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AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant

The application of technology to medicine has yielded tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Neurosurgery has benefited greatly from technological advances such as non-invasive imaging techniques, surgical tools like the operating microscope, computer-assisted neuronavigation and technology-based therapeutics, such as image-guided radiosurgery. The AANS in conjunction with the Information Technology Committee and Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) would like to empower young innovative minds in the field to develop technology-related research projects via the AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant. The grant provides startup funds for student or resident research projects that apply cutting-edge technology into neurosurgical training (e.g. 3-D printing, virtual reality, personal activity monitoring) or the improvement in neurosurgical patient outcomes. The 2018 grant awardee is required to submit an abstract about the project results to the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Late-breaking Abstract Center, which will be open in January 2019 (exact dates TBD), Should the abstract be selected for presentation, travel, meals and housing expenses associated with travel to the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting will also be covered for the awardee.

The award is open to AANS member medical students and current neurosurgical residents in approved North American training programs.

The 2018 AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development grant has been awarded. Proposals for the 2019 grant will be accepted in fall 2019. Watch here for more information.

In addition to a CV and a faculty mentor support letter, applicants will submit a one- to two-page project proposal which will include the following: background, methods, outcomes measures, budget and overview of the plan to integrate a technology project into neurosurgery education or patient care. Proposals will be screened for appropriateness as well as for feasibility of completion within a one-year time frame.

The grant award will be $2,500-10,000, depending on the size, scope and budget of the project.

Congratulations to the winner and runners-up for the 2018 AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant. The topics of the three highest-graded proposals are listed below.

  1. Augmented Reality Assisted Placement of External Ventricular Drain
  2. Development of Photogrammetry for Neurosurgical Anatomy Teaching
  3. Facilitating Cortical Plasticity using Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Glioma Patients