Murray Center for Research on Parkinson's & Related Disorders

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About the Murray Center

The Murray Center for Research on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders (MCR) was formally dedicated on June 27, 2003, with the generous support of the Murray Family.

The Mission of the MCR is to support campus wide research in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders with the ultimate vision of developing novel therapies for these conditions. The MCR fulfills these roles by supporting multiple laboratories (see links below) at MUSC that are focused on Parkinson’s research. The MCR supports the recruitment of Parkinson’s researchers to MUSC and provides the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the implementation of investigator initiated clinical research. The center is located in a 4,100 sq foot facility located at 208 Rutledge Avenue, which houses research faculty, administration, and staff offices, as well as two exam rooms with accommodations for trans-auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS), eye tracking, investigational drug storage, and a laboratory space for specimen processing. The center also oversees the Movement Disorders Clinical Trials Center and works closely with the clinicians and staff of the Movement Disorder Division of the Department of Neurology, which houses the Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Centers of Excellence, and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Center of Care. The MCR collaborates with many other researchers and centers across campus, nationally and worldwide, see links below.

Laboratories Supported by the Murray Center

IGNItioN Lab-Investigating Gait with NeuroImaging and Neuromodulation
Communication Disorders in Neurodegenerative Disease Lab
Cognition lab
Movement Disorders Clinical Trial Center


Deep Brain Stimulation Program
The Brain Stimulation Program in Psychiatry
The Center for Biomedical Imaging
The Benitez Lab