Stroke Research & Education Center
Daniel T. Lackland, DrPH
Director, MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center
The Stroke Research and Education Center, within the Stroke Neurology Division, provides a dedicated resource to enhance cerebrovascular education and research activities conducted at MUSC. The Center provides expertise and mentoring services for enhancing research opportunities and grant development. Specifically, the Center facilitates the productivity of investigators and educators focused on stroke by enhancing collaborations both domestically and globally.
The Stroke Research and Education Center includes faculty and staff involved in many National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research studies focused on treating and preventing stroke more effectively. The Stroke Research Faculty includes not only Stroke Neurologists, but also Stroke Epidemiologists and Emergency Medicine Physicians.
Annual Strike Out Stroke Event
Dr. Lackland and his team have been doing the Strike Out Stroke event for the past 20 years as a community outreach effect to increase blood pressure awareness for stroke prevention. The interprofessional and interdisciplinary team includes clinicians as well as trainees of all levels. Each year the program measures hundreds of blood pressures with nearly 30percent considered ‘high’. All participants are provided information about hypertension and stroke prevention, with high levels referred to medical care. The program certainly is effective in blood pressure awareness with the ‘know your numbers’ theme but with the early detection and clinician counseling with referral to medical care at each event – may indeed be preventing a stroke.
The Stroke Research and Education Center (SREC) at MUSC engages in cutting-edge, comprehensive research in stroke treatment, prevention, and recovery. Our largest ongoing research grant projects include the CREST-2 trial, NIH StrokeNet, COBRE, and WISSDOM study. Please read below to learn more about our research grants.
The CREST- 2 trial is an NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded stroke study. MUSC oversees the Intensive Medical Management for the CREST2 Trial. CREST2 is studying different approaches to stroke prevention in people who have asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The trial compares the outcomes of carotid stenting or surgery combined with intensive medical management to intensive medical management alone. More information at Crest2trial.
The NIH Stroke Trials Network program serves to coordinate a national regional network of 25 medical centers in order to develop, promote, and conduct high-quality, multi-site clinical trials focused on stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment, and recovery. MUSC leads the Southeast Collaborative Alliance for Stroke Trials (SE-CoAST) a regional coordinating center for the network and is the only coordinating center in South Carolina. More information at https://www.nihstrokenet.org/the-network/about-us/southcarolina.
The NIH funded COBRE award, or Center for Biomedical Research Excellence award, supports MUSC's development of an innovative Stroke Recovery Research Center. The center aims to improve the treatment and long-term quality of life for stroke survivors. It uses an interdisciplinary approach and cutting-edge technology to understand how the brain repairs itself and to enhance post-stroke rehabilitation and outcomes.
The WISSDOM study, funded by the American Heart Association, focuses on reducing stroke disparities in African Americans who do not recover as well from strokes compared to other populations.
The SREC also collaborates with the Center for Biomedical Imaging
MUSC Stroke also has a large clinical trial portfolio. Ongoing studies can be found on South Carolina Research Studies.
Specific Educational programs offered in conjunction with the Stroke Research and Education Center:
- The MSCR program trains individuals to become principal investigators on grants, faculty in medical schools and team leaders who are seeking careers in clinical research. The program is a component of the educational core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and is compliant with core competencies recommended by the Association for Clinical Research Training. The degree is granted through the College of Graduates Studies. The objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research in the clinical setting, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.
- The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on cutting edge biomedical research projects. Participants in this 10-week program are to perform at a graduate student level. Students are placed with faculty members whose research is closely related to academic interests and professional goals of the students. Students work with faculty on an individual basis or as part of a research team.
- The goal of the program is to introduce students in the health professions to biomedical research by allowing them to work during the summer in a research environment under the guidance of an experienced investigator.
- We strive to support physicians by providing exemplary educational activities which teach evidence-based practices and identify new and emerging health care needs so that, through education, we can significantly improve health. Information is available on upcoming conferences, workshops, grand rounds, case conferences and web based CME. Resources are provided to assist physicians and other Health care professionals in the care of their patients.
- The objectives of the World Hypertension League are to promote the detection, control and prevention of arterial hypertension in populations. The World Hypertension League is a federation of leagues, societies, and other national bodies devoted to this goal. The thrust of the World Hypertension League's action is in liaison with the member organizations, promoting the exchange of information among them, and offering internationally applicable methods and programs for hypertension control.
- The MUSC stroke fellowship offers opportunities for both clinical and epidemiological research and fellows will be encouraged to participate in research projects. Areas of interest to the stroke group include medical and endovascular treatment of intracranial atherosclerosis, endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke, long-term prognosis of stroke-related sickle cell disease, telemedicine, high-resolution MRI, and stroke risk and outcomes in South Carolina.
- The overarching goal of the SE-CoAST Career Enhancement Program (CEP) is to promote the training and career development of early career research scientists in stroke-related clinical research to help them become independent researchers. The training program provides the SE-CoAST Scholar with one year of dedicated research and training experience focused on the development of essential research skills and preliminary data needed to support longer career development grant applications (e.g. K23) or even R series grant applications (R21 or R01). A key feature of this program is the availability of competitively awarded SE-CoAST funds to provide protected time for career development and training activities.
Visit the Neurology & Neurosurgery Giving Page to find out more about giving to the MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center Support Fund.