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University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM) faculty conduct clinical research that make an impact in South Carolina, across the nation and around the world.

Our researchers work collaboratively with colleagues across a wide variety of academic disciplines at USC and other institutions around the United States.

Major research funding includes significant grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Duke Endowment. Our faculty also receive research and contract awards from pharmaceutical companies to pursue both basic and translational/clinical research as well as to conduct trials.  

Recent research awards:

  • Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, and Endowed Stroke Chair for the SmartState Center of Economic Excellence, was awarded a five year $3.43 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in July 2015. This grant from the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will examine whether proactive periodontal care in underserved patient populations will reduce the severity and incidence of stroke, and thereby identify a cost-effective strategy to reduce a devastating disease in a particularly vulnerable SC patient population. Read more 

  • Nine faculty in the School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience (PPN) were awarded significant grants in 2015 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health and Human Services (HHS), the Veterans Administration, and foundations. Read more 

  • The University of South Carolina is helping faculty and students at colleges and universities across the state engage in biomedical research projects. The program is part of a five-year, $18 million federal South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) grant designed to strengthen the biomedical research capacity in the state and boost the number of graduates working in the field. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program provides resources to 23 states and Puerto Rico. Led by Dr. Lucia Pirisi-Creek, Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, School of Medicine, USC administers the state's program in partnership with Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and 10 non-research oriented universities. Read more


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