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Explore some of the School of Medicine’s research accomplishments below.

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The START domain proteins of human ovarian steroidogenesis

In a recently published study by Holly LaVoie, Professor, at the USC School of Medicine Columbia, she and her lab showed that in addition to STARD1, STARD4 and STARD6 transcripts are expressed in human primary ovarian steroidogenic cells.

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Who is your prenatal care provider? An algorithm to identify the predominant prenatal care provider with claims data

Dr. Songyuan Deng, an Associate Scientist at the South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare at the USC School of Medicine-Columbia, has conducted a study proposing an algorithm to identify the predominant prenatal care provider and estimate the percentage of identified predominant providers.

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Prediction of post-stroke aphasia severity

This study demonstrates that AI can accurately measure the integrity of residual brain tissue after a stroke, which has direct implications for neuroplasticity and the severity of language impairments after the stroke (aphasia). 

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Vagal tone lies at the heart of the matter

In a new study, led by Susan K. Wood, Associate Professor at the USC School of Medicine, her team showed for the first time, a protective role for exercise over vagal tone and biomarkers of cardiac stress in females exposed to psychosocial stress.

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Biomedical Sciences PhD Student Receives F31 Award from the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health

Brooke Bullard, a third-year Ph.D. student in Angela Murphy's lab at the School of Medicine Columbia, received a prestigious three-year F31 award from the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

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Autism-related research part of wide-ranging USC focus on neuroscience

The University of South Carolina is focused on the brain. From autism and aphasia to Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, university researchers are working across several academic disciplines to better understand how the brain works and to develop solutions that will improve people’s health.

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The neurological underpinnings of social behavior

Scientists at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia are researching important linkages between brain mitochondrial function and social behavior that could lead to a better understanding of autism spectrum disorder and post-partum depression.

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School of Medicine researchers pursue new treatment options for glioblastoma

Assistant professor of medicine Deepak Bhere was drawn to the study of stem cell therapy because he wanted to do research that has real impact on patients’ lives. His team at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia has the potential to do just that as they pursue new treatment options for patients with glioblastoma.

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Improving care in the Stroke Belt

As the state’s flagship institution, the University of South Carolina is well has many strengths in both research and treatment of stroke and aphasia — a common consequence of stroke characterized by difficulty speaking or understanding others’ speech. The research is critically important in the state with the seventh-highest incidence of stroke mortality in the U.S.

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New Brain Health Network, Brain Health Center address need for better dementia assessment

When it comes to risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the Palmetto State checks every box, from high incidence of stroke and diabetes to heart disease and obesity.

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Long-term collaborative partnership is at the “heart” of a thriving cardiovascular research lab at USC

Drs. Wenceslau and McCarthy apply their partnership at home and in the lab to generate high level research and stay productive in their fields. The couple mentor the next generation of well-rounded, thoughtful and innovative cardiovascular researchers in their lab at the university's Cardiovascular Translational Research Center.

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Research graduate student Hannah Burzynski finds her path at USC

Training with exceptional mentors and surrounded by her supportive School of Medicine Columbia family, Ph.D. student Hannah Burzynski found her passion and path to a career in research at the University of South Carolina.

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Improving the odds: USC clinicians bring new tactics to challenge of stroke, neurological disorders in SC

To address the need for neurological expertise in rural areas of the state, Souvik Sen, MD and other neurology faculty members who also are clinicians at Prisma Health in Midlands have begun a research model called teleproctoring.


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