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Welcome to the Summer 2015 issue of Progressnotes

Progressnotes is the quarterly magazine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Our mission is to keep you abreast of the latest clinical and scientific innovations through engaging and scientifically sophisticated prose. Browse our latest articles below and sign up for electronic notifications of exclusive digital-only content and published-ahead-of-print content.


In Short

In Short articles are 400-500 word articles that concisely describe innovative procedures, diagnostic tools, or treatment approaches available at MUSC Health, sometimes as part of a clinical trial; present important public health information; summarize interesting preliminary findings from MUSC research; and cover topical stories related to medicine.



Feature articles explore a clinical or research innovation at MUSC in some depth, highlighting how it advances or could potentially expand treatment options over traditional therapy. These articles provide a balanced survey of some of the relevant literature, providing evidence from clinical trials on the safety and efficacy of the innovation and acknowledging possible complications or side effects. The focus of these articles is how such innovations can improve patient care. Featured research typically has clear translational potential.

Taking Center Stage 

Immunotherapy joins the ranks of mainstream cancer treatments

Not Playing It Safe

A new model for drug discovery at MUSC attracts two new industry partnerships

The Ultimate Network 

Mapping the brain’s wiring with diffusional kurtosis imaging

Digital Exclusive: Science Fare 

Nurses improve clinical practice with their research  


Progressnotes CME Articles

Progressnotes is pleased to offer continuing education opportunities in an effort to meet the educational needs of our audience of health care professionals and to address the health care challenges of South Carolina, particularly its high burden of chronic illness. Each issue of Progressnotes, with the exception of the Year in Review, will offer one CME-eligible article along with a sister telepresentation on a related subject through the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium’s SCHOOLS program. The telepresentation is typically scheduled within a month or so of the article’s publication, recorded as enduring CME, and made available at




Progressnotes interviews Stephen A. Duncan, D.Phil., and Paula Traktman, Ph.D. 

New Physicians

James F. Bethea, M.D., I-Hweii Amy Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Barbara S. McManus, M.D., Charles Reitman, M.D., Katherine Ruzhansky, M.D., Zeke J. Walton, M.D.


MUSC welcomes new Chairs of Surgery and Dermatology