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Scientific Retreats

SCTR Institute

SCTR facilitates collaboration across traditional disciplinary and institutional lines by sponsoring thematic-based retreats for basic, clinical and population scientists, and community practitioners at all levels of career development.

For any information on these programs, including slides/video, contact Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D., at


March 1, 2019
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research
Sponsored by the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) and the South Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAND) Consortium

Location: Drug Discovery Auditorium, Room 110, MUSC James E. Clyburn Research Center

Retreat Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; Retreat Program starts at: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Networking Reception: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby

Our goal is to advance neurodevelopmental disorders research in South Carolina by creating a platform for researchers to share their current findings, research problems, solutions and opportunities to stimulate new cross-disciplinary research collaborations. We specially encourage discussion of specific research questions for which you seek collaborations. The retreat will include invited presentations from investigators across the state. Please consider sharing your research in a poster presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to apply for the SCTR Pilot Project Program funds to support new collaborations focused on retreat theme topics.

Keynote Speaker: Matthew W. State, MD. PhD., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Keynote Address: From Genes to Pathology: The Path Forward in genetically Complex Neurodevelopmental Syndromes



June 8, 2018
2018 Annual Mentorship Training Symposium

April 20, 2018
SCTR Scientific Retreat on Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Related Research

January 26, 2018
MUSC Translational Research Day


October 20, 2017
Scientific Retreat on Aging Related Research

July 28, 2017 
MUSC Digestive Disease Retreat

June 9, 2017 
2017 Annual SCTR Mentorship Training Symposium: Essential Professional Communication Skills for Academic Success

May 3, 2017
SCTR Scientific Retreat on the Human Microbiome

April 6, 2017
Fifth Annual Women's Health Research Day

March 23, 2017 
Scientific Workshop on Vitamin D


November 9, 2016
2016 SCTR Scientific Retreat on Health Disparities

June 10, 2016 
Zika: Z to A - What We Know, What We Don't, and How to Prepare

February 8, 2016 
SCTR Scientific Retreat on Transition of Care Across the Lifespan


Perry V. Halushka, Ph.D.

Kevin Gray, M.D.
Associate Program Director 

Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D.
Associate Director