Giving to Neurosciences
- Alzheimer's Research & Clinical Programs (ARCP)
- Brain and Spine Tumor Research Fund / Brain Tumor Research Fund
- Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory
- Center on Aging
- Dr. Phanor L. Perot, Jr. Endowed Chair in Spinal Cord Injury
- General Neurology
- General Neurosurgery
- Jerry Zucker Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research
- Livi Center for Mitochondrial Disease
- Murray Center for Research on Parkinson's Disease
- Neurosurgery Residency Education Fund
- REACH Stroke Program
- Research and Education in Epilepsy Fund (REEF)/Epilepsy
- Senior Mentor Program
To make a gift to MUSC Neurosciences click here.
The Center on Aging is a research, service, and education center at the Medical University of South Carolina. The vision of the center is to improve the quality of life for older adults through translational research and education of health professionals and the public. As a part of the Healthy Aging Work Group at MUSC, it has a prominent role in a plan that addresses health promotion, increasing longevity, and improving the quality of life of senior South Carolinians.
For more information: MUSC.edu/aging
The Senior Mentor Program connects medical students from the Medical University of South Carolina with people aged 65 years and older living in the Charleston, SC area. Over the next 20 years, 10,000 “baby boomers” will turn 65 every day, resulting in 78 million more elderly individuals in the United States alone. The goals of the program are:
- Provide a learning experience for MUSC medical students
- Help reduce stereotypes about aging
- Improve the way future doctors care for older persons
MUSC’s medical students are paired with "healthy" seniors in the community and they are given a series of assignments that they will be completing based on interactions with their mentors, that relate to what they have learned in the classroom.
For more information: MUSC.edu/senior
The Murray Center for Research on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder’s mission is to find the causes of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, create new treatments, and ultimately find a way to detect and prevent the illness before symptoms develop. The center at MUSC is a multidisciplinary program which is directed by Vanessa Hinson, MD, PhD. Founded in 2002, the center fosters innovative research, outreach, and education. It has also gained substantial support from national foundations and NIH funded projects.
For more information: MUSC.edu/aging/research/parkinsons
The REACH program is a part of the Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at MUSC. It is a stroke team that provides urgent consultations at select hospitals in South Carolina through a Web-based outreach initiative called REACH MUSC. "REACH" stands for Remote Evaluation of Acute ischemic Stroke. It is a potentially life-saving network that connects partnering hospitals with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC's stroke care experts, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and brain imaging studies.
Many rural, community medical centers have stroke patients arrive in their emergency department, but don't have a neurologist on staff or do not have enough neurologists provide an around-the-clock stroke team capable of rapid stroke evaluation and treatment. The REACH MUSC team is an initiative that provides the necessary support and resources to spread the capability of our neurology team.
For more information: MUSChealth.com/stroke/reach
The MUSC Brain & Spine Tumor Program strives to bring the most innovative and promising treatments to its brain tumor patients through participation in world-class clinical trial protocols and research that aims to improve the lives of patients with central nervous system tumors.
Over 190,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year. Brain tumors are a leading cause of tumor cancer deaths in children. Brain tumors are the 3rd most common cause of cancer death in adults within the 20-39 range.
For more information on the MUSC Brain and Spine Tumor Program visit:
The Research and Education in Epilepsy Fund was established in 2007 to support innovations in epilepsy in South Carolina as well as the coastal regions of North Carolina and Georgia.
Research: Money that is raised by REEF is used for initiation of new, creative epilepsy research. Creative new research projects often have trouble getting started, due to a lack of funding. Larger, more established, and conventional research is typically supported by large government research grants. However, new ideas usually need "pilot studies" to show promise, before major funding can be pursued. REEF provides support for such new ideas, enabling them to get off the ground, and to see if the projects have promise.
Education: Part of the money raised by REEF is also used for education of patients, caregivers, and young healthcare professionals.
Click here to visit the MUSC Epilepsy Center website.
The Medical University of South Carolina has been dedicated to training leaders in the field of neurosurgery since 1964. Our faculty members are widely recognized as cutting edge leaders in the field and are dedicated to educating and preparing the next generation. However it takes more than time and mentoring alone to produce a well trained and well rounded physician. By supporting the Neurosurgery Residency Education Fund you will help support special research projects and educational opportunities for our residents.
Dr. Phanor L. Perot, Jr., served as chairman of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Neurological Surgery from 1968 to 1997. This endowed chair named in his memory, enables MUSC to attract the best educators and researchers in the country by establishing in perpetuity a means of support for spinal cord injury research at MUSC. By supporting this endowed chair, you are honoring the legacy of Dr. Perot and helping advance the research and patient care available for spinal cord injury patients.
As the most prevalent form of dementia and memory disorder, Alzheimer’s disease currently affects more than four million Americans, including one in ten citizens over 65 and nearly half of those 85 and older. As the Baby Boomers continue to age, the number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is expected to skyrocket, reaching more than 14 million by the year 2050.
To address these challenges, the Medical University of South Carolina developed Alzheimer’s Research and Clinical Programs to serve as a statewide resource for patients, families and physicians.
The program provides a full spectrum of services designed to minimize, and ultimately end, the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, including:
- Comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services
- Ground-breaking research investigations
- Clinical drug trials
- Educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, patients and their caregivers
Click here to visit ARCP's webpages.
The Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory serves as a statewide resource for patients, families, and researchers and will be the link between scientists and clinicians involved in aging research. The primary goal is to improve the diagnosis, care, and treatment of individuals suffering from neurological diseases; and, to accomplish this task, we must obtain brain tissue through donations from persons with neurological disorders, as well as those without, so that we may study the mechanisms responsible for these devastating illnesses. There is a great need for brain tissue from healthy older adults, for comparison and for studies of normal aging-related changes in the brain.
The generous donation of brain tissue, as well as financial support from South Carolinians has helped this young program gain momentum and recognition, however there is much work that remains to be done in order to develop treatment avenues for these neurological disorders.
For more information, please visit: MUSC.edu/brainbank
Endowed chairs serve a vital role in a university’s ability to recruit the best educators and researchers in the country. The opportunity to honor the memory of Mr. Jerry Zucker by establishing a chair in brain tumor research is most fitting. This chair will continually serve the university by attracting the next generation of researchers and promoting continual discovery and understanding. Your support of the Jerry Zucker Endowed Chair will be compounded by the chairholder’s commitment to both education and the sharing of their knowledge and perspectives with students and permanent faculty alike.