CNI Grantees


Current Grantees

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)

Download the Comparative Evaluation Powerpoint presentation.

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.

Download the Targeted Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Powerpoint.

Community Brain Injury Services, PI: on 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.

Download the Evaluating Brain Injury Clubhouses Powerpoint presentation.

Option B Grantees
GRANT AWARD PERIOD: June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2018
PI=Principal Investigator

University of Virginia, Co-PI: Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD, ABCN and Donna K. Broshek, PhD

“Community Based Brain Injury Screening Initiative.”

University of Virginia Health System will develop and pilot a brain injury screening tool and protocol to be used by providers who do not specialize in serving people with acquired brain injury. This project will be implemented at eight (8) community sites across Virginia.

Download the related nbsp;Powerpoint.

RFP #18-061 Grant Award Period: August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2021
PI=Principal Investigator

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Amy Armstrong, PhD

“Enhancing Parenting Skills (EPS) of Civilians and Veterans with TBI and their Non-injured Partners.”

Enhancing Parenting Skills (EPS) of civilians and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and their non-injured partners: A service-based program.

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Christine Groah, MEd

“Project Achieve.”

Using Cognitive support technology to assist women veterans and service members with Traumatic Brain and/or Spinal Cord Injuries to achieve postsecondary education and careers.

Virginia Commonwealth University, PI: Melody Mickens, PhD

“Virginia Spinal Cord Injury outreach and Services Clearinghouse.”

Creating a registry for collecting and monitoring the characteristics of Virginia with SCI and their Outcomes.

Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley, PI: Tamara Wagester

“Looking Out for Little Brains.”

Comprehensive pediatric case management to build the capacity of our local community to better respond to children (and their families and caregivers) who have sustained a brain injury, and support partner organizations who provide complementary resources.




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