Bryan Robinson Endowment

Important Dates

Midnight, April 1, 2018 – All applications must be received by midnight, April 1 to be considered.


The Bryan W. Robinson Endowment

Bryan Robinson, MD

In 1968 Dr. Bryan W. Robinson and Dr. Frank Davis, agreed to share coverage, providing the first neurologic services to the Tallahassee and North Florida. They went on to form the Tallahassee Neurological Clinic. Dr. Robinson was born in Thomasville, Georgia in 1929. He was educated at Davidson College, received his M.D. at Emory University and did his postgraduate training at Strong Hospital in New York and Stanford University in California."

He was involved with neurologic research at the NIH and Emory and at the Yerkes Primate Center before going into private practice in Tallahassee in 1968.

Frank Davis was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1935, raised inAtlanta and received his M.D. and neurosurgical training at Tulane University, before entering private practice in Tallahassee in 1968.The Tallahassee Neurological Clinic expanded over the next fewyears to include a second neurosurgeon, Dr. Geissinger in 1971, a second neurologist, Dr. Slade in 1972 and a third neurologist, Dr.Vroom in 1973.

In 1971 the Computerized Axial Tomogram (known today as a “CATscan or CT scan”) was being developed in England. Dr. Robinson recognized the value of the scanner as a tremendous advancement for neurologic diagnosis and was determined to bring a CT scanner to Tallahassee at a time when there were only two such scanners in the US, one at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a second at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1974 the 10th CT scanner in the United States installed in the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH).

Bryan formed the non-profit Tallahassee Neurologic Foundation in December 1972 for the purpose of supporting education and research in neurology and neurosurgery. The original board included Bryan Robinson, M.D., Frank Davis M.D., Homer Brinkley (realtor), Harry Mullikin (accountant) and Mark Rodman (attorney) and in 1973 was expanded to include diverse group of Tallahassee leaders: Bill Cartee (real estate developer), George Langford (businessman), Fred McCord (banker & President of Barnett Bank), Palmer Proctor(attorney with the Ausley Law Firm) and Orson Smith M.D. (internist with Southern Medical Associates). A finance committee was formed and included Eleo Mettler (philanthropist), W. E. Woodward, Payne Midyette, Jr. (insurance), Robert Camp and Jack Mowell of the Mowell Financial Group.

With an initial goal of purchasing the CT scanner, one hundred people contributed $1,000 each, totaling $100,000. The Board of Directors of the Foundation and the Tallahassee Neurological Clinic physicians signed a $250,000 note. The CT scanner was purchased for $347,000 and installed in TMH in 1974. The CT scanner was a big success paying off the note and returning the $100,000 for education and research. Those funds were invested with the assistance of Jack Mowell. The CT scan was given to TMH. The first research grant was funded in 1975.

Following Dr. Robinson’s untimely death in 1979, the foundation was renamed the Bryan W. Robinson Neurologic Foundation and in 1998the Foundation merged with TMH Foundation as the Bryan W.Robinson Endowment so this work would continue in perpetuity. Dr.Davis was president from 1979 to 1995 and Dr. Vroom from 1995 to date. The Board had the pleasure of adding Dr. David Robinson in1995, Judy Greenwald in 2005, Paula Fortunas in 2006, Drs. Ricardo Ayala, Albert Lee, True Martin and Winston Ortiz joining in 2007, Professors Jacob VanLandingham and Charles Ouimet in 2008, Dr.Robert Watson in 2010, Professors Pradeep Bhide and Nancy Hayesin 2013 and Timothy Megraw in 2014 as well as Dr. Bayard Miller in 2014.

