Stories for Faculty and Staff
November 07, 2018, Chris Horn
In the nearly 30 years since the first Gulf War in Kuwait and Iraq, medical professionals have struggled to identify the cause for symptoms collectively referred to as Gulf War illness that have persisted among a quarter-million military veterans. Saurabh Chatterjee can’t identify the cause, but he thinks his research team at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health has found the locus of medical dysfunction.
August 27, 2018, Annika Dahlgren
School of Medicine student Alison “Allie” Augsburger has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember, but working with her mentor and completing a prestigious summer program has helped focus her sights on the rigorous field of cardiothoracic surgery.
August 07, 2018, Chris Horn
Alan Decho’s research sometimes takes him to the tropics to study thick, slimy mats of bacteria that survive in extreme heat and drought. Turns out, the conditions those hardy bacterial colonies call home might provide clues in the search for life on other planets.
July 30, 2018, Megan Sexton
Brie Turner-McGrievy’s research focuses on obesity prevention and treatment. She examines the use of plant-based diets in place of calorie restrictions to promote weight loss, and uses technology and mobile health to deliver interventions and facilitate social support and self-monitoring.
July 20, 2018, Page Ivey
We’ve all heard the health warnings about stress, but just how, exactly, does stress damage a healthy person? And what is it that allows some people to be resilient while others exhibit a vexing trail of cytokines, inflammation and other biochemical responses to trauma and other stressors? School of Medicine researcher Susan Wood is trying to figure out just that.
July 19, 2018, Alyssa Yancey
Research from University of South Carolina School of Medicine researchers Drs. Mitzi Nagarkatti and Prakash Nagarkatti has led to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound found in cannabis, as a treatment for autoimmune hepatitis.
July 12, 2018, Annika Dahlgren
Researchers with the College of Engineering and Computing have created a new way to destroy cancer cells in two days. The research team — made up of electrical engineering professor Seongtae Bae, postdoc fellow Jung-tak Jang and undergrad (Eric) Sang Hoon Ju — uses a nanomaterial and an alternating current (AC) magnetic field generator to super heat the cells.
June 29, 2018, Craig Brandhorst
As director of the S.C. Rural Health Research Center since 2003 — and prior to that, as the center’s deputy director — Jan Probst has played an integral role in promoting the work of other investigators in public health, nursing, medicine and other disciplines.
June 26, 2018, Chris Horn
University of South Carolina researchers across multiple disciplines are putting data analytics to work to tackle an array of real-world challenges — from keeping helicopters flying safely to improving health care and detecting deadly fungal outbreaks in corn.
June 22, 2018, Alyssa Yancey
Over the last few years the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine has doubled its summer research opportunities for rising second-year medical students. This year more than half of the Class of 2021 (M.D.) applied for the program, and 24 students are currently completing research experiences in clinical and translational research.
June 21, 2018, Chris Horn
Michelle Androulakis understands the debilitating pain of migraine headaches and is looking for ways to help fellow sufferers. The neurologist and med school professor has conducted clinical trials for a non-invasive migraine procedure involving a tiny nasal catheter as well as for a new migraine drug.
June 15, 2018, Julie Smith-Turner
Karen McDonnell didn’t want to be a nurse. In fact, she turned down a nursing scholarship after high school in favor of studying biology and chemistry. After graduation, she went to work in a research lab. Although she enjoyed her work, something about it didn’t quite fit. That’s when McDonnell discovered her true calling in a most unusual place.
June 08, 2018, John Brunelli
The University of South Carolina became one of the first nursing programs in the state to start a simulated participant — or SP program. More than a dozen actors feign ailments to better prepare Carolina nurses.
May 09, 2018, Page Ivey
Scott Salters thought his dream of being a physician in his hometown of Greenville — helping folks and being a role model for other young black men — was too big a dream. Now after two years at Carolina, Salters graduates in May with leadership distinction, a long list of accomplishments and activities, and a plan to attend medical school.
May 09, 2018, Marjorie Riddle Duffie
While he was an undergraduate, Brooks Herring worked tirelessly to improve the student veteran experience at the University of South Carolina, while also maintaining a perfect GPA, being a father to two sons, working part time as a bartender and personal trainer, regularly performing as a solo singer/guitarist and taking on multiple leadership roles on campus.
