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Research Grants and Young
Clinician Investigator Awards

As the premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation provides funding for studies in basic, translational and patient-oriented clinical research for investigators in North America through two neurosurgical research grant programs annually.

  • Research Fellowship (One year, up to $50,000)

Open to residents only, the NREF Research Fellowship provides training for neurosurgeons who are preparing for academic careers as clinician investigators. Applicants must be physicians who have been accepted into, or who are currently in approved residency training programs in neurological surgery in North America. 100% of the research grant applicant's efforts must be devoted to this project.

  • Young Clinician Investigator Award (One year, up to $50,000)

The NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award supports junior faculty who are pursuing careers as clinical investigators. Applicants must be neurosurgeons, no more than two years from having completed their neurosurgical residency training, and/or clinical fellowship, who are full-time faculty in North American teaching institutions. 50% of the young clinical investigator's efforts must be devoted to this project.

The NREF does not pay for any indirect costs related to our grant awards. For more information and frequently asked questions, click here.

The 2018-2019 Research Grant and Young Clinician Investigator Award recipients are:

Stephano Chang, MD
University of Miami
Award: NREF & Medtronic 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: Multi-target neurostimulation to recover locomotion in a large animal model of contusive spinal cord injury
Sponsor: James Guest, MD, PhD

Bryan Choi, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Award: NREF & B*CURED 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell Therapy for Glioblastoma
Sponsor: Bob Carter, MD, PhD, FAANS

Domenico A. Gattozzi, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute (KUMCRI)
Award: L. Nelson "Nick" Hopkins NREF 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant jointly sponsored by Arvind Ahuja, MD, FAANS, and the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section
Project Title: Comparative Use of Human Umbilical Cord Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and their Exosome Derivatives for Functional Improvement after Induced Ischemic Stroke: a Springboard for Translational Studies
Sponsor: Randolph J. Nudo, PhD

Benjamin L. Grannan, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Award: NREF & American Academy of Neurological Surgery 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: Studying the neural encoding of social interaction in the primate amygdala using a game theory task
Sponsor: Ziv Williams, MD, FAANS

Ammar H. Hawasli MD, PhD
Washington University
Award: NREF/Bagan Family Fellowship 2018-2019 Young Clinician Investigator Award
Project Title: Evaluation of the Human Cortical Connectome as a Biomarker of Spinal Cord Injury
Sponsor: Wilson Z. Ray, MD, FAANS

Teddy Kim, MD
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Award: Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: VSV-LASV as oncolytic virus therapy for glioblastoma
Sponsor: Douglas Lyles, PhD

Maria Peris-Celda, MD, PhD
Albany Medical College
Award: Rhoton Young Clinician Investigator Award for Neuroanatomical Research
Project Title: North-East Anatomy Laboratory
Sponsor: Alan S. Boulos, MD, FAANS

Bornali Kundu, MD
University of Utah
Award: NREF and AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: Spreading depolarizations in subdural hematoma
Sponsors: Kevin C. Brennan, MD & John D. Rolston MD, PhD

Stefan Lang, MD
University of Calgary
Award: NREF & AANS/CNS Section on Tumors 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: Facilitating pre-operative sensori-motor network plasticity with non-invasive brain stimulation and prehabilitation in patients with diffuse glioma: a multimodal TMS/TDCS/fMRI study
Sponsor: John Kelly, PhD, MD

Whitney E. Parker, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
Award: NREF and AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: The Role of Novel NMDA Receptor Variants in Human Brain Development and Epilepsy
Sponsor: M. Elizabeth Ross, MD, PhD

Michael Safaee, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Award: American Academy of Neurological Surgery 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grant
Project Title: Molecular targeting of CD97 as a therapeutic approach for glioblastoma
Sponsor: Manish Aghi, MD, PhD, FAANS

Brian J. A. Gill, MD
Columbia University
Award: NREF & American Academy of Neurological Surgery 2018-19 Young Clinician Investigator Award
Project Title: Electrophysiological Properties of the Peritumoral Region in a Slice Model Glioma Associated Seizures
Sponsor: Guy M. McKhann II, MD, FAANS

Anthony Wang, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Award: NREF & Kate Carney Family 2018-19 Young Clinician Investigator Award
Project Title: Characterization of cerebral arteriovenous malformations and their surrounding astrocytes
Sponsor: Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, FAANS


