community honors all those lost on #9/11. ...

Thanks to our #SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention Lunch & Learn panelists and attendees for participating in a thoughtful conversation about making the streets safe for EVERYONE -- no matter where they live -- through meaningful policy and community advocacy. ...

Our profound thanks to #SteppingStrong #Trauma Fellow Michelle Joseph, MBBS, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, FRCS, for leading medical and humanitarian efforts on behalf of trauma survivors in #Haiti. As the chief strategy and health equity officer for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Joseph focuses on strengthening trauma systems in low- and middle-income countries, including PROject Trauma Haiti.


Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Lunch & Learn.

Join us tomorrow, September 9, 12-1pm for a program on creating safer communities for walking and biking.


NOTE: We are now offering continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians.

Contact Cheryl Lang for more information. @cheryljasmine

#steppingstrong #injuryprevention

Congrats to Dennis Orgill, MD, PhD, #SteppingStrong Research Scholar and Director of the @massgeneralbrigham Wound Care Center, for being selected as a visiting professor for the American Association for Plastic Surgery (AAPS) @aaps1921

During the academic year, Dr. Orgill will visit six plastic surgery training programs across the country.

On this #laborday we would like to thank everyone in the #steppingstrong community who works so hard to make our center what it is. We are tremendously grateful for the work of our #scientists #surgeons #committee and #fundraisers. Thank you! ...

Second gold medal for @morganstickney in swimming’s medley relay!!! #amazing Congratulations, #steppingstrong is so proud 💖💖

Caption: Gold medalists Hannah Aspden, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long and Morgan Stickney of Team United States pose during the women’s 4x100m Medley Relay - 34 points medal ceremony on day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Getty Images

What an amazing performance!! @morganstickney you are an absolute legend 💖💖💖 a GOLD win for @usparaswimming #steppingstrong is SO proud of you 🎉🎉 #turningtragedyintohope #paralympics #swimming ...

Natalie Artzi, PhD, is an assistant professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; principal research scientist MIT; and an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. A two-time #SteppingStrong awardee, the Stepping Strong Scientific Advisor, and a recipient of the Brigham’s Bright Futures Prize, Artzi’s work focuses on leveraging material science, chemistry, imaging, and biology to design smart material platforms and medical devices to improve human health. Donna Woonteiler spoke with Artzi about her passion for propelling technologies from the bench to the bedside to benefit trauma patients.

Head over to our website to read the interview


We 💖💖 seeing stash arriving at their destination!! And Ollie 💖💖 the #steppingstrong blanket 🐶

Perfect for #nationaldogday 🐶🐶

#bostonmarathon #turningtragedyintohope

In 1993, Stephen Teague was working construction when the unimaginable occurred: his arm got caught in a machine and he lost four of his five fingers in a devasting traumatic injury. 20 years, 12 surgeries, and 6 #BostonMarathon races later, including 4 with the #SteppingStrong team, Stephen has made an amazing recovery. Read his inspirational story (link in bio).

48 days till the @bostonmarathon 🎉

Keep supporting our runners to keep running 💖💖💖

@k.antaya 🙏🙏🙏

*Raffle alert*


“I am so excited to announce that I’m raffling off two @jetblue round trip tickets to be used on any flight between 10/1/21-10/1/22 (Blackout Dates Apply). Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket - please Venmo me @katiewhite-30, or donate directly to my fundraising page in my bio. Drawing date is early October, and every dollar goes towards my Boston Marathon run for the @steppingstrongcenter . Please message or text me (978-987-3599) with any questions!”

Amazing!!! 💖👏🙏
#youarethebest #steppingstrong #turningtragedyintohope #boston #bostonmarathon

*Stepping Strong Explorer Grant*

After a hiatus during COVID, the center is offering $2,000 awards to candidates interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of trauma research and care. Eligibility requirements have changed since we last promoted these grants, so be sure to check out our updated web page, link in bio.
#steppingstrong #funding

Innovation in the Continuum of Trauma Care: Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

Join us for the Fourth Annual #SteppingStrong #Trauma #Research and #Innovation Symposium.

This year’s panels include:
Preventing Injuries by Creating Safer Communities for Walkers, Runners, and Bikers

Innovations in Bone and Muscle Healing

Physical, Social, and Emotional Recovery Following Traumatic Injury

Check our bio for the registration link!

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