National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation K12 Scholar Awards
The NINDS/CNS K12 Scholar Awards aim to increase the number of neurosurgeon-scientists who are trained to conduct research into neurological disorders.
In 2015, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) established the NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar Award. Partially named in honor of the late Christopher C. Getch, M.D., a past CNS president, the goal of the NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar award is to increase the number of neurosurgeon-scientists who are trained to conduct research into neurological disorders.
This award is part of a larger, ongoing NINDS national career development program that is intended for neurosurgeons who possess unique clinical and research skills that identify them as the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. The goal of the Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP) is to support the research and develop the scientific careers of junior neurosurgeon-investigators across the country.
Each two-year award is funded in part by a $200,000 contribution from the CNS Foundation, with a corresponding commitment from the NINDS.
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Foundation
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
- Jess Giangiulio, Development Associate, Jgiangiulio@fnih.org
The first NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar was named in 2016. Brian Dlouhy, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery from the University of Iowa, is investigating how the forebrain affects breathing during seizures, which has implications for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). His clinical practice focuses on pediatric neurosurgery with a focus on pediatric epilepsy.
A second NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar was named in 2018. Babacar Cisse, M.D.,Ph.D., assistant professfor of neurological surgery at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, is the principal investigator of a research laboratory that studies the interactions between the immune system and brain tumors. His research focuses on how brain tumors develop, grow and become malignant.
In 2020, Dr. Nicolas Au Yong was named the third winner of the Getch K12 Scholar Award. Dr. Au Yong is assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine. His work is centered on the development of neuromodulation therapies for restoring motor control and homeostatic regulation through leveraging residual viable peripheral, spinal and supraspinal networks.
The award is open to all neurosurgeons who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who are within one to two years following their academic training, and who have begun, or will shortly begin, a faculty position at a U.S. academic medical center. The NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar receives up to two years of funding that promotes high quality, novel, creative research and innovative investigation, in order to help them launch a dual, clinical-research career that includes a vibrant, well-funded independent research program.
- Provide up to two years of funding for an early career neurosurgeon to promote high quality, novel, creative research and innovative investigation.
- Help an early career neurosurgeon to launch a dual, clinical-research career that includes a vibrant, well-funded independent research program.
- The University of Iowa Press Release (December 11, 2015): Dlouhy Wins Inaugural Getch Scholar Award for Early-Career Neurosurgeons.
- FNIH Press Release (Aug. 10, 2015): CNS Provides Support to the Foundation for the NIH for a $200,000 Neurosurgical NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar Award