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Research Grants and Young Clinician

Investigator Awards

The mission of the NREF is to enhance lives by advancing

neurosurgical care. The NREF is dedicated to providing

education to neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers,

as well as funding research into new and existing

neurosurgical treatments, in order to identify links between

best practices and improved outcomes in patient care.

Through public donations, corporate support and

donations from allied neurosurgical groups, the NREF

supports endeavors 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. Since 1980, more than $7.72 million in grant

funding has been awarded to nearly 200 residents and

young clinician investigators at 65 academic institutions.

NREF would like to thank the following organizations

that helped support NREF Research Grants and Young

Clinician Investigator Awards in fiscal year 2015:

American Academy of Neurological Surgery

AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery

AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine

and Peripheral Nerves

Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball

Tournament sponsored by Columbia University

and The New York Yankees


2014-2015 Research Fellows and

Young Clinician Investigator Awards

($40,000 for one year)

Kurtis Birch, MD

NREF Research Fellow

Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Project Title:

The Role of Sleep in Memory Formation

and Consolidation: A Neurophysiological Study in

Humans Undergoing Invasive EEG Monitoring for

Intractable Epilepsy

Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD

NREF and AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section

Research Fellow

Yale New Haven Hospital

Project Title:

Role of Branched Chain Amino Acids and

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Post Stroke Epileptogenesis

Courtney Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD

NREF and Academy of Neurological Surgery Edward H.

Oldfield, MD Research Award

Johns Hopkins University

Project Title:

Phospho-proteomic and Genomic Profiling

of PTEN-Akt Signaling in Malignant Gliomas