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Center on Aging

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.

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Senior Mentor Program

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.

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Murray Center for Research on Parkinson’s Disease

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.

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Stroke Research and Education Center Support Fund

The Stroke Research and Education Center (SREC) was established to provide a dedicated resource to enhance stroke-related education and research activities conducted at MUSC by providing mentorship, clinical and research expertise, research coordinator support, and administrative research support. Areas of particular interest for SREC are understanding stroke-related disparities and novel strategies for improving stroke prevention and recovery.

Money that is raised by the SREC Support Fund is used for initiation of new, innovative stroke research projects that need initial ‘seed’ money to get started. In addition, funds are used to cover travel costs for students and young physicians to present their research at local, regional, and national conferences.

Education: Money raised by SREC Support Fund is also used for educational programs for patients and caregivers, such as our annual Stroke Awareness Event.  In addition, these funds support programs to exposure students and residents to learning about stroke research and train the next generation of stroke doctors.
Click here to visit the MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center website.

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Brain and Spine Tumor Program / Brain Tumor Research Fund

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.

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Research and Education in Epilepsy Fund (REEF)

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.

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.

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.

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MUSC Neurology Residency and Alumni Fund

The MUSC Neurology Residency and Alumni Fund is dedicated towards residency-related items including book stipends, attendance at and travel to major Neurology Conferences, recruitment of new residents, call room improvements, resident retreat events, and alumni events.  With your kind support you will help us secure the necessary resources to maintain and enhance these activities.  Please help pave the way for the next generation of leaders in neurology and favorably impact the burden of neurological disease in our region and beyond, by supporting our mission of education, research, patient care, and public service.

Click here to visit the Neurology Residency website.

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Neurosurgery Residency Education Fund

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.

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MUSCANN Neurology Residency Education Fund

Over the last forty years, MUSC Neurology has established a sterling reputation for providing outstanding resident education. However, some of the factors that have made our program so successful in the past are now being threatened by financial constraints in the broader healthcare industry. These challenges to academic neurology notwithstanding, efforts like the creation of a dedicated Medical University of South Carolina Alumni in Neurology Network (MUSCANN) Residency Education fund into which Alumni can send in donations, will enable the department to maintain a long-standing tradition of rewarding neurology residency education experiences that go beyond those provided by just clinical operations within the Department.

What will Your Donation to the MUSCANN Residency Education Fund be Used For?

  • Recruitment: Ably hosting prospective applicants and successfully recruiting a diverse and talented group of residents every year.
  • Conferences: Facilitating resident attendance at major Neurology Meetings including the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, and various Neurology Subspecialty annual Meetings.
  • Retreats: Supporting resident-focused events aimed at promoting camaraderie, e.g. the annual residency educational retreat.
  • Research: Providing means for residents to present their research work at national meetings, paying for publication charges for accepted articles with our housestaff as lead authors, and printing of posters to be displayed on the Annual Resident Research Day.
  • Equipment: Purchasing software, educational models and other equipment to enhance clinical training and patient care.
  • Facilities: Improving call and work room spaces.
  • Education: Providing stipends to purchase textbooks or subscribe to leading neurology journals that will boost resident knowledge and professional competence.
  • Outreach: Paying transportation costs and refreshments when residents as part of their training and in their free time, engage actively in community outreach activities, such as our general neurology clinic for uninsured patients in North Charleston, the DREAM Clinic.
  •  Recognition: Funding modest stipends linked to annual resident awards – Highest In-service exam score, Best Research Presentation, and Excellence in Care.

Donations to this fund are tax deductible, and can be made by direct donation, through deferred gifts, the creation of named funds, or by designating the Neurology Residency Education Fund when you submit a donation to the MUSC Foundation. As a resident alumnus, your support is invaluable to our continued success. Please consider making a donation today.

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Dr. Phanor L. Perot, Jr.  Endowed Chair in Spinal Cord Injury

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.

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Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory

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.

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Jerry Zucker Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research

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.

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Livi Center for Mitochondrial Disease

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