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The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is dedicated to funding groundbreaking neurosurgical research and providing exemplary educational opportunities for neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers. Through the NREF, extraordinary advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and improved patient care.

To hear why neurosurgical residents value the educational resources of the NREF, click here.

To continue funding the important research impacting the lives of those suffering from epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, spinal disorders, sports-related brain injuries, lower back pain and Parkinson's disease, the NREF has joined forces with academic medical centers, industry partners, professional medical societies, affiliated organizations and private foundations.

The NREF has created innovative new donation opportunities that increased funding, and, therefore, the reach of the foundation's educational and research programs. Visit our donate page to learn about donation options within the NREF.

The support of our Partners is critical to the discovery of the tomorrow's neurosurgical breakthroughs.

The Board of Directors of the NREF is grateful for the support of our Partner Organizations.

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The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is launching a campaign to provide ongoing support for the NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA) joint study with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The one-year cooperative project will develop, test, and implement an approach to improving outcomes for spine surgery patients.

The NREF is proud to support this NPA initiative with IHI. The results of this research will ultimately give neurosurgeons at hospitals around the country innovative, state-of-the-art techniques in managing spine care outcomes.

To support this important study, consider a donation to the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF), and select “QOD” from the Donation Options menu. Click here for more information on the NPA-NREF collaboration.

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In 2016, the B*CURED-NREF Research Grant for adult or pediatric brain tumor research was established to provide a $50,000 award to a junior or senior investigator.

Congratulations to Pablo Valdes Quevedo, MD, PhD, of Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the 2017-2018 recipient of the B*CURED-NREF Research Fellowship Grant. Dr. Quevedo research study is titled "Expansion Microscopy for Interrogation of Cancer Mechanisms and Phenotypes in Gliomas."

For information on becoming an NREF Partner Organization, contact the NREF at 847.378.0500 or email the staff at

To learn more about the programs and accomplishments of the foundation, please visit our web site, and read our Annual Report online.

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