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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.

On November 18th, 2:30-6pm, join us for the fourth annual Stepping Strong Symposium!

For our Prevention session our Injury Prevention Program Director Molly Jarman, PhD, MPH, will be moderating the panel “Preventing Injuries by Creating Safer Communities for Walkers, Runners, and Bikers”

Our panelists:

Rebecca Breslow, MD
Medical Director, gWell

Sunday Clark, ScD, MPH
Director, Boston Trauma Institute, Boston Medical Center

Wendy Landman, MCP
Senior Policy Advisor, WalkBoston

Anna Levitan
Co-founder, Textless Lives More

Register in advance using the link in our bio 💖💙💛

Congratulations to Feodor Price, PhD, Innovator Award recipient and lead staff scientist in the Harvard lab of Lee Rubin, who was cited in the Harvard Gazette after the lab received a 5-year, $30M commitment from National Resilience, Inc., toward the development of complex medicines, including biologics, vaccines, nucleic acids, and cell and gene therapies. ...

Thanks @harvardhbs for sharing our event!! The Symposium promises to be very educational and is a must for anyone interested in trauma #innovation


Dr. Su-Ryon Shin, #steppingstrong innovator and breakthrough award recipient, and team recently published their study “Oxygen-Releasing Biomaterials: Current Challenges and Future Applications” which was featured on the cover of the current issue of Trends in Biotechnology.

Congrats to the teams from the Shin lab at @harvardmed @brighamandwomens and Leijten lab at @utwente

Congratulations to @adrianapanayi for being selected for an Excellence in Research award by the @amcollsurgeons

Her #steppingstrong -funded work looked at the ability of a frailty index to predict complications after breast reconstruction


On November 18th, 2:30-6pm, join us for the fourth annual Stepping Strong Symposium!

Register in advance using the link in our bio 💖💙💛

We promise an afternoon packed with trauma and surgical innovation talks, and best of all it’s free to attend!

Under the registration link you can also find more information on the panels and talks we have planned!

In a new publication in Advanced Healthcare Materials, #steppingstrong Innovation and Breakthrough awardee Dr. Natalie Artzi and team present a new spheroid model of early and late-stage osteosarcoma which mimicks the divergent relationship between tumor elimination and bone reegeneration ...

We have a great partnership between @steppingstrong1 and WalkBoston, developing pedestrian safety training for trauma center stakeholders. On Wednesday we had our second session - a sunny but cold tour of Longwood to see the good, bad, and ugly in our walking environment. ...

This weekend the @amcollsurgeons holds its annual #clinicalcongress and on Saturday there are, not one, but three (!) presentations of #steppingstrong research 🔬

Dr. @adrianapanayi will be presenting work by the @drpomahac and Orgill lab and Dr. Mehran Karvar will be presenting work by the Sinha lab. Strong #steppingstrong (and @harvard_plastic_surgery ) representation 👏

If you are interested in watching these, and other surgical presentations, head over to the ACS clinical congress 2021 and register! The congress is #virtual and the program extensive👌

Wow, thanks to all of you we have surpassed our fundraising goal!! And we are SO SO close to reaching $1m! That would mean the world to us, and to the research and efforts we fund!! Check our bio for a donation link (support the marathon team) and help us #turntragedyintohope 💖💖💖💖 ...

Innovator awardee Dr. I. Leah Gitajn (now an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock) recently presented #steppingstrong - funded research at the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics 2021 (ECBO). The study presents a first clinical translation of bone viability classification technology based on fluorescence imaging and subsequent image texture analysis to provide orthopedic surgeons with intraoperative information for patient treatment optimization. ...

In new #steppingstrong funded research Dr. Khurana Barti and her team evaluate the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV)-related upper extremity fractures (UEF) in women presenting to US emergency departments and compare their anatomic location to those due to accidental falls or strikes.

