Massey Family Fights Traumatic Brain Injury

One year ago, a significant gift from the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation launched a major initiative at the University of Michigan Health System to research treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI). To recognize their generosity, UMHS named the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation Emergency Critical Care Center in their honor.

The Massey family had their own experience with TBI after mother and wife, Joyce Massey, was injured in a car accident. The effects of TBI impaired her ability to function daily, and her struggles included difficulty with speaking, eating and breathing.

After their experience, the family wanted to help spare other families from experiencing the effects of TBI. Their gift includes funding for clinical research, technology innovation, translational research, a patient and family support fund, and the annual Massey Foundation TBI Grand Challenge   

The challenge is a partner event between the U-M Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care and the U.S. Department of Defense. Through the challenge, researchers are invited to collaborate across disciplines on groundbreaking research aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of TBI in the critical 24 to 48 hours following a severe injury. The challenge kicked off in January with a summit for researchers to learn about the funding opportunities. Attendees also heard from a variety of guest speakers, including military members and families who have been affected by TBI.

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