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Option A Grantees

RFP #17-002 GRANT AWARD PERIOD: April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Alex Valadka, MD; “Comparative Evaluation of Mannitol and Hypertonic Saline in the Treatment of Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury.”
This proposal will compare effects of mannitol and HTS at different concentrations on ICP, brain water content, inflammation, and early neuronal cell death immediately after experimental TBI. This study will also compare neuroprotective properties of mannitol and different concentration of HTS by determining functional recoveries and brain tissue preservation after experimental TBI.
(Only Requested One and a half years of Grant Funding)

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Kristy Dixon, PhD; “PAIN-T Alleviation Immediately after Neurotrauma Mediated via TNFR1.”
This project will build on preliminary data by examining that extent of injury-induced hippocampal plasticity and its association with the development of pain, and determine whether this is TNFR1-mediated. This proposal will also build on preliminary data by examining the mechanism as to how TNF induces hippocampal plasticity. The study will assess the efficacy of XPro1595 to alleviate pain and comorbid behaviors in mice following brain injury.

McGuire Research Institute Inc, PI: George Gitchel, PhD; “Targeted Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Cognitive Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury.”
McGuire Research Institute will assess efficacy of right frontal rTMS for cognitive rehabilitation of attention and learning after TBI. In the short-term, this study is expected to provide needed information on the efficacy of a potential treatment for TBI-related cognitive dysfunction and encourage larger trials to be conducted.

Community Brain Injury Services, PI: Jason Young, MSW; “Evaluating Brain Injury Clubhouses and their effects on Neurobehavioral Functioning and Participation.”
CBIS will Implement a program level data collection system to standardize data concerning the injury and sociodemographic characteristics of people served, the level and duration of services provided, and outcomes generated by Virginia’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Clubhouses. This project will also describe and evaluate the effectiveness of ABI Clubhouses in meeting Virginia’s citizens’ needs. This program will compare the persons treated, services provided, and the outcomes generated by Virginia’s ABI Clubhouses to 3 ABI Clubhouses in the US and Canada to identify strengths and opportunities for growth.

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RFP #07-302 GRANT AWARD PERIOD: July 1, 2007-June 30, 2010

Year 1: July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008;
Year 2
: July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009
Year 3
: July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010

PI=Principal Investigator

University of Virginia, PI: Peter Patrick, Ph.D.; "Growth Hormone and Insulin Growth Factor 1: Deficiencies in Children/Adolescents Following TBI: The impact on growth/development and neuropsychological recovery."
UVA will study the relationships between the deficiencies in growth hormone (GH) and its related Insulin Growth Factor 1(IGF-1) in pre-and post pubertal children/adolescents following mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study will examine the relationships between alteration in GH and IGF-1 axis on growth and development patterns following TBI. In addition, they will examine the relationship between disturbances in the GH-IFG-1 axis and neuropsychological function in boys and girls. **3rd Year of Funding contingent on Board Review & Approval

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Dong Sun, MD, Ph.D; "Human Neuronal Progenitor Cells Isolated From Neurosurgical Resection Tissue as a Cell Source for Brain Repair Following Trauma"
The focus of this proposal is aimed at exploring the survival and differentiation fate of transplanted adult human NS/NPCs in the injured rat brain, and to determine the extent to which these cells become functional neurons and aid in the recovery of cognitive deficits associated with TBI. This will be achieved through several aims.Hypothesis: Human brain cells isolated from neurosurgical resection tissue can be manipulated in vitro and used as a potential autologous cell source to repair and restore function of the damaged brain following traumatic brain injury.

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Christina Marmarou, Ph.D.; "Sodium Channel Sequestration in Traumatic Axonal Injury" This proposal will explore the hypothesis that displacement of VGSC contributes to the progressive intra-axonal changes that define Traumatic Axonal Injury (TAI). These studies will introduce a novel concept and provide evidence to support the occurrence of abnormal NACH sequestration in the axolemmal protein domain organization as a pivotal factor governing the progression of the molecular mechanisms of TAI in TBI research. In patients, TAI is a major cause of poor clinical outcome, with the overall magnitude and distribution of TAI related to morbidity. TAI is a prevalent finding in the majority of cases of mild, moderate, and severe TBI and has been linked to a broad spectrum of patient oucomes including mild concussion, profound coma and the vegetative state. Despite extensive experimental research and clinical advancement, TAI caus+H19ed by TBI remains a problem for which there is currently no effective clinical treatment.

