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

Advancing the Future of Neurosurgery


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 Investigator Awards
  • 164 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships
  • 135 Resident Research Grants

Advancing the Future of NeurosurgerySince 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.

Play Ball!

Annual Neurosurgery Charity SoftballThe 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 or Jeffrey N. Bruce, MD, FAANS, at or visit

CV Traveling Fellowship

In 2017, the Neurosurgery Research Education Foundation announced a new grant program: The Joint Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship.

Cerebrovascular Traveling FellowshipThe fellowship allows 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.

The first award will be given at the 2018 AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Annual Meeting in February 2018.

Click here for more information.

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.

Donate to the NREFYour generosity makes it possible for the 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 2017 Stewardship Report Need link here.

Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving

Young Neurosurgeons Circle of GivingThe NREF established 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.

About the NREF

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) was created in 1980 as the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) to support research and education efforts that enhance and confirm the critical role neurosurgeons play in improving lives. 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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