The Baby Alex Foundation
Funding Cutting Edge Pediatric Brain Injury Research and Pediatric Brain Injury Patient and Family Support.

About Our Grants

On Sabbatical

The Foundation will cease with grant giving beginning in 2018.

We plan to return to grant giving in several years and we will make an announcement on this page and our home page. Please check back yearly. Thank you!

About our Grants

Each year, the Foundation awards grants between $10,000-$20,000 to cutting edge pediatric brain injury research. To be eligible for a grant, the research must demonstrate the potential to contribute to current medical literature on the topic and to significantly impact the target population. To inquire into your research area, or to ask about this year's award amounts, please contact Nicky at

If you will be applying for a grant, fill out the application below and email (1) copy postmarked by the first Friday in March. We no longer require hard copies, so please send the application electronically only. Thank you!

Awards will be determined in early April.

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Our 2017 Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Elitt and Dr. Parisa Farzam from Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, for being awarded $10,000 each for their research. 

Research Accomplishments from Past Grant Recipients

Your donations make a meaningful difference in the world of pediatric medicine. Read below to see how the research, made possible by your generous donations, is helping children.

Dr. Mirna Lechpammer
Children's Hospital Boston and
Harvard Medical Center

"The Foundation's funding came in a critical moment of our work, which allowed us to identify a signaling pathway as a target for treatment."


Our research data indicate that lack of oxygen in the infant brain leads to long term brain damage and autism by dysregulation of mTOR/FMRP signaling pathways.

Next Step:

To test the use of drugs to block the mTOR/FMRP signaling pathways in the rat model.

Long Term Goal:

To use drug therapy to limit the negative impact of oxygen deprivation on the pediatric brain.

Dr. Tomo Tarui
Children's Hospital Boston and
Harvard Medical Center

"Continuing support from The Baby Alex Foundation really helps us drive our research. Thank you!"


Analysis of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome data revealed that the normal-appearing twin often suffered brain injury/maldevelopment. Prior to this research, doctors focused medical attention on the obviously-sick twin, ignoring potential problems with the normal-appearing twin.

Next Step:

To continue the analysis of twins in the Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome study to better understand the degree and timing of brain injuries.

Long Term Goal:

To develop new tools to evaluate fetal brain development in various pathalogical conditions and apply medical intervention to limit the neuraldevelopmental damage.

Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime
Massachusetts General Hospital

"Thanks to the significant grant from The Baby Alex Foundation, we have access to the state-of-the-art MRI imaging center, the A.A. Martinos Center."


Traumatic brain injuries in young children, who also are prone to seizures after injury, may induce "shock heart" syndrome.

Next Step:

To test the effects of traumatic brain injury, decreased breathing (which occurs after injury), and the accompanying shock heart syndrome on the animal model.

Long Term Goal:

To eventually find a means of intervention to address the secondary causes of injury and reduce the risk of long-term debilitating brain damage in children who suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Find out more about the latest technology in MRI at The NIH Human Connectome Project .