Neurology Education and Research Fund (NERF)

Since the inception of our residency program in 1973, UT Southwestern has trained more than 40 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 Darrin Goldin in the Office of Development Programs: Email

What is NERF?

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, composed of prominent alumni, have set annual goals for NERF. All gifts will exclusively support the advancement of educational programming in the Department of Neurology:

  • Neurology Senior 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 - improvements of audiovisual systems to enhance communication at the Medical School, Clements University Hospital, the new Parkland Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Annual UT Southwestern 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 Senior Research Day and the annual Residency and Fellowship graduation event to recognize outstanding achievement among residents and fellows.

How to donate

You may contact one of the following people or submit a donation online. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Dr. Elan Louis, Chair, Department of Neurology

Dr. Steven Vernino, Vice-Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs

Pepper Wedgewood, Administrative Manager, Department of Neurology

Darrin Goldin, Associate Vice President of Development Programs