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Through contributions to the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF), the torch is lit to illuminate the world of neurosurgery. Donations help fund cutting-edge research and develop the next generation of neurosurgeons to provide the highest quality of patient care.

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While unrestricted donations are critical to funding research grants, fellowships, educational courses and more, targeted donations in an area one is most passionate about are also available.


The NREF is one of the most important initiatives in organized neurosurgery, which supports fundamental research in the neurosurgical sciences. I have always considered supporting NREF a priority because I know my donation will go towards supporting neurosurgery residents and fellows around the continent who are doing groundbreaking research in areas of need in our specialty.

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS, NREF Board Member and Cushing Circle of Giving Member

NREF is the Philanthropic Arm of the AANS

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