Where your donations go

The NeuroSurgical Research Foundation raises money to fund research into disease and injury of the brain, spine and nerves.

This research is undertaken in Australian Universities and Teaching hospitals.

Every cent of every dollar donated to the NRF goes directly to research.

Some of the specific areas of research funded have been in the following areas:

  • Brain Cancer—how cancer invades the brain
  • Brain Tumours – reducing swelling and long-term damage
  • Parkinson’s disease—slowing the advancement of Parkinson’s disease
  • Concussion—preventing long-term damage
  • Stroke—minimising brain tissue damage
  • Spinal Cord Injury—restoring function
  • Traumatic Brain Injury—how to stop life threatening brain swelling
  • Paediatric Research—shunt infections and traumatic brain injury.

Grants Funded 2022 $454,278

  • Ms Kristyna Sedivakova - NRF Paediatric Research Fund: $50,000
  • Dr Lisa Ebert - Brain Tumour glioblastoma: $43,000
  • Assoc Prof Cedric Bardy - Brain Tumour: $42,248
  • Dr Minh-Son To - Brain Tumour: $38,500
  • Dr Santosh Poonnoose - Brain Tumour Bank: $32,743
  • Dr Christopher Ovenden - Stroke: $25,000
  • Dr Adam Wells - Traumatic Brain Injury: $20,000
  • Dr Anna Leonard - Spinal Cord Injury Equipment Value: $17,328
  • Dr Annika Mascarenhas - Traumatic Brain Injury: $41,430
  • Dr Annika Mascarenhas - Traumatic Brain Injury: $15,220
  • Prof Benjamin Thierry - Brain Tumour Glioblastoma: $25,000
  • Dr Nirmal Robinson - Brain Tumour Glioblastoma: $42,809
  • Dr Briony Gliddon - Brain Tumour Glioblastoma: $43,000
  • Dr Guillermo A. Gomez - Brain Tumour Glioblastoma: $43,000
  • Dr Melinda Tea - Brain Tumour Glioblastoma: $25,000

Grants Funded 2021 $392,348

  • Dr Adam Wells – Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellowship $50,000
  • Assoc Prof Lyndsey Collins-Praino - James & Diana Ramsay Foundation - Parkinson's Disease $73,229
  • Dr Guillermo Gomez - Brain Tumour Research - $29,856
  • Dr Lisa Ebert - Brain Tumour Research - $30,000
  • Dr Briony Gliddon - Brain Tumour Research - $29,972
  • Dr Rebecca Ormsby - SA Brain Tumour Bank - $37,270
  • Dr Brett Stringer -Brain Tumour Research - $43,000
  • Assoc Prof Lyndsey Collins-Praino - Parkinson's Research - $13,021
  • Prof Leanne Dibbens - Adult & Paediatric Stroke research - $43,000
  • Dr Annabel Sorby-Adams - Stroke Research - $43,000

Grants Funded 2020 $757,959

  • Dr Adam Wells – Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellowship $50,000
  • Dr Tessa Gargett - NRF Paediatric Research Fund - Brain Tumour Research $25,246
  • Dr Melinda Tea - NRF Paediatric Research Fund - Brain Tumour Research $15,199
  • Dr Melinda Tea - Paediatric Brain Tumour Research $34,727
  • Assoc Prof Renee Turner - Perpetual - Stroke $6,675
  • Assoc Prof Renee Turner - Perpetual - Stroke $76,629
  • Assoc Prof Renee Turner - Coopers Brewery Foundation - Stroke $142,400
  • Assoc Prof Lyndsey Collins-Praino - James & Diana Ramsay Foundation - Parkinson's Disease $73,229
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - James & Diana Ramsay Foundation - Paediatric TBI $71,500
  • Dr Stephen Santoreneos - Wilkins Family Foundation - Women's & Children's Hospital - Equipment $17,074
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - Wilkins Family Foundation - Equipment $46,355
  • Assoc Prof Renee Turner - City to Bay - Paediatric TBI $9,668
  • Prof Stuart Pitson - In Memorial Hannah Philbey - UniSA - Brain Tumour Equipment $21,561
  • Assoc Prof Amal Abou-Hamden - Women's & Children's Hospital - Paediatric $30,000
  • Dr Paul Trim - Neurodegeneration Research - $29,998
  • Dr Nirmal Robinson - Brain Tumour Research - $29,690
  • Dr Anna Leonard - Spinal Cord Injury Research - $31,688
  • Dr Gobert Lee - Spinal Cord Injury Research - $16,360
  • Dr Amy Claire Reichelt - Traumatic Brain Injury Research - $29,960

