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Audrey Epstein Reny, Marc Wein, Tara Ciongoli, Ali Salim

Research Advances Are Highlighted at Trauma Research and Innovation Symposium

At the second annual Stepping Strong Trauma Research and Innovation Symposium, 10 scientists from medical centers and academic institutions in Boston and beyond presented research updates on groundbreaking projects that are transforming trauma research and care.

Panels were divided into three categories:

  • INVESTIGATE: Collaborative Approaches to Early Stage Discovery
  • ACCELERATE: Propelling Innovative Ideas from Lab to Market
  • INSPIRE: A Case Study on Attracting Venture Capital

Following the presentations, Lt. Colonel Benjamin Kyle Potter, MD, director of surgery at Walter Reed National Medical Center, gave a fascinating keynote address about advances in complex limb injuries for wounded warriors.

Brigham Patient Tara Ciongoli Supports a Special Bone-Healing Award

The symposium ended with announcements of five new Stepping Strong Innovator Award recipients, including Marc Wein, MD, PhD, whose project, A Novel Approach to Stimulating Bone Regeneration and Repairing Fractures, was funded by Tara Ciongoli—a grateful Brigham patient and member of the Stepping Strong Advisory Board.

“The Stepping Strong Center has a proven, collaborative approach to transforming trauma care and catalyzing innovative research for patients like me, and it gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to pay it forward today. It is with immense gratitude to my care team—and confidence that future patients like me will benefit from the center’s groundbreaking work—that my husband Greg and I are proudly supporting Marc Wein, PhD, as the 2019 Stepping Strong Innovator Award winner in bone healing.” —Tara Ciongoli

Meet the 2019 Innovator Awards Winners
The 2019 Stepping Strong Innovator Awards recipients and their collaborators

Left to right:  Feodor Price, PhD, Ara Nazarian, PhD, Marc Wein, MD, PhD,  I. Leah Gitajn, MD, Annie Lewis-O’Connor, NP-BC, MPH, PhD, Bharti Khurana, MD, Shailesh Agarwal, MD

Basic Science Recipients
Shailesh Agarwal, MD

Shailesh Agarwal, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Using Biologic Agents to Regenerate Muscles After Traumatic Injury

Leah Gitajn, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Improving Outcomes for Patients with Fracture-Related Infections

Feodor Price, PhD
Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
A Cell Therapy Platform for Treating Skeletal Muscle Trauma

Bone Healing Recipient
Injury Prevention Recipient
Marc Wein, MD, PhD

Marc Wein, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
A Novel Approach to Stimulating Bone Regeneration and Repairing Fractures

Bharti Khurana, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Making the Invisible Visible: Bringing Intimate Partner Violence into Focus

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