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Department of Neuroscience

The Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina comprises 22 faculty members and their associated lab groups. It employs about 120 individuals dedicated to discovering how the brain works both in healthy and diseased conditions and educating the next generation of research scientists and physicians. The department has particular strengths in the research areas related to neurodevelopmental disorders, substance use disorders, in vivo brain imaging, and neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s Disease.

The department houses the neuroscience graduate program, an innovative training program for Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and Master’s Degree candidates, and the MUSC Brain Research Institute (MBRI), a center of research, training, outreach, and advocacy that promotes neuroscience research across MUSC, the state, and the nation. The department currently houses two NIH T32 pre- and postdoctoral training grants (NIDA and NIAAA), a NIH P50 Center of Excellence (Center on Opioid and Cocaine Addiction), and it manages the MUSC Center for Biomedical Imaging, an advanced imaging facility for human and animal research.


NIH Grant Funding (2018)

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National NIH Funding Rank (2018)


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Postdoctoral Fellows (2019)

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Dr. Brett Froeliger explains research to a student

The Neuroscience Institute offers programs of graduate study leading to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Applications are accepted from students with a variety of backgrounds in biological, chemical, and physical sciences.

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Department of Neuroscience

Basic Science Building
173 Ashley Avenue, Room 403
Charleston, SC 29425


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