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Robert Hamm, Ph.D.; "Lithium as a Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury"Research on experimental treatments has either targeted acute excitotoxic or the chronic neurodegenerative phases of TBI pathobiology, but not both. The purpose of this application is to test the effectiveness of a novel drug treatment that would be beneficial in treating both the acute and chronic consequences of TBI (i.e., attenuating the acute excitotoxic processes and also enhancing neuronal regeneration). Lithium is a drug that has unique beneficial effects in both the acute and chronic phases of TBI-induced pathology. Thus, the purpose of this application is to test the effectiveness of lithium as a novel therapeutic treatment for 1) improving neurobehavioral outcome [+H12using both cognitive and affective/mood measures] 2) reducing markers of histological damage and augmenting indexes of neuronal plasticity after TBI.

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Severn Churn, Ph.D.; "Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Trauma-Induced Epilepsy"VCU has designed experiments to rigorously test the central hypothesis that TBI-induce activation of calcineurin activity is an initiating step in TBI-induced epileptogensis. The mechanistic approach will accomplish the following specific aims 1)Characterize the acute, subacute and chronic electrographic and behavioral effects of TBI. 2)Characterize the acute subacute and chronic effects of TBI on calcineurin expression and activity and 3) Characterize the cellular mechanisms of TBI-induced recurrent seizure activity. The results of these studies may lead to new treatment protocols to prevent TBI-associated epileleptogensis. There are clinically available drugs to block the TBI-induced increase in calcineurin activity. Thus the results may have immediate clinical impact and result in significant reduction in medical expenses associated with chronic care.

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Thomas Reeves, Ph.D.; "Unmyelinated Axons: A Role in Injury and a Target for Therapy" While prior findings demonstrate the prevalence of axonal injury, gaps remain in our knoweldge of how axons succumb to injury, and whether drug therapies can restore their function. One critical gap pertains to the role of unmyelinated axons. With the exception of this VCU laboratory, prior TBI studies have focused entirely on myelinated axons, probably due to their large diameter and striking apperance in microscopic examination. Their lab recently demonstrated that TBI in rats produced more severe and persistent deficits in unmyelinated, than in myelinated axons. They also reported positive results using the drug FK506, which specifically benefitedd the unmyelinated axons. This proposal takes a new approach, making novel use of a strain of transgenic mice with reduced levels of calcineurin: an enzyme critically involved in TBI pathology, and inhibited by FK506. The questions posed in this proposal, on how unmyelinated axons are damaged and how they may be protected, are optimally addressed with the transgenic mice, rather than rats.

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GRANT AWARD PERIOD: August 1, 2003-July 31, 2006

PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University- PI: Dr. Reeves- Recovery of Axonal Function Following Neurotrauma
This CNI Grantee proposes to investigate the injury processes in axonal subpopulations from two perspectives. The investigation is organized around three hypotheses that address deficits and recovery in the intra-axonal domain (Hypothesis 1), the extra cellular perinodal molecular domain (Hypothesis 2) and treatment/manipulation of the injury mechanisms examined in the first two hypotheses (Hypothesis 3).

University of Virginia-PI: Dr. Horwitz- Activating Integrin Signaling Pathways Using Gene Therapy to Improve CNS Axonal Regeneration
This CNI Grantee proposes to demonstrate a critical role for the Rac activators in neurite growth and show these molecules can promote neuronal regeneration in vivo. As outlined in the proposal, UVA believes that activators of Rac can promote neurite outgrowth and represent a therapeutic approach for nerve regeneration in vivo.

University of Virginia: PI: Dr. Patrick-Donepezil and the Recovery of Executive Functioning in Children/Adolescents Following Traumatic Brain Injury
This CNI Grantee proposes to investigate the therapeutic use of donepezil (Aricept) to improve executive functioning in children.This investigation will consider the interaction of age and gender on response to donepezil as a possible therapeutic intervention for children.

