The NREF Cushing Bowl

Are you up for a challenge?


The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the second annual Cushing Bowl - a competition amongst residency programs to further NREF's mission - during the 2023 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, April 21-24, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA.


We are inviting neurosurgical programs from around the country to enter this unique contest.


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


Nominate a neurosurgical resident from your program to be a Cushing Bowl Team Captain who will be responsible for recruiting players and communicating with other team members from your program.


Please name one resident and one alternate by Friday, February 10, 2023.


This is an opportunity for us to increase engagement, build community and encourage friendly competition, while raising funds to further NREF's mission of advancing neurosurgical research and education.


Together, we can build camaraderie among our respective programs and work together to enhance neurosurgery research and education!


Congratulations to the University of Tennessee-Memphis - winners of the first annual Cushing Bowl. Neurosurgical programs from around the country participated in this unique contest and raised over $21,000 to further NREF's mission.

Other 2022 competitors included:

Thank you to everyone that made a donation, answered daily trivia questions or tweeted their support.


Questions about the 2023 contest? Please contact NREF at 847.378.0500 or via email at



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