Annual Report 2019

  • The NRF has funded over 20 researchers dedicated to looking for cures, improving treatments and developing drugs that are progressing from the laboratory to clinical trials.
  • Professor Stuart Pitson was appointed the inaugural NRF Chair of Brain Tumour Research at UniSA.
  • Dr Adam Wells was awarded the Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellowship - this will enable the development of a trauma bank that will result in better outcomes for patients, with the hope of establishing a South Australian Neurosurgery Register.
  • Donations and fundraising totalled $894,217 for neurosurgical disease research in SA.
  • NRF funds 15 research grants totalling $1,189.126.
  • Full 2019 Financial report available here.

Annual Report 2018

  • $1 million donation to The University of South Australia for the NRF Chair of Brain Tumour Research.
  • In memory of Chris Adams $120,000 donated to establish the Chris Adams UniSA Research Grant to support an annual student or early career researcher scholarship supporting brain tumour research.
  • Donations to the NRF fund 11 new research projects, that is $347,888 valuable research dollars going towards Neurodegeneration, Parkinson’s, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Paediatric and Brain Tumour Research.

  • Full 2018 Financial Report available here.

Annual Report 2017

  • The NRF has pledged a $1 million donation

    to the Centre for Cancer Biology (University of South Australia) in April next year for Glioblastoma research.

  • Brain tumour research will be our priority for 2018. However, we will continue to support all areas of neurosurgical research where possible including: stroke, concussion, neurodegeneration, paediatric and neurotrauma.

  • Full 2017 Financial Report available here.


Annual Report 2016

  • The NRF donated $1 million to the University of Adelaide
  • Fundraising efforts through The NRF supported the acquisition of a NanoZoomer for the University of Adelaide
  • $1,339,012 in new research and equipment was funded by the NRF through donations
  • Professor Robert Vink's first term as NRF President
  • Full 2016 Financial Report available here.

Annual Report 2015

  • The NRF's most successful year in its 52-year history: in both fundraising and research support.
  • Through donations of $4.3 million to the University of Adelaide, research areas expanded to include brain tumours, concussion, stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, subarachnoid haemorrhage, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Donations of $1 million established the NRF Paediatric Neurosurgical Research Fund
  • Dr. Renée Turner appointed as the NRF Director of Neurosurgical Research at the University of Adelaide
  • Brian North, after serving 11 years as NRF President, stood down and nominated Professor Robert Vink as the new NRF President.
  • Full 2015 Financial Report available here.

Annual Report 2014

  • The NRF celebrates 50 years since it was founded in 1963 by Dr Trevor Denning
  • To celebrate 50 years of achievements, a Gala Dinner was held at the Entertainment Centre, raising over $102,000 for research funding.
  • Full 2014 Financial Report available here.

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Annual Report 2013

  • Since 2010, SA Police 'Ride Like Crazy' event donated $320,000 to The NRF for brain tumour research.
  • Australian Executor Trustees allocated a $5,000 grant to the Paediatric Appeal from their annual discretionary charitable trusts
  • Full 2013 Financial Report available here.

Annual Report 2012

  • NRF Coopers Open Day 2011 raised $10,500 toward neurosurgical research.
  • NRF spring challenges raised $40,000 for neurosurgical research
  • Full 2012 Financial Report available here.

Annual Report 2011

  • In the 2010/2011 financial year, the NRF received donations worth $608,000
  • The NRF became a beneficiary of the South Australian Police in their 'Ride Like Crazy' events held during the Tour Down Under, which has allowed the NRF to provide pivotal equipment to assist brain tumour research at the University of Adelaide
  • Santos made a donation to the NRF to establish the Dean Bowman Brain Tumour Research Laboratory
  • The Paediatric Appeal received $110,000 in funding for intra-operative ultrasound equipment. This was donated to the Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Full 2011 Financial Report available here.

Annual Report 2010

  • The NRF launched the Paediatric Appeal to raise $2 million to establish research into brain diseaes, life threatening conditions, and trauma in children
  • The NRF attracted $440,000 in research funding from the Brain Foundation and National Health and Medical Research Council
  • The NRF Coopers Open Day raised $11,500 toward life-saving neurosurgical research
  • Full 2010 Financial Report available here.