Online Courses & Webinars

The NREF is committed to providing neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers with access to relevant, leading-edge educational opportunities.

Online Courses

While spaces at the in-person NREF Resident Education courses are invitation-only, several titles are available online, free of charge, to neurosurgical residents around the world.

Watch Resident Education Courses online! Each program consists of several hours of didactic lectures based on the course topic.

Topics include:

  • Endovascular/Vascular Course
  • Exit Strategies for Senior Residents
  • MIS & Emerging Spinal Technologies
  • Neuroendovascular Surgery Techniques
  • Science of Neurosurgical Practice
  • Skull Base Techniques
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery


Early Career Neurosurgeons Committee

The Early Career Neurosurgeons Committee (formerly the Young Neurosurgeons Committee) is collaborating with the NREF on a webinar series to provide in-training neurosurgeons and medical students with timely information, education and inspiration towards a career in neurosurgery. These hour-long sessions are presented via Zoom and recorded.

Every episode is archived on the NREF YouTube channel.

Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) have partnered with the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research (CNF) for a webinar series on concussions and TBI.

Paying special attention to student athletes, this series provides information on the prevention, incidence, assessment and treatment of concussions and return to play protocols for parents, schools, student athletes, trainers, coaches, and the neurosurgical community.

Archived NREF Webinars

5-ALA in Fluoresence Webinar

The NREF, with support from Leica Microsystems, presents a free webinar titled, “What is the Surgical Benefit of Utilizing 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA) for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery of Brain Tumors?” led by Costas G. Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, FAANS.

Current Applications and Advances in Fluorescence-guided Surgery

The NREF, with support from Leica Microsystems, presents a free webinar on “Current Applications and Advances in Fluorescence-guided Surgery,” that includes an overview of the concept for the resection of brain and spinal cord tumors. Discussed are the current technologies, safety, diagnostic accuracy and Level 1 evidence.

Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

The NREF, with support from K2M, presents this free webinar led by Sonia V. Eden, MD, FAANS, on the topic “Minimally Invasive Transformaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) with K2M's 3D Printed Interbody-Surgical Technique and Review of Anatomy.”

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