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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 ranges from population-based interventions such as reducing disparities in the area of diabetes and stroke management, HIV risk reduction, technology-leveraged treatments for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder to the physiological investigation of thermoregulation in the formation of vascular ulcers and surfactant utilization in fragile newborns. We are the recent recipient of a P20 Center Grant from NIH that leverages technology and bioinformatics to develop community based interventions for pain and fatigue.  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 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 Public Health Sciences (formerly Dept. of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology (DBBE)) and the MUSC NIH funded clinical translational research award center SCTR (South Carolina Translational Research).

Our faculty has active peer-reviewed research programs supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), AHRQ, the Department of Defense, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the National Institute of Justice, the Archstone Foundation, the Duke Endowment Foundation, The American Heart Association, PCORI, SC Dept. of Public Safety, US Depart. of Homeland Security, and the SC Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. 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 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!

2014 - 2018 Research Strategic Plan


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Current Funded Projects

Faculty Research Interests

Funding Opportunities

NINR-Funded P20 Symptom Self Management Center

REACH Sea-Ceed

Research Resources

Research Services


Student Research

Videos of Faculty Research


Contact information:

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

Adriana McKenna
Grant Coordinator
Telephone: (843) 792-6217

Meredith Kerr
Program Coordinator I
Telephone: (843) 792-4647

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

Martina Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor

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

Wendy A. Muzzy, MRA, MLIS
Research Instructor

Telephone: (843) 792-8068
Office: 501

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