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The first annual NREF Charity Bean Bag Tournament will be held during the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles. Whether you call it baggo, cornhole, or simply, bags, you and your team can enjoy a spirited tournament of this popular American lawn game on the show floor. All proceeds benefit NREF education and research programs. Click here for details on entering the tournament or becoming a sponsor.

Introducing the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving

The Board of Directors of the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving to welcome neurosurgical residents into the culture of philanthropy, with the goal of increasing donations over their lifetime and eventual membership in the NREF’s premier recognition society, the Cushing Circle of Giving.

Membership is open to residents who demonstrate a commitment to advancing neurosurgery with a cash contribution of $500 or more. Visit the Donate page to learn more about the benefits of joining the Young Neurosurgeons Circle or to become a founding member.

Donate Today to the NREF


The NREF is dedicated to funding groundbreaking neurosurgical research, providing extraordinary educational opportunities for neurosurgeons, and supporting studies that identify links between best practices and improved outcomes in patient care.

Through voluntary public donations, corporate support and partnerships with institutions and affiliated organizations, the NREF has funded:

  • 68 Resident/Fellow Education Courses
  • 72 Post-Residency Clinical Fellowships
  • 73 Young Clinician Research Grants
  • 139 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships
  • 128 Resident Research Grants

Since 1980, the NREF has invested more than $17 million in the future of neurosurgery. See what residents say about the NREF education experience, find out why your fellow neurosurgeons support the NREF research programs, and learn more about NREF collaborations with partner organizations.

Through the NREF, great advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and improved patient care.

And the NREF is poised for even greater success in its mission to support initiatives that impact the lives of those suffering from epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, spinal disorders, sports-related head injuries, lower back pain and Parkinson's disease.

The NREF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and donations are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

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