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International Stroke Research Fellowship Program

International Stroke Research Fellowship

Dear International Stroke Colleagues,

The Department of Neuroscience at The Medical University of South Carolina offers one or two year international stroke research fellowship in the Stroke Neurology Division and The Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center.

The MUSC Stroke Faculty (both clinical and research faulty) includes world-renowned vascular neurologists, neurointensivists, neurointerventionalists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, stroke epidemiologists and stroke recovery scientists. The MUSC Stroke Center is a major stroke tertiary referral center for the State of South Carolina and is also the hub of a 14 site state-wide tele-stroke network. The Extramural funding to the Stroke Neurology Division has exceeded $32 million from 2008-2012.

The international stroke research fellowship provides research training with cutting edge research opportunities in various stroke topics (see below). In addition, the fellow also has opportunities to attend weekly stroke case conferences, weekly neuroscience grand rounds and monthly stroke journal club, etc.  Clinical observation opportunities can be incorporated into training as well.  A certificate of fellowship will be granted upon successful completion of training. The potential candidate also has an option to enroll into a one year Master Degree of Clinical Research (MSCR) program if interested.  

The international stroke research fellowship offers opportunities for clinical, epidemiological, and recovery research.  The potential fellow will participate in research projects with one or several stroke faculty.  Areas of active training topics include, but not limited to:

  1. Medical and endovascular treatment of intracranial atherosclerosis (Drs. Marc Chimowitz and Tanya Turan)
  2. Stroke prevention in sickle cell disease (Dr. Robert Adams)
  3. Stroke clinical trial methodology and conduction (Drs. Marc Chimowitz, Bruce Ovbiagele and Robert Adams)
  4. Stroke treatment through tele-medicine network (Drs. Robert Adams and Christine Holmstedt)
  5. High-resolution MRI for identification of vulnerable intracranial plaque (Dr. Tanya Turan),
  6. Stroke epidemiology in racial disparity and hypertension control (Drs. Daniel Lackland, Bruce Ovbiagele, Jenifer Voeks, Wayne Feng)
  7. Stroke recovery and rehabilitation (Drs. Wayne Feng and Steve Kautz).
  8. Neurosonology, including carotid ultrasound and TCDs (Drs. Shelly Ozark and Wayne Feng)
  9. Biomarker development in cerebro-vascular injuries (Dr. Edward Jauch)


View sample curriculum.

Fellowship Application Requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing your background and training plan
  • Evidence of funding support for the fellowship
  • An in-person interview or an online video/web camera interview will be conducted to assess the candidate’s English language proficiency.  Candidate must meet J-1 Exchange Visitor English Proficiency Policy prior to acceptance to this program.

pdf thumbnail Click here to view pdf of the J-1 English Proficiency Interview Form.

Please contact Ana Guarino ( or Dr. Wayne Feng ( for further information about the stroke fellowship.

Wayne Feng M.D., MS
Assistant Professor
Director, International Scholarship Program
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Medical University of South Carolina Stroke Center
Department of Health Science & Research
The Center of Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions

Tel: 843-792-3020

Fax: 843-792-2484



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