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A look into neurosurgeon NIH funding from 1991-2015 — 7 observations

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:

  1. Of the 6,515 neurosurgeons, 391 won NIH grants.
  2. More neurosurgeons with both medical degrees and doctorate degrees received NIH funding than those neurosurgeons with only medical degrees.
  3. A neurosurgeon received an average of 12.5 years of total funding.
  4. R01, K08, F32, M01 and R21 represented the most commonly awarded grants.
  5. Of those funded neurosurgeons, 32 transitioned to funded clinical trials.
  6. Funded neurosurgical subspecialties included neuro-oncology, epilepsy, cerebrovascular, trauma and spine.
  7. 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.
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