Success Stories

Since 1980, the NREF has invested more than $28 million in the future of neurosurgery. As the premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the NREF supports programs that extend opportunities for neurosurgeons to collaborate and make progress in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and improved patient care.

An award from the NREF can have an extraordinary impact on a neurosurgeon. The recognition that comes from an NREF award can serve as a springboard for future research opportunities, leading to NIH funding and affect the overall trajectory of a neurosurgical career. An award from the NREF has the power to inspire an outstanding medical student to pursue a career in neurosurgery.

  • Advancing Research - NREF grant recipients have received over $353 million in NIH funding. Each dollar granted by the NREF resulted in 36 NIH dollars.
  • Fostering Future Success – Over 30% of NREF grant recipients have gone on to receive NIH funding and nearly 20% have become chairs of academic departments.

The NREF celebrates award recipients making a difference in neurosurgery.

Akop Seksenyan, MD
Peter Kan, MD, FAANS
Teresa Purzner, MD

The NREF training was invaluable, and I could never have become a successful researcher without the time spent supported by the NREF.

Steven J. Schiff, MD, PhD, FAANS, 1984 NREF Research Fellowship Grant recipient
Visish M. Srinivasan, MD
Andrew P. Carlson, MD, MS, FAANS
Maria Peris-Celda, MD, PhD
Dr. Kim Rickert
Dr. Bryan Choi
Albert Alan
Dr. Ezequiel Goldschmidt

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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