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South Carolina Aging Research Network

Aging Research Day

12th Annual Aging Research Day:  “Sensory Systems in Aging” 
Presented by South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN) and hosted by MUSC Center on Aging
February 26, 2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Charleston Marriott

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Dr. Nicolas Bazan, who is internationally recognized for his contributions to neuroscience and research in vision and ophthalmology, as well as an author, educator, mentor, developer, music enthusiast, and art lover. 
Dr. Bazan’s first novel was adapted into the award winning film, Of Mind and Music, formerly Una Vida, which was a large part of the inspiration for this year’s theme on sensory systems. 
Joining Dr. Bazan, will be the following researchers to discuss how aging and age-related diseases affect the senses:
Xue Z. Liu, MD, PhD - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Baerbel Rohrer, PhD - MUSC
Ellen Vincent, PhD - Clemson University
Renata Leite, PhD - MUSC
Victor Hirth, MD, MHA, CMD, FACP, AGSF - Palmetto Health
Johnell Brooks, PhD - Clemson University
Stacey Pierce - Live @ Home Technologies
Continental lunch and breakfast provided. Advanced registration is required by February 5th due to limited space. 
Contact Kelly Dillon with any questions.


The South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN) aims to enhance interprofessional and inter-institutional research collaborations in South Carolina.  This is the first of several annual planned requests for applications for an interdisciplinary pilot grant involving two or more institutions of the Health Sciences South Carolina institutions, which make up the constitution of SCARN.  This pilot grant will be co-funded by the Senior Smart CoEE and the MUSC Center on Aging. The purpose is for junior investigators and students to collect data that will lead to federal funding and/or a continued collaboration. The project can be mentored by senior investigators at one or both of the institutions, but the grant funding will be used to support postdoctoral fellows, residents, or graduate students only.
Applicants should be postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, residents, or clinical fellows working together on projects including two of the South Carolina HSSC institutions. Funding is available to support one-two  grants at $10-15,000 each for one year. The ultimate goal is for this pilot grant to lead to federal funding.  The project must include a collaboration between two institutions and involved junior investigators. 
The grant proposal will be evaluated by SCARN executive committee members and the winners will be announced at the 12th Annual Aging Research Day.
Deadline: January 1, 2016

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