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BIAA Awards $44,000 in Grants through Brain Injury Research Fund

January 10, 2023

BIAA Awards $44,000 in Grants through Brain Injury Research Fund

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is proud to announce the 2023 recipients of the Brain Injury Research Fund. In total, BIAA awarded five grants in 2023 totaling over $44,000 that will go towards brain injury research.

“The Brain Injury Association of America is in its fourth year of providing research grants to graduate students and seed grants to both young investigators and seasoned scholars,” said John D. Corrigan, Ph.D., National Research Director of BIAA. “This year’s recipients have exquisitely captured the purpose of this research program––to stimulate creative, new approaches to curing the chronic effects of brain injury.”

BIAA established its Brain Injury Research Fund in 2019 with a goal of finding cures for chronic brain injury. Since 2019, BIAA has funded more than $200,000 in brain injury research thanks to the generous support of individual donors. 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 offers two types of funding through the program: Dissertation Grants, funded up to $5,000, and Seed Grants, funded up to $25,000.

This year’s recipients include one Brain Injury Scholar Seed Grant and four Dissertation Grants. Below is a listing of this year’s research grant recipients.

Brain Injury Scholar Seed Grant

Grant Recipient Institution Amount
Joel Blanchard, Ph.D Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai $24,999.28

Dissertation Grants

Grant Recipient Institution Advisor Amount
Nicole Katchur Princeton University Daniel A. Notterman, MA, MD $5,000
Amy Kemp University of Georgia Katy H. O’Brien, Ph.D., CCC-SLP $4,300
Savannah Kounelis-Wuillaume Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Martin L. Doughty, Ph.D. $5,000
Eleni Moschonas University of Pittsburgh Anthony E. Kline, Ph.D. $4,950

“I will not be surprised when the day comes that a scientist who has just made a remarkable breakthrough about the effects of brain injury identifies this grant program as the catalyst for their program of research,” Corrigan said. “We only wish we had more funds, so that more seeds could be planted.”

To learn more about this year’s funded projects or to see previous year’s projects, visit our Brain Injury Research Funded Projects page. To learn more about BIAA’s Brain Injury Research Fund, visit our Research Fund page.


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