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Office of Research

Researchers among our faculty and doctoral students at the College of Nursing at MUSC are attaining national recognition as nurse scholars focused on vulnerable populations. Our faculty is known for a range of funded work that extends from population-based interventions such as reducing disparities in the area of diabetes management and prevention of suicide in adolescents, to the physiological investigation of thermoregulation in the formation of vascular ulcers and surfactant utilization in fragile newborns. The commonality all researchers share is a dedication to changing the lives of citizens of our state and beyond and educating the next generation of nurse researchers.

The Office of Research and Evaluation works to increase the College’s externally funded research productivity through a solid infrastructure that support grants administration, writing and editing of proposals and publications, financial management, and methodological support. Working within the only academic health sciences center in the state, we create collaborative research alliances with colleagues in other colleges as well as access university-wide infrastructure, such as the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology and the General Clinical Research Center. Our faculty has active peer-reviewed research programs supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We join colleagues across campus in being rated within the top 100 universities in the United States for funding by having over $200 million in sponsored research, with $100 million from the NIH.

Research takes a prominent role within the College of Nursing. We believe that to achieve our College’s mission, to change lives, we must create a community of nurse scholars who include both nursing and inter-professional research in our education and practice. The Office of Research and Evaluation allows integration to occur by facilitating the research endeavors of our faculty and students through building an environment that encourages productivity and scholarship. We welcome you to contribute to that effort!

Contact information:

Acierno, Ron, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, Department of Nursing
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Telephone: (843) 792-2949

acierno@musc.edu

Bonnie Dumas, PhD
Biostatistician
Assistant Professor

Telephone: (843) 792-2518 
Fax: (843) 792-1741

dumasb@musc.edu

Carlos Lopez, MHA
Grants Administrator I
Telephone: (843) 792-4827 
Fax: (843) 792-1741

lopezc@musc.edu

Martina Mueller, PhD
Biostatistician
Associate Professor

Telephone: (843) 792-3997
Fax: (843) 792-1741

muellerm@musc.edu

Raquel Vining
Grants Administrator I
Telephone: (843) 792-4620
Fax: (843) 792-4645

vining@musc.edu

Jane Zapka, ScD
Methodologist
Professor

Telephone: (843) 792-3337
Fax: (843) 792-1741

zapka@musc.edu