2012 AANS Annual Report - page 22

The mission of the NREF — established in 1981 in response to the
alarming decline in federal, state and private funding for medical
research — is to provide a private, non-governmental source of
funding for research training in the neurosciences.
Since 1981, close to 200 residents and young clinicians have been
awarded research grants, and 50-plus institutions have received
funding for clinical research. In addition, the NREF has raised more
than $8 million in total funding for the specialty. 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.
2011-2012 Research Fellows and Young Clinician Investigators
Awards ($40,000 for One Year)
NREF Research Fellow
Pierpaolo Peruzzi, MD — The Ohio State University
Sponsor: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD, FAANS
Project Title:
Multitargeting the Glioma Stem Cell Population by
Means of Specific MicroRNAs
NREF/American Academy of Neurological Surgery (AAcNS)
Research Fellow
Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD — University of Michigan
Sponsor: Karin Muraszko, MD, FAANS
Project Title:
The Regulatory Role of MicroDNA in Malignant Gliomas
and their Detection in Patient Serum
NREF/Biomet Microfixation Research Fellow
Chad Washington, MD — Washington University in St. Louis
Sponsor: Gregory J. Zipfel, MD, FAANS
Project Title:
The Effect of Sildenafil on Vasospasm and Cerebral
Blood Flow after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
NREF/Cerebrovascular Section Research Fellow
Gary Schwartzbauer, MD — The University of Maryland
Sponsor: J. Marc Simard, MD, PhD, FAANS
Project Title:
Contribution of the SUR1/TRPM4 Channel to
Cerebrovascular Dysregulation During Cerebral Malaria
NREF/DePuy Spine Research Fellow
Craig Shannon, MD — New York Medical College
Sponsor: Meena Jhanwar Unyal, PhD
Project Title:
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury Utilizing Stem Cell
Therapy in Conjunction with Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
NREF/Section on Tumors Research Fellow
Arthur Chou, MD — University of California, Los Angeles
Sponsor: Linda Liau, MD, PhD, FAANS
Project Title:
Evaluation of a Novel Cancer Associated Metabolite,
2-Hydroxyglutarate, in IDH1 Mutant Gliomas
NREF/Whelan Neuro-oncology Research Fellow
Michael Oh, MD — University of California, San Francisco
Sponsor: Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, FAANS
Project Title:
CD133+ Glioma Cell Proliferation is Regulated by
Complement Activation
NREF/Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Young Clinician Investigator
Sheila Singh, MD — McMaster University
Sponsor: Mick Bhatia, MD
Project Title:
The Role of Bmi1 in Neural Stem Cell Regulation and
Brain Tumor Development
NREF/Codman Young Clinician Investigator
Nader Sanai, MD — Barrow Neurological Institute
Sponsor: Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD
Project Title:
Characterization of Glial Progenitor Cells in the
Postnatal Human Brain
Revolutionizing Research for the
New Generation of Neurosurgeons
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