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Seminars & Training


Addiction Research Seminar Series

The NARC offers bimonthly seminars co-sponsored by the Department of Neurosciences in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) project. The speakers are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of addiction. Prior to each seminar there is a journal club meeting that discusses selected works of the speaker. In addition, there are updates for the lay public on the biology and clinical treatment of addiction. And, as a part of brain awareness week, NARC faculty members also partake in special teaching sessions in primary schools in the Charleston area.

Seminar Time: 12 to 1 p.m.

Seminar Location: Fall Semester Basic Science Building Room 349, Spring Semester Basic Science Building Room 502

Training in Addiction Research

The NARC is part of a comprehensive addiction training program at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to the NARC, the addiction training program is funded in part by institutional training grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, as well as by two other addiction research centers, the Alcohol Research Center and the Women's Research Center.

Through all of these programs training in addiction research is provided to Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. candidates in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as to clinical fellows in translational addiction research. At present there are about 20 faculty in the Department of Neuroscience and Institute of Psychiatry at MUSC engaged in addiction research who are involved in training approximately 15 graduate students, 22 postdoctoral fellows and 5 clinical fellows.

NIH Summer Research Program in Neuroscience

This is a 10 week summer program for undergraduate student which includes laboratory based research experiences, didactic lectures, professional skills development and social interactions. The program provides stipend, travel and housing allowance.

Research Emphasis Areas

  • Neurobiological bases of cocaine relapse
  • Neurobiology of methamphetamine dependence
  • Sex and gender-related research in substance abuse
  • Stress and substance disorders

To apply for the NIH Summer Research Program in Neuroscience visit the Neuroscience Institute page or contact Brett Froeliger, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs.