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Why I Give: Click here to find out why your fellow neurosurgeons support the NREF.


The NREF: Neurosurgery’s Recipe for Success

Neurosurgery has a fairly simple recipe: recruit and train the very best medical students and focus on funding research that will help improve patient outcomes.

NREF supports those two major ingredients - education and research - in a big way, having contributed over $18 million dollars since its inception.

This holiday season, for every $500 donated to the NREF between October 1 and December 31, 2017, donors will receive one entry to win dinner for six in the exclusive "Chef’s Tasting Room& at August, an award-winning restaurant on Saturday, April 28, 2018, during the AANS’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

You are the essential ingredient in our recipe for success; please support the NREF.

NEW! CV Traveling Fellowship

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant program: The Joint Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship.

The intent of the fellowship is to allow a practicing, CAST-certified neurointerventionalist (of any specialty) to visit a high-volume cerebrovascular center to complete a one (1) week observership. This valuable fellowship would facilitate the spread of information from experienced centers and operators to those with less experience.

Click here for more information.

Save the Date!

The 15th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament, hosted by Columbia University, is planned for Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Central Park, in New York, with a post-tournament reception in midtown Manhattan. Proceeds benefit the Andrew T. Parsa HYM Fund to support brain tumor research. For more information, contact Ricardo J. Komotar, MD, FAANS, at rkomotar@med.miami.edu or Jeffrey N. Bruce, MD, FAANS, at jnb2@columbia.edu or visit www.neurocharitysoftball.org.

Making A Difference

Donations to the NREF support programs that extend opportunities for us to collaborate and make progress in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and improved patient care. It’s your generosity that makes it possible for NREF to advance the practice of neurosurgery. To see how the NREF has provided educational opportunities for neurosurgeons, and supported studies that identify links between best practices and improved outcomes in patient care, please view our 2016 Stewardship Report.

Introducing the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving

The Board of Directors of the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving to welcome neurosurgical residents into the culture of philanthropy, with the goal of increasing donations over their lifetime and eventual membership in the NREF’s premier recognition society, the Cushing Circle of Giving.

Membership is open to residents who demonstrate a commitment to advancing neurosurgery with a cash contribution of $500 or more. Visit the Donate page to learn more about the benefits of joining the Young Neurosurgeons Circle or to become a founding member.

Donate Today to the NREF

RESEARCH. EDUCATION. OUTCOMES.

The NREF is dedicated to funding groundbreaking neurosurgical research, providing extraordinary educational opportunities for neurosurgeons, and supporting studies that identify links between best practices and improved outcomes in patient care.

Through voluntary public donations, corporate support and partnerships with institutions and affiliated organizations, the NREF has funded:

  • 70 Resident/Fellow Education Courses
  • 76 Post-Residency Clinical Fellowships
  • 77 Young Clinician Research Grants
  • 164 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships
  • 135 Resident Research Grants

Since 1980, the NREF has invested more than $18 million in the future of neurosurgery. See what residents say about the NREF education experience, find out why your fellow neurosurgeons support the NREF research programs, and learn more about NREF collaborations with partner organizations.

Through the NREF, great advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and improved patient care.

And the NREF is poised for even greater success in its mission to support initiatives that impact the lives of those suffering from epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, spinal disorders, sports-related head injuries, lower back pain and Parkinson's disease.

The NREF is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and donations are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

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