The Grand Challenge supports high-impact proposals by funding milestone-driven research over a 12-month timeframe.
The Grand Challenge is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation. Up to $650,000 is available in 2019 to fund the development of diagnostic, device, therapeutic, or health IT solutions that address the initial ‘golden hours’ of care after severe traumatic brain injury (generally the first 48 hours). New for 2019: an accelerator fund of $40,000 will be awarded, at the judge’s discretion, to the team whose project illustrates the greatest impact to TBI care.
Click here to see previous projects that were awarded funding.
Note: To be considered for funding, you must attend the Grand Challenge event.
Grand Challenge Kickoff Event - February 22
Stage 1 (February 22 - March 24):
Teams submit two-page proposals to be reviewed and scored by the Massey Review Committee (comprised of U-M clinicians and DOD Neurotrauma leadership).
Stage 2 (April 15 - May 13):
Based on scores assigned during Stage 1, ten teams will be invited to submit a detailed, ten-page proposal.
Pitch Day - May 31
Teams will then pitch their idea ('Shark Tank' style) to an expert panel comprised of neurointensivists, DOD representatives, entrepreneurs, and U-M clinicians and Business Development.
Awards Announced - June
8:30 AM - REGISTRATION & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS
9:00 AM - WELCOME & INTRODUCTION BY THE MASSEY FAMILY
9:15 AM - “TBI IN A LOW-MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRY: OUR EXPERIENCE IN GHANA”
Keynote Speaker: Rockefeller Oteng, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Fogarty Global Health Program Fellow (2013-2014), Road traffic injuries and trauma outcomes, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana
10:15 AM - “NEUROTRAUMA AND THE U.S. MILITARY”
Dr. JB Phillips, Neurotrauma Portfolio Manager, Combat Casualty Care Research Program Department of Defense
10:45 AM - “THE TBI PATIENT PERSPECTIVE”: A CASE STUDY WITH THE CAMPBELL FAMILY
Colin, Kristen & David Campbell
Dr. Cindy Hsu, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Acute Care Surgery
Panel featuring: Mary Tison, RN, NREMT-P, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, Flight Nurse Specialist, Survival Flight & Anna Krzak, PA-C, U-M General Surgery
11:30 AM - LUNCH & POSTER SESSION
12:30 PM - “THE GRAND CHALLENGE PROCESS”
Dr. Kevin Ward, Executive Director, MCIRCC
1:00 PM - “DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FIELD AND BEDSIDE”
“Diagnostic Tool for Coagulation Abnormalities in Traumatic Brain Injury” presented by Mark Burns, PhD, T.C. Chang Professor of Engineering & Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, U-M
“A Point-of-Care Microfluidic Device for High Frequency and Real-Time Measurement of Biofluid Biomarkers” presented by Fred Korley, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, U-M
“Noninvasive Modulation of Mitochondria for the Treatment of Secondary Phase Traumatic Brain Injury” presented by Thomas Sanderson, PhD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, U-M
2:00 PM - Q&A WITH A PANEL OF PAST GRAND CHALLENGE WINNERS
2:30 PM - ADJOURN
Collaboration with the DOD
Department of Defense (DOD) service members and families represent the largest U.S. population suffering from the impact of TBI. Working with MCIRCC, the DOD will bring expertise and resources to help accelerate the movement of translational research outputs into the field.
DOD Neurotrauma Leadership will assist in reviewing and selecting proposals for funding.
Funded projects that drive toward proof of concept and human testing have the potential to receive follow-on funding from the DOD for solutions, therapies and products that can be used by DOD medics in the field.
LOCATION & PARKING
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Dining Hall (a.k.a. Football)
Building 18, Ground Floor
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Click on the map for parking information
THE MASSEY FAMILY FOUNDATION
Don and Joyce Massey moved to Michigan in the 1950s, lured by stories of great opportunities in the Motor City. In the mid-1960s, Don opened his first Cadillac dealership—long a dream of his. He lived by his slogan 'The Caring, Servicing, Selling Dealer' which is what ultimately led to his success in opening and acquiring a total of 20 Cadillac dealerships in Michigan and around the country.
In 1983, the family was dealt a terrible blow when Joyce rolled her car and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). When she regained consciousness after two weeks in a coma at the University of Michigan Hospital, it became obvious that the trauma to her brain had been devastating. After another month in intensive care, the family was told there were few treatment options available—research into TBI was in its infancy.
Through their gift to the University of Michigan, the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation hope to spare other families from what they endured.