Virginia Commonwealth University-PI: Dr. Satin- Alterations in GABAA Receptor Function Following Traumatic Brain Injury
This CNI Grantee proposes to determine the nature and extent of the alterations in GABAA receptor channel function following traumatic brain injury, to elucidate the mechanism responsible for GABAA channel alteration following TBI, and to determine how alterations in GABAA channel function influence secondary cell death and dysfunction following TBI.

Virginia Commonwealth University-PI: Dr. Wei- The Brain and Vascular Protection Provided by Posttraumatic Hypothermia
This CNI Grantee seeks to find a better understanding of how posttraumatic hypothermia protects the injured brain and its intrinsic vasculature to provide insight into its potential clinical use as either a primary protective strategy or a secondary strategy for elongating the therapeutic window over which other neuroprotectants can be used.

Virginia Commonwealth University-PI: Dr. Kennedy- Selegline as a Treatment for Post-Traumatic Cognitive Dysfunction
This CNI grantee proposes to determine the effect of selegiline in improving cognitive functioning in the acute period following traumatic brain injury in humans, to determine specific cognitive domains most sensitive to intervention with selegiline, and to provide initial data for larger scale trials of selegiline as a neurorehabilitative agent.

University of Virginia-PI: Dr. Jane- Human Axonal Regeneration: Development and Characterization of an In Vitro Model
This CNI grantee proposes to develop an in vitro model utilizing human neurons to study axonal regeneration. The overall goal of the research project is to enhance human axonal growth using specific neurotrophic factors and to stimulate human axonal growth on a non-permissive, human white matter substrate using pathway specific therapies.

University of Virginia-PI: Dr. Kern- Adenosine A2a Agonists in the Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Injury
This CNI grantee proposes to investigate a highly promising pharmacologic agent for its efficacy and potential clinical utility in limiting damage and improving neurologic outcome from blunt spinal cord trauma.
(Only Requested Two Years of Grant Funding)

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GRANT AWARD PERIOD: February 2002-January 2005

PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University: PI-Dr. Hamm: Delayed Treatment of Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury: The Role of the AMPA Receptor
This CNI Grantee proposes to 1.) Investigate the mechanisms that mediate chronic disability after traumatic brain injury, and 2.) To test the effectiveness of a novel alternative, delayed treatment strategy for traumatic brain injury, which is designed to increase neuronal activity chronically after injury.

Virginia Commonwealth University: PI- Dr. Bullock: Endogenous Neural Stem Cells and Brain Repair after Traumatic Brain Injury
This CNI Grantee proposes to determine if differences in the patterns of trophic modulation and neurocytogenesis exist between adult and juvenile rats. The overall aim of the proposal is to characterize the biology of endogenous neural stem cell responses to traumatic brain injury in both the young and the adult rat. The research will determine which trophic factors are produced by the injured brain, and will use the appropriate trophic factor stimuli to promote proliferation and differentiation of these “stem cells”.

University of Virginia: PI-Dr. Lee & Onkonkwo: Novel Therapeutic Interventions in Traumatic Brain Injury
This CNI grantee proposes to investigate promising pharmacological agents for their ability to limit damage and improve recovery from traumatic brain injury. The first therapeutic modality is a class of immunosuppressant that binds central nervous system immunophilins to alter mitochondria damage and/or calcineurin activation. The second modality is a proprietary andenosine A2A receptor agonist, ATL146e. The effects of A2a agonism in traumatic brain injury are at present unknown; however, the A2a receptor modulates secondary injury mechanisms known to be active in traumatic brain injury. This proposal is the first known investigation of adenosine A2a agonists in traumatic brain injury.

University of Virginia: PI-Dr Blackman: Dopamine Agonist Therapy in Low Response Children Following Acquired Brain Injury
This CNI grantee proposes to conduct an initial prospective study to support the rationale for and obtain preliminary data on the efficacy of pharmacological interventions (dopamine agonists) in children with persistent low response states ( RLA II, III) following severe acquired brain injury.Also, they are to study and possibly detect through MRI study potential biologic markers and indicators as to those children that will more likely remain in low response states.They intend to use this to test key questions and to optimize the design of an eventual multi-center trial.

