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Chair’s Message – The Challenge and Opportunity before Us

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The author is unknown, but the words still resonate: “The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.”

Making a difference in the future of neurosurgery drives all supporters of the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF): The Board of Directors who set the strategic course for the organization; the physician leaders who direct the research and educational endeavors; the fellows, residents and medical students who bring energy and innovation through their participation in the programs; the staff who administer and execute Foundation operations; and, of course, the donors who make everything possible. Their contributions to the NREF’s success are numerous and we take none of them for granted.

In 2020, the NREF will award over 40 grants and fellowships and train over 100 residents and fellows. While we are proud of this accomplishment, hundreds of research proposals and course attendee nominations will go unsupported. The applications are there, but the necessary funding is not.

The need for scientific research and educational training is profound and it presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to use the lessons of our past and the gifts we enjoy today to effect meaningful change.

Together, we can open doors for young neurosurgeons and ensure new discoveries and scientific innovations. Let us embrace this moment and join forces to elevate and advance our specialty.

In following in the footsteps of friends and mentors like Ed Oldfield, MD, FAANS; Griff Harsh, MD, FAANS(L); Troy Tippett, MD, FAANS(L); and Jon Robertson, MD, FAANS, and playing a role in the NREF’s recent growth, I have experienced one of the great joys of my career. I look forward to continuing my support of the NREF in its mission to provide young neurosurgeons with a springboard to success.

In June, this message will come to you from Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS, who will assume the chair role in April and lead the Foundation as we continue to expand its research and educational initiatives. Our future success depends upon the contributions of each and every one of us. I hope you will join us on the journey.

My sincere thanks for including the NREF in your philanthropy. I extend my best wishes for your continued success.

Warmest regards,

Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, FAANS

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