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Nancy Feracco

Department of Neurology

Stroke Research and Education Center

southeast virtual institute for health equity and wellness


Daniel Lackland

Daniel T. Lackland, Dr.P.H.
Co-Director, MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center

Robert Adams

Robert Adams, M.D., MS
Co-Director, MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center

Ellen Debenham

Ellen Debenham, RN, CCRC
Program Manager

Executive Committee:

Tanya N. Turan, M.D., MS

Edward C. Jauch, M.D., MS

Robert J. Adams, M.D., MS

Marc I. Chimowitz, MBChB

Steven A. Kautz, Ph.D.

Aquilla S. Turk, D.O.

Daniel T. Lackland, Dr.P.H.

Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., MSc

Jenifer Voeks, Ph.D.

Ellen Debenham, RN


The Stroke Research and Education Center, within the Stroke Neurology Division, provides a dedicated resource to enhance cerebrovascular education and research activities conducted at MUSC. The Center provides expertise and mentoring services for enhancing research opportunities and grant development. Specifically, the Center facilitates the productivity of investigators and educators focused on stroke by enhancing collaborations both domestically and globally. 

Our Team

The Stroke Research and Education Center includes faculty and staff involved in many National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD) funded research studies focused on treating and preventing stroke more effectively.  The Stroke Research Faculty includes not only Stroke Neurologists, but also Stroke Epidemiologists and Emergency Medicine Physicians.


Specific Educational programs offered in conjunction with the Stroke Research and Education Center:

A.  Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR): 

  • The MSCR program trains individuals to become principal investigators on grants, faculty in medical schools and team leaders who are seeking careers in clinical research.  The program is a component of the educational core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and is compliant with core competencies recommended by the Association for Clinical Research Training.  The degree is granted through the College of Graduates Studies.  The objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research in the clinical setting, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.

B. Master of Science in Clinical Research –Global: 

  • The MUSC Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Global Program specifically highlights global expansion in research, education and clinical care.  The objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research and develop research protocols, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.

C. Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP): 

  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on cutting edge biomedical research projects. Participants in this 10-week program are to perform at a graduate student level. Students are placed with faculty members whose research is closely related to academic interests and professional goals of the students. Students work with faculty on an individual basis or as part of a research team.

D. Summer Professional Student Research Program: 

  • The goal of the program is to introduce students in the health professions to biomedical research by allowing them to work during the summer in a research environment under the guidance of an experienced investigator.

E. Continuing Medical Education program: 

  • We strive to support physicians by providing exemplary educational activities which teach evidence-based practices and identify new and emerging health care needs so that, through education, we can significantly improve health.  Information is available on upcoming conferences, workshops, grand rounds, case conferences and web based CME.  Resources are provided to assist physicians and other healthcare professionals in the care of their patients.

F. World Hypertension League: 

  • The objectives of the World Hypertension League are to promote the detection, control and prevention of arterial hypertension in populations. The World Hypertension League is a federation of leagues, societies, and other national bodies devoted to this goal. The thrust of the WHL's action is in liaison with the member organizations, promoting the exchange of information among them, and offering internationally applicable methods and programs for hypertension control.

G. Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence – Quality Improvement Organization for North and South Carolina: 

  • The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) provides services that improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care throughout the southeast. CCME serves the Medicaid and Medicare programs to ensure that the recipients of these services receive the highest quality and most cost effective care possible. They also conduct research to measure, monitor, and improve health care and provide education services for physicians and other health professionals to earn required credit hours.

H. Hypertension Specialist credential: 

  • The ASH Specialists Program was formed by the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) in response to the growing recognition that the hypertension problem requires the coordinated effort of front-line health care providers and those physicians with documented expertise in managing hypertension. The ASH Specialists Program created the Specialist in Clinical Hypertension designation for the specific purpose of identifying and recognizing physicians with expert skills and knowledge in the management of clinical hypertension and related disorders. These physicians can act as local and regional consultants for the more complex and difficult cases and also assist in advice regarding guidelines and process improvement.

I. ACGME Accredited Vascular Neurology Fellowship: 

  • The MUSC stroke fellowship offers opportunities for both clinical and epidemiological research and fellows will be encouraged to participate in research projects. Areas of interest to the stroke group include medical and endovascular treatment of intracranial atherosclerosis, endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke, long-term prognosis of stroke-related sickle cell disease, telemedicine, high-resolution MRI for identification of vulnerable intracranial plaque, and stroke risk and outcomes in South Carolina.

J. Neurosciences Grand Rounds: 

  • Neurology Grand Rounds lectures comprise presentations of the latest cutting edge research, advances in educational methods, evidence-based practice approaches, and clinical case discussions by eminent faculty within and beyond MUSC.

K. Stroke/Neurocritical Care Journal Club:

  • A combined monthly stroke/neurocritical care journal club lead by the vascular neurology clinic fellow or neuro-critical care fellow.


Areas of research focus in stroke include:

1. Population and Prevention

a. Understanding stroke risk factors and disparities

b. Sickle cell disease

c. Intracranial atherosclerosis

2. Acute Stroke Care

a. Medical management

b. Neurointerventional management

c. Management of ICP

d. Management of ICH

3. Stroke Imaging in collaboration with the College of Health Professions

a. Motor outcomes

b. Brain stimulation

4.     Stroke Imaging in collaboration with the Center for Biomedical Imaging


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