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Changing What's Possible: 2010 Year in Review


SCRA innovation center
The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), MUSC and the City of Charleston held a grand opening ceremony for the SCRA MUSC Innovation Center at 645 Meeting St. The fully-renovated facility attracts and supports start-up companies with wet lab and equipment space, primarily in concert with entrepreneurs commercializing MUSC research.

Bone health center
South Carolinians at risk for osteoporosis can benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists. These specialists can assist with early detection and provide comprehensive care through MUSC’s new Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Health.

Renovated cafeteria
After nine months and some unforeseen infrastructure construction delays, the first phase of MUSC’s renovated cafeteria and dining facility opens for business. New features include an expanded menu offered in food stations including soup and salad bar, grill and world cuisine. 

Strategic alliance formed
Building upon a well-established history of collaboration, Georgetown Hospital System and MUSC announced a new strategic affiliation agreement that will expand local access to medical services, expertise and clinical support offered by MUSC.

Pharmacy innovation center
The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center was established through a $30 million gift to the university’s South Carolina College of Pharmacy, the second-largest in the university’s history.

Neuroangio suite
A $2.5 renovation of the neuroangio’s suite more than doubled its size, enabling MUSC to handle its growing caseload and further establish its reputation in delivering high-tech neurological care.


Daring rescue
A routine trip to MUSC from Orangeburg turned into a life-saving event Wednesday when two members of a Meducare ambulance crew used a rush of adrenaline to pull James Burrell out of his badly damaged, burning van.

College of Dental Medicine
MUSC’s new 120,000 square-foot clinical education center is named in honor of President Emeritus James B. Edwards, DMD, during Dental Alumni Weekend Feb. 27.

College of Medicine dean
MUSC announced the appointment of Etta D. Pisano, M.D., making her the college’s first female dean.

Pharmacy student graduates
Jean Hilaire, PharmD,  finishes pharmacy program despite the loss of his mother and sister to a Magnitude 7 earthquake in Haiti.


Cigarette tax
MUSC supports cigarette tax increase to protect children from smoking and to shift more of the estimated $1 billion in costs of the annual tobacco-related diseases back to smokers.

Record donations
Philanthropic contributions to MUSC increased to a record $76.7 million during fiscal 2010, despite adverse economic conditions and a national decline in giving to nonprofits.

Research funding grows
Despite a fiscally-challenging year, MUSC continued a record-breaking trend regarding research funding. Research awards surpassed the $200 million mark for the third year in a row with a $16.6 million dollar increase since 2009. The 2010 total of $234,153,146 includes approximately $136 million from the National Institutes of Health.

HCC breast cancer funding
Researchers from the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) won a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to enhance breast cancer research at MUSC.


Autism spectrum outreach
MUSC takes the lead in establishing programs to serve children on the spectrum, such as Project Rex, and to establish a multidisciplinary center to serve them.

MUSC telemedicine hub
Robert Adams, M.D., neurologist and pioneer of telemedicine at MUSC, forms medical partnerships with the REACH Network to save lives.

Neurological advances
Daily transcranial magnetic stimulation—an intervention that uses magnetic currents to activate certain brain areas—appears to help induce remission in patients with treatment-resistant depression, according to research by Mark S. George, M.D., MUSC Distinguished University Professor and director. May 28

Obesity research
Obese teens are likelier to have unsafe sex, according to a study by Margaret S. Villers, M.D., and colleagues. She hopes efforts can raise awareness and promote intervention efforts.

Baby boot camp
Fathers learn to bond in a special program targeted to the needs of new dads.

Office of Industry Partnerships
The office supports MUSC entrepreneurship, which will help state patients benefit from new cures, treatments and therapies for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and a variety of serious illnesses.

Electronic health care records
MUSC moves to electronic health records, which help reduce medical errors, bring down costs and ensure privacy.

Changing what’s possible
With the rollout of a statewide comprehensive communications campaign Aug. 12, MUSC will show how it is “changing what’s possible.”


Gamma Knife Center
MUSC leadership celebrates the opening of the Gamma Knife Center with an open house Jan. 27. The Gamma Knife, which is available for clinical use, can treat complicated and once inaccessible tumors with a precise dose of radiation.


University Mail Services
A new center for University Mail Services opened. It is a self-supporting mail preparation and processing center for outgoing nonprofit and standard mail.

Haiti Relief Fund
Karen Cellars of Laboratory Services recommended that MUHA authorize paid time off transfers be allowed for the MUSC Haiti Relief Fund. As a result, medical center employees donated $23,101 to the fund via the Coastal Community Foundation.

Survivor’s Bell
Kendall Hall, 5, rings the newly-erected Survivor’s Bell on the sixth floor of Hematology/Oncology in Rutledge Tower.

SCTR Pilot Project Program
Scientists and clinical and translational investigators affiliated with the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) can apply for funding of up to $50,000 per year to support their research through the SCTR Pilot Project Program.

Legislative agreement
Cancer patients who could benefit from participation in clinical trials got good news. A voluntary agreement with insurance companies announced May 18 at the Statehouse will ensure the coverage of routine care costs for patients enrolled in cancer clinical trials.

1,000th marrow transplant
Robert Stuart, M.D., and staff celebrated  the milestone of MUSC treating the 1,000th bone marrow transplant patient when Charles Dabney successfully underwent treatment.

CDAP offers school outreach
Suzanne Thomas, Ph.D., lifts a dripping brain out of a bucket to the fascination of many of the fifth graders gathered at Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant to learn how alcohol and drugs can affect the brain.

Pharmacy college “graduates”
When the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education issued its most recent report on Accreditation Action and Recommendations, it announced the South Carolina College of Pharmacy had been granted full accreditation.

New board of trustees officers
During the August MUSC board of trustees meeting, trustees voted to approve a new chairman and vice-chairman for a two-year period.

HeartMate destination therapy site
MUSC became a final or destination therapy site for patients who could benefit from the HeartMate II, which offers mechanical circulatory support therapy for heart patients. MUSC received distinction from the Joint Commission as a VAD (ventricular assist device) Center of Excellence.

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Friday, Dec. 24, 2010

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