New Research Opportunities

We encourage registered donors to join neurological research studies.
MUSC has several ongoing research studies that all preregistered donors should consider joining. Each participant receives cutting edge knowledge about their brain function, and the collective studies will also enable a more complete research donation to our program.

AD Connect Project (Brain Imaging for individuals with MCI and AD)
Dr. Joseph uses advanced MRI to examine brain activation and connectivity across a broad spectrum of behaviors. A primary focus of her lab is to discover how brain imaging could be used to capture changes in brain structure and connectivity associated with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Mapping how the brain is changing over time may help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease more accurately and aid our understanding of the disease process.
Contact: 843-792-7709

Age-related Hearing Loss and Neurodegenerative Diseases
The Hearing Research Program at MUSC seeks to advance our understanding of the mechanisms and effects of hearing loss, to improve diagnostic methods, intervention procedures, and prevention strategies. In addition, this program is trying to determine whether hearing loss is a biomarker for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The collaborative work in this program is funded by an NIH/NIDCD P50 Clinical Research Center on age-related hearing loss, other NIH grant mechanisms, and by private foundation support.
Contact: 843-792-3877

Imaging, Aging, and Memory Study (Brain imaging for individuals without neurodegenerative disease)
The Imaging, Aging, and Memory (IAM) study hopes to develop MRI techniques and biomarkers that can help differentiate between a normal aging brain and one deteriorating due to Alzheimer’s. This would allow us to detect Alzheimer’s at its earliest stages. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is only being performed at MUSC.
Contact: 843-792-7709