GGC Part of $1.6 Million NIH Grant to Establish Statewide Pediatric Research Network

October 19, 2016 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a four-year, $1.6 million grant to the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine to establish a statewide Pediatric Clinical Trials Network. The Greenwood Genetic Center is also participating in the initiative. The purpose of the network is to boost participation in "research that makes a difference" for children and families across South Carolina. The grant places particular emphasis on clinical research to better understand and improve health outcomes for children and families living in rural and medically underserved areas of the state, which is critically important to states like South Carolina.

Neena Champaigne, MD and Lauren Baggett, MS of the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) will lead the Center's participation in this statewide collaboration. "We are very excited to be a part of this multisite initiative," said Champaigne who is the Director of Clinical Services for GGC. "Our participation will allow us to gain experience, develop infrastructure and ultimately enhance our ability to participate in clinical trials for neurodevelopmental disorders."


Science on Tap featuring Psychology of Politics

Lander's Dr. Jonathan Bassett to present timely talk on partisanship

October 14, 2016 - The next 'Science on Tap' will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 6pm at T.W. Boons in Uptown Greenwood. Science on Tap is a community lecture series designed to share some of the scientific advances happening in Greenwood.

The November 1 event will feature Jonathan Bassett, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Lander University. Dr. Bassett will be sharing social science research on the topic 'Opposing Views: The Psychology of Politics and Partisanship.' The presentation will be followed by time for discussion and questions.


Dr. Roger Stevenson Named Distinguished Alumnus

GGC co-founder, Dr. Roger Stevenson has been recognized by the Wake Forest Medical Alumni Assoication Distinguished Achievement Award. Stevenson is a 1966 graduate of Wake Forests' Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University, and he completed a pediatric residency and fellowships in metabolism and genetics at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Would You Want to Know? GGC Hosting Screening of Twitch Documentary

Greenwood Genetic Center's Gene Week Kicks off with Twitch Documentary Screening

September 23, 2016 – Kristen Powers, was just 9 years old when her mother was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, a progressive neurological disorder that took her ability to walk, speak, think and reason. She passed away a few years later from this debilitating and devastating disease. Huntington's Disease is hereditary. Kristen has a 50% chance that she inherited the gene.

Kristen chose to have genetic testing for the Huntington's Disease gene when she turned 18. She documented that emotional process in the film, Twitch. Kristen will be in Greenwood on Tuesday, September 27th to screen the film and discuss her family story and how these experiences shaped her outlook on life. The trailer for Twitch can be viewed at


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