Neurosurgical Oncology Resident Awards

The Awards Committee continues to be active with a number of awards and research grants and one combined SNO/Tumor Section award administered through the Tumor Section Awards Committee.  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:

Jonas M. Sheehan, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Phone: (717) 531-8807
Fax: (717) 531-3858
jsheehan@psu.edu

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 American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting on Brain Tumor Research by a Resident or Junior Faculty Member.  This award includes a $1000 honorarium.

Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award
The Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award is sponsored by Kluwer Academic Publishers and is presented at the annual American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting to a highly ranked abstract in either clinical or basic science as related to Neuro-Oncology.  A one year subscription to the Journal of Neuro-Oncology and a framed certificate are awarded.

Mahaley Clinical Award (Tumor Section Members Only)
The Mahaley Award is given at each of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons meetings to a neurosurgery resident, fellow, or attending who submits the best clinical study in neuro-oncology. The recipient is awarded a $1000 honorarium.

Preuss Award (Tumor Section Members Only)
The Preuss Award, sponsored by the Preuss Foundation, is given at each of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons 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.

National Brain Tumor Society Translational Research Grant Award
The National Brain Tumor Translational Research Grant Award is given by the NBTF for the best translational research grant proposal submitted by the end of May each year.  The winner is announced at the annual Congress of Neurological Surgeons meeting each year. In 2007, the amount of the award was increased from $15,000 to $50,000 per award.

The Integra Foundation Award (Tumor Section Members Only)
The Integra Foundation Award, sponsored by the Integra Foundation, is given at each of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons meetings for the best research or clinical paper submitted investigating benign brain, spinal or peripheral nerve tumors.  There is a monetary award of $1000.

Synthes Skull Base Award (Tumor Section Members Only)
The Synthes 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.  Dr. Franco DeMonte, Chair of the Skull Base Committee, was largely responsible for obtaining this award through a generous contribution from the Synthes Corporation.  The award includes a $1000 honorarium.

BrainLAB Community 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 setting with the best abstract related to central nervous system tumors.  Recipients are awarded $1000.
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BrainLAB International Fellowship
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Tumors/BrainLAB International Fellowship was awarded for the first time at the 2007 AANS meeting. This award, to be given once a year, provides funding for a neurosurgeon outside North America to spend one year of mentored neurosurgical oncology research in the United States. The proposals are reviewed by a subgroup of the Tumor Section’s Executive Committee.

Stryker Neuro-Oncology Award
This award, presented at both the AANS and CNS meetings, is given to a high-ranking brain tumor clinical or basic science abstract submitted by a resident or medical student. It will be given for the first time 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.

Leksell Radiosurgery Award
This award, presented at each AANS meeting, starting in 2009, is for the best paper on stereotactic radiosurgery related to brain tumors.  The award comes with a monetary component of $2000.

Full list of potential awards that can be applied for as a resident: