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The Department of Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina was created in November 2004, by combining the existing Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physiology / Neuroscience.  This department is unique amongst academic medical centers in the USA.  Combined, this department became the 3rd largest Neurosciences department in the country in terms of NIH funding (FY 2009) and among the few Neurosciences department that places researchers and clinicians at side by side in an effort to transform the promise of cutting edge research into the reality of improved human health.  For more information, please visit our website at

MUSC is dedicated to the discoveries that lead to better care.  Patients at the Institute of Psychiatry have access to the most promising and cutting-edge psychiatric intervention available.  The Institute has been identified as one of the nation’s top 10 psychiatric research centers in guiding the search for treatments of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, drug and alcohol addiction, and many other disorders.  By participating in voluntary research studies, patients find help that might not otherwise be available, and are able to successfully overcome difficult disorders or the burden of dependency.  For more information, please visit the website at

The Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) is one of eleven specialized centers in the United States charged with the task of advancing research on women’s health and promoting institutional interdisciplinary research.  The SCOR represents a collaboration between the Clinical Neuroscience Division, Women’s Scholar Initiative, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the Neurosciences Department of MUSC.  Please visit our website at for more information.

Research in the Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC) is organized to efficiently determine the neurobiological basis of cocaine addiction and relapse and identify novel pharmacological treatments for drug addicts.  For more information on this center:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) brings the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.  This charge has two critical components.  The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines.  The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.  Please visit their website at


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