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Dr. Boger’s interest in aging and Parkinson’s disease began when her grandfather, Paul D. Boger, Sr., was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease in 1995.  A few months into her graduate training at MUSC in 2001, her grandfather passed away.  His struggle and strong will to survive has been her inspiration to remain dedicated to her efforts to unlock this disease and find answers that will help individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease as well as their families.  Dr. Boger’s work has resulted in multiple publications and grants being funded related to aging and neurodegeneration. 

After receiving her BS in biology in 2001 from Presbyterian College, Heather received her PhD in biomedical sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006.  Following graduation, she went to Umeå, Sweden as a post-doctoral fellow.  In 2007, she returned to the Medical University of South Carolina to continue her post-doctoral work related to aging and neurodegeneration, specifically Parkinson’s disease. 

Dr. Boger was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience in 2011, at which time she became director of several educational programs within the MUSC College of Medicine.  Due to her dedication and compassion for the elderly and for geriatric medical training, Dr. Boger was named the Interim Director of the MUSC Center on Aging in August 2016.  Through the Center on Aging, she continues to work on increasing geriatric education, research, and outreach in the Charleston area.

Dr. Heather Boger
Interim Director


Vanessa Hinson, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the Movement Disorders Program at MUSC. She earned her medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Hamburg School of Medicine in Hamburg, Germany. After completing a research fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she trained in neurology in Muenster, Germany. She completed her residency at MUSC where she also served as chief resident. Following fellowship training in movement disorders at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, she joined MUSC's faculty. Dr. Hinson's special interests include the diagnosis and treatment of dystonia, Botulinum Toxin injections, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and other movement disorders.

Dr. Vanessa Hinson
Deputy Director


Dr. Adkins’ research program is focused on further understanding the relationship between experience-dependent brain plasticity and functional recovery after stroke and traumatic brain injury.  The lab investigates how learning-induced neural plasticity can be capitalized upon and used in conjunction with novel pharmacological, behavioral and technological treatments to drive better motor and cognitive recovery after brain injury.  One of the primary goals of this research program is to translate basic research findings into more optimized treatments for human survivors of brain damage.

Dr. DeAnna Adkins
Deputy Director  


Kelly has been a coordinator for the Center on Aging since 2010. She receieved a BS in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida. Much of her time since joining the Center has been spent working with the Senior Mentor Program, the Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Neuropathology Lab. Her role includes community and University relations through planning events, publishing newsletters, organizing speaking engagements, and serving as a liason between MUSC and the community with regards to aging research and education. Currently, Kelly is the PR Chair for the Lowcountry Senior Network and member of the National Aging in Place Coalition.  

Kelly Franklin
Administrative Coordinator


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