Coggins Receives 2021 AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant

Newswise – The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) are pleased to announce that William S. Coggins, MD, of the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2021 Fellow of the AANS technological development grant in neurosurgery. for his project, “Intraoperative motor tests via virtual reality in patients having undergone deep brain stimulation”.

The grant, administered by the NREF, is open to medical students who are members of the AANS and current neurosurgical residents in approved North American training programs. The recipient is required to submit a last minute abstract for a future AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

The application of technology to medicine has enabled tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The AANS, in collaboration with the Information Technology Committee and the Young Neurosurgeon Committee (YNC), wishes to empower young innovative minds in the field to develop technology-related research projects through the grant from technological development in neurosurgery at the AANS.

“Neurosurgery has benefited greatly from technological advances, such as non-invasive imaging techniques, surgical tools such as the operating microscope, computer-assisted neuronavigation, and technology-based therapies, such as image-guided radiosurgery. Says Mark R. Iantosca MD, FAANS, Chairman of the AANS Information Technology Committee.

The grant provides seed money for student or resident research projects that apply cutting-edge technology to neurosurgery training (e.g., 3D printing, virtual reality, personal activity monitoring) or improved patient outcomes in neurosurgery.

For more information on the NREF grant programs, visit the NREF online at or contact Lauren Coleman at 847.378.0535 or [email protected].

About AANS

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 11,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the public with the highest quality neurosurgical care. Members of AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Mexican Board of Neurological Surgery. AC neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. disorders that affect the spine, spinal cord, brain, nervous system, and peripheral nerves.

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About the NREF The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1980 by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) to support research and education efforts that strengthen and confirm the critical role neurosurgeons play in improving life.

The NREF is dedicated to training neurosurgeons at all stages of their careers, as well as funding research into new and existing neurosurgical treatments, in order to identify the links between best practices and improved outcomes of patient care. Through voluntary public donations, corporate support and donations from allied groups, the NREF supports efforts that impact the lives of people with epilepsy, stroke, brain tumors, spinal disorders, sports-related head trauma, low back pain and Parkinson’s disease.

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