University of Virginia: PI-Dr. Helm: Mechanisms of Secondary Injury Following Traumatic Brain Injury
This CNI Grantee proposes to study in detail the precise mechanisms hypothesized to participate in delayed axonal degeneration following traumatic brain injury. The primary focus of the current proposal is the robust characterization of pathologic cascades occurring within these distinct forms of TAI. The relationship of axonal membrane disruption to protein-protein interactions mediating mitochondrial membrane permeability will be described. Further, these relationships will be demonstrated in relation to release of pro-apoptotic molecules from the mitochondrial intermembrane space with resultant activation of the caspase proteolytic cascade. It is anticipated information obtained from these studies may be employed to develop rational and specific pharmacologic interventions to maximize functional recovery following traumatic injury to the central nervous system.

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Option B Grantees

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012

Brain Injury Association of Virginia (
Transforming Information, Outreach and Support Services
Contact: Anne McDonnell, Executive Director; ( /$268,290/ over 3 years
To redesign previous mechanisms of community support for persons with brain injury and their family caregivers, determine the effectiveness of the interventions, collect valuable data on the demographics and needs of the program participants, and demonstrate the validity and necessity of a state supported, statewide and coordinated information and referral program.

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia (
Life Skills Training: Path to Independence
Contact: Helen Butler ( $408,080 over 3 years
To expand life skills training services to clients living in far southwest Virginia and increase the number of clients served by the BISSWVA case management program.  

Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery (
Putting Our Heads Together for Brain Injury
Contact: Michelle Witt ( / $267,240 over 3 years
This grant will conduct a needs assessment of the local community’s ability to respond to the crisis needs of survivors. This will allow for an understanding of the real and perceived barriers to accessing appropriate and timely services, as well as identify educational needs of providers and other community models that may be able to adapt for use in the community. If successful the model may be replicated in the Commonwealth.    

The Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia
Development and Feasibility of an Internet Intervention to Prevent Pressure Ulcers in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury
Contact: Lee Ritterband ( / $386,574 over 3 years
To develop and test the feasibility of an Internet Intervention for adults with spinal cord injury to prevent pressure ulcers and promote protective health behaviors through a three phase project.    

Virginia Commonwealth University-The Rehabilitation, Research & training Center (RRTC) on Workplace Supports & Job Retention
Preparing Veterans with SCI for Postsecondary Education: Development and Implementation of a Mobile Supported Education Model 
Contact: Liz Getzel ( / $445,060 over three years
To adapt the framework for the delivery of educational support services to a mobile model allowing VCU RRTC to service veterans with SCI and TBI who are receiving services on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Preparing Veterans with SCI for Postsecondary Education: Development and Implementation of a Mobile Supported Education Model is working to design and deliver a combination of innovative supports through proactive case management strategies, the use of Educational Coaches, and the development of an Academic/Career Support Plan to assist veterans with SCI and TI in need of intensive and specialized services to enter and remain in postsecondary programs across the Commonwealth.  Area Served: Commonwealth

Virginia Commonwealth University- The Partnership for People with Disabilities
Common Ground: Linking Wounded Warriors and Community Support Providers
Contact: Tera Yoder ($398,700 over three years
The Partnership for People with Disabilities in collaboration with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) for an initiative to support veterans returning to their homes and communities. Common Ground: Linking Wounded Warriors and Community Support Providers was funded to provide training and resources to help community support providers work with veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder in their families.

Virginia Assistive Technology System: Department of Rehabilitative Services
Contact: Kathy Hayfield ( /$416,220 over three years
Widening the Net: Increasing Capacity of Virginia’s Assistive Technology Reuse Program
Expand the VATNet partners and provide new community-based services to build statewide reuse program capacities to better serve Virginians with SCI and TBI, including veterans and the implementation of state of the art sanitization and processing program for DME through the purchase of innovative DME cleaning systems.  

