By the Numbers

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:


Resident/Fellow Education Courses


Clinical Fellowship Grants


Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships


Research Fellowship Grants & Young Clinician Investigator Awards

Since 1980, the NREF has invested more than $21 million in the future of neurosurgery. View the slide show NREF has invested more than $21 million in the future of neurosurgery.

None of this is possible without your support. Consider making a donation to show your commitment to neurosurgical research and the next generation of neurosurgeons.

The stewardship of your donations is our highest priority. Your generosity allows the NREF to develop meaningful education and support relevant research. Click here to review the 2018 Stewardship Report.


Training neurosurgeons is the most important thing we do in academic neurosurgery. I am proud of the fact that we have maintained our emphasis on research in the training of young neurosurgeons. The NREF is one of the best ways to support residents and young faculty members in their research efforts. I have been happy to contribute time and financial support to the NREF.

Nicholas M. Barbaro, MD, FAANS, NREF Cushing Circle of Giving member

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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