Arman Jahangiri and his team won the Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award for their research, "From Bench to Bedside: National Institutes of Health Funding for Neurosurgeons form 1991-2015," according to newswise.
The authors analyzed trends in NIH neurosurgical funding through a retrospective review of NIH-funded American Association of Neurological Surgeons' members. They looked at 6,515 neurosurgeons over 24 years.
Here are seven observations:
- Of the 6,515 neurosurgeons, 391 won NIH grants.
- More neurosurgeons with both medical degrees and doctorate degrees received NIH funding than those neurosurgeons with only medical degrees.
- A neurosurgeon received an average of 12.5 years of total funding.
- R01, K08, F32, M01 and R21 represented the most commonly awarded grants.
- Of those funded neurosurgeons, 32 transitioned to funded clinical trials.
- Funded neurosurgical subspecialties included neuro-oncology, epilepsy, cerebrovascular, trauma and spine.
- The researchers noticed a decrease in K08 funding and a plateau in F32 funding. The increase in R01 funding in the last 24 years may be challenging to sustain.