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Application Open for Branch Award for Clinical Research

The Charles L. Branch, Sr. Honor Your Mentor Fund was established through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) to support clinical outcomes research for lumbar interbody fusion and cervical fusion using registry data.

The NREF is delighted to announce that applications for the inaugural Branch Award for Clinical Research are being accepted through the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. The awardee receives a $2,500 grant that can be applied toward personnel, equipment, statistics and supplies.

To apply, the Principle Investigator (PI) must be an MD or DO within two years of having completed residency or fellowship training, or is currently enrolled in good standing in an accredited neurosurgery residency program. The applicant must be a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. If the applicant is a fellow or a resident, s/he must have a faculty sponsor from an accredited neurosurgery program. The successful applicant will hold their primary appointment in a neurosurgery department within the United States or Canada.

The deadline is May 1, 2021. Visit the online Spine Section Awards page to download the award application checklist. Send the completed application via email on or before May 1 to Wilson Z. Ray, MD, FAANS, Spine Section Awards Committee, at

On behalf of NREF and the Spine Section, members are invited to pursue this outstanding professional opportunity and to share this message with colleagues and mentees.