100% of contributions have gone to education & research; none have gone to Bryan Robinson, his family or to the Board.From 1972 through 2014, there has been an astonishing list of accomplishments:

  • Purchase of CT scanner
  • Formation of a dedicated Neurosurgical Operating Room
  • Purchase of a Surgical Microscope for the operating room
  • Purchase of a Surgical Laser
  • Support for:
    • Educational activities Tallahassee Memorial Hospital,
    • Capital Medical Society, Florida State University
    • Neuroscience Center Support Groups:
      • Epilepsy
      • Headache
      • Parkinsonism
      • Alzheimer’s Disease
      • Narcolepsy
      • Think First program to reduce the risk of brain and spinal cord injuries to the young people in Tallahassee & Leon County
    • Clinical Trials in Stroke
    • Computerized Neurological Library
    • Grant to the Ronald McDonald House for a place for parents of seriously sick children
  • $477,000 has gone to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the
  • Neuroscience Center and 116 nurses receiving funds to further
  • their education
  • 258 PhD candidates or Physicians in Training have receive
  • $429,000 supporting their research
  • $906,000 has gone to Education and Research.
  • $0 has gone to Bryan Robinson, his family or the Board, 100% goes to Education and Research

Bryan Robinson is responsible for a gift to humanity that has touched and benefited the lives of thousands of scientists, physicians, nurses,patients and their families.

How to Apply

Timeline for Grant Application

January 30, 2018 - Instructions for applying will be sent to FSU and UF

April 1, 2018 - Deadline for submission

May 2, 2018 - Grant Selection Meeting at FSU

June 6, 2018 - Annual Dinner

Contact Information

Jessica Zeigler, Executive Assistant
Phone: 850-431-4590

Application Format for PhD Candidates or Physicians in Training Doing Research in Neuroscience

Applications for the 2017 Award must be submitted via email to: in PDF format. Include all information on a single page; if more than 1 page is needed, continue on page 7 and subsequent pages.

(1) Page One

  1. Name of Applicant & Title of Research
  2. Each award recipient (Grant or Honorable Mention) is asked to present the results of their research at the Bryan Robinson Endowment Dinner the following year. Will you, as an award recipient for June 7, 2017 agree to
    present your research at the June 6, 2018 Dinner?
  3. Each presenter will receive $250 at the time of their presentation June 6, 2018.    
  4. Select and pledge one of the following:

    ____ Yes, I will present my research at the Annual Dinner at the FSU College of Medicine June 6, 2018.
    ____ No, I cannot present my research at the Annual Dinner at the FSU College of Medicine.
    If there is an extreme hardship or if you have moved from the Gainesville or Tallahassee area, you will be excused from presenting your research.
  5. What are your long term plans?

(2) Page Two

  1. Name of Applicant, Title of Research & Address
  2. School & Department/Program
  3. Current Position
  4. Email address
  5. Date Submitted
  6. Photo of applicant (1 MB or less)
  7. Curriculum Vitae

(3) Page Three

  1. Name of Applicant & Title of Research
  2. Name of University
  3. Specific aims of research (hypothesis driven)

(4) Page Four

  1. Title of Research
  2. Summary of research: Potential clinical significance in humans and/or applications

(5) Page Five

Letter of Recommendation sent directly from your Professor to the Bryan Robinson Endowment via email: (May be one or two pages) Should your professor be late in sending in the Letter of Recommendation, through no fault of the applicant, it is unlikely to disqualify your application.

(6) Page Six

Complete and sign IRS W-9 Form.
If you are a foreign national, you must submit documentation of your INS status. Documentation you submitted to your university is acceptable.

(7) Page Seven and beyond:  (This may be multiple pages)

This is for any of the above, not fitting on a single page. References should be restricted published work by the applicant. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline are unlikely to be considered.


Midnight, on the night of April 1, 2018. 
The decision of the Scientific Committee is final.

Information to Presenters

You will have 15 minutes for your presentation. You have the difficult task of making your research interesting to your professors and peers, and understandable to those with little knowledge of your area of research.


Presenters from the Research Awards Ceremony

The 18th Annual Bryan W. Robinson Endowment Awards and Dinner was held on June 1, 2016. Awards recipients for 2015 presenting their research including Kimberly Hawkins from 2014.

