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Welcome to the Spring 2018 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 concisely describe innovative procedures, diagnostic tools, or treatment approaches available at MUSC Health, sometimes as part of a clinical trial, and summarize preliminary findings from MUSC research.

Aspiration as Good as Stent Retrievers for Large-Vessel Clots

An interview with a principal investigator for the COMPASS trial

Striking a Nerve

Treatment reverses pediatric complications of botulinum toxin therapy

How Do Extended Space Missions Affect the Brain?

MUSC researchers explore the brains of astronauts

Pressure-Controlled Cell Culture Incubator

Modelling pressure-induced cellular injuries in the brain

Targeting Pediatric Brain Cancer

MUSC researchers establish cell line for rare tumor

Mystery Cells

New snapshots of a little-understood brain cell type

The Charleston Summit of Advanced Ideas and New Technology

Since 2011, MUSC has hosted this influential meeting where key opinion leaders in stroke surgery can discuss future directions in the field in a safe forum.



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.

A Bold Experiment

The Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences brings together the worlds of engineering and medicine to speed the translation of innovative technology into the clinic

What’s New in the 2018 AHA/ASA Guidelines for Acute Ischemic Stroke?

An interview with Dr. Edward C. Jauch, one of the guidelines’ authors

Pineal Cysts: Worth a Second Look

MUSC Health neurosurgeon identifies a novel constellation of symptoms that resolve upon excision of pineal cysts or cytomas

Retuning the Brain

Minimally invasive therapies provide good seizure control for patients with medication-refractory focal epilepsy

Language Lost and Found

New language discoveries inform therapies for aphasia after stroke



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

Restoring Poetry to Motion:

Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Movement Disorders





Interview with Eugene Hong, M.D.

MUSC Health Welcomes Dr. Eugene Hong as new Chief Physician Executive