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    CNS Resident Award

    The CNS Resident Award is presented to the outstanding abstract submitted by a resident for presentation at the CNS Annual Meeting. A 1,500-word manuscript must accompany the 300-word abstract, which should be sent to meetings@cns.org. Your Department Chairman must certify that the resident author had a significant role in the project. Please ask your Chairman to email a letter to the CNS at meetings@cns.org with the subject line "CNS Resident Award Letter from Chairman."

    Neurosurgical resident
    Best Data Science Award

    The Best Data Science Award is presented to the abstract which must utilize advanced statistical methodology including big data analytics to evaluate structured or unstructured data sets. The selected winner of this award will receive an Nvidia Graphical Processing Unit for use in future research.

    All who submit their abstract for Best Data Science Award and meet the criteria of the award description
    Sherry Apple Resident Travel Scholarship (WINS)

    The Sherry Apple Resident Travel Scholarship is granted yearly to an outstanding resident abstract accepted at the CNS Annual Meeting. A stipend of up to $1,000 is awarded to cover travel expenses.

    Neurosurgical resident
    Ronald R. Tasker Young Investigator Award (Section on Pain) The Ronald R. Tasker Young Investigator Award is given to the highest-ranked abstract submitted for the CNS Annual Meeting concerning pain research. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.  Resident, fellow, or neurosurgeon who is no more than two years out from completion of training

    Natus Resident/Fellow Award for Traumatic Brain Injury (Neurotrauma and Critical Care)

    Awarded to the best abstract submitted by a resident or fellow related to traumatic brain injury and neurocritical care research, this award includes an honorarium and plaque. The recipient presents the abstract at the CNS Annual Scientific Meeting.

    Current neurosurgical resident or fellow

    Natus Resident/ Fellow Award for Neurocritical Care (Neurotrauma and Critical Care)

    Awarded to the best abstract submitted by a resident or fellow related to traumatic brain injury and neurocritical care research, this award includes an honorarium and plaque. The recipient presents the abstract at the CNS Annual Scientific Meeting.

    Current neurosurgical resident or fellow

    Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Clinical Award

    The Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Clinical Award is given to the best resident paper addressing a clinical topic in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The selected winner will receive a $500 award.

    Resident or fellow, must be first author and presenting author

    Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Basic Science Award

    The Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Basic Science Award is given to the best resident paper addressing a topic of basic science in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The selected winner will receive a $500 award.

    Resident or fellow, must be first author and presenting author

    Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Young Neurosurgeon Clinical Award

    The Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Young Neurosurgeon Clinical Award is given to the best young faculty paper addressing a clinical topic in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    Within five years after completion of residency or fellowship and must be first author/presenting author

    Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Young Neurosurgeon Basic Science Award

    The Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Young Neurosurgeon Basic Science Award is given to the best young neurosurgeon paper addressing a topic of basic science in Stereotactic and Functional neurosurgery. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    Within five years after completion of residency or fellowship and must be first author/presenting author

    Galbraith Award (Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery)

    The Galbraith Award (Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery) award is given to the best resident paper addressing a topic of cerebrovascular surgery. The selected winner will receive a $500 award.

    Attending or resident

    Julius Goodman Resident Award (Socioeconomic)

    The Julius Goodman Resident Award (Socioeconomic) award is given to a neurosurgical resident based on originality, merit, innovation, and scientific process. The resident must have made a significant contribution to the abstract. The abstract is chosen by two to four members of the Communications and Education Committee (CEC) of the CSNS appointed by the Chair of the CEC. This annual award is presented at the CNS Annual Meeting, and the selected winner will receive a $500 award.

    If it is decided that there is no abstract that deserves the award that year, the ad hoc committee may choose not to present the award that year.

    Neurosurgical resident

    Samuel Hassenbusch Young Neurosurgeon Award (Socioeconomic)

    The Samuel Hassenbusch Young Neurosurgeon Award (Socioeconomic) award is given to a young neurosurgeon based on originality, merit, innovation, and scientific process. The young neurosurgeon must have made a significant contribution to the abstract. The abstract is chosen by two to four members of the Communications and Education Committee (CEC) of the CSNS appointed by the Chair of the CEC. This annual award is presented at the CNS Annual Meeting, and the selected winner will receive a $500 award. If it is decided that there is no abstract that deserves the award that year, the ad hoc committee may choose not to present the award that year.

    Young neurosurgeon (no more than 5 years out from completion of training)

    Best Abstract in Medical Education and Training

    All abstracts submitted in the Medical Education and Training category

    Best Peripheral Nerve Abstract

    All abstracts submitted in the Peripheral Nerve category

    Duke Samson Award (Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery)

    The Duke Samson Award (Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery) is given to the best clinical paper by a resident or fellow addressing a topic of cerebrovascular surgery.

    Resident or fellow

    Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery Best Basic Science Abstract Award

    The Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery Best Basic Science Abstract Award is given to the best basic science abstract on the topic of Pediatric Neurosurgery, submitted by a training physician. The awardee is chosen based on originality, merit, innovation and scientific process. Abstracts are reviewed by the Pediatric Section. The selected winner will receive a $500 award and presents the abstract at the CNS Annual Meeting.

