BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Professor of Psychiatry
Barry S. Willer, PhD, is the recipient of the North American Brain
Injury Society (NABIS) research award. It was presented to Willer
last month at the annual meeting of the organization in Miami, at
which he gave a keynote address.
NABIS recognizes one person each year for "contributions of a
significant nature to research on traumatic brain injury." NABIS is
the only organization in North America devoted to professionals in
the field of brain injury; its mission is to move brain injury
science into practice.
A UB faculty member in the School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences since 1976, Willer's research focuses on two areas:
concussions, especially post-concussion syndrome and how best to
treat it in athletes and non-athletes, and the restoration of the
ability to recognize, express and regulate emotion in people with
traumatic brain injury.
Most recently, Willer was named co-principal investigator with
UB colleague John Leddy on a grant from NFL Charities to develop
the most objective, scientific method of determining when an
athlete who has had a concussion can safely return to play.
He also has received research funding from the National
Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research; the Buffalo
Sabres Foundation and the Robert Rich Family Foundation.
Willer lives in Fort Erie, Ontario.