Stroke Research at USC

Exciting research is taking place at the University of South Carolina to help us understand and treat stroke. We’re working towards understanding the effect of stroke on everyday life.

Aphasia Effects

More than one-third of the people who have strokes suffer from aphasia, a condition caused by a brain injury that affects a person’s ability to speak, write, read and understand language.

MRI Imaging

C-STAR’s work relies heavily on detailed pictures of the brains of stroke patients made at the MRI scanner at the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging at Carolina.


University of South Carolina professor Julius Fridriksson has been awarded an $11.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery, which will research stroke recovery and work to improve the lives and communication skills of patients after they suffer strokes.

The university will partner with Johns Hopkins University, the University of California Irvine and the Medical University of South Carolina. Other researchers on the project include the Arnold School’s Dirk den Ouden, psychology’s Chris Rorden and Rutvik Desai and Souvik Sen in neurology.