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NREF Partners with AONA and Global Neuro at Neurotrauma 2018

Charles Byron Wilson, MDNREF provided funding to support the pre-symposium held at Neurotrauma 2018, the 3rd Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies and AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care held in Toronto, Canada from August 11-16, 2018. Nearly 150 were in attendance to hear topics on “State of the Art on the Clinical Management of Brain and Spine Trauma” co-chaired by Michael G. Fehlings MD PhD and Geoff Manley MD PhD. Details can be found here.


Barrow Captures Softball Tourney Crown

Charles Byron Wilson, MDCongratulations to the team from Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) for capturing their sixth championship in nine years by beating Miami in the finals of the 15th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament.

The event was hosted by Columbia University and raised over $120,000 to benefit brain tumor research. For information about the 2019 tournament, contact Ricardo Komotar, MD, FAANS, at or Jeffrey Bruce, MD, FAANS, at


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:

  • 79 Resident/Fellow Education Courses
  • 98 Post-residency Clinical Fellowships
  • 212 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships
  • 2 Joint CV Section Traveling Fellowships
  • 233 Research Fellowship Grants & Young Clinician Investigator Awards

Advancing the Future of NeurosurgerySince 1980, the NREF has invested more than $20 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.

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.

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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