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Research Awards

The AANS/CNS joint section on tumors has numerous awards given at the AANS and CNS annual meetings. All submitted abstracts are considered for every award they are eligible for and there is no need to apply for awards. Most of the awards are limited to Tumor Section members, providing an additional incentive for membership.  

For information regarding the Tumor Section awards, please contact: Isabelle Germano at isabelle.germano@mountsinai.org.


Bittner Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only)

The Ronald Bittner Award is endowed by Mrs. E. Laurie Bittner in memory of her husband, Ronald L. Bittner. It is awarded to the Best Abstract Paper submitted to the AANS meeting on Brain Tumor Research by a Resident or Junior Faculty Member.  This award includes a $1000 honorarium.

Previous Winners


Bittner Lectureship

Mrs. E. Laurie Bittner also endowed the Bittner Lectureship.  The Bittner Lecturer is invited by the Executive Committee of the Section on Tumors in recognition for a career of significant contribution to the field of neuro-oncology.  The lecture is presented at the annual meeting of the AANS, and the award includes a $1000 honorarium.
Previous Winners


Brian D. Silber Award

Announcing a new award "The Brian D. Silber Award" for best abstract related to vertebral column or spinal cord tumors will be presented in the amount of $1,000 at the AANS annual meeting.

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James T Rutka Pediatric Brain Tumor Award

The James T Rutka Pediatric Brain Tumor Award is given to the best pediatric tumor abstract submitted by a resident or faculty member who is a member of the section on tumors in the amount of $1000. 

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The Guha Award

Established in memory of the late Dr. Abhijit Guha, the Award is conferred on an individual who exemplifies qualities of Dr. Guha including being an outstanding clinician with an active research laboratory and having an excellent track record of training and mentoring.

Previous Winners


Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award

The Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award is sponsored by Springer and is presented at the annual AANS and CNS meeting to a highly ranked abstract in either clinical or basic science as related to neurooncology. This award includes a $1000 honorarium. A one year subscription to the Journal of Neuro-Oncology and a framed certificate are awarded.
Previous Winners


Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only) 

The Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Award is given at each of the AANS and CNS meetings to a neurosurgery resident, fellow, or attending who submits the best clinical study in neuro-oncology. Special recognition is given to innovative approaches and those that lead to improved patient outcomes and quality of life. The recipient is awarded a $1000 honorarium.
Previous Winners


Preuss Research Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only)

The Preuss Research Award, sponsored by the Preuss Foundation, is given at each of the AANS and CNS meetings to a young scientist investigating brain tumors, within 10 years of training, who has submitted the best basic science research paper.  This award has a $1000 honorarium.
Previous Winners


ABTA Young Investigator Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only)

Sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association, the ABTA Young Investigator Award is given at each AANS and CNS meeting to a young 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 fewer than six years.
Previous Winners


The Integra Foundation Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only) 

The Integra Foundation Award, sponsored by the Integra Foundation, is given at each of the AANS and CNS meetings for the best research or clinical paper submitted investigating benign brain, spinal or peripheral nerve tumors.  There is a monetary award of $1000.
Previous Winners


Columbia Softball Skull Base Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only) 

The Columbia Softball Skull Base Award is given to an attending neurosurgeon, resident or fellow within the Tumor Section who submits the best abstract related to skull base surgery.  This award is given at the annual meetings of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The award includes a $1000 honorarium.
Previous Winners


Brainlab Neurosurgery Award 

(Tumor Section Members Only) 

The Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Award is awarded at the annual meetings of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.  This award is given to a neurosurgeon practicing in a non-academic or international setting, with the best abstract related to central nervous system tumors.  Recipients are awarded $1000.
Previous Winners 


Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award

Sponsored by the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors, this award is presented at both the AANS and CNS meetings, and is given to a high ranking brain tumor clinical or basic science abstract submitted by a resident or medical student. It was first awarded at the 2009 AANS meeting. The senior author on the paper must be a member of the Section on Tumors.  A monetary component of $1000 is included with an award certificate.
Previous Winners


Leksell Radiosurgery Award

This award, started in 2009, was first presented annually at the AANS meeting, and since 2019 has been given at both AANS and CNS meetings. The award recognizes the best paper on stereotactic radiosurgery related to brain tumors, and comes with a monetary component of $2,000.  
Previous Winners


Inactive Awards

Brainlab International Fellowship 

Previous Winners

Brainlab continues to support the tumor section through the Brainlab Neurosurgery Award.


Farber Award 

Previous Winners

Replaced by the Guha Award