The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

The Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

(Left to right): Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, Indranil Sinha, MD, Su-Ryon Shin, PhD, Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, Omid Farokhzad, MD, Bohdan Pomahac MD, Branislav Kollar, MD, and Sotirios Tasigiorgos, MD

Congratulations, Stepping Strong Innovator Award Winners!

On January 22, members of the Stepping Strong Medical Executive Committee and the Stepping Strong Advisory Board heard pitches from five research teams—four seeking additional Innovator Awards funding for existing projects, and one requesting funding for a new project. Stepping Strong is thrilled to grant awards to all five teams. Read more about the winning projects below, and enjoy photos from the event.

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2017-18 Innovator Awards Recipients

Bohdan Pomahac, MD
From battlefield to bedside: A portable device for rescuing limbs

$100,000 to build a prototype of an ultraportable perfusion device for emergency limb preservation that will keep detached arms and legs alive up to three times longer than what is currently possible—up to 24 hours.

Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, and E.J. Caterson, MD, PhD
Developing global standards for disaster medicine

$100,000 to create a consensus-driven national bleeding control research agenda to facilitate best practices such as tourniquet training, and create standards and procedures around disaster medicine response and evaluation.

Giorgio Giatsidis, MD
Mitigating damage to injured limbs after tourniquet application

$100,000 to develop a prototype of a portable cooling device for use in emergency limb preservation and for operating room procedures.

Indranil Sinha, MD, and Su-Ryon Shin, PhD
Restoring skeletal muscle mass and function using 3D bioprinting

$100,000 to develop vascular channels to improve scaffold binding to tissue, optimize growth factors to promote skeletal muscle regeneration and to develop a research agenda around 3D bio-printing and scaffolding.

Omid Farokhzad, MD, and Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD
Multi-functional scaffolds that promote bone healing and regeneration

$289,000, over three years, to create cellular collagen patches to heal bone defects and improve techniques for bone repair, incorporating iron oxide nanoparticles to reduce the risk of infection at the site of injury.