Synthes and Codman Award

The Section also fosters advancement in neurotrauma research by sponsoring five resident research awards each year.  

Semiannually, the Synthes Awards for Craniofacial Injury and Spinal Cord Injury are presented at the AANS and CNS annual meetings.  Consideration for these awards is predicated upon an applicant’s request for award consideration while submitting abstracts to the respective meetings.  

The Codman Resident Neurotrauma Research Award is given during the Spring Meeting.  This award consists of a one-year grant for conducting research.  The research is presented during the AANS meeting the following year.  Applications for the Codman award are due by June 1, 2018 and will be reviewed by a small sub-committee.  Any resident interested in submitting for these research grants is encouraged to contact the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Eve Tsai at


Codman 2018/19 Award: Application Instructions & Research Fellowship Agreement

Codman has established an annual grant/stipend of $15,000 to support a fellowship in the area of basic or applied clinical research in the field of neurotrauma and/or critical care. Indirect costs will not be covered.

The grant will be competitively awarded to a neurosurgery resident in training, or within two years of finishing training, from an accredited North American program and is intended to support either one year's salary or a predetermined research proposal that can be accomplished in a one-year time frame.

The fellowship may be undertaken at any North American or European center with an established reputation in either clinical or basic research for head injury, spinal cord injury or the important issues in critical care pertinent thereto. The fellowship is not intended to support advanced clinical training in these areas.

It is expected that the research accomplished during this fellowship would be of a caliber to result in one or more publications in appropriate refereed journals. As a requirement of funding, the applicant will present completed research as a special lecture at either the AANS or CNS Annual Meeting Joint Section program. 



Codman Award 2018-19

Please submit the completed application to:

Eve C. Tsai, MD, PhD, FRCSC, CIP
AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care Awards Chair
C-2 Neurosciences
Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON Canada K1Y 4E9