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SCAND Researchers Received Stimulus Research Grant

Stimulus Research Program (SRP) by SC EPSCoR/IDeA was developed to strengthen SC’s research capacity and research competitiveness. Each proposal was submitted by a collaborative team consisting of at least two of the three comprehensive research universities and two predominately undergraduate institutions.  SCAND members, lead by Dr. Jeff Twiss, were awarded $150k/yr x 2 yrs to study the intersection of epigenetic regulation and mitochrondrial function in autism.  This is a great achievement for SCAND which will strengthen collaboration among its members, in keeping with the SCAND mission of understanding and treating neurodevelopmental and autism spectrum disorders through a state-wide, multi-disciplinary research consortium.  Congratulations to all of the following researchers involved in this effort:

PI -

Jeff Twiss, M.D., Ph.D.


Co-PIs -

Omar Bagasra, Claflin Univ

Luigi Buccuto, Greenwood Genetics Center

Kevin Champagne, Clemson Univ

Linnea Freeman, Furman Univ

Sofia Lizarraga, Univ SC


Co-Invesitgators -

Norma Frizzell, Univ SC

Sajish Mathew, Univ SC

Jill Turner, Univ SC



Chris Cowan, MUSC

Charlie Holman, Claflin Univ

Jane Joseph, MUSC

Jane Roberts, Univ SC

Anand Srivastava, Greenwood Genetics Center

South Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Consortium (SCAND)