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Research Grants and Young
Clinician Investigator Awards

As the premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation provides funding for studies in basic, translational and patient-oriented clinical research for investigators in North America through two neurosurgical research grant programs annually.

  • Research Fellowship (One year, up to $40,000)

Open to residents only, the NREF Research Fellowship provides training for neurosurgeons who are preparing for academic careers as clinician investigators. Applicants must be physicians who have been accepted into, or who are currently in approved residency training programs in neurological surgery in North America. This award requires a 100% research time commitment.

  • Young Clinician Investigator Award (One year, up to $40,000)

The NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award supports junior faculty who are pursuing careers as clinical investigators. Applicants must be neurosurgeons, no more than two years from having completed their neurosurgical residency training, and/or clinical fellowship, who are full-time faculty in North American teaching institutions. This award requires a 50% research time commitment.

The NREF does not pay for any indirect costs related to our grant awards. For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.

The 2016-2017 Research Grant and Young Clinician Investigator Award recipients are:

Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge, MD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Award: AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Genomic characterization of melanoma's metastatic genetic drivers to the brain and predictors of response to immune checkpoint blockade

Sponsor: Pricilla Brastianos, MD


Han-Chiao Isaac Chen, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Award: Bagan Family Foundation Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: Restoring visual cortex function using self-aggregating cortical spheroid tissue or dissociated neurons

Sponsor: Stewart Anderson


Kimberly Hamilton, MD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Award: AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: The Folate and Methylation Pathway in Regeneration and Recovery of the Injured Peripheral Nervous System

Sponsor: Bermans Iskandar, MD, FAANS


Mark Alexander Mahan, MD

University of Utah

Award: NREF/Medtronic Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Preclinical model of rapid-stretch nerve injuries

Sponsor: Alan Light, PhD


Matthew Mian, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Award: AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Emotional Conflict Processing in Humans

Sponsor: Emad Eskandar, MD, FAANS

Jamie Purzner

Stanford University School of Medicine

Award: B*CURED/NREF Research Grant

Project Title: Exploring the Epigenetic Regulation of Neuronal Differentiation to Differentiate Medulloblatoma Cells

Sponsor: Margaret T. Fuller


Visish Srinivasan, MD

Baylor College of Medicine/M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Award: AANS/CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Endovascular Delivery of Allogenic Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transfected with the Delta-24 Oncolytic Virus in a Canine Model of Glioblastoma

Sponsor: Peter Kan, MD, FAANS


Ananth Vellimana

Washington University School of Medicine

Award: NREF and American Academy of Neurological Surgery Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: Activation of Endogenous Protective Mechanisms: A Potential Therapeutic Strategy to Combat SAH-induced Neurovascular Dysfunction

Sponsor: Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS


Marcus Zachariah, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Award: NREF and American Academy of Neurological Surgery Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Circulating Tumor Cells and Brain Metastasis

Sponsor: Daniel Haber, MD, PhD

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Past Awardees


Vijay Agarwal, MD

Zarina S. Ali, MD

Luis Enrique Kolb, MD

Daniel A. Orringer, MD

Rory J. Petteys, MD

Analiz Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Nicholas Szerlip, MD

Michael Tso, MD, PhD

Kristin J. Weaver, MD, PhD

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD
Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD

