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Research Grants and Young
Clinician Investigator Awards

As the premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the Neurosurgery Research and 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, $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% time commitment.

  • Young Clinician Investigator Award (One year, $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 the end of their clinical training, who are full-time faculty in North American teaching institutions. This award requires a 50% 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 and American Academy of Neurological Surgery Young Clinician Investigator Award

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

Massachusetts General Hospital

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/Medtronic Research Fellowship Grant

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

2015-2016

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































Allen Waziri, 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 (Deceased)































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































Robert M. Levy
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