CNS Gift to the CNS Foundation Doubles Innovative Clinical Research Initiative, Creating Annual NINDS/CNSF K12 Scholar Awards

October 2, 2019, Schaumburg, Illinois – The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation (CNS Foundation) announced a second K12 award will be funded by a generous gift from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). The award is made possible through a collaboration with the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“I am tremendously proud of the CNS’s doubling down to support our young clinical scientists. Since these K12 Awards are biennial, in the past, we had to wait two years before awarding our next researcher. With this new investment, beginning in 2020, the CNS Foundation will present a K12 Scholar Award on an annual basis,” said Ganesh Rao, CNS President.

“The engagement of the neurosurgery community in the NRCDP K12 program has demonstrated to neurosurgery residents and junior faculty that the entire neurosurgery community supports, and indeed encourages, neurosurgeons to pursue scientific research as a significant component of their careers,” said Stephen J. Korn, Ph.D., Director, Office of Training and Workforce Development at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “The partnership formed between the CNS and NINDS has played a key role in this endeavor, by providing support for additional scholars, enabling junior neurosurgeons to participate who would not otherwise have been eligible for financial support by the program, and critically, by helping to promote a culture whereby junior faculty understand that their contribution to research is highly valued.”

 “We at the CNS Foundation and the entire CNS community are honored to be able to collaborate with the NIH and the FNIH,” said Elad I. Levy, M.D., MBA, Chair of the CNS Foundation. “We believe this kind of long term investment into our pool of young clinical scientists will have a far-reaching and positive impact on world health.”

The new K12 award will mirror the existing partnership between the FNIH and the CNSF. The first award, named the NINDS/CNS K12 Getch Scholar Award, known as, “The Getch,” honors the late Christopher C. Getch, M.D., President of the CNS in 2011, who passed away in 2012. The application period for the third “Getch” award is currently open and applications (available are due to the NIH by October 1st, 2019. The winner will be announced by late November 2019.

Naming selection of the second NINDS/CNS K12 Scholar Award will begin immediately and announced in the fall of 2020, with the new award’s first winner.

Previous NINDS/CNS K12 Getch Scholar Award recipients are:

2016-2017       Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

                       Brian Dlouhy, M.D., University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

                       Presented at the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting

2018-2019       How Brain Tumors Develop, Grow, and Become Malignant

                       Babacar Cisse, M.D. Ph.D., Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

                       Babacar Cisse, M.D., Ph.D., to present at the CNS Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, September 13-17, 2020.


About the CNS Foundation
The CNS Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to improve worldwide patient health by supporting innovative programs that allow neurosurgeons to collaborate globally as researchers, learners, educators and caregivers. As a 501(c)(3) based in Schaumburg, Illinois, the three mission pillars are International Philanthropy, Innovative Clinical Research and CNS Guidelines Development. The 2019 “Matched for the Mission” campaign will match all gifts from individuals and medical societies until the entire $1 million is matched. For more information about the CNS Foundation or to make your gift, please go to, or contact Courtney Johnson, Manager of Foundation & Giving, at [email protected].

About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit

About the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health creates and manages alliances with public and private institutions in support of the mission of the NIH, the world’s premier medical research agency. The Foundation, also known as the FNIH, works with its partners to accelerate biomedical research and strategies against diseases and health concerns in the United States and across the globe. The FNIH organizes and administers research projects; supports education and training of new researchers; organizes educational events and symposia; and administers a series of funds supporting a wide range of health issues. Established by Congress in 1990, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For additional information about the FNIH, please visit

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

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