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Past Awardees




Kurtis Gray Birch, MD
Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD
Courtney Rory Goodwin, MD
Seunggu J. Han, MD
Nelson Moussazadeh, MD
Ciaran James Powers, MD, PhD, FAANS
Katie Lynn Pricola, MD
Teresa Purzner, MD
Jayesh Thawani, MD
Jessica Wilden, MD
Vijay Agarwal, MD
Zarina S. Ali, MD
Luis Enrique Kolb, MD
Daniel A. Orringer, MD
Rory J. Petteys, MD
Analiz Rodriguez, MD, PhD
Nicholas Szerlip, MD
Michael Tso, MD, PhD
Kristin J. Weaver, MD, PhD
Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD
Wael F. Asaad, MD, PhD
Neil Rainer Malhotra, MD
Katharine M. Cronk, MD
Heather H. McCrea, MD
Richard G. Everson, MD
Timothy Ryan Owens, MD
Fady Girgis, MD
Matthew R. Reynolds, MD
Michael Ivan, MD
Adam M. Sonabend, MD
Pierpaolo Peruzzi, MD
Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD
Chad Washington, MD
Gary Schwartzbauer, MD
Craig Shannon, MD
Arthur Chou, MD
Michael Oh, MD
Sheila Singh, MD
Nader Sanai, MD
Sameer Sheth, MD, PhD
Stephen Monteith, MD
Nirav Patel, MD
D. Ryan Ormond, MD
Deshdeepak Sahni, MD
Jon Willie, MD
Christoph Hofstetter, MD
Ning Lin, MD
Hongyan Jenny Zou, MD
Michael Steinmetz, MD
Kaveh Asadi-Moghaddam, MD
Joel Bauman, MD
Raqeeb M. Haque, MD
Michael T. Koltz, MD
Shahid M. Nimjee, MD, PhD
Zeguang Ren, MD
Demitre Serletis, MD
Michael E. Sughrue, MD
Michael Lim, MD
Aaron Dumont, MD
John Kuo, MD
Jonathan Miller, MD
Rollin Hu, MD
Rahul Jandial, MD
Betty Kim, MD
Pawel Ochalski, MD
Daniel M. Sciubba, MD
Suzanne Tharin, MD
Timothy Vogel, MD
Jason S. Weinstein, MD
Gerald Grant, MD
Brian L. Hoh, MD
Jason Huang, MD
Eve Tsai, MD, PhD
Gregory Zipfel, MD
Justin Cetas, MD, PhD
H. Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD
Andrew Foy, MD
James Frazier, MD
Jason L. Gerrard, MD, PhD
Ming (David) Cheng
Lewis Chun Hou
Eric M. Jackson
Adrian W. Laxton
Daniel A. Lim
Neil R. Malhotra
Wael Musleh
Lyman W. Whitlatch
John Boockvar
Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
Michael D. Taylor
G. Edward Vates
Daniel P. Cahill
Ali Chahlavi
Suresh N. Magge
Joseph G. Ong
Gavin W. Britz, MD
William T. Curry, Jr.
Emad Eskandar
James W. Leiphart
Stephen Russell
David Cory Adamson
Ryan DenHaese
Michael Kelly
Brian Ragel
Michael Louis Smith
Maxwell Boakye
Steven Casha
Amy B. Heimberger
Charles Y. Liu
Ramin Amirnovin
Robert J. Kowalski
John S. Kuo
Todd G. Mainprize
Atom Sarkar
Judy Huang
Andrew T. Parsa
Kevin A. Walter
Sheila K. Singh
Ira Garonzik
Charles C. Matouk
Cornelia S. von Koch
Jeffrey P. Blount
Nicholas Boulis
Laurie L. Ackerman
Kent C. New
Adetokunbo A. Oyelese
Michael Taylor
Zelma H.T. Kiss
Theodore H. Schwartz
Dean Chou
John K. Park
Matthew D. Smyth
Michael M. Woodruff
John K. Park
Bruce E. Pollock
Michael A. Vogelbaum
Gregory D. Foltz
Babak S. Jahromi
Sunghoon Lee
Robert E. Gross
John H. Sampson
Tord D. Alden
Judith L. Gorelick
James M. Schuster
Frederick F. Lang
Carl Lauryssen
Amy B. Heimberger
E. Sander Connolly
Adam Mamelak
Frank Feigenbaum
Guy M. McKhann
James M. Markert
D. Kyle Kim
John H. Sampson
Lawrence S. Chin
Mark S. Dias
James D. Guest
William D. Hunter
R. Loch Macdonald
Donald M. O’Rourke
Abbas F. Sadikot
John Paul Elliott
William T. Couldwell
Diana L. Abson Kraemer
Mark S. LeDoux
Stephen L. Skirboll
Ian Pollack
Gregory A. Brandenberg
E. Thomas Chappell
Kenneth Follett
Jeffrey J. Olson
Eric L. Zager
Michael M. Haglund
M. Christopher Wallace
Joung H. Lee
Richard G. Parker (Deceased)
Samuel J. Hassenbusch
Fredric B. Meyer
John Aryanpur
Gary K. Steinberg
Julian K. Wu
Roberta P. Glick
J. Marc Simard
Griffith R. Harsh
Charles J. Weitz
Marc R. Mayberg
Warren R. Selman
Joseph M. Phillips
Steven J. Schiff
Samuel J. Hassenbusch
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