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Neilsen Foundation Allied Health Professional Research Award of ASIA

Anne Bryden, OTR/L, is the second annual recipient of Neilsen-ASIA Research Award

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has committed $125,000 to ASIA, over a five year period, to fund one award each year for a clinician working in spinal cord injury (SCI) care delivery who expresses an interest in adding a research element to his/her career. The Research and Awards Committee of ASIA reviewed and scored the applications received. The 2nd annual recipient is Anne Bryden, OTR/L, of Cleveland FES Center and Case Western Reserve University. The award was presented May 14 at the 2015 ASIA and ISCoS combined meeting in Montreal.

Anne Bryden, a PhD candidate, received the award for her project entitled “The Development of a Novel Upper Extremity Assessment Protocol for Acute Tetraplegia.”

Ms. Bryden received her $25,000 research award during the Awards Presentation session at the 2015 annual meeting. She will present her findings at the 2016 ASIA annual meeting. This program requires an established mentor to guide the recipient, and Ms. Bryden’s mentor is MJ Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA.

Neilsen-ASIA Research Award Eligibility Criteria

Application Deadline: March 8, 2016

The Neilsen Foundation Allied Health Professional Research Award of ASIA is a one year award of $25,000 to a clinician at the Master's or Clinical Doctorate level. The purpose of the award is to encourage clinicians in the field of SCI to incorporate an element of research into their professional practice.

The recipient will be selected by the ASIA Research and Awards Committee and will receive his/her award in person at the ASIA Annual Meeting. The recipient will be asked to present their work at a future ASIA meeting. Registration for the latter meeting will be complementary.


Each applicant must:

  1. Have a certified degree in an allied health professional field, and be a member of ASIA in good standing for at least one year prior to the application deadline. The applicant may have a Master's or Clinical Doctorate in his/her field and cannot have other funding for the project being proposed.
  2. Submit a one-year clinical research proposal in the field of SCI. The rationale should be supported by a recent review of the literature.
  3. Declare a mentor who is an established researcher in the field of SCI or related area and has been a member of ASIA in good standing for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
  4. Complete the application form.
  5. Submit a biosketch for the applicant and mentor


The project will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Overall Score. This score is the overall assessment of the proposal, not necessarily an average of the other criterion scores. This score considers the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and how this work may contribute to the development of the individual as a clinical researcher.
  2. Significance Score. Does the proposed work facilitate the development of the applicant as a clinical researcher? Is the level of this research appropriate for the applicant? What is the potential significance and impact of the work on the field of spinal cord injury?
  3. Approach Score. Is the application clearly written? Are the methods feasible? Do the methods adequately address the aim(s) and hypothesis(es) or research question(s)? Is the planned recruitment (if applicable) realistic and achievable?
  4. Qualifications of Applicant and Mentor and Environment Score. Do the applicant and mentor meet the qualifications for the award? Is the environment /institution appropriate to support the proposed work? Is the mentor's level of involvement appropriate for the applicant/project?
  5. Non scored categories:
    Ethical/Safety Issues
    Facilities and Budget
    Other Issues

Download Application

Deadline for submission is: March 8, 2016

For additional details, contact the ASIA Executive Director, Patty Duncan at (Note that there is a single underscore between Pat and Duncan.) Submissions should be made electronically to this email address.


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