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: July 1, 2006-June 30, 2009

Brain Injury Resource and Development Center, Inc.
Contact: Juanita Thornton, Executive Director; 309 First Street, Roanoke, Virginia 24011; Phone: 540/904-5403; Email:
The creation of a Roanoke Clubhouse (not yet named) for people with brain injuries. The Roanoke clubhouse will result in the establishment of a comprehensive system of well integrated and community based services for individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injuries who reside in the Roanoke area. Area Served: Roanoke.

Brain Injury Services, Inc. -
Contact: Karen Brown, Executive Director; 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite B102, Springfield, Virginia 22152; Phone: 703/451-8881;
To develop a collaborative model brain injury centered program designed to maximize rehabilitation gains and quality of life for younger adults living in nursing homes (INOVA Commonwealth Care Center) so that at least 25% of the residents living in the specialized brain injury unit will participate in activities in the community. Area Served: Northern Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth University-Partnership for People with Disabilities
Contact: Fred Orelove, Ph.D., Executive Director; PO Box 843020, Richmond, VA 23284; Email:
A pilot project to train 15-20 brain injury specialists in Positive Behavior Support Practices for brain injury and develop a sustainability plan for this service in Virginia. Area Served: Commonwealth.

Virginia Commonwealth University-Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Contact: Janet Niemeier, Ph.D.; PO Box 980677, Richmond, VA 23284; Phone: 804/828-9867; Email:
Enable Virginia's Clubhouse programs to improve consumer's work-related skills and successfully join the work force, a model program to be implemented in the Mill House and Denbigh Houses in the first year and spread to the remaining clubhouses by the third year. Area Served: Brain Injury Clubhouses in Virginia.

Wintergreen Adaptive Skiiing (WAS)-
Contact: Michael Zuckerman, Executive Director; 615 Paul's Creek Road, Afton, Virginia 22920; Phone: 434/325-2007;
Expand and formalize a peer mentoring relationship that has developed between WAS instructors and clients, to teach a lifelong athletic skill and to connect those individuals to the vital and supported disabled sports network both locally and at a national level by pairing up individuals with SCI or BI with existing volunteer ski instructors who have experienced similar injuries. Area Served: Commonwealth

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)-Physical Therapy Department-
Contact: Kate Baxter, PT; PO Box 1500, Fishersville, VA 22939; Phone: 540/332-7118;
Providing improved availability of a healthy exercise option for persons with spinal cord injury by bringing a type of equipment like the ERGYS2 (electrical stimulation lower extremity cycle ergometry) donated by Christopher Reeves to WWRC--a therapeutic modality that provides computerized electrical stimulation to five new localities across the Commonwealth. Area Served: Richmond, Norfolk, Fishersville and Northern Virginia.

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)--
Contact: Fred Capps, Ph.D.; PO Box 1500, Fishersville, VA 22939;
Development of a Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Persons with Severe Neurotrauma through the establishment a specialized substance abuse treatment program that will meet the needs of individuals with severe neurotrauma to be located on the campus of WWRC. Area Served: Commonwealth.

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GRANT AWARD PERIOD: January 1, 2003-December 31, 2005

Independence House (previously High Hopes)
Contact: Macon Sizemore; Phone: 804/828-0861; Email:
Provision of case management services and administrative support services within a supported housing situation. The Independence House is Richmond's first group home for individuals who have experienced brain injury or spinal cord injury. Area Served: Richmond

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia-
Contact: Helen Butler, RN; 302 2nd Street, 3rd Floor, Roanoke, Virginia 24011; Phone: 540/344-1200; Email:
Duplication of Brain Injury Services, Inc.'s pediatric case management system and family supports. Training was provided to schools and the medical/rehabilitation service providers. Consolidation of pediatric and adult case management services into one service system. Area Served: Southwest Virginia.