    Medical student, resident, fellow, or young faculty (within 5 years from completion of training)

    American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Young Investigator Award

    Sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association, the Young Investigator Award is given at the AANS and the CNS meetings to a junior faculty member involved in neuro-oncology research who has demonstrated outstanding potential for future basic science research. The applicant must have been out of training for less than 6 years. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Columbia Softball Skull Base Award

    The Columbia Softball Skull Base Award is given to a high-ranking abstract related to skull base surgery by a resident or medical student. The award is presented at the CNS and AANS annual meetings and the senior author of the paper must be a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    BrainLab Neurosurgery Award

    The BrainLab Neurosurgery Award is given at the Annual Meetings of the AANS and CNS. This award is given to a neurosurgeon practicing in a nonacademic or international setting with a high scoring abstract related to central nervous system tumors. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    The Integra Foundation Award

    Sponsored by the Integra Foundation, this award is given at each of the AANS and CNS Annual Meetings for a high-scoring abstract submitted investigating benign brain, spinal or peripheral nerve tumors. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award

    The Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award is sponsored by Springer Publishers and is presented at both the annual AANS and CNS meetings to a highly ranked abstract in either clinical or basic science as related to neuro-oncology. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Rosenblum - Mahaley Clinical Research Award

    The Rosenblum - Mahaley Clinical Research Award is given for the best clinical paper at both the AANS and CNS meetings to a neurosurgery attending, resident or fellow. Special recognition is given to innovative approaches and those that lead to improved patient outcomes and quality of life. About twenty-five years ago just after founding the Section, Dr. Mark Rosenblum established the Mahaley Clinical Award in honor of his friend and colleague, Steve Mahaley, who was terminally ill at the time of the award's inception. While this award was not independently funded, it has been a hallmark of the Section. In 2019, Dr. Mark Rosenblum and his wife Pam pledged funds to continue this award in perpetuity. The Award was re-named the Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Synaptive Preuss Research Award

    The Synaptive Preuss Award, sponsored by Synaptive Medical, is given at each of the AANS and CNS meetings to a high scoring basic science research paper focused on brain tumors. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award .

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Lunsford Leksell Radiosurgery Award $1,000 award given to the best stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) abstract All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Joint Section Tumors Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award

    The Joint Section Tumors Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award is given to a high- ranking brain tumor clinical or basic science abstract submitted by a resident or medical student. The award is presented at the CNS and AANS Annual Meetings, and the senior author of the paper should be a member of the Joint Section on Tumors. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    James Rutka Pediatric Award

    The James Rutka Pediatric Award is given to a high scoring pediatric tumor abstract submitted by a resident or faculty member who is a member of the Section on Tumors will be given at each AANS/CNS with the recipient receiving an award in the amount of $1,000.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Lunsford & Leksell Radiosurgery Award

    The Lunsford & Leksell Radiosurgery Award is given to a high scoring stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) abstract. The award is presented at the CNS and AANS annual meetings. The award comes with an honorarium of $1,000.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Brian D. Silber Award

    The Brian D. Silber Award is given to a high scoring abstract related to vertebral column or spinal cord tumors. The selected winner will receive an award in the amount of $500.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) Award

    National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) Award will be given to a high scoring abstract by a resident or attending physician presenting work on minority, underserved, and/or rural populations with brain tumors or doing innovative early phase clinical trials. The award will be presented at the CNS and AANS Annual Meetings and the selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF) Award

    The Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF) Award is given to a high scoring translational abstract on adult or pediatric brain tumors by a medical student, resident, fellow, or attending physician. It is the hope of the SBTF that each award will serve to seed funds for research which may bring about the possibility of finding a cure for brain tumors and brain cancers. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Stryker Tumor Award

    The Stryker Tumor Award is given to a high scoring abstract on CNS tumors by a medical student, resident, or neurosurgeon. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Zeiss Brain Tumor Research Award

    This award is given to a high scoring abstract on intraoperative imaging (e.g., confocal imaging or fluorescence-guided surgery) or intraoperative radiation therapy of brain tumors utilizing Zeiss technology. The award has a $1,000 honorarium.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Mizuho Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery Award

    The Mizuho Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery Award is given to a high scoring abstract focused on minimally invasive techniques for brain tumor surgery by a resident or neurosurgeon. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    StacheStrong Award

    StacheStrong Award is given to a high scoring translational abstract on adult glioblastoma (GBM) by a medical student, resident, fellow, or attending physician. The selected winner will receive a $500 award. 

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Leica CNS Tumor Award

    Leica CNS Tumor Award is given to a high scoring abstract by a medical student, resident, fellow, or attending physician focused on intraoperative visualization for CNS tumors. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award. 

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    KLS Martin Tumor Award

    The KLS Martin Tumor Award is given to a high scoring abstract on CNS tumors by a medical student, resident, or neurosurgeon. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

    Elekta Tumor Section Award

    Elekta Tumor Section Award is given to a high scoring abstract on image-guided surgery by a medical student, resident, or neurosurgeon. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award.

    All abstracts submitted in the Tumor category

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