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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.

Highlights from the 4th Annual Stepping Strong Trauma Research and Innovation Symposium

On November 18, 2021, 150 researchers and physicians from around the country attended the 2021 Stepping Strong Symposium to learn about innovation in the continuum of trauma care. Content included panels on creating safer communities for bikers and pedestrians; advances in bone and muscle healing; and physical, social, and emotional recovery following traumatic injury.

Also featured was a keynote presentation by Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, on the new field of regenerative engineering, remarks from Stepping Strong medical leaders, and a moving speech by Stepping Strong co-founder and board chair Audrey Epstein Reny.


New work from #steppingstrong funded Dr. Su Ryon Shin and team!

In the ACS Omega article “Photo-Cross-Linkable Human Albumin Colloidal Gels Facilitate In Vivo Vascular Integration for Regenerative Medicine” the team developed a fast single-step approach to fabricate colloidal hydrogels. These were made up of randomly packed human serum albumin-based photo-cross-linkable microparticles with continuous internal networks of microscale voids.

The microporous structures served as a guide for host cell infiltration upon implantation, achieving rapid recruitment of hematopoietic cells and, ultimately, enhancing the tissue regeneration capacity of implanted scaffolds.

We are thrilled to announce that #SteppingStrong Director of Strategy and Innovation, Matthew Carty, MD, has been named the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Distinguished Chair in #Surgery at @brighamandwomens .

Congrats, Dr. Carty!

Applications are now open to join the #steppingstrong team for the Boston Marathon. Run to transform trauma research and care with the Stepping Strong team and receive a VIP marathon experience.

If you are interested in running the 126th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2022 as a member of the Brigham Stepping Strong Marathon Team, please email or check the link in our bio.

Today at 1pm we have the Quarterly Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Collaborative Meeting. Email Cheryl Lang at to learn more about the event or to receive a calendar invite.


Repost from @massgeneralbrigham :

After a car accident, Chris' leg was fused straight. The former professional athlete was unable to work and became largely home-bound. Then he learned about the #Ewing amputation—an innovative procedure, [developed with funding from #steppingstrong] that reconnects muscles and nerves, allowing the residual leg to interact with leading-edge prosthetics.

He became the fifth above-knee amputation in the Ewing trial at @brighamandwomens and excelled in his recovery at @spauldingrehab. “I lost my limb that day,” he says, “but I regained my life.”
#InternationalDayOfPersonsWithDisabilities #Disability #AdaptiveAthlete

#SteppingStrong is honored to be participating in the 126th #BostonMarathon as a member of the @teambaa Charity Program. 100% of funds raised by the 2022 @brighamandwomens Team will fuel #trauma research and care.

Run with purpose! Applications open on Monday, 12/6! 🏃🏽‍♀️💪

Congratulations to #steppingstrong innovator awardee Dr. Arvind von Keudell and co-PI Dr. Thomas Zumbrunn who founded a company called CustomSurg that provides fracture-specific optimization of complex bone reconstruction.

The Zurich-based medtech company will propel the team’s Stepping Strong-funded work on “Optimizing orthopaedic trauma surgical procedures with personalized implants and augmented reality.”

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Artzi, #steppingstrong Scientific Advisor for being selected as one of nine MIT researchers who were selected as finalists for the 2021 prize supported by Northpond Ventures. The grand prize winner will receive $250K toward commercializing her human health-related invention.

Top row, left to right: Polina Anikeeva, Natalie Artzi, Laurie Boyer, Tal Cohen, and Canan Dagdeviren. Bottom row, left to right: Ariel Furst, Kristin Knouse, Elly Nedivi, and Ellen Roche.

Natalie Artzi is principal research scientist in the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science and an assistant professor in the department of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Through the development of smart materials and medical devices, her research seeks to “personalize” medical interventions based on the specific presentation of diseased tissue in a given patient.

Image credit: MIT News @mitnews

Congratulations to Dr. Sinha whose #steppingstrong -funded work was selected by @psrc1955 as the best Non-PRS paper for November 2021

The paper is “In vivo printing of growth factor-eluting adhesive scaffolds improves wound healing” by Kristo Nuutila, Mohamadmahdi Samandari, Yori Endo, Yuteng Zhang, Jacob Quint, Tannin A. Schmidt, Ali Tamayol and Indranil Sinha 

from @harvard_plastic_surgery @massgeneralbrigham

Presented by PSRC Tech Committee Members Jeremie Oliver @jer______bear Dr. Mana Saffari and Dr. Stephen Kemp @umichnml

*On today*

Lunch-and-learn from 12 - 1PM, focusing on injury prevention and health equity.

Led by @brighamandwomens ’s RonAsia Rouse, MPH, program manager in health equity, Center for Community Health and Health Equity.

Visit to join!

Dear #SteppingStrong community,

The Stepping Strong family is grateful for you. 🧡🙏🍁

Be safe and happy Thanksgiving!!

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Artzi, Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and #steppingstrong Scientific Advisor who has received the Kabiller Rising Star Award in Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology.

“I am thankful to my lab members who work tirelessly to develop new technologies to improve human's life.”

Join us this Friday!

#SteppingStrong Lunch & Learn | 11.29 | 12pm

#healthequity & #InjuryPrevention

“Incredibly grateful to #steppingstrong for funding a project focused on patients too often neglected: trauma victims in the world’s poorest settings who are in desperate need of blood transfusion. Humbled and excited for the opportunity to shed light on this critical issue!” — Dr. Nakul Raykar, 2021 Innovator Award winner ...

Congratulations to the 2021 #innovator awardees:
Justin M. Brown, MD
Jenna Galloway, PhD
Peter T. Masiakos, MD
Nakul P. Raykar, MD, MPH
#congratulations, we look forward to your accomplishments!

Injury prevention is at the core of the #steppingstrong center and we believe all injuries are preventable

In 2019, while on vacation, Dave Cummings - an avid skateboarder, runner, and biker, suffered a horrific knee injury while skateboarding. He felt his bones break and his knee dislocate. The pain was overwhelming. He remembers thinking, "I will never be the same again."

After years of pain and quite of bit of research, Dave found out about Dr. Matthew Carty's clinical trial. Last July, he received an Agonist-Antagonist Myoneural Interface (AMI) Amputation.

Fast forward to today: Dave is able to walk more than 5 miles at a time, use a stationary bike, and go hiking.

Today, Dave will join #SteppingStrong Director of Strategy and Innovation Matt Carty's Rehabilitation and Recovery panel at the 4th Annual Stepping Strong Symposium. Also joining that panel are Drs. David Crandell, Tawnee Sparling, and Jeff Schnieder from Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and Dr. Ara Nazarian from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

We hope to see you there!

Register using the link in bio

#EwingAmpuation #TurningTragedyIntoHope

Congratulations to the thirty Brigham Researchers named to Clarivate’s 2021 Highly Cited Researchers List, two of whom are #steppingstrong innovators!!

* Wei Tao, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
* Omid C. Farokhzad, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Clarivate recognizes the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™. Out of nearly 8M researchers in the world, less than 1% have published multiple papers over the last decade that rank in the top 1% of citations for field and year. #highlycitedresearchers2021

Who will be the 2021 #steppingstrong innovator awardees?

Join us for the fourth annual Stepping Strong Symposium! November 18th, 2:30-6pm to find out 💛💖💙

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