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Hurricane Maria Research Recovery Fund

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$6,165 Left to reach milestone 1!
Milestones Reached:
$210 Total Raised
Overall Progress: 1%

About This Project

Hurricane Maria caused widespread devastation to the island of Puerto Rico, including the destruction of the neuroscience laboratory of Dr. Devin Mueller at Ponce Health Sciences University. The loss of equipment and supplies halted his prolific research program on the neural basis of drug abuse that is funded through the National Institutes of Health. In addition to the loss of the lab, Dr. Mueller’s home became unlivable due to the lack of running water and electricity. He and his family were forced to move into a temporary shelter due to health concerns with his young baby boy. After a harrowing experience, Dr. Mueller secured flights out from Puerto Rico and has since relocated his family to the mainland. While staying with relatives, Dr. Mueller received an invitation to join the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as a Visiting Scholar. His host, Dr. Jacqueline McGinty, has generously made available space and resources to resume research. To restart his research program, however, Dr. Mueller needs funds to purchase equipment and supplies. In addition, funds are needed to help support the cost of relocation to MUSC. Dr. Mueller and his family are thankful for your generous support, and for helping to revive his important neuroscience research program to develop new strategies for the treatment of addiction.

The Researchers

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Devin Mueller

Visiting Scholar


Medical University of South Carolina

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Jacqueline McGinty



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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