Medical University of South Carolina
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Presenting Research at the Society for Neuroscience Conference

Project ID: 10034
$0 left to reach
target of $1,000
Total Raised: $1,000

About This Project

Empathy is the action of understanding and vicariously experiencing the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of another. Simply put, it’s the derivative of the cliched expression “put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”

Interestingly enough, the ability to understand another’s feelings is not exclusive to humans. It has been demonstrated that many animal species, including rats, exhibit certain forms of empathetic behaviors.

With the help of his lab members, PhD student Stewart Cox has developed a new model of studying empathy in rats, in hopes of better understanding empathy in humans. The team hopes that this new model will improve therapies for individuals suffering from cognitive disorders where empathy is affected, like substance abuse.

Stewart is traveling to the Society for Neuroscience to present his lab’s findings.

The Researchers

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Stewart Cox

MD/PhD Candidate


Medical University of South Carolina

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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.

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