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“It is remarkable to reflect on how far we have come since establishing Stepping Strong. A fund has given rise to a physical center, seed money has been leveraged into larger federal funding, and a small group of family and friends has grown into a global community of physician-scientists, runners, and philanthropists.”  —Audrey Epstein Reny, Co-founder and Advisory Board Chair

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation inspires robust research collaborations across medical disciplines and institutions while providing funding to talented physician-scientists—all with a goal of transforming trauma care for civilians and military heroes who suffer from devastating traumatic injuries. Our core work focuses on trauma innovation and injury prevention and intervention.


Through the Stepping Strong Innovator Awards program, our multi-institutional faculty continue to pursue groundbreaking research, accelerate innovation, and advance education for young clinician-researchers. In addition to training the next generation of leaders in advanced surgical techniques and funding leading-edge research projects, the center aims to provide further educational opportunities in the areas of raising capital, licensing, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.


Under Dr. Salim’s leadership, the center is proud to introduce the new Stepping Strong Injury Prevention and Intervention program, which aims to prevent traumatic injuries resulting from distracted driving, gun violence, falls, and other situations before they occur. Our goal is to reduce the volume and severity of traumatic injuries through multiple in-hospital and community-based outreach and advocacy initiatives, in conjunction with research studies and training programs focused on best practices for intervention and prevention.


Beginning with a passion for improving patient care, our physician-scientists start by thinking out-of-the box to identify unmet needs, then forge partnerships across medical disciplines and with the support of community advocates, all with the goal of ultimately moving their research from the bench to the bedside.

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