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BIAA Awards Four Grants Through its Brain Injury Research Fund

January 7, 2022

Fairfax, Va. – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced the winners of its 2021 Brain Injury Research Fund competition. Michael Williams, Ph.D., University of Houston, and Khalil Mallah, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, are awarded seed grants of $25,000 each. Naomi Gaggi, CUNY School of Medicine, and Hannah Mitchell, East Tennessee State University, are awarded dissertation grants of $5,000 and $3,675, respectively.

The Brain Injury Research Fund offers financial support to studies contributing to our understanding of brain injury as a chronic disease. “This third year of BIAA Research Awards was again marked by many deserving applications from highly talented researchers, both young investigators and seasoned scholars. They are proposing diverse, creative approaches to the challenge of curing the chronic effects of brain injury,” said BIAA Research Committee Chair John D. Corrigan, Ph.D. “We could not be more pleased with the interest shown in our research program and the quality of proposals we have had the privilege to support. As BIAA’s Research Fund grows, we will be able to fund more applications.”

BIAA established its research grant program in 2019. Donations from the public supplement the fund and allow the research program to continue to grow. Through the Brain Injury Research Fund, BIAA offers two types of funding: Dissertation Grants, funded between $3,000 to $5,000, and Seed Grants, funded up to $25,000. The Association will accept Letters of Interest (LOIs) for the 2022 competition this spring.

“BIAA has a 40-year history of advocating on behalf of the brain injury community and fighting for funding to support research” offered Susan Connors, BIAA’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled to advance research through our own awards and hope to grow the Brain Injury Research Fund with continued support from the public.”

For more information about the Brain Injury Research Fund or to make a donation, visit For more information about funded projects, click here.


About the Brain Injury Association of America:

The Brain Injury Association of America is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.