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Neuroscience Institute


The Neuroscience Institute (NI) of MUSC is a center of neuroscience research, education, and treatment that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration among basic and clinical neuroscientists. It is not housed in a single department, but rather is a university-wide institute with the aim of supporting neuroscience research in any department or college of MUSC. The primary focus of the NI is to promote translational research to bridge the gap between the basic sciences and clinical sciences. It brings together the minds necessary to treat and cure neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric, addiction, and sleep disorders and provides many of the resources needed to achieve these goals. Today, scientists at the NI focus on cognitive neuroscience, neurodegenerative disease, addiction, pain, mood, and sleep disorders research, to name a few areas. The Neuroscience Institute also emphasizes development, education, and outreach.


Recent Dissertation Defenses

  • Student: Sarah Corrin Garr
    Title: The Effect of Acute Stress and Adolescent Alcohol Exposure on Behavioral Flexibility in Adulthood
    Mentor: Judson Chandler, Ph.D.
  • Student: José I. Peña Bravo
    Title: Prefrontal Synaptic Glutamate Transmission Dynamics Across Psychostimulants and Behavioral Paradigms of Drug Addiction
    Mentor: Antonieta Lavin, Ph.D.
  • Student: Robert Underly
    Title: The Response of Pericytes to Microvascular Ischemia
    Mentor: Andy Shih, Ph.D.
  • Student: David Hartmann
    Title: Pericytes Wrap Vessels Tight and Keep Blood Flowing Right: An Updated View of the Structure and Function of Cerebral Pericytes
    Mentor: Andy Shih, Ph.D.
  • Student: Krishna Bharani
    Title: Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor as a Biomarker for Aging and Dementia
    Mentor: Lotta Granholm-Bentley, Ph.D.
  • Student: Benjamin Siemsen
    Title: Prelimbic Cortical Synaptic and structural Plasticity Following Cocaine Self-administration and Abstinence in Rats: Role of Glutamatergic Pathway Specificity
    Mentor: Jacqueline McGinty, Ph.D.