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BIAA Awards Inaugural Grants Through its Brain Injury Research Fund

January 13, 2020

Vienna, Va. – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced the winners of its 2019 Brain Injury Research Fund competition. Orion Furmanski, Ph.D., Uniformed Services University, and Raj Kumar, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, are awarded seed grants of $25,000 each; Katherine Giordano, University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Marie Hanscom, University of Maryland-Baltimore, are granted dissertation awards of $5,000 each.

The Brain Injury Research Fund offers support to studies contributing to our understanding of brain injury as a chronic disease. John D. Corrigan, Ph.D., BIAA’s research committee chair noted, “The board of directors is pleased to advance the science of brain injury through these seed grants and dissertation awards. We thank the research committee members who helped shape the program and evaluate the applications. We look forward to the 2020 competition.”

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. Through the Brain Injury Research Fund, BIAA offers two types of funding: Dissertation Awards, 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 2021 awards this spring.

“We welcome and encourage donations from the public to help grow the fund and support research toward finding cures for brain injury,” offered Susan H. Connors, BIAA’s president and chief executive officer. “We are particularly interested in donor-advised endowments. To make your 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.