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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, $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/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

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



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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