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment (FREE) -
Contact: Robin Ramsey, Executive Director; PO Box 8873, Roanoke, Virginia 24014; Phone: 540/777-4929; Email:
To provide rehabilitation equipment to citizens who cannot obtain what they need through public or private resources. Area Served: Commonwealth

National Rehabilitation and Rediscovery Foundation-
Contact: Marianne Talbot, Ph.D., President and Founder; PO Box 41226, Arlington, Virginia 22204; Phone: 703/521-6966; Email:
A rehabilitation model using therapeutic dance movement with Laban Movement Analysis (LMA). LMA is an approach to observing human movement through body, effort, space and shape. Area Served: Northern Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University: Partnerships for People with Disabilities-
Contact: Tony Gentry, Project Director, 700 East Franklin Street-10th floor, Richmond, VA 23284; Phone: 804/828-3876; Email:
Establishment of the Commonwealth Consortium on Handheld Technology. The provision of home based training in the use of assistive technology (electronic cognitive prosthetics) for individuals with brain injury and autism in Virginia. Area Served: Commonwealth.

Virginia Commonwealth University: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation-
Contact: Michelle, Meade, Ph.D.; Project Director; PO Box 980677, Egyptian Building, Richmond, Virginia; Phone: 804/828-5401; Email:
Identification of persons with spinal cord injury living in Virginia to assess their needs and those of their significant others. Partnership with Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury Services at the Department of Rehabilitative Services for use of their registry outreach.

Virginia Commonwealth University; Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center-
Contact: Paul Wehman, Ph.D., Director; 1314 West Main Street, PO Box 842011, Richmond, Virginia 23284; Phone: 804/828-1851; Email:
Design, implement and evaluate a supported education career model that will enable students with TBI and SCI to receive intensive, ongoing support and resources to meet their educational and employment needs. Area Served: Virginia Commonwealth University and surrounding two and four year colleges.

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GRANT AWARD PERIOD: November 1, 2001-October 31, 2004

Brain Injury Services, Inc.,
Contact: Karen Brown; 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite B102, Springfield, Virginia 22152; Phone: 703/451-8881;
Address the unmet needs of Virginia's children and adolescents with brain injuries & their families by developing an innovative model of Case Management and Family Supports. Additionally, training is provided to schools and medical/rehabilitation service providers about this population with the model to be disseminated nationally. Area served: Northern Virginia

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia,
Contact: Helen Butler, RN; 302 2nd Street, 3rd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011; Phone: 540/344-1200;Email:
A Distance Learning Model for Life Skills Services was to establish a model that would bring life skill and educational services to survivors with brain injury. The project should enhance capacity to meet service needs through the creation of new public-private partnerships, maximize the use of existing resources & expanding the knowledge base of all participants. Areas Served: Roanoke & New River Valleys

Community Futures: The Mill House
Contact: Jason Young, MSW; 5711 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228; Phone: 804/261-7050; Email:
Partner with the community to establish integrated and coordinated community-based supports to move the clubhouse model program for survivors with TBI to a fulltime program. Clubhouse vocational day program, transitional employment, support coordination services, residential supports, professional training and T/A, supported employment, work adjustment, life skills training, after hours social programming, and transportation assistance. Area Served: Richmond (Central)

Commonwealth Support Systems,
Contact: Phil Black; 349 Southport Circle, #307, Virginia Beach, VA 23452; Phone:757/493-8000; Email:
Expand an existing, part-time day program on the Eastern Shore (No-Limits) that has been operational since March 2001. Expansion of activities: class in computer operations, volunteer experiences. Area Served: Eastern Shore & Tidewater Area

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center,
Contact: Sharon Russo, MS, PT; PO Box 1500, Fishersville, 22939; Phone: 540/332-7112; Email:
Enhance and increase community-based capacity to meet the long-term health maintenance needs of persons with SCI living in SW Virginia. Create a model for medical follow-up services by enhancing community-based service providers' understanding of SCI health issues through education & access to facility-based consultative resources. Area Served: Southwest Virginia

Brain Injury Association of Virginia,
Contact: Anne McDonnell, MPA, OTR/L; 3212 Cutshaw Avenue, Suite 315, Richmond, VA 23230; Phone: 804/355-5748; Email:
Develop regional resource centers to serve survivors and their families and to increase the ability of BIAV to serve as a catalyst for increasing services, education & awareness. Centers will serve as a model for a statewide system. Area Served: South Hampton & Roanoke

