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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.

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The 2014-2015 Research Grant and Young Clinician Investigator Award recipients are:

Courtney Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD
NREF and Academy of Neurological Surgery Edward H. Oldfield, MD Research Award
Johns Hopkins University
Project Title: Phospho-proteomic and genomic profiling of PTEN-Akt signaling in malignant gliomas
Sponsor: Chetan Bettegowda, MD

Nelson Moussazadeh, MD
AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Research Fellow
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College
Project Title: Genomic characterization of spinal metastases and paired primary tumors to identify patterns of spinal tropism and clonal evolution
Sponsor: Cameron Brennan, MD
Co-Sponsor: Priscilla Brastianos, MD

Seunggu J. Han, MD
NREF and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors Research Fellow
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title: Impact of Honokiol in PI3 Kinase pathway mediated immunoresistance in glioma
Sponsor: Russell Pieper, MD, PhD

Jayesh P. Thawani, MD
NREF/Columbia Neurosurgery Softball Research Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology University of Pennsylvania
Project Title: Engineering a nanoparticle-based contrast agent to delineate brain tumors both on magnetic resonance imaging and in the operating room using diffuse optical imaging
Sponsor: Andrew Tsourkas, MD, PhD

Teresa Purzner, MD
NREF/ Medtronic Research Fellow
University of Toronto
Project Title: Combining Mass Spectrometry and Development Genetics for Develop Targeted Brain Tumor Therapy
Sponsor: Matthew P Scott, MD, PhD
Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD
NREF and AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Research Fellow
Yale New Haven Hospital
Project Title: Role of Branched Chain Amino Acids and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Post Stroke Epileptogenesis
Sponsor: Dr T. Eid and Dr. G. Shadel

Katie Pricola, MD
NREF and AANS/CNS Section of Pediatric Neurological Surgery Research Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital
Project Title: The role of Axonal Guidance Factors
(AGFs) in the development of Medulloblastoma
Sponsor: Edward Smith, MD

Kurtis Birch, MD
NREF Research Fellow
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Project Title: The role of sleep in in memory formation and consolidation: A neurophysiological study in humans undergoing invasive EEG monitoring for intractable epilepsy
Sponsor: Rutishauser, Ueli, MD, PhD

Ciarán J. Powers, MD
NREF Young Clinician Investigator
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Project Title: miR-92a sensitizes the brain to ischemia after subarachnoid hemorrhage by down-regulating Krüppel-like factor 2
Sponsor: Chandan Sen, MD, PhD

Jessica Wilden, MD
NREF Young Clinician Investigator
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Project Title: The Preclinical Investigation of Deep Brain Stimulation in Intravenous Methamphetamine Abuse
Sponsor: Nicholas Goeders, MD

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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
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