Awards & Research -

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:

  1. Each applicant must have a certified degree in an allied health professional field, e.g. nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy or social work, and be a member of ASIA in good standing. An applicant may have a Masters or clinical doctorate in his/her field. The applicant must not have other current funding for the project being proposed.
  2. Each applicant must 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. Each applicant must declare a mentor who is a senior researcher in the field of SCI or related area.
  4. Each applicant must complete the application form.
  5. All applications will be transmitted electronically to the email address displayed on the application form.

Selection Criteria:

  1. All applications will be reviewed by the ASIA Research and Awards Committee and evaluated based upon standard scientific criteria. A representative of the Neilsen Foundation will participate in the selection process.
  2. Qualifications of each applicant also will be considered in terms of interest in pursuing a research career in SCI.
  3. The qualifications and dedication of the applicant’s mentor will also be taken into consideration.
  4. Each applicant must have an appropriate research environment and resources to conduct the proposed research.
  5. The selection committee will rank the applicants, and the individual whose application is ranked first each year will receive the award, in the amount of $25,000.
  6. The selected recipient will attend the ASIA meeting to receive his/her award in person, and will be required to attend the first ASIA meeting held after the conclusion of the research project, to present his/her findings to meeting attendees.


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