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Neuroscience Institute


Congratulations to Serena Kinley-Cooper, a member of Dr. DeAnna Adkins' lab, for being awarded an F99 NIH NINDS grant entitled "The Effects of Inhibitory Contra-Lesional Stimulation on Motor Recovery in an Animal Model of Stroke."

Congratulations to David Hartmann, a 7th year M.D./Ph.D. student within the Department of Neuroscience, as the first place winner in this year's Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Essay Contest.

David recently defended his dissertation on the ability of pericytes to regulate blood flow based on research he conducted in Andy Shih's laboratory, and is now excited to return to the medical school portion of his training. While compiling and publishing the final pieces of his dissertation research, he’s also trying to release an indie rock album. He credits his academic, musical, and global explorations to great teachers and the support of family, friends, and his wife, Erica.

2018 Lasker Foundation Essay Contest Winners

Upcoming Events

2018 SCTR Scientific Retreat on Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research
From Genes to Pathology: The Path Forward in Genetically Complex Neurodevelopment Syndroms
Friday, October 12 from 9:00am until 5:00pm in Bioengineering Building, Room 101

Recent Dissertation Defenses

Student: Sarah Corrin Garr
Title: The Effect of Acute Stress and Adolescent Alcohol Exposure on Behavioral Flexibility in Adulthood
Mentor: Judson Chandler, Ph.D.

Student: José I. Peña Bravo 
Title: Prefrontal Synaptic Glutamate Transmission Dynamics Across Psychostimulants and Behavioral Paradigms of Drug Addiction
Mentor: Antonieta Lavin, Ph.D.

Student: Robert Underly
Title: The Response of Pericytes to Microvascular Ischemia
Mentor: Andy Shih, Ph.D.

Student: David Hartmann
Title: Pericytes Wrap Vessels Tight and Keep Blood Flowing Right: An Updated View of the Structure and Function of Cerebral Pericytes
Mentor: Andy Shih, Ph.D.

Student: Krishna Bharani
Title: Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor as a Biomarker for Aging and Dementia
Mentor: Lotta Granholm-Bentley, Ph.D.

Student: Benjamin Siemsen
Title: Prelimbic Cortical Synaptic and structural Plasticity Following Cocaine Self-administration and Abstinence in Rats: Role of Glutamatergic Pathway Specificity
Mentor: Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D.


The Neuroscience Institute (NI) of MUSC is a center of neuroscience research, education, and treatment that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration among basic and clinical neuroscientists. It is not housed in a single department, but rather is a university-wide institute with the aim of supporting neuroscience research in any department or college of MUSC. The primary focus of the NI is to promote translational research to bridge the gap between the basic sciences and clinical sciences. It brings together the minds necessary to treat and cure neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric, addiction, and sleep disorders and provides many of the resources needed to achieve these goals. Today, scientists at the NI focus on cognitive neuroscience, neurodegenerative disease, addiction, pain, mood, and sleep disorders research, to name a few areas. The Neuroscience Institute also emphasizes development, education, and outreach.

Dr. Jacqueline McGinty

Jacqueline F. McGinty, Ph.D.
Director of the Neuroscience Institute at MUSC

Brandon Harris-Smith



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