Neurology Education and Research Fund (N.E.R.F.)

Since the inception of our residency program in 1973, UT Southwestern has trained more then forty classes of adult neurology residents. Over the past decade, our neurology residency and fellowship training programs have grown in size and reputation, gaining national recognition for innovation and excellence.

It is imperative that we continue to provide high-quality neurology training at UT Southwestern, but traditional sources of financial support such as state education funds and clinical revenues have diminished dramatically over time. Consequently, many of our past residents, fellows, and faculty have expressed their interest in supporting UT Southwestern’s critical mission to educate young neurologists, both to support the future of the field and the future of the Medical Center. 

If you would like to support our neurology training programs, please contact Anne Lacey in our Development Office. anne.lacey@utsouthwestern.edu

What is N.E.R.F.?

NERF is an opportunity to support the active and growing neurology training programs at UT Southwestern. The fund will enhance training for our residents and fellows by providing important activities that would not be possible without generous donors. 

The fund's advisory committee, comprised of prominent alumni, have set annual goals for NERF. All gifts will exclusively support the advancement of educational programming in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics:

  • Neurology Research Day - a scientific conference held on campus to highlight the accomplishments of residents and fellows.
  • Research Support - competitive travel grants for trainees who have presentations accepted at national meetings as well as competitive funding of research projects.
  • Enhancement of Didactic Conferences - improve audiovisual systems to enhance communication among the Medical School, Clements University Hospital, the new Parkland Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Annual Neurology Alumni Reception - a reception held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology for past and current trainees and faculty to meet and discuss the field.
  • Annual Neurology Awards - awards presented at Research Day and the annual graduation dinner to recognize outstanding achievement among residents and fellows.

How to donate

You may contact one of the following people or submit a donation online.

Dr. Steve Vernino, Director of Neurology Residency Program
steven.vernino@utsouthwestern.edu

Pepper Wedgewood, Sr. Education Coordinator, Neurology Residency Program
pepper.wedgewood@utsouthwestern.edu

Anne Lacey, Director of Development for Neurosciences
anne.lacey@utsouthwestern.edu 
214-648-9086

Donate online by using the online giving form.  NOTE: If you use this form, it is CRITICAL that you select "specific use" under the designation section and type "Neurology Education and Research Fund" in the box.

*All donations are 100% tax deductible.