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Dr. Dominique Higgins was selected as a member of the Section on Tumors Research and Neurosurgery Research EducationDr. Dominique Higgins Fund (NREF) subcommittee.

The Section on Tumors NREF subcommittee’s purpose is to develop and foster research aspects of neurosurgical oncology, and assist the NREF with annual grant reviews. The subcommittee will also develop new opportunities focused on research for neurosurgical oncologists, collaborating with other organizations in similar fields when possible.

Dr. Higgins’s research focus is on the treatment of malignant brain tumors, including glioblastoma. As a physician-scientist, he understands the importance of providing funding for neurosurgical oncology research. “I look forward to working with the tumor section leadership and other members of the subcommittee to develop and foster research in neurosurgical oncology, as we also identify more opportunities for UNC Neurosurgery and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to collaborate on research,” said Dr. Higgins.

Dr. Dominique Higgins is the director of adult neurosurgical oncology at UNC Health. He completed a dual MD/PhD program at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and spent time during his training in the tumor-focused labs.  He then went on to complete his neurosurgery residency at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute of New York and a brain tumor fellowship at the University of Miami.

About The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1980 by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The NREF supports basic science and clinical research, as well as life-long education, to foster improved outcomes for patients with neurological diseases.