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The Women in Neurotrauma Research – Visiting International Scholar Award (WiNTR-VISA) was established to promote international networking opportunities, and to advance the early careers of women Neurotrauma researchers.

The Award provides an opportunity for international collaboration by subsidizing both travel to the National Neurotrauma Symposium and a brief period of research training/collaboration in a sponsor’s laboratory. This award supports the mission of WiNTR to promote international gender equality in neurotrauma research to learn new skills or techniques pertinent to their research project.



Award Amount:

Up to $3000. The award covers roundtrip airfare to the NNS meeting and sponsoring laboratory, registration, abstract fee, lodging and meals.

Source of Funding:

Women in Neurotrauma Research dues

Targeted Recipients:

Female doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows or junior independent scientists selected by WiNTR executive committee prior to the Annual Symposium.


Female member of WiNTR and NNS, along with mentor and sponsoring laboratory.

  1. Applicant’s advisor (mentor or Chair) and their sponsor must be current International / National Neurotrauma Society (INTS/NNS) and Women in Neurotrauma Research (WiNTR) members.
  2. Applicant must be a female doctoral student, postdoctoral fellow, or junior independent scientist in neurotrauma research.
How to Apply:

Submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair of the WiNTR-VISA Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

  • Biographical sketch, including name, contact information, current position, education, honors, awards and publications.
  • Title and abstract (250 words) describing the applicant’s proposed research training/project in collaboration with the sponsor’s laboratory.
  • One page statement describing how the research training/collaboration in the sponsor’s laboratory will further her immediate and future research objectives.
  • Letter of support from your current advisor, mentor, or Chair
  • Letter of support from the PI of the sponsoring neurotrauma laboratory, which describes the proposed project, sponsor’s contribution to the Scholar’s training and duration of the training/collaborative research experience.
Activities under the Award:
  1. Attend the Annual National Neurotrauma Society Symposium as the WINTR Visiting International Scholar
  2. Provide a 3-5 minute oral presentation of current research project and the proposed benefits of international collaboration during the WINTR Mentoring Program and Reception.
  3. Conduct hands-on, on-site training/collaborative research in the sponsor’s neurotrauma laboratory.
  4. Submit a brief report of the experience for the WINTR newsletter.

Administrative Structure:

The funds are administered by WiNTR

2016 WiNTR Visiting International Scholar:

Dr. Rachel Rowe The WiNTR-VISA committee is pleased to announce Dr. Rachel Rowe as the 2016 WiNTR Visiting International Scholar. Dr. Rowe is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Mentored by Dr. Jonathan Lifshitz, Dr. Rowe’s research has focused on sleep and endocrine dysfunction after TBI, driving her interest in the chronic effects of CNS injury. Dr. Rowe was recently awarded funding from the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium to further her exciting new investigation of chronic neuroinflammation after pediatric TBI in rats. Dr. Rowe will be using the WiNTR-VISA to travel to the University of Tasmania in Australia where she will receive training in the histopathological evaluation of markers of brain aging from Dr. James Vickers, Professor of Pathology and Co-Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Center, and Dr. Jenna Ziebell, an expert in immunohistochemistry and neuroinflammation. In addition to hands-on training in the lab, Dr. Rowe will also have the opportunity to network with a diverse array of researchers and clinicians at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Center, and present her current research project to senior scientists.

2015 WiNTR Visiting International Scholar:

Patricia Barra de la Tremblaye The winner for 2015 is Ms. Patricia Barra de la Tremblaye, PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Hélène Plamondon, PhD at the University of Ottawa. In addition to attending the upcoming 33rd Annual NNS Symposium in Santa Fe, Ms. B. de la Tremblaye will participate in on-site collaborative research at the University of Pittsburgh, in the neurotrauma research laboratory of Dr. Anthony Kline, PhD. The award will be officially recognized during the NNS Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, July 1st. Please join us to congratulate Ms. Patricia B. de la Tremblaye on this achievement!

2014 WiNTR Visiting International Scholar:

Patricia Washington The winner for 2014 is Dr. Patricia Washington from Georgetown University. In addition to attending the upcoming 32nd Annual NNS Symposium in San Francisco, Dr. Washington will participate in on-site collaborative research at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, UK, in the neurotrauma research laboratory of Dr. William Steward. The award will be o"cially recognized during the NNS Awards Ceremony on Wednesday July 2nd. Please join us to congratulate Dr. Washington on her achievement!

2013 Anna Leonard, Adelaide Centre for Neuroscience Research
2012 Francesca Pischiutta, Univ. of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
2011 Julie Chan, VCU
2010 Michelle Theus, Univ. of Miami
2009 Jodie Hall, UK
2008 Ashley Di Battista
2007 Virginia Newcombe

2006 Masha Guseva (given at SfN)


For WiNTR membership information see: http://www.nnswintr.org

For WiNTR-VISA sponsoring PI information see: http://www.neurotrauma.org/

Please forward all inquiries and application items to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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