Brandon is studying the link between environmental triggers and relapse in addiction. The goal is to identify where and what in the brain causes withdrawal (which leads to relapse) after a trigger happens.
Brandon's team is currently working on mice to understand the regulatory mechanisms between the relation of the memory (trigger) and the exposure to the addiction (drug). This is the first time Brandon will attend the Society for Neuroscience where he hopes to network and collaborate on future projects.
Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Medical University of South Carolina
Founded in 1824, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents in six colleges and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the state’s only academic health science center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.3 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, more than 100 outreach locations across the state, and South Carolina’s only transplant center.