The CNS Foundation, Inc., exists to equip and prepare neurosurgeons to advance innovation, quality, and accessibility of neurosurgical care, now and in the future. In support of this mission, the Foundation Board of Directors established four designated funds this year to allow donors and corporate partners to contribute to those areas best aligned with their own values.
The Getch Scholar Fund supports the NINDS/CNS Getch Scholar K12 Award, which promotes high quality, novel, creative research, and innovative investigation for early career neurosurgeon-scientists. As the inaugural Getch Scholar K12 recipient, Dr. Brian Dlouhy, wrapped up his research in 2017, the Foundation BOD voted to continue this K12 Award, which allows surgeons to complete their research at their home institution, in perpetuity on a bi-annual basis.
The Guidelines Development Fund supports the publication and dissemination of neurosurgical practice guidelines, and provides educational opportunities and training for neurosurgeons and residents aspiring to lead guidelines development projects. In 2017, it funded the development of the CNS Guidelines App with support from the Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care-making existing CNS guidelines even more accessible to neurosurgeons on the go.
The Leadership in Healthcare Fund supports the development of training programs and resources that help the future leaders of our specialty shape their own careers and lead departments, groups, hospitals, and health systems in a time of rapid change.
The Fellowship Training Awards & Grants Fund supports awards for neurosurgeons completing fellowship training programs in North America, as well as educational and surgical skills training programs for neurosurgeons in developing nations.
Support for the CNS Foundation and its efforts remains strong, with individual contributions increasing more than 20 percent in 2017, contributing to a 50 percent growth in net assets for the year. With this financial success and the continued growth in partnerships, the CNS Foundation is poised to make a significant impact on the quality of neurosurgical care and thus enrich the lives of patients and families around the world. Donate to the CNS Foundation at cns.org/foundation.