Neil Rainer Malhotra, MD

Katharine M. Cronk, MD

Heather H. McCrea, MD

Richard G. Everson, MD

Timothy Ryan Owens, MD

Fady Girgis, MD

Matthew R. Reynolds, MD

Michael Ivan, MD

Adam M. Sonabend, MD
Pierpaolo Peruzzi, MD

Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD

Chad Washington, MD

Gary Schwartzbauer, MD

Craig Shannon, MD

Arthur Chou, MD

Michael Oh, MD

Sheila Singh, MD

Nader Sanai, MD
Sameer Sheth, MD, PhD

Stephen Monteith, MD

Nirav Patel, MD

D. Ryan Ormond, MD

Deshdeepak Sahni, MD

Jon Willie, MD

Christoph Hofstetter, MD

Ning Lin, MD

Hongyan Jenny Zou, MD

Michael Steinmetz, MD
Kaveh Asadi-Moghaddam, MD

Joel Bauman, MD

Raqeeb M. Haque, MD

Michael T. Koltz, MD

Shahid M. Nimjee, MD, PhD

Zeguang Ren, MD

Demitre Serletis, MD

Michael E. Sughrue, MD

Michael Lim, MD
Aaron Dumont, MD

John Kuo, MD

Jonathan Miller, MD

Rollin Hu, MD

Rahul Jandial, MD

Betty Kim, MD

Pawel Ochalski, MD

Daniel M. Sciubba, MD

Suzanne Tharin, MD

Timothy Vogel, MD

Jason S. Weinstein, MD
Gerald Grant, MD

Brian L. Hoh, MD

Jason Huang, MD

Eve Tsai, MD, PhD

Gregory Zipfel, MD

Justin Cetas, MD, PhD

H. Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD

Andrew Foy, MD

James Frazier, MD

Jason L. Gerrard, MD, PhD
Ming (David) Cheng

Lewis Chun Hou

Eric M. Jackson

Adrian W. Laxton

Daniel A. Lim

Neil R. Malhotra

Wael Musleh

Lyman W. Whitlatch

John Boockvar

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

Michael D. Taylor

G. Edward Vates
Daniel P. Cahill

Ali Chahlavi

Suresh N. Magge

Joseph G. Ong

Gavin W. Britz, MD

William T. Curry, Jr.

Emad Eskandar

James W. Leiphart

Stephen Russell
David Cory Adamson

Ryan DenHaese

Michael Kelly

Brian Ragel

Michael Louis Smith

Maxwell Boakye

Steven Casha

Amy B. Heimberger

Charles Y. Liu
Ramin Amirnovin

Robert J. Kowalski

John S. Kuo

Todd G. Mainprize

Atom Sarkar

Judy Huang

Andrew T. Parsa

Kevin A. Walter
Sheila K. Singh

Ira Garonzik

Charles C. Matouk

Cornelia S. von Koch

Jeffrey P. Blount

Nicholas Boulis
Laurie L. Ackerman

Kent C. New

Adetokunbo A. Oyelese

Michael Taylor

Zelma H.T. Kiss

Theodore H. Schwartz
Dean Chou

John K. Park

Matthew D. Smyth

Michael M. Woodruff

John K. Park

Bruce E. Pollock

Michael A. Vogelbaum
Gregory D. Foltz

Babak S. Jahromi

Sunghoon Lee

Robert E. Gross

John H. Sampson

Tord D. Alden

Judith L. Gorelick

James M. Schuster

Frederick F. Lang

Carl Lauryssen
Amy B. Heimberger

E. Sander Connolly

Adam Mamelak
Frank Feigenbaum

Guy M. McKhann

James M. Markert
D. Kyle Kim

John H. Sampson

Lawrence S. Chin

Mark S. Dias
James D. Guest

William D. Hunter

R. Loch Macdonald

Donald M. O’Rourke

Abbas F. Sadikot
John Paul Elliott

William T. Couldwell

Diana L. Abson Kraemer
Mark S. LeDoux

Stephen L. Skirboll

Ian Pollack
Gregory A. Brandenberg

E. Thomas Chappell

Kenneth Follett

Jeffrey J. Olson

Eric L. Zager
Michael M. Haglund

M. Christopher Wallace
Joung H. Lee

Richard G. Parker (Deceased)

Samuel J. Hassenbusch

Fredric B. Meyer
John Aryanpur

Gary K. Steinberg

Julian K. Wu
Roberta P. Glick

J. Marc Simard

Griffith R. Harsh

Charles J. Weitz

Marc R. Mayberg

Warren R. Selman
Joseph M. Phillips
Steven J. Schiff
Samuel J. Hassenbusch

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