Research - Fellowships and Awards

ASAP Syringomyelia /Chiari Fellowship Award

Award Amount
Up to $10-20,000

The ASAP Syringomyelia/Chiari Fellowship is meant to assist neurosurgeons in the clinical investigation or basic science research of syringomyelia, Chiari malformation and related disorders. The American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Inc. sponsors this fellowship award.

The fellowship is open to all neurosurgical residents and fully trained neurosurgeons at any stage of their career in the United States. The fellow will spend 6 to 12 months under the direction of a specific sponsor in clinical, translational, or basic science investigation as relevant to syringomyelia, Chiari malformation and related disorders.

Eligible Expenses
The amount of support will depend on the location and duration of the fellowship. Budget support of up to $20,000 is available. Detailed budget justification and an account of expenses incurred following completion of the fellowship are required. Residents will not be paid extra salary support that is already covered by your clinical residency program. In addition to the budgeted expenses, the cost of meeting registration and travel (economy airfare reserved at least two weeks in advance) to the ASAP Chiari & Syringomyelia Conference in the year of the fellowship will be reimbursed.

Application Requirements
• Cover letter
• Description of the proposed fellowship with education and/or research goals
• A personal statement detailing the reasons for pursuing the Fellowship and plans thereafter
• A detailed budget plan for the proposed fellowship expenses and salary justification costs
• Letter of support from designated mentor
• Letter of support from designated program
• Letter of support from the training program director, if applicable
• Current CV
• Two letters of support from neurosurgeons or other professional medical references familiar with the applicant and his/her goals and commitment
• Reprints of previous publications by the applicant pertinent to the application
• Headshot photograph
Complete the application requirements listed above and mail to:

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS
Chair, ASAP Research committee
PO Box 1586
Longview TX 75606

Questions? Email: and -subject: ASAP fellowship

ASAP fellowship guidelines updated
Our Past Recipients

ASAP is pleased to announce our 2008-2009 Recipient:

Dr. Blackburn

Congratulations to Dr. Spiros Blackburn, a fifth year resident at the Washington University in Saint Louis. Before attending medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Dr Blackburn earned a mechanical engineering degree from Old Dominion University.

He will be working under the direction of Dr. Michael Chicoine to evaluate anatomical changes in the posterior fossa during surgical decompression using intra-operative MRI. They hope to shed light on why certain patients improve with a bone-only decompression and determine if it is possible to identify these patients prior to surgery.

In addition to skull base neurosurgery, Dr. Blackburn’s subspecialty interests include cerebrovascular and endovascular surgery.

Past Participants

  • 2007-2008: Sandi Lam, MD and Dr. Mathew McGirt, MD
  • 2006-2007: Andrew Jea, MD
  • 2005-06: Richard Reid, MD
  • 2004: Joshua Medows, MD
  • 2002: John C. Wellons, III, MD