Grants Funded 2019 $1,401,824

  • NRF Brain Tumour Research Chair University of South Australia $1 Million
  • Dr Adam Wells – Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellowship $50,000
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino, Dr Frances Corrigan – NRF Paediatric Research Fund $35,246
  • Assoc Prof Michael Brown & Dr Tessa Gargett - NRF Paediatric Research Fund - Brain Tumour Research $24,754
  • Assoc Prof Stuart Brierley – Traumatic Brain Injury $24,812
  • Dr George Opie - Traumatic Brain Injury $30,000
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino - Neurodegeneration Research $27,552
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino – Parkinson’s Disease Research $29,886
  • Dr Lisa Ebert - Brain Tumour Research $30,000
  • Dr Briony Gliddon - Brain Tumour Research $30,000
  • Dr Guillermo Gomez - Brain Tumour Research $30,000
  • Lola Kaukas PhD Student - Traumatic Brain Injury $30,000
  • Dr Melinda Tea - Brain Tumour Research $29,959

  • Dr Alexandra Whittaker - Paediatric Brain Tumour Research - $29,615

Grants Funded 2018 $467,888

  • Prof Stuart Pitson - Brain Tumour Research Equipment $58,150
  • Dr Quenten Schwarz - Paediatric Brain Tumour Research - Medulloblastoma $20,496
  • Dr Rebecca Ormsby and Dr Santosh Poonnoose - Brain Tumour Research - South Australia National Tumour Bank $41,600
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - Neurodegeneration Research - Concussion $24,442
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino - Neurodegeneration Research - Parkinsons $20,000
  • Dr Anna Leonard - Spinal Cord Injury $30,000
  • Dr Jillian Clark - Spinal Cord Injury $20,000
  • Dr Claire Jones - NRF Paediatric Research Fund - Traumatic Brain Injury $30,000
  • Dr Lisa Ebert - Paediatric Research - Childhood Brain Cancer $30,000
  • Chris Adams Scholarship at Uni SA - Brain Tumour Research $120,000
  • Women’s & Children’s Hospital – Equipment - SONOPET Ultrasonic Aspirator donated by The Wilkins Family Foundation $73,200

Grants Funded 2017 $299,746

  • Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellow - Dr Annika Mascarenhas Skull Base Surgery, $43,318
  • PhD Scholarship: NMDA receptor antagonism for primary brain cancer, $25,000
  • Ride Like Crazy Brain Tumour Research with Stuart Piston Lab UniSA, $68,462
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - Neurodegeneration Research - $20,000
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino - Traumatic Brain Injury Research - $30,000
  • Associate Professor Amal Abou-Hamden - Paediatric research $26,066
  • Equipment - Infinite Horizons Device for Spinal Cord Injury, University of Adelaide, $29,200
  • Equipment - Eppendorf Liquid Handler SETL Brain Tumour Research UniSA, $45,000
  • Neurosurgeon Research Donations: Dr Margeurite Harding, $7,700; Dr Adam Wells $5,000

Grants Funded 2016 $1,468,178

  • NRF Paediatric Neurosurgical Research University of Adelaide $1million
  • Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellow - Dr Alistair Jukes Skull Based Surgery $65,483
  • PhD Scholarship - Water Channels in Brain Tumours $25,000
  • Dr George Opie - Concussion $19,891
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino - Traumatic Brain Injury $19,532
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - Neurodegeneration $19,742
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $90,000
  • Equipment - NanoZoomer large tissue University of Adelaide $101,732
  • Equipment - Vascular Maddies Appeal Royal Adelaide Hospital $46,798

Grants Funded 2015 $899,607

  • PhD Scholarship - Water Channels in Brain Tumours $25,000
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $90,000
  • Equipment - Neurosurgical Microscope Flinders Medical Centre with Muriel Gunn Medical Research Fund $504,900
  • Equipment - NanoZoomer large tissue University of Adelaide $10,740
  • Equipment - Vascular with The Wilkins Family Foundation Royal Adelaide Hospital $45,617
  • Dr Jillian Clark - Spinal Cord Injury Research $30,000
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - Neurodegeneration & Concussion Research $20,000
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino Traumatic Brain Injury Research $30,000
  • Dr Lee-Anne Costello and Assoc/Prof Marianne Chapman - Traumatic Brain Injury Research Royal Adelaide Hospital $28,150
  • Assoc Prof Renee Turner and Assoc Prof Amal Abou-HamdenStroke Research $35,200

Grants Funded 2014 $239,500

  • PhD Scholarship - Water Channels in Brain Tumours $25,000
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $80,000
  • Equipment - MAGPIX System with Muriel Gunn Medical Research Fund University of Adelaide $54,500

Grants Funded 2013 $220,000

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Brain Haemorrhage Dr Tom Morris $60,000
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $80,000

Grants Funded 2012 $277,625

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $19,800
  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $35,000
  • Equipment - Operating microscopes with Muriel Gunn Medical Research Fund Women's & Children's Hospital $62,825
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $80,000

Grants Funded 2011 $311,800

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Traumatic Brain Injury Dr David Gidley $50,000
  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $29,800
  • Equipment - NanoZoomer with SA Police Ride Like Crazy University of Adelaide $160,000
  • Dean Bowman Brain Tumour Research Laboratory University of Adelaide $52,000
  • Stroke Research - Dr Renee Turner $20,000

Grants Funded 2010 $60,000

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $50,000
  • Parkinson’s Disease Research with Australian Executor Trustees $10,000

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