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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.

Congratulations to Dr. Adriana Panayi who presented her #steppingstrong funded work at the 19th Annual #Wound Healing: Science & Industry (WHSI) conference, the premier #amputation #prevention #conference which took place in #NYC on June 24-25th, and for which she received the Young Innovator Award.

The research team, which includes Dr. Dennis Orgill, #steppingstrong research scholar, and Drs. @mengfan.wu , @dy.matar and @sameij, among others, investigated the effect of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy on #fibrosis and #scarring

The ultimate goal is to elucidate the different pathways in the fibrosis cascade and modulate the different components within these pathways through variations in mechanotransducive forces to induce regeneration rather than repair

@vmwlt #steppingstrong marathon runner and all-star @brighamandwomens surgical resident spoke recently at the BWH surgical Grand Rounds about her work with @nelya12 to assist surgeons in Ukraine through @gmka_org

Strong work!! 💪💪

@jpherreraesc #steppingstrong funded researcher and #10k finisher !! Congratulations!!! Thank you for supporting us, through your innovations and your fundraising efforts 🎊🎉🎈 ...

To all who ran the BAA #10K with #SteppingStrong or supported our runners - THANK YOU for fueling #trauma research and recovery, and CONGRATULATIONS! You did it, despite the heat, and we are so very proud of you.
Special shout out to our co-captions Jon Custodio and Amy Spindler, pictured below. 💙💗💛
#TurningTragedyIntoHope #gratitude

Thank you and #congratulations to all the #steppingstrong runners completing the @teambaa #10k today !!!!

In their recent paper “Robotic pills for gastrointestinal-tract-targeted oral mRNA delivery” #steppingstrong funded Dr. Wei Tao and Dr. Nicholas Peppas discuss how mRNA has become a new class of therapeutics and vaccines that possess high efficacy for the treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases.

Image credit: Wei Tao, Nicholas A. Peppas,
Robotic pills for gastrointestinal-tract-targeted oral mRNA delivery, Matter, Volume 5, Issue 3,
2022, Pages 775-777, ISSN 2590-2385,

#Congratulations to @morganstickney for winning two medals at the 2022 #ParaSwimming World Championships in Portugal!

Morgan is the 2022 Stepping Strong Hero Award recipient and a bilateral #EwingAmputation patient - you are amazing and we are super proud! 🇺🇸💗💪


Congratulations to #steppingstrong funded Dr. Su Ryon Shin for her new publication in Advanced Functional Materials.

The paper titled “Wirelessly Powered 3D Printed Hierarchical Biohybrid Robots with Multiscale Mechanical Properties” describes an innovative approach which aims to provide a platform for building untethered and biohybrid systems for various biomedical applications.

Link to article in stories !

NEW IN ANNALS by #steppingstrong funded @jpherreraesc

Great work on the Social Vulnerability Index and long-term outcomes after traumatic injury. Click the link in stories!

Thanks to the many healthcare professionals and patients who participated in #Marchforourlives last weekend.

Included in the photo below is our very own Cheryl Lang, MPH, program manager of the #SteppingStrong #InjuryPrevention program.

#EndGunViolence #DoctorsForGunSafety


Walk Boston recently released their Annual Report highlighting their work with #steppingstrong in engaging hospital #injuryprevention professionals in pedestrian advocacy ...

#Congrats to @morganstickney for winning Gold in the Women's 400M Freestyle at the 2022 #ParaSwimming World Championships in Portugal!

Morgan is a bilateral #SteppingStrong #EwingAmputation patient - and we are so proud of her! 🇺🇸💗💪


Congratulations to #steppingstrong innovator awardee Dr. Arvind Von Keudell who had two abstracts accepted for presentation at the European Society of Biomechanics on June 26-28 in Porto, Portugal. #steppingstrong ...

#steppingstrong funded Dr. Wei Tao was recently featured in a Nature Medicine interview for his very important work on Drug Delivery Technologies. A great honor for Dr Tao and for the @steppingstrongcenter to be alongside world's top scientists - Profs. Bob Langer, Samir Mitragotri, Ryan Donnelly! You can read the interview using the link in our stories 💖 ...

Thank you to the @triverusconsulting team for helping us reach our #stepup goal!!

Congratulations for helping us take 500 million steps together in May!

“By walking or running their way to fitness, Triverus colleagues helped raise support and awareness for @steppingstrongcenter for Trauma Innovation at @brighamandwomens.

The Stepping Strong Challenge exceeded its goal of 500 million steps, securing a $100,000 donation from its sponsors. The Triverus team proudly finished in 1st place out of 26 teams with a step average of 314,800, logging a total of 20,776,856 steps.”

#beatriveruscolleague #triveruscommunity #SteppingStrong

Medical student Oliver Darwish presenting #steppingstrong -funded work this past weekend at #PSRC in #Toronto! Oliver is working with the @harvard_plastic_surgery Dennis Orgill and @adrianapanayi team to investigate how Negative Pressure Wound Therapy regulates #scarring and #fibrosis in a mouse model. ...

There is a critical role for healthcare providers to play, working alongside community partners, to end #gunviolence. As always, the people closest to the issue are closest to the solution.

#ThankYou to our presenters 🙏

@brighamandwomens #SteppingStrong

Wear orange, demand action on Gun Violence

National Gun Violence Awareness Day takes place every year on the first Friday of June.

At #SteppingStrong we #WearOrange to honor the countless victims and survivors of #GunViolence in the United States.


Why orange? Hunters wear orange to protect themselves in the woods, and orange was selected to show that the wearers do not want to be the next victim of gun violence.

Happy #globalrunningday to all our runners!!!

Thank you for choosing to be part of our community and for helping us #turntragedyintohope 💖 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️

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