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Moody Prize Articles of Governance and Selection

The Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation


The Robert L. Moody Prize recognizes distinguished contributions in acquired brain injury rehabilitation and research. The award is named after Mr. Robert L. Moody, whose sustained personal dedication has created a legacy of clinical accomplishment in rehabilitation education, service and research.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor individuals or groups whose efforts have made significant contributions (1) toward advances in acquired brain injury clinical research, (2) toward developing improved treatment and rehabilitation procedures for persons who must contend with the disabilities associated with acquired brain disorders, and (3) toward increasing awareness of the need for the rehabilitation of individuals following acquired brain injury.

For purposes of reviewing and awarding the Prize, the term acquired brain injury includes cerebrovascular insults (strokes, hemorrhages, aneurysms, and anoxic encephalopathies from cardiopulmonary arrests) and traumatic brain injuries.

The prize builds awareness of the significant public health implications of acquired brain injury and aims to increase national and international awareness of the need to expand research and improve treatment for persons who have experienced a brain injury. It is hoped that the prize will provide an incentive for future initiatives in research, rehabilitation, advanced education or public awareness.

Description of the Prize

The prize consists of an honorarium of $10,000, a suitably inscribed plaque that commemorates the award, and a framed certificate signed by the members of the governing board. The presentation of the award will be made at a suitable time and location publicized at least six months in advance by the governing board. Ordinarily, this will consist of a public ceremony with invited dignitaries from the scientific community and the lay public, and members of the press. The award recipient may be invited to make a short presentation to those attending which describes the work on which the award is based.

Nomination and Selection Procedures

The Moody Prize is a juried award. A panel of experts that has been chosen by the governing board will review nominations. These must be submitted in the manner and form approved by the board. The panel of experts will recommend award candidates to the board for final consent. A majority vote of the board of governors will approve the recommendation of a nominee for the Moody Prize.

The panel of experts will include 5 to 10 members composed of advocates, distinguished scientists, and practitioners in neuroscience and brain injury rehabilitation who have achieved national distinction. These jurists will be selected by the governing board to serve staggered terms of four years that may be renewed. The board may elect a chairperson from among the appointed jurists to facilitate the selection process. The board, from time to time, will seek the advice and counsel of the panel of experts on procedures and standards for selection. Recipients of the prize are encouraged to contribute to the review of nominations in the four years following their award. Panelists are expected to recuse themselves from reviewing nominations for which they provide written endorsements.

Ordinarily, the prize will be announced annually, and nominations will be requested by the end of the preceding year. Nominations for the award will be solicited through appropriate public notices. Candidates need not be scientists, physicians, or rehabilitation clinicians, but may be public servants, philanthropists, fundraisers, writers, or other individuals who have made distinguished contributions to brain injury awareness, research, advanced education, or rehabilitation practices.

Nominations will be submitted on a form accompanied by a curriculum vitae and the names of suitable referees. Panelists will evaluate the work and contributions of each nominee and recommend candidates for consideration to the board of governors.

The decision of the board of governors will be final. Expert panelists may not nominate nor officially endorse a candidate for the prize. If a member of the panel is nominated, he or she will recuse themselves from the deliberations. Panelists will be expected to recuse themselves from participation in the deliberations on any nominee for which their participation may represent an actual or perceived conflict of interest.

Evaluation of Nominees

The panel of experts will seek convincing and objective evidence that a sustained line of research, an established rehabilitation or educational program, or well-focused series of public awareness or advocacy activities is recognized as exemplary. Three questions will guide the review process:

  • Does the nominee's work represent a major contribution in the area of endeavor?
  • If the nominee's work is research related, is there a clear, and direct application that shows benefit or the promise of benefit to brain injury survivors at present or in the immediate future?
  • Are there unique or compelling aspects of the work that set it apart from other noteworthy contributions in a given area?
  • Are the candidate's contributions likely to be viewed by contemporaries as deserving of this recognition?

Evidence to be considered may include written statements, resumes or curricula vitae submitted by nominators, candidates or invited referees; publications, citations of work, and printed descriptions of programs or campaigns. Other materials may be submitted (e.g., electronic media, photographs, videotapes, samples of device, etc.) as may be appropriate to a full consideration of the candidate's worthiness for recognition. In all cases, expenses associated with the submission of a nomination (including accompanying materials) will be borne by the nominator.

No residential or citizenship restrictions will be imposed on nominees. The panel of experts will consider only complete sets of nominations and requested materials. These must be received by the nomination deadline as determined by postmark. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may be nominated. However, an individual or group may receive the prize only once.

Records will be kept of nominees and nominators. The materials submitted in the nomination of awardees will be retained in the official archives of the Moody Prize board of governors. Materials for other nominees will be kept on file for a period of three years following their receipt.

Board of Governors

A board of governors will oversee the administration of the award. The board will have not less than five (5) nor more than (7) members, at least two of whom must be representatives of the Transitional Learning Center of Galveston and the University of Texas Medical Branch. The Chairman will be elected from the members. Meetings of the board will be held at least once annually. Minutes of meetings will be kept. Decisions will be made by majority vote.

The present board consists of Charles Christiansen, Guy Clifton, Susan Connors, Brent Masel, Kenneth Ottenbacher, and Marilyn Spivack.

Administrative Matters

The governing board will utilize a coordinator to oversee the administrative details of the nomination and award process. Operational procedures for the panel of experts and for the presentation of the award will be reviewed and approved by the board.

The board will ensure that actions taken are consistent with the purposes of the award and that all activities serve to maintain or increase the stature and significance of the prize. The board will maintain a website that publicizes the award and facilitates the award process. All symbols, logos, service marks, or other artifacts developed for the award will be protected legally as appropriate through copyright, trademark, or service mark.