A new interactive webinar series spin off from 2022 Headlines





 AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Trainee Award

is given to a high-ranking brain tumor clinical or basic science abstract submitted by a resident or medical student from a rising program defined as an institution that has received two or less awards since 2015. The award is presented at the CNS and AANS annual meetings, and the senior author of the paper should be a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. A monetary component of $1,000 is included with an award certificate.

Mojtaba Dayyani receives the Award at the AANS 2023

Mojtaba Dayyani receives the Award at the AANS 2023

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AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

Members Surveys Spring 2023


The two surveys below received from our members have been reviewed and thought to be impactful for our members’ clinical practice. The links to participate in this work are below. 


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This two-day Inter-active meeting is packed with scientific updates on brain and spine tumor recurrent tumors. Each day will also have a segment dedicated to Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).

Don’t miss this opportunity! Submit your abstract and register today.


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AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Research Mentoring Program

The program is designed to connect early-career neurosurgeons with neurosurgeon-scientists who have/had NIH funding or NIH equivalent funding (example: DOD). The goal is to help the mentee successfully submit a NIH application

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Angela M. Richardson, MD, PhD - Indiana University

Award: NREF & AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: Tumor selective retroviral replicating vectors for the treatment of leptomeningeal medulloblastoma

Sponsor: Karen E. Pollok, PhD


Ashish Shah, MD - University of Miami

Award: NREF & Andrew T. Parsa Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: Epigenetic potentiation of immune checkpoint inhibition through endogenous retroviral immune responses

Sponsor: Maria Figueroa, MD


Genaro R. Villa, MD, PhD - Brigham and Women's Hospital

Award: NREF & Andrew T. Parsa Young Clinician Investigator Award

Project Title: NREF & StacheStrong Research Fellowship Grant on behalf of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Project Title: Assessing Tumor-Associated Macrophage Plasticity Regulation by HNRNPH1 to Augment Adaptive Antitumor Responses in Glioblastoma

Sponsor: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD PhD FAANS


Mark William Youngblood, MD - Northwestern University

Award: 2022-23 NREF & Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF) Research Fellowship Grant on behalf of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

Project Title: Molecular Markers of Meningioma Growth Arrest after HDAC Inhibition

Sponsor: Craig Horbinski, MD, PhD


Click here to Apply for the 2023-2024 cycle


Support Tumor Section Fellowships, Grants and Awards

Donations to the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) on behalf of Tumor Section funds encourage the next generation of researchers and breakthroughs. Your contribution funds research fellowships, grants and awards.

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Latest News

As we learn from the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Section on Tumors is collecting and sharing publications and other resources for our members to freely access.

COVID-19 Articles & Resources

Tumor Guidelines

A list of tumor specific guidelines for neurosurgical practice that were approved by the CNS / AANS guidelines committees.

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Apply For a Grant

AANS/CNS offers a variety of funding opportunities. Learn how to apply for a grant for your project.

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Become a member of the Section on Tumors today.

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Journal of Neuro-Oncology

The official journal of section on tumors - a multi-disciplinary journal that includes basic, applied, and clinical investigations in research areas as they relate to cancer and the CNS.

Photo taken at the CNS 2022 Poster session.

Latest Newsletter

In the latest AANS/CNS Section on Tumors newsletter that is published twice a year, we discuss various topics that are of professional interest to our members. 

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Search our database to locate a qualified surgeon where you live. You can find a neurosurgeon by name, location or membership type.

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