Grant of $1500  

Hawkins, Kimberly
Neurovascular protection through enhancement of the endogenous lipoxin A4 resolution pathway after ischemic stroke. (Eduardo Candelario-Jalil)
Bundy, Joseph FSU
Molecular correlates of pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease in the mouse brain
Leclerc, Jenna UF
Identification of blood clearance mechanisms following subarachnoid hemorrhage and the development of biomarkers for the prediction of key complications and clinical outcomes
Parker, Alexander UF
The role of adenylyl cyclase III in the maturation of post-migratory cortical neurons
Zheng, Yiming UF
Regulation of autophagy and neuronal homeostasis by the microcephaly protein CDK5RAP2

Honorable Mention - Grant of $500

Carroll, Briana FSU
GABA mediates maladaptive plasticity in a model of deafness
Graham, Kourtney FSU
Investigating the cellular and molecular pathways underlying schizophrenia using a genetic mouse model
Sambo, Danielle FSU
Sigma-1 receptor modulation of methamphetamine-induced behavior responsand regulation of dopamine neurons
Terrill, Sarah FSU
Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Receptors in the Lateral Septum Affect Food intake

Awards Recipients for 2016

These award recipients for 2016 will present their research at the Annual Dinner on June 7, 2017.

Grant of $1500

Rebecca Buchwalter
Connecting microcephaly linked with Zika virus to the centrosome basis of the inherited forms of primary microcephaly syndrome (MCPH) in neural progenitor cells
Timothy Megraw, Associate Professor, Director, Postdoctoral Career Development Program, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, FSU
Lataisia Jones
Molecular Mechanisms Associated with DOPA Responsive Dystonia
Pradeep G. Bhide, PhD, Professor Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers Chair of Developmental Neuroscience Director, Center for Brain Repair
Jenna Leclerc
Clinical Potential of Haptoglobin as a Therapeutic Tool for Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Sylvain Dore PhD Professor, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Pharmaceutics, Neuroscience, Program Director of Research Operations, Dept. of Anesthesiology, UF
Barbara A. Perez
Molecular mechanisms of reduced penetrance in spinocerebellar ataxia type 8 (SCA8)
Laura P.W. Ranum, PhD, Director, Center for NeuroGenetics, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Honorable Mention - Grant of $500

Michelle Bales
Gustatory Cortex: Taste Detection and Projections from Thalamus
Alan C. Spector, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, FSU
Abbi Rosen Hernandez
A Metabolic Strategy for Treating Aged-Related Cognitive Decline Sara N. Burke, PhD Assistant Professor, Dept of Neuroscience, McKnight Brain Institute UF
Nicola Rutherford
The biochemistry of α-synuclein in Parkinson’s disease Benoit Giasson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine

Board Members

Dr. Ricardo Ayala, Neurologist, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic
Professor Pradeep Bhide, Ph.D. Chair of Developmental Neurosciences, FSU College of Medicine
Paula Fortunas, President/CEO Emerita TMH Foundation
Dr. Jim Geissinger, Retired Neurosurgeon, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic, Emeritus Board Member
Judy Greenwald, Ortho/Rehab Program Line Administrator for TMH
Professor Nancy Hayes, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Foundations, FSU College of Medicine
Dr. Albert Lee, Neurosurgeon, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic
Dr. True Martin, Neurologist, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic
Dr. Bayard Miller, TMH Physician Partners, Associate Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Neurology UF.
Professor Timothy Megraw, Director, Postdoctoral Career Development Program, FSU College of
Medicine Dr. Winston Ortiz, Neurologist, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic
Professor Charles Ouimet, Ph.D., Depart. Biomedical Sciences, FSU College of Medicine, Emeritus
Dr. David Robinson, Vice Chairman, Internist,
Mrs. Julia Robinson
Dr. Fred Vroom, Chairman, Retired Neurologist, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic
Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of Medicine Emeritus UF & Professor of Medicine & Clinical Sciences FSU