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About SCTR

South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute 
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) established SCTR in 2006 in response to the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. The CTSA Program develops innovative ways to turn observations from the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve individual and public health. SCTR has been continuously NIH-funded since 2009.

SCTR has strong statewide impact, with partners and collaborators including Clemson University, Health Sciences South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, the Greenwood Genetics Center, and the South Carolina Research Authority. SCTR’s network of collaborating institutions spans the United States.

Operational resources, including Finance & Administration, Evaluation & Quality Improvement, and Communications & Logistics Support, are part of SCTR’s Administrative Core.

Research resources and activities are organized in several programmatic areas that span the stages of translational research, from discovery to implementation. Formal predoctoral (TL1) training and career development (KL2) components are included.

The Support Center for Clinical & Translational Science (SUCCESS) is staffed by a team of experts who provide research navigation and free consultations to clinical and translational research investigators and stakeholders across South Carolina. Visit the SUCCESS Center

The Research Nexus facilitates patient-oriented research and is part of SCTR’s Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) Program. Several fee-based research services, including research coordination and management, clinical nursing and laboratory studies, can be obtained through the SCTR Research Nexus. Explore Research Nexus Services

Consultations and services are requested, reviewed, and tracked using the SPARCRequest (Services, Pricing and Application for Research Centers) system, which was developed by SCTR. This request engine and work fulfillment portal provides a storefront for all core research services and resources at MUSC. SPARCRequest is used by many other CTSA programs across the United States. Submit a SPARCRequest


Dr. Patrick Flume

Patrick Flume, M.D.

Associate Principal Investigator

Dr. Marc Chimowitz

Marc Chimowitz, MBChB

Associate Principal Investigator

Dr. Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray, M.D.

Associate Principal Investigator

Dr. Leslie Lenert

Leslie Lenert, M.D., MS

Associate Principal Investigator

Royce Sampson

Royce Sampson,  MSN, RN, CRA

Primary Administrator,Chief Operations Officer & Finance Director