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Newsworthy Notes from NREF

Saluting Harvey

As members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), we are all connected to Dr. Harvey Cushing, the father of modern neurosurgery. You can honor Dr. Cushing’s great legacy with a contribution to NREF. Donate $1,500 and receive a commemorative, limited-edition Harvey 150th Birthday Lego mini-figure. LIMITED QUANTITIES REMAIN! Visit our secure online Donate page to make your gift.

Save the Date

The 17th annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament, hosted by Columbia University, is planned for June 6, 2020 in New York City's Central Park. Proceeds will benefit the Andrew T. Parsa Honor Your Mentor fund for brain tumor research within NREF.

Grants & Fellowships

An award from the NREF can have an extraordinary impact on a neurosurgeon’s career, serving as a launch pad for future success.

Medical students, residents and junior faculty are encouraged to pursue an amazing professional opportunity through NREF. Applications for NREF Grants & Fellowships are available through the NREF Online Grant Portal.

The Application Schedule for remaining NREF Grants & Fellowships is as follows:


Application Open

Application Closes

2020 Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship (CV)

September 1, 2019

January 6, 2020

2020 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF)

November 1, 2019

February 1, 2020

Announcements regarding the 2020-21 Research Fellowship Grant & Young Clinician Investigator Award (RG-YCI) recipients will be made in February 2020. The 2020-21 Clinical Fellowship Grants will be awarded in March 2020.

Affiliated Organizations

A lecture series on Sports-Related Trauma was launched by the Chuck Noll Foundation during the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, California. The inaugural lecture featured Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FAANS(L) with his presentation, “Concussion and CTE — Personal Reflection and Perspective.”

Dr. Julian Bailes and Dr. Joseph Maroon - members of the Chuck Noll Foundation’s National Science Advisory Committee - initiated the sponsorship. Dr. Bailes, chair of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, will host the new Chuck Noll Foundation lecture series.

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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