A Campaign for Neurology & Neurosurgery

You now have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological problems.

We have never needed you more than we do right now. Neurological ailments now account for more hospitalizations than heart disease, cancer or any other disease group.

  • About 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 5.1 million have epilepsy or a seizure disorder.
  • More than 1 million have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
  • More than 795,000 have a stroke each year.
  • About 6,000 are diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, each year.

Because these challenges are so serious and the stakes are so high, the Medical University of South Carolina is inviting you to help us change what’s possible for people living with these and other neurological disorders.

Why now?

The financial costs associated with neurological disorders already are staggering – nearly $780 million a year. The more important emotional and psychological costs are both immeasurable and heartbreaking. 

That’s reason enough to support this campaign. 

But consider this: Many of these problems become more common as we age. And South Carolina’s 65+ population is expected to double by 2030, to 1.1 million people.

That means these costs will continue to grow and strike closer to home – unless we act, right now.

Our goal: $15 million

The Medical University has launched an ambitious campaign to raise at least $15 million for continued innovations in neurology and neurosurgery.  Specifically, we aim to raise at least:

  • $4.5 million for patient clinics and innovative clinical experiences
  • $2 million for community education and fellowships
  • $8.5 million for research and recruitment

Our top 10 program goals

Training: To continue training the next generation of neuroscientists.

Pediatric neurosurgery: To create a single center where children can be diagnosed and treated.

Spine health: To refine the ways we diagnose tumors, back and neck pain, traumatic injuries, spinal deformities and other spinal conditions.

Brain cancer: To bring together patient care and patient education in a way that creates the best possible experience for those faced with tumors and surgeries.

Neuropsychology: To explore, evaluate and treat the cognitive and emotional ramifications of neurological disorders.

Stroke and cerebrovascular ailments: To grow our capacity and build upon our national reputation for education, patient care, and research, forming industry partnerships to accelerate innovation in patient care.

Alzheimer’s disease & memory disorders: To become one of only 34 National Institutes of Health funded Alzheimer’s research centers in the country.

Epilepsy: To grow our program and build upon our reputation as the most accredited comprehensive epilepsy center in the nation.

Movement disorders: The first Parkinson’s Center for Excellence in South Carolina.

ALS, multiple sclerosis and general neurology: To expand our clinical enterprise to treat the growing number of patients in these critical areas.

By making a gift you can help us...

  • Recruit and support the best physicians, researchers and educators
  • Build new research and patient-care capacity
  • Offer our patients the most advanced clinical trials.
  • Empower our team to fast-track innovations in patient care.
  • Raise the standard of care for every neuroscience patient.