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NREF Announces 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grants and Young Clinician Investigator Awards

Year after year, the NREF receives applications from some of the most promising researchers in the country. “The exceptional quality of the proposals submitted makes us optimistic for the future of neurosurgery,” says Ennio A. Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS, NREF Education Advisory Committee Chair.

The NREF provides funding for studies in basic, translational and patient-oriented clinical research for investigators in North America. The 2019-2020 NREF Research Fellowship Grant and Young Clinician Investigator Award recipients are:

Christian Bowers, MD, Westchester Medical Center Foundation

Award: Academy of Neurological Surgeons 2019-20 Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: eICU Virtual Clinician Corrects the Discrepancies between Ordered, Charted, and Observed RASS Scores in Mechanically Ventilated ICU Patients while Resolving Day/Night RASS Discordance


Benjamin T. Himes, MD, Mayo Clinic

Award: Andrew T. Parsa 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Extracellular vesicle-mediated immunosuppression in glioblastoma


Christina Jackson, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Award: B*CURED/NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: The changing neoantigen landscape and associated immune response during immune checkpoint blockade in recurrent glioblastoma: a pathway to personalized tumor immunotherapy


Darrin J. Lee, MD, PhD, University of Southern California

Award: Academy of Neurological Surgeons/NREF 2019-20 Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: Septohippocampal stimulation for cognitive restoration and seizure reduction in epilepsy


Athar N. Malik, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Award: AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care & NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Development and characterization of a mouse model of midbrain compression to explore neural circuits underlying coma and consciousness


Farshad Nassiri, MD, University of Toronto

Award: AANS/CNS Section on Tumors & NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Establishing the prognostic implications of heterogeneity in meningioma using single-cell sequencing


Taemin Oh, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Award: AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery & NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Defining Mechanisms of Immune Cell Depletion in Group 3 Medulloblastoma


Bhuvic Patel, MD, Washington University

Award: Academy of Neurological Surgeons/NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Identifying Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Radiation Resistance in Grade II Meningiomas


Jennifer Sokolowski, MD, PhD, University of Virginia

Award: L. Nelson "Nick" Hopkins NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant jointly sponsored by Arvind Ahuja, MD, FAANS, and the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section

Project Title: Role of the meninges and meningeal lymphatic system in the immune response after ischemic stroke


Risheng Xu, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Award: AANS/CNS Section on Pain & NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: BVR and NRF2 as potential regulators of oxidative stress and pain in trigeminal neuralgia


John R. Williams, MD, University of Washington

Award: Bagan Family Foundation & NREF 2019-20 Research Fellowship Grant

Project Title: Examination of brainstem lesions on CT following Severe TBI for prognostication of outcome


Thomas J. Wilson, MD, Stanford University

Award: Medtronic 2019-20 Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: Deep Machine Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for the Evaluation and Classification of Peripheral Nerve Tumor


For more information about Research Fellowship Grants, Young Clinician Investigator Awards and all other NREF Grant and Fellowship programs, contact Kathleen McMichael at 847.378.0535 or kam@nref.org.

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