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MUSC Brain Research Institute (MBRI)


The MUSC Brain Research Institute (MBRI) 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 MBRI 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 MBRI 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: Hao Li
Title: Evaluating the Role of Rostromedial Tegmental Nucleus (RMTg) in Aversive Processing
Mentor: Thomas C. Jhou, Ph.D.

Student: Zahraa Sabra
Title: Studying Category-Based Visual Attention and Mental Imagery in the Human Brain Using Local Field Potentials
Mentor: Thomas P. Naselaris, Ph.D.

Student: Jessica Breedlove
Title: Echoes of Vision: Mental Imagery in the Human Brain
Mentor: Thomas P. Naselaris, Ph.D.     

Student: Daniel Lench
Title: White Matter Integrity as a Biomarker for Stroke Recovery: Implications for TMS Treatment  
Mentor: Colleen Hanlon, Ph.D.

Student: Logan Dowdle
Title: Developing the Brain-Based, Non-Invasive Treatment for Pain
Mentor: Colleen Hanlon, Ph.D.

Recent News Articles 

May 15, 2019: "Student Braves Many Roads to Achieve Success" 
Neuro Spotlight: Logan Dowdle 

May 15, 2019: "An Outlier in his Field" 
Neuro Spotlight: Ali Alawieh