July 19, 2017, Page Ivey
After watching Alzheimer’s disease rob her and her husband of their golden years, Patricia Beckler is supporting research efforts at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia to find a treatment or a cure for the devastating disease.
June 30, 2017, Page Ivey
Jim Fadel and fellow School of Medicine researcher Larry Reagan are looking at using a chemical already found in the body to treat age-related cognitive decline. The pair is researching whether a direct shot of insulin into the brain can prevent or event reverse damage.
May 03, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
Researchers from the School of Medicine and College of Education recently received a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to study the best ways to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through participation at informal learning sites.
March 24, 2017, Chris Horn
If a key component in a car goes bad, the car won’t go for long. That’s roughly what happens in the human body when mutations and other insults disrupt the mitochondria, the essential energy-making components of human cells. Norma Frizzell has devoted much of her career to understanding how and why mitochondria go haywire and sometimes lead to fatal maladies.
January 26, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Tonya Colpitts’ profession is a real conversation-starter — or ender. Colpitts, a molecular virologist and assistant professor in the School of Medicine, spends her days surrounded by mosquitoes.
December 15, 2016, USC Times
A is for alphabet, at least according to USC Times. To help close out 2016, the University of South Carolina’s monthly magazine for faculty and staff devoted its entire December issue to the ABCs of 2016 — with each letter representing a different accomplishment, announcement or notable arrival from the past year.
December 02, 2016, Dan Cook
In the spring, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine joined forces with Palmetto Health to create the largest multi-specialty medical group in the Midlands. The partnership vastly expands the services available to patients and is making the city of Columbia a medical destination.
August 17, 2016, Chris Horn
From the start of their medical studies, students in the School of Medicine in Columbia begin learning to use ultrasound, which can image all major organs, as well as joints and blood vessels, at the bedside. It’s one of the school’s distinctions, being the first institution in the nation to integrate ultrasound instruction into all four years of its curriculum.
August 03, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Aphasia, a communication disorder caused by damage to the left hemisphere of the brain, robs people of their ability to process language. A team of researchers led by SmartState Endowed Chair of Memory and Brain Function Julius Fridriksson is using state-of-the-art MRI, machine learning and new therapies to help those people find their words again.
July 25, 2016, Dan Cook
Having worked in situations from urban Baltimore to rural Central America, Mark Humphrey has internalized the importance of building trust with partners — and understanding patients’ lives beyond just their medical problems.
July 15, 2016, Dan Cook
Prior to an April trip to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, cardiologist Moeen Saleem had never done international relief work. Now the 1995 School of Medicine graduate says he’s ready to go back. “As a physician, it is probably the most fulfilling thing I have ever done,” he says.
July 15, 2016, Steven Powell
When starting his career as an independent scientist studying allergies and asthma, Greg Gomez shifted his laboratory focus from animal models to human tissue. The transition helped the School of Medicine researcher uncover a surprising effect that a common heart medication has on mast cells, which are key components of the allergic response.
June 17, 2016, Steven Powell
Working in Norma Frizzell’s laboratory in the School of Medicine, doctoral student Allison Manuel is getting down to brass tacks with a chronic disease that afflicts some 30 million Americans. Her research is resolving details of a detrimental cellular consequence of diabetes that was discovered here at the University of South Carolina: an indiscriminate modification of proteins that can overwhelm a cell’s ability to function properly.
June 15, 2016, Page Ivey
Michy Kelly’s fascination with how brains work began in high school when she noticed that she and her brother were polar opposites when it came to cognitive abilities. Finding the physical difference in brains that have an inability to consistently create new memories — or find old ones — is a key focus of her work, which earned her recognition as one of the University of South Carolina’s 2016 Breakthrough Stars.
May 24, 2016, Dan Cook
A few years ago, artist Dawn Hunter stumbled upon the medical drawings of 19th-century Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Since then, her work has taken a completely new turn — and she’s helping neuroscientists learn more about one of their own field’s pioneers.
May 09, 2016
The School of Medicine has welcomed Amy M. Allen, M.H.S, Ed.S, PA-C, as the founding director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. She also holds a clinical faculty appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
April 12, 2016, Chris Horn
It’s probably not a record, but third-year medical student Dustin Rawlinson still marvels at how much experience he got in his recent obstetrics rotation — delivering 20 babies in two weeks. Rawlinson is among the inaugural cohort of M-III students at the School of Medicine’s Florence regional campus, and they and the other M-IIIs are getting a full dose of hands-on learning.
February 25, 2016, Peggy Binette
Rudolf Jaenisch has dedicated his life to helping people who are battling neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. And while his parents and grandparents chose careers in medicine, he chose the healing path of cellular science.
January 22, 2016, Peggy Binette
Ada B. Thomas, for whom the university’s top undergraduate adviser award is named, believed in Carolina and believed in preparing students who would make a difference as leaders in communities across South Carolina. To Dr. Lisa Bishara (’88, ’93) Thomas was more than an adviser. She was her grandmother.
December 10, 2015, Steven Powell
International refugees are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. New faculty member Rajeev Bais is helping the School of Medicine lead in the effort to ensure that victims of the worst that humanity has to offer can find access to health and wellness programs that will help them rebuild their lives.
December 04, 2015, Steven Powell
Over the past 20 years, medical scientists have developed evidence showing a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular problems. The School of Medicine’s Souvik Sen is leading a new clinical study, called PREMIERS, that is now enrolling patients throughout the Carolinas to better define just how many strokes, heart attacks, and other devastating cardiovascular events might be prevented with better oral care.