2011 AANS Annual Report - page 17

he Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF)
was established in 1981 in response to the alarming decline in
federal, state and private funding for medical research. The
mission of the NREF is to provide a private, non-governmental source
of funding for research training in the neurosciences.
Since awarding its first grant in 1983, the NREF has bestowed
much sought-after research grant support to 167 worthy applicants.
The majority of the residents and young clinicians/researchers
who have received NREF grants continue their work in the same
areas, contributing significantly to the field of neurosurgery in their
professional careers.
In fiscal year 2011, there were 98 first-time individual donors,
generating $12,888 in support. The dues and online appeals generated
386 donors and total giving of $67,793. Overall, there were 634 donors
in fiscal year 2011, including members, corporations, groups/hospital
practices and the general public, for $1,770,450 in total support.
NREF Research Fellowship Award
($40,000 for One Year)
Sameer Sheth, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
(cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurological
Surgery [AAcNS]),
Intraoperative Functional Brain Mapping with
Optical Polarization Imaging
Stephen Monteith, MD, University of Virginia (cosponsored
by the Cerebrovascular Section),
MRI Guided Focused
Ultrasound Sono-Thrombolysis for the Evacuation of Intracerebral
Hemorrhage — A Safety and Feasibility Study
Nirav Patel, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison (cosponsored
by Codman, a Johnson & Johnson Company),
Investigating an
Epigenetic Intervention to Promote CNS Regeneration through the
Folate Pathway
D. Ryan Ormond, MD, New York Medical College (cosponsored
by Medtronic),
Enhanced Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury
Utilizing Engineered Stem Cells and Naturally-Occurring Anti-
Inflammatory Compounds
Deshdeepak Sahni, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
(cosponsored by Medtronic),
Carbon Nanomaterials as a Scaffold
for Axonal Growth and Alignment Following Spinal Cord Injury
Jon Willie, MD, Washington University in St. Louis (cosponsored
by Porex Surgical),
Orexin Neuropeptide Dynamics in
Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury: A Key Mediator of Arousal
and Therapeutic Target
Christoph Hofstetter, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
(cosponsored by the Section on Tumors),
Role of Novel Protein
Phosphatase Isoform in Human Glioblastoma Multiforme
Ning Lin, MD, Children’s Hospital Boston/Brigham & Women’s
Apoptosis and Cerebral Vasospasm Following
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Functional Interaction Between
Endothelial Cells and Neurons
NREF Young Clinician Investigator
Award ($40,000 for One Year)
Allen Waziri, MD, University of Colorado, Denver (cosponsored
by Biomet MicroFixation),
Exploration of the Role of Hypoxia-
Associated Adenosine Production in the Suppression of Anti-Tumor
Cellular Immunity in Glioblastoma Multiforme
Hongyan Jenny Zou, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
(cosponsored by Codman & Shurtleff, Inc., a Johnson &
Johnson Company; and DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson
Intrathecal Delivery of AAV-Virus Targeting the BMP
Pathway to Promote Axonal Regeneration
Michael Steinmetz, MD, Cleveland Clinic (cosponsored by the
Spine Section),
Restoration of Urinary Function Following Acute
Spinal Cord Injury
Teaming up To Benefit Research
This program is a cumulative, lifetime and planned/deferred giving
society for neurosurgeons who support the NREF. The goals of
the NREF Cushing Circle include increasing NREF giving (annual,
major and planned gifts), creating an organizational identity and
building camaraderie among philanthropists who consistently
support the NREF. Contributors who have made significant financial
commitments to the NREF and neurosurgical research are eligible
to receive benefits, including special invitations to AANS Annual
Scientific Meeting VIP events, advance notification on new products,
services and educational offerings, and more. Criteria for individual
membership include:
Historical giving total of at least $20,000
Historical giving total of at least $10,000, with a pledge of at least
$10,000 within the next five years (at a minimum rate of $2,000
per year)
Historical giving total of at least $10,000, with a memorandum of
understanding for a willed bequest of at least $50,000.
The generosity of these individuals has enabled the NREF to ensure
the future of the neurosurgical specialty by assisting the NREF
accomplish its mission of providing a private, non-governmental
source of funding for research training in the neurosciences.
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