A lower proportion of finger fractures in fall and of shoulder/forearm fractures in accidental striking should prompt the radiologist to discuss the possibility of IPV with the ED physician in any woman presenting with a finger fracture due to fall and a shoulder/forearm fracture with a vague history of accidental striking.

The #BostonMarathon2021 may be over but we have to share one more photo: our very own #SteppingStrong Military-Civilian Advisor, Dr. Eric Goralnick, got to hang out with two @bostonmarathon
greats - @ambyburfoot (1968 Boston marathon winner) and Bill Rodgers (4x Boston and NYC marathon winner) - while serving as Grand Marshal!

#steppingstrong #represent #legends

It was an honor and a privilege to award the 2021 #SteppingStrong Hero Award to Morgan Stickney, 2-time Gold medal #TeamUSA #Paralympics swimmer.

Morgan, you are the epitome of the Stepping Strong spirit: resilient, positive, determined, courageous, and UNSTOPPABLE!

Morgan joins 3 previous Stepping Strong hero award winners, including inaugural recipient John Mackie. A bystander at the 2013 #BostonMarathon, John saved Gillian's life in the aftermath of the bombing tragedy.

Good luck to our team of 81 amazing @brighamandwomens #SteppingStrong teammates who are running the historic 125th @BostonMarathon today! We are so proud of you and will be cheering you on all the way from Hopkinton to Boylston Street!

There is still time to make a gift! Support the Stepping Strong Center today with a donation to #TurnTragedyIntoHope for #trauma patients. Check our bio for the link 💖💖

Virtual pre-race celebration for the Brigham and Women's Hospital #SteppingStrong #BostonMarathon2021. Your donation of any amount will help our dedicated and resilient runners turn tragedy into hope for #trauma patients.

Teammates had the opportunity to hear inspiring messages to help them cross the finish line, including a very special greeting from two-time gold medal #TeamUSA #Paralympian, Morgan Stickney. @morganstickney

We are so proud of this remarkable team and can't wait to cheer them on during their 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.
Thank you so much for your support.

Tomorrow is the historic 125th @BostonMarathon and our #SteppingStrong teammates are ready to go! We got to wish many of our runners good luck during bag check today. We can't wait to cheer on all these smiling faces tomorrow!

Support our team and help us #TurnTragedyIntoHope for #trauma survivors. Check bio for a link 💖💖

"Thank you so much to our remarkable and dedicated @brighamandwomens #SteppingStrong teammates for running the 125th @BostonMarathon in support of #trauma research and care. Whether you are crossing the finish line in your neighbor or on Boylston Street, we are cheering for you. Congratulations on reaching this milestone and have fun!" - Audrey, Steven, Danielle, and Gillian Reny

We are so grateful for a donation of any amount. Your support will help us raise critical funds for trauma patients like Gillian. Check our bio for a link!

Good luck to our 18 incredible @brighamandwomens #SteppingStrong teammates who will be virtually running the 125th @BostonMarathon this weekend! We have runners from all over the country, including Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Utah. We are so proud of all of you and will be cheering you on wherever your finish line is!

Please support our team! Your donation will #TurnTragedyIntoHope for military and civilian #trauma patients in #Boston and beyond. Link in bio

Recently on @boston25

“Doctors call it a miracle that Cape Cod man is running Boston Marathon”

Another miraculous outcome for a @brighamandwomens
patient running the @bostonmarathon with #SteppingStrong.

From Chris Flanagan for Boston 25 news:

Jon says he’s not a big fan of running but is a big fan of his doctors and nurses and that’s why he’s training hard for his first-ever marathon. It’s a way to pay tribute to his medical team who helped him get back on his feet.

“I think so many times they treat a patient and the patient goes on with their lives. Maybe they never find out what happened. I want them to know because of what they did, because of their dedication, I’m going to run a marathon. I’m choosing to do a very public event so they can see it. It’s my thank you to all the doctors and nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and everyone at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital,” Jon said.

Thank you everyone for you continuous support which helps optimize care for patients such as Jon 🙏🙏🙏

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