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Our Heritage

Our Heritage
The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation is the proud co-creation of two of the most respected spine-research grant-making foundations, the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). These two organizations bring decades of leadership in advancing spine-care science and practice.

NREF | Advancing Neurosurgery Through Research
Founded in 1981 as a direct response to the reduction in federal and private funding for medical research, the NREF supports research training of young neurosurgeon scientists by providing a private, non-governmental source of support. In this era of continually contracting federal support, such funding for neurosurgical research is highly dependent on the generosity of individuals, groups, practices and corporate supporters. To learn more about the NREF, click here.

OREF | Making More Possible
From shoulders to knees to toes and everything in between, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) helps provide a better quality of life for persons of all ages by facilitating clinically relevant orthopaedic research and education. An independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 grant-making organization founded in 1955, OREF is the leading and most experienced administrator of grants for the advancement of orthopaedic specialty care. To learn more about OREF, click here.