Stepping Strong Meet the Finalists Event
On Monday, September 21, six Stepping Strong physician-scientists—Reza Abdi, MD, Edward J. Caterson, MD, PhD, Omid Farokhzad, MD, Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, Bohdan Pomahac, and Su-Ryon Shin, PhD—presented their research pitches to an engaged audience of 80 medical leaders and Stepping Strong supporters at the Ritz in Boston. The six are competing for two $100,000 grants through the second annual Stepping Strong Innovator Awards competition.
The Stepping Strong Innovator Awards is one of three program areas established by the Reny and Epstein families in honor of the medical heroes who saved Gillian Reny’s life and legs in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
View a photo gallery from the event
Brigham and Women’s Hospital President, Betsy Nabel, MD, welcomed guests and spoke about the hospital’s deep commitment to advancing trauma research and care.
“The [Stepping Strong Innovator] awards draw on the Brigham’s strong spirit of innovation and discovery to enable game-changing advances in trauma treatment and recovery. Looking ahead, we hope to create a new Stepping Strong Center in the Brigham Building for the Future, which would bring together trauma, plastics and orthopedics in one space, enabling collaborations and driving new discoveries.”
Audrey Epstein Reny thanked the newly-formed Stepping Strong Innovator Awards Council for their leadership and support and explained why she was so passionate about tackling trauma research:
“Trauma is the leading cause of death among people from ages 1-44 in the United States and a person dies every three minutes from trauma-related injuries. Despite these harrowing statistics there is scant funding and fractured support for trauma research. This opened our eyes to the opportunity. And now, through our Stepping Strong programs, we are trying to become the leading stewards of interdisciplinary trauma research in the country.”
The Stepping Strong Innovator Awards winners will be announced later this fall.