Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation

Founded by the AANS in 1981, the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) has become the premier foundation supporting neurosurgical research studies. The NREF focuses its grant funding on well-conceived basic science, patient-oriented clinical and outcomes research projects for young neurosurgeons and neurosurgical residents in North America.

Columbia Brain Tumor Research Fund


Since our inception in 2004, we have been dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of children’s brain tumors through the support of scientific investigations. We have also strived to increase awareness of this condition and provide pertinent information for patients and their families.

2016 Tournament Results

2014 Softball Champs - BNI- Celebrate

  On a beautiful Saturday in Central Park, The Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center held their annual Neurosurgery Softball Tournament, a day that has been declared as “Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Day” in the City of New York. 2016 Tournament Results 2016 Tournament Winner: The Barrow Neurological Institute   A special thanks goes […]


Endorsed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, this date has been declared “Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Day” in the City of New York, and is supported by the New York Yankees.  Read More

News and Updates


2017 NeuroCharity Softball Date Set!

We have confirmation: The 2017 date for the 14th annual Neurosurgery Softball Tournament Fundraiser to support brain tumor research is Saturday, June 3rd, 2017! Get ready for a day of camaraderie and, something neurosurgeons are used to, battling nerves!

WSJ Article

Softball and Charity on the Brain

The Wall Street Journal has an article about our event (Link|PDF):

“It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to hit a softball. But for a charity tournament this Saturday in Central Park, all of the players are neurosurgeons.”