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BIAA Awards New Grants Through its Brain Injury Research Fund

January 5, 2021

Vienna, Va. – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced the winners of its 2020 Brain Injury Research Fund competition. Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; J Bryce Ortiz, Ph.D., University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix; and Kathryn Lenz, Ph.D., Ohio State University, are awarded seed grants of $25,000 each. Dana Lengel, Drexel University, is awarded a dissertation grant of $5,000.

The Brain Injury Research Fund offers support to studies contributing to our understanding of brain injury as a chronic disease. “We are pleased to make these awards with the hope that talented young researchers, as well as more experienced scholars, will test new ideas for 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 the privilege to support.”

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. In 2020, gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and community-based special fundraising events helped grow the program. 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 2021 competition this spring.

The Association wishes to recognize Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, and Dr. Lance and Laura Trexler of Indianapolis for making annual commitments to fund a seed grant and dissertation grant, respectively.

“BIAA is thrilled to advance research through these awards and hopes to grow the Brain Injury Research Fund with support from the public,” offered Susan 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.