Six traumatic brain injury (TBI) projects have been funded this year thanks to the continued generosity of the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation.
2018 marked the fourth consecutive Massey TBI Grand Challenge, with thirteen teams submitting Stage 1 proposals. 22 U-M departments and centers were represented by the more than 40 participants, ranging from Surgery to Emergency Medicine, to Mechanical Engineering and Dentistry. In Stage 2, ten teams were selected to submit 10-page TBI solution proposals and make an in-person Shark Tank-esque pitch to the ‘Wolverine Den’ panel, made up of clinicians, innovation and commercialization experts, national TBI experts, and representatives from the Department of Defense.
Presenters provided comprehensive multimedia presentations to back up their own thorough subject knowledge, making the most of their limited 15 minutes. Built-in Q&A sessions allowed for panelists to probe teams about any unknowns or perceived gaps. The Massey Oversight Committee, made up of University of Michigan critical care leaders, unanimously approved Wolverine Den recommendations, ultimately funding the most promising projects.
Personally touched by TBI, the Massey family hopes to impact TBI patient care and improve outcomes through their gift. MCIRCC created the Challenge as a way to ensure their intent is met.
The future of TBI care appears more promising than ever.