• About the NINDS/CNSF Getch K12 Scholar Award

    The biennial award provides unparalleled support for a young neurosurgeon scientist beginning their clinical research for two years at their home institution. 

    To date, there are two NINDS/CNSF Getch K12 Scholars. 

    Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

    2016-2017 NINDS/CNSF Getch K12 Scholar Award Recipient

    Brian Dlouhy, M.D.

    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

    “[NINDS/CNSF Getch K12 Scholar Award] helped to catapult my career forward in understanding something so critical to all epilepsy patients - death from a seizure…We recently found that when seizures spread to areas of the brain such as the amygdala, breathing is inhibited. By modulating the amygdala-brainstem circuit responsible for loss of breathing during seizures, we hope to prevent SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).”

    How Brain Tumors Develop, Grow, and Become Malignant

    2018-2019 NINDS/CNSF Getch K12 Scholar Award Recipient

    Babacar Cisse, M.D. Ph.D.

    Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

    “One of the factors that attracted me to neurosurgery was the fact that some of the most common and aggressive brain tumors are not curable by surgery. We need a better understanding of how these tumors form, develop and became malignant and interact with host cells. Such an understanding will pave the way for the development of better adjuvant non-surgical therapies against the tumors.”

    The Next Bold Step – A New NINDS/CNSF K12 Scholar Award

    Having successfully awarded exceptional scientists in 2016 and 2018, the CNS Foundation, in collaboration with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH), will expand this prestigious award into an annual prize. We look forward to the naming of the new NINDS/CNSF K12 Scholar Award that will accelerate scientific discovery!

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