April 27, 2018, Chris Horn
When Mitzi Nagarkatti joined the School of Medicine as chair of pathology, microbiology and immunology in 2005, the department was bringing in about $600,000 a year in NIH funding, 81st among all such departments across the nation. The department now garners some $9.5 million per year in NIH grants (No. 17 in the country) and Nagarkatti continues to build research capacity not only in that unit but in the entire School of Medicine and across the university.
April 20, 2018, Alyssa Yancey
The staff of the SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare at the USC School of Medicine is working to improve access to care in rural South Carolina. Created with state funding in 2017, the center has a number of initiatives underway, including a loan program to encourage health profession students to practice in rural settings, research grant programs and partnerships helping put providers on the ground in critical need areas.
April 20, 2018, Chris Horn
Parastoo Hashemi wants to know what's going on inside our heads — neurochemically speaking, that is — and she and her research team are well on their way toward figuring out how to do it. Her pioneering research on measuring neurochemical levels in the brain have far-reaching implications for treatment of depression and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.
March 26, 2018, Megan Sexton
Johnie Hodge is undertaking the challenge of becoming a physician-scientist by earning both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The number of physician-scientists has steadily declined in recent years, but those who remain are helping translate research discoveries into changes in patient care.
March 23, 2018, Karla Turner
The sky above St. Pancras International Railway Station in London is visible through a glass roof that will never need cleaning, thanks to a layer of nanoparticles that lie on the surface. Nanostructures like these, and the ones you may find in your morning coffee, are the center of Dr. Mohammed Baalousha's research.
March 08, 2018, Alyssa Yancey
Eighty-three School of Medicine students will learn the results of their residency interviews during Match Day at The Zone on March 16. The event is the culmination of four years of medical school, and the results will determine where the students will spend the next three to seven years of their lives training in their chosen specialty.
March 08, 2018, Chris Horn
Jana Liese had her sights set on an internship at the National Institutes of Health but no students in the Washington Semester Program had ever landed an internship in a research lab. "At first, I was a little dejected," Liese says. "But then I decided I'm going to make this happen."
March 05, 2018, Laura Kammerer
After watching an extremely premature baby die following complications from hypothermia, Robin Dail has dedicated her career to understanding the impact of temperature on premature babies. Her research is influencing care practice standards and leading to new technologies.
February 26, 2018, Alyssa Yancey
Students, faculty members and alumni from the USC School of Medicine are making a difference in the Midlands by volunteering at two local free medical clinics. Students also work to support The Free Medical Clinic financially through the Black Tie White Coat Gala, an annual fundraising event.
February 08, 2018, John Brunelli
National Council for Behavior Health medical director Joseph Parks will be the keynote speaker at the Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium spearheaded by the College of Social Work. The symposium will be held Monday (Feb. 12) at the Alumni Center.
January 11, 2018, John Brunelli
The Carolina Family Practice, operated by nursing faculty, has a new home to better serve its patients. In November, the clinic opened at 1410 Blanding St. in downtown Columbia as part of its new affiliation with Palmetto Health USC Medical Group.
January 10, 2018, Megan Sexton
The School of Medicine’s new Research Center for Transforming Health will provide a hub that makes it easier for basic science researchers and clinical researchers to come together to work on projects that can improve the health of South Carolinians.
January 09, 2018, Chris Horn
Marcus Brown is a fictional high school student athlete whose medical history is the centerpiece of a teaching module in anatomy and biology courses at 20 middle and high schools that participated in a joint venture with USC’s School of Medicine and the College of Education. The project gives students an interesting case study that guides them through an exploration of various physiological conditions that might have contributed to the star athlete’s untimely death.
December 08, 2017, Megan Sexton
The USC Institute for Families in Society has a simple goal — find solutions to help vulnerable families in South Carolina. But the work, much like the issues faced by families, can be anything but simple.
December 04, 2017, Chris Horn
It’s estimated that 6 percent to 10 percent of K-12 students — some say as many as 20 percent — struggle with reading disorders of some kind. Carolina psychology professor Scott Decker has a grant to assess every school district in South Carolina to see how well they are doing in identifying and helping students with dyslexia.
November 28, 2017, Megan Sexton
A nursing degree from the University of South Carolina helped make Patricia Edens Eddy’s dreams come true. Now, she wants to help make that experience available for others. Eddy and her husband, Nelson, have established an endowed fund to award scholarships to College of Nursing students.