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The Stepping Strong Innovator Awards program supports groundbreaking projects that address well-defined clinical problems in areas including bone, wound, and skin healing; limb transplant and reconstruction; bone and muscle regeneration; advanced stem cell technology; orthopaedic and plastic surgery; bioengineering, emergency preparedness and injury prevention.

2021 Innovator Awards Recipients
Justin Brown, MD

Justin Brown, MD

Traction neurogenesis for overcoming large nerve gaps

Peter T. Masiakos, MD, MS

Peter T. Masiakos, MD, MS

Developing and evaluating an avatar/virtual reality-based gun violence prevention training program for clinicians

Jenna Galloway, PhD

Jenna Galloway, PhD

Harnessing single cell RNA-sequencing technology for tendon regenerative medicine strategies

Nakul Raykar, MD

Nakul Raykar, MD

Civilian walking blood banks for hemorrhagic shock when stored blood is unavailable

2020 Innovator Awards Recipients
Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Developing treatments for progressive visual impairment following traumatic brain injury

Jeffrey C. Schneider, MD

Jeffrey C. Schneider, MD

Digital Phenotyping: A Novel Way to Assess Outcomes for Burn Survivors after Hospitalization

Arvind von Keudell, MD

Arvind von Keudell, MD

Optimizing orthopaedic trauma surgical procedures with personalized implants and augmented reality

2019 Innovator Awards Recipients

Shailesh Agarwal, MD

Using Biologic Agents to Regenerate Muscles After Traumatic Injury

I. Leah Gitajn, MD

Improving Outcomes for Patients with Fracture-Related Infections

Bharti Khurana, MD

Making the Invisible Visible: Bringing Intimate Partner Violence into Focus

Feodor Price, PhD

A Cell Therapy Platform for Treating Skeletal Muscle Trauma

Marc Wein, MD, PhD

Marc Wein, MD, PhD

A Novel Approach to Stimulating Bone Regeneration and Repairing Fractures

2018 Innovator Awards Recipients

Natalie Artzi, PhD (left)

Using Gene Therapy and Antibiotic Delivery to Treat Bone Infections

Jenna Galloway, PhD, and Jessica Lehoczky, PhD

Identifying Drugs to Expedite the Healing of Orthopaedic Injuries

Mathias Kolle, PhD

Revealing Optimal Pressure in Compression Therapy using Color-changing Fibers

Yi Lu, MD, PhD, and Zhigang He, PhD

Locomotion Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury

2017 Innovator Awards Recipient

Omid Farokhzad, MD

Multifunctional Scaffolds that Promote Bone Healing and Regeneration

Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, PhD

Mitigating Damage to Injured Limbs After Tourniquet Application

2016 Innovator Awards Recipients

Reza Abdi, MD

New Hope for Trauma Patients with Severe Burn Injuries

Michael J. Weaver, MD

21st Century Tools to Measure Bone Healing

2015 Innovator Awards Recipients

Edward J. Caterson, MD

Healing Injuries in the Traumatized Extremity: Protection, Decontamination, and Regeneration

Omid Farokhzad, MD

Healing Bones with Nanodrones: The Next Frontier in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Bohdan Pomahac, MD

From Battlefield to Bedside: A Portable Device for Rescuing Limbs

Su-Ryon Shin, PhD

3D Bioprinting: A New Approach to Healing Muscle Trauma

2014 Innovator Awards Recipients

Matthew J. Carty, MD

Recovering Limb Function: A New Surgical Approach For the 21st Century

George Dyer, MD

Repairing Large Traumatic Fractures: Using Silk-Based Orthopedic Implants to Promote Healing

Indranil Sinha, MD

Using Stem Cells to Regenerate Injured Muscle.

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