The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) established its research grant program in 2019 with a generous bequest from the estate of Linda
Redmann and an allocation from the Association’s reserves. Donations from the public supplement the fund. The theme of BIAA’s grant program
and its overall goal is “Finding cures for brain injury.” The program is grounded in the understanding that for some people,
brain injury evolves into a chronic health condition that can cause or accelerate multiple diseases.
BIAA's initial research priorities are as follows:
- Chronic brain injury (CBI) can cause neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Chronic Traumatic Encephalitis and possibly Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease. Typically there is a marked delay from injury to disease onset. What neurological processes are triggered by CBI that cause these diseases and how can the progression from injury to neurological disease be halted?
- Childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI), even when mild, is associated with adult problems of behavioral regulation, such as addiction, criminal
behavior, and socially inappropriate behavior. Is this relationship causal or does TBI mediate other bio/psycho/social processes? What
factors create the risk of adult consequences from childhood TBI and how can that risk be diminished?
- Moderate and severe brain injury reduces life expectancy by 9 years. Even after living to one year post-injury, persons with this severity
of injury are 50 percent more likely to die than age, sex and race/ethnicity matched members of the general population. Causes of death
involve all organ systems, not just those associated with behavioral or neurological pathology. What biological processes are responsible
for this excess mortality and how can these relationships be ameliorated?
The Association offers two types of funding: Dissertation Awards, funded at $3,000 to $5,000, and Seed Grants, funded up to $25,000. There are
two categories of seed grants: BIAA Young Investigator Grants that support the preparation of new investigations and BIAA Brain Injury Scholar
Grants that support testing new hypotheses using existing data. Please click on the appropriate tab above for detailed information.
BIAA is able to fund 1-2 dissertation awards and 1-2 seed grant proposals in 2019.
The BIAA Research Committee oversees the review process using National Institutes of Health review criteria. Subject matter expertise is drawn from leading researchers in the field, including members of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation Editorial Board. The Research Committee recommendations are submitted to the BIAA Board of Directors for final approval.
The Brain Injury Association of America does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, or age.
Research Committee Members
John Corrigan, Ph.D., Ohio State University (Chair)
Lisa Brenner, Ph.D., VA/Rocky Mountain MIRECC, University of Colorado
Susan Connors, Brain Injury Association of America, Vienna, Virginia
Wayne Gordon, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Jasmeet Hayes, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Brent Masel, M.D., UTMB, Galveston Texas
Greg O'Shanick, M.D., private practice, Richmond Virginia
Stacy Suskauer, M.D, Kennedy Kreiger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Award recipients and grantees agree to cooperate with BIAA in promoting the Association’s research grant program as described in the notice of award.