Announcing: The NREF Cushing Bowl - Who Will Carry the Torch?

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the first annual Cushing Bowl - a competition amongst residency programs to increase engagement, fundraising and further NREF’s mission – to launch at the 2022 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, April 29 - May 2, 2022 in Philadelphia.

Neurosurgical programs from around the country are participating in this unique contest. The competition includes opportunities for teams to win points in three categories: trivia contests, social media engagement, and fundraising.

To date, this year’s field includes:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Emory University
  • Hofstra/Northwell
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • University of Tennessee - Memphis
  • Wake Forest University
  • Westchester Medical Center

The winning program will receive the inaugural Cushing Bowl Trophy, a visiting lectureship from a member of AANS/NREF leadership, as well as bragging rights for the next year.

The contest begins on April 1, 2022. Contact the NREF team at for information on how your program can participate.

This is an opportunity for us to build community and encourage friendly competition, while raising funds to further NREF’s mission of advancing neurosurgical research and education. Help your team become the first to drink in exaltation from the Cushing Bowl trophy!

Your support for this contest is crucial and much appreciated.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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