High Street Clubhouse
Contact: Leigh Wion, 1101 E. High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902; Phone: 434/220-4596; Email:
Expand and improve the Clubhouse for persons with acquired brain injury to include more members from Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Area Served: Charlottesville & surrounding areas

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Other Awards

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: October 1, 2004-September 30, 2005
PI=Principal Investigator

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, PI-Richard Luck, Ph.D. & Steven West, Ph.D. "A Rationale for examining the need for specialized treatment with co-existing substance use and physical/cognitive disabilities at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
The intention of the research is to 1) to conduct a comprehensive review of professional literature to determine best practices for substance abuse treatment for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities; contact programs around the country to determine the need for services, 2) interview and survey providers to determine the needs of the population in Virginia, 3) determine how agencies may partner in providing services from screening to follow-up and 4) to determine the best model for delivery of these services. 
Award Amount: $50,000

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: April 1, 2005-March 31, 2006
PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI-Tony Gentry, Ph.D., OTR/L, “Handheld Computers as Job Coaching Aids for Individuals with Neurological Disabilities”
This research proposes to examine the role that handheld technology plays in helping people with neurological disabilities return to work.  This will involve comprehensive training to Supported Employment for Persons with Physical Disabilities (SEPD) counselors, regional Employment Service Organizations (ESO) representative and select staff from Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) in a train-the-trainer context, providing ongoing technical assistance and demonstration of research outcomes for replication and dissemination.
Award Amount: $119,422

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: February 1, 2006-June 30, 2006
Virginia Housing Development Authority, Consultant: William Fuller, "Housing Primer”
The research and development of a  structured, comprehensive review document to evaluate the use of public and private funds to finance housing development for individuals with disabilities, specifically with an interest in housing opportunities for individuals for brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. 
Award amount: $4,999.99. 

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: November 1, 2007-June 30, 2009
Brain Injury Association of Virginia, "Outreach, Information & Referral”
To research alternative funding and improved outreach options to reach individuals who sustained a brain injury and their caregivers.  Background: The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report cited the negative findings of a study regarding the Virginia Brain Injury Registry (reporting requirement for hospitals was enacted in 1984), particularly the low response rate to outreach efforts.  The JLARC report found that the Brain Injury Registry is not collecting comprehensive follow-along information about brain injury survivors and that the outreach efforts are not producing desired results. 
Amount Awarded: November 1, 2007-June 30, 2008 $56,555. and July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009: $85,000

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: April 1, 2008-March 31, 2009
PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Tony Gentry, Ph.D., OTR/L.; "Smart Home."
The “Smart Home” study will examine how high and low-technology hardware and software can be used to improve the safety, accessibility, and independence of individuals in their residential setting.  A “Smart Home” is developed according to an individual’s strengths and challenges.  Although there may be general approaches to designing a “Smart Home,” specific technologies will differ from person to person.  It is anticipated that Dr. Gentry’s research will provide data on the efficacy of the “Smart Home” as well as specific technologies with this population.  This will lead to dissemination and expansion of the “Smart Home” concept – as well as duplication of the model - across the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. The initial “Smart Home” will be established on the grounds of Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) in Fishersville and will involve a partnership among occupational therapy staff at VCU, rehabilitation therapy staff at WWRC, DRS rehabilitation engineers, and the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV). Amount Awarded: $22,756

GRANT AWARD PERIOD: July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012
PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Jeffrey Kreutzer Ph.D
"Best Practices Model for Incarcerated Youth with Brain Injury”
This grant award will allow Virginia Commonwealth University to study screening, evaluation and intervention programs for youth in Virginia’s correctional facilities with traumatic brain injury. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) this grant will formulate guidelines for brain injury screening, evaluation and intervention. Staff training manuals and related educational materials will be produced. The grant will also develop and facilitate DJJ staff training via live training supplemented by written materials. 
Amount Awarded: FY’ 2010: $149,196; FY’ 2011: $149,756; FY’2012: $148,776
(Total over three years: $447,728)

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