Industry Partners

Partnerships with industry are critical to the advancement of technology, research and education in neurosurgery. The NREF thanks industry partners for their commitment and contributions to the specialty.

NREF sponsorship and support opportunities include:

  • Support of a resident course
  • Sponsorship of the Rhoton Collection Calendar or Rhoton Lecture at AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Hosting a non-CME webinar highlighting a neurosurgical procedure or device
  • Other personalized sponsorship or support opportunities throughout the year
  • Become part of NREF Pinnacle Partners in Neurosurgery (described below)

Support and sponsorship opportunities also exist with the AANS. Contact AANS at

Pinnacle Partners in Neurosurgery

The NREF recognizes corporate supporters who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the neurosciences as our Pinnacle Partners in Neurosurgery.

Principal Partner

Major Partner
DePuy Synthes

Supporting Partners
Globus Medical
Leica Microsystems
Varian Medical Systems

The NREF Thanks Pinnacle Partners for Their Commitment

Brainlab, DePuy Synthes, Globus, Leica Microsystems, Medtronic, Varian Medical Systems, and ZEISS

For more information on the Pinnacle Partners program and related benefits, contact NREF at or call 847.378.0500.

Corporate Leadership Council

The Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) is a forum for discussing collaborations to advance the specialty of neurosurgery. Convening annually, the meeting is an opportunity for corporate supporters to discuss issues related to neurosurgical education, research, advocacy and patient care with the leaders of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the NREF and the NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA).

This meeting provides a vital forum for the sharing of ideas and discussion on topics of mutual interest, including new developments in the field of neurosurgery, improvements in diagnostics and treatments, changes in health care delivery and consumer expectations, advocacy, health care reform, compliance, transparency and evidence-based medicine.

The 2021 CLC meeting included representatives from the following Corporate Partners:

  • Brainlab
  • DePuy
  • Globus Medical
  • Integra LifeSciences
  • Leica Microsystems
  • Medtronic
  • NuVasive
  • Varian Medical Systems

The NREF looks forward to collaborating with partners to strengthen future AANS, NREF and NPA programs.

View the AANS/NREF/NPA Guidelines for Corporate Relations

The NREF looks forward to continuing to collaborate with industry partners to strengthen future AANS, NREF and NPA programs.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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