The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University(AU)


It has a rich history of medical and research excellence since 1828.  Operating as the flagship medical school in the State of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia is the 13th oldest medical school in the United State and the 8th largest with a partnership campus with the University of Georgia in Athens and Regional campuses in Albany, Rome, Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia. It is the only public Academic Medical Center in Georgia and the affiliate, AU Health, includes a 478-bed research and teaching hospital, the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the Georgia Cancer Center, and one of only five Level I Trauma Centers in the State of Georgia. MCG/AU Health was the first established Joint Commission Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Georgia.  Our preclinical work is conducted in the “Experimental Stroke and Vascular Dementia Research Laboratory” in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery.


Hafez S, Khan MB, Awad ME, Wagner JD, Hess DC. Short-Term Acute Exercise Preconditioning Reduces Neurovascular Injury After Stroke Through Induced eNOS Activation. Transl Stroke Res. 2020 Aug; 11(4):851-860.

Hess DC, Blauenfeldt RA, Andersen G, Hougaard KD, Hoda MN, Ding Y, Ji X.Remote ischaemic conditioning—a new paradigm of self-protection in the brain. Nat Rev Neurol. 2015 Dec; 11(12):698-710.

Hoda MN, Fagan SC, Khan MB, Vaibhav K, Chaudhary A, Wang P, Dhandapani KM, Waller JL, Hess DC.  A 2 × 2 factorial design for the combination therapy of minocycline and remote ischemic perconditioning: efficacy in a preclinical trial in murine thromboembolic stroke model.
Exp Transl Stroke Med. 2014 Oct 9; 6:10. 

Hoda MN, Bhatia K, Hafez SS,  Johnson MH, Siddiqui S, Ergul A, Zaidi SK, Fagan SC, Hess DC.
Remote Ischemic Perconditioning is Effective After Embolic Stroke in Ovariectomized Female Mice. Transl. Stroke Res. (2014) 5:484–490.

Hess DC, Hoda MN, Bhatia K.  Remote limb perconditioning [corrected] and postconditioning: will it translate into a promising treatment for acute stroke? Stroke. 2013 Apr; 44(4):1191-7.

Hoda MN, Siddiqui S, Herberg S, Periyasamy-Thandavan S, Bhatia K, Hafez SS, Johnson MH, Hill WD, Ergul A, Fagan SC, Hess DC. Remote ischemic perconditioning is effective alone and in combination with intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator in murine model of embolic stroke. Stroke. 2012 Oct; 43(10):2794-9.


Meet the Team

From left: Mohammad B. Khan, MS,PhD (Co-I), Kris Dhandapani MS, PhD (Co-I), Ali S. Arbab MD, PhD (Co-I), David C. Hess, MD (PI). 
Shahneela Siddiqui, MS
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Pradip Kamat, PhD
Mohammad Ahamed Nisar, BS
Mohammad Ahmad Nisar, BS
Lauren Abbott, BS (Research Assistant)
Lauren Abbott, BS (Research Assistant)
Saad Tanzeem, BS-MD student
Saad Tanzeem, BS-MD student
Tej Murudkar, BS-MD student
Tej Murudkar, BS-MD student