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New Initiative Launched for Early Career Brain Injury Professionals






Fellowship Overview

Thanks to a generous grant from the Seaton Foundation, the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) has expanded the Charles W. Haynes PAY IT FORWARD Brain Injury Fellowship for young professionals starting their career in the field of brain injury.

The Fellowship recognizes promising new professionals that best promote the NABIS mission of advancing brain injury services, treatment and outcomes through innovative clinical, research and/or policy initiatives. 

Award & Research Presentation

Each Fellowship recipient will receive a cash award of $1000 to support their travel and registration to attend the 13th Annual Conference on Brain Injury that will take place April 6-9, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa, Florida. NABIS anticipates that 10 Fellowships will be awarded to attend the Conference.

Fellowship recipients will present their work at specially recognized sessions during the general conference as either a short oral presentation or as a poster. 

2016 Award Winners

  • Carrie Esopenko
  • Christine Yuen Shan Lee
  • Hesam Moghaddam
  • Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki
  • Coralie Rochefort
  • Tamar Rodney
  • Alice Rota-Bartelink 
  • Heidi Schneider
  • Amy Starosta
  • Monica F. Watford


Application Process

To be considered for this award, applicants must have entered the field of brain injury research, rehabilitation, or treatment within the last 5 years as demonstrated through academic degree matriculation, a verifiable change in professional focus (e.g., such as moving from primarily serving with other specific impairments, into brain injury), or other demonstration of residency in the field.   Applicants will be notified via email if their application is accepted for this Fellowship.


A check in the amount of $1000.00 will be presented to each Fellowship recipient at the 2016 meeting.  Winners will also have the registration fee of $520.00 waived, which includes complimentary registration to the Pre-Conference Symposia, the General Conference, and all scheduled conference meals and social events.


Please complete application and return along with your current CV on or before November 23, 2015 by email to:  Questions?  Please call 713 526-6900.


Pay it Forward Support

Insitutions, organizations and individuals can demonstrate their support for the next generation of brain injury professionals by donating to this worthy cause.  Every dollar donated will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Seaton Foundation – effectively doubling the impact of your gift! All supporters will be acknowledged on this website and during the meeting in Tampa, Florida. 



The Pay It Forward initiative is supported by the following individuals:

Craig Hospital

Charles and Sharon Haynes

Debra and Martin McMorrow

Mariusz Ziejewski



All donations are matched by the Seaton Foundation
Seaton  Foundation