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Keck Medicine of USC leads Los Angeles-based study of auditory brainstem implant's safety and use in young children

A Los Angeles medical team led by Keck Medicine of USC researchers performs California’s first auditory brainstem implant surgery on a 3-year-old boy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, part of the nation's only NIH-funded study of the device’s safety and use in young children. Audiologists at the USC Center for Childhood Communication will study how the child's brain develops over time as it incorporates sound and speech.

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USC Eye Institute study shows Native American ancestry significant risk factor for diabetic eye disease in Latinos

New research led by the USC Eye Institute, part of Keck Medicine of USC, shows for the first time that Native American ancestry is a significant risk factor for vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy among Latinos with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults in the United States, affecting more than 4 million Americans age 40 and older.

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USC stem cell PhD students present their blueprints for rebuilding the body

The students in the new PhD program in Development, Stem Cells, and Regenerative Medicine recently presented some ideas that would give Dr. Frankenstein a run for his money. For the summer course DSR 542 Principles of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, eight teams of students presented elevator pitches and scientific posters outlining strategies for rebuilding the body’s organ systems.

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Karen Burtt receives her white coat from Henri Ford

White Coat Ceremony inaugurates students as physicians

For 187 fresh-faced new medical students from the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Class of 2018, the act of putting on a white coat signified the beginning of their lives as health-care professionals. At a ceremony held on Aug. 15, 2014 in the Harry & Celesta Pappas Quad, these students received their white coats from faculty leaders to symbolize the trust placed in them by the public.

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USC Eye Institute study finds African-Americans at higher risk for diabetic vision loss

Research by Keck Medicine of USC ophthalmology scientists demonstrates that African-Americans bear heavier burden of diabetic macular edema (DME), one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetic patients in the United States.

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USC offers a summer of stem cells for local high school students

Twenty-three local high school students spent their summer vacations in a very unusual place: the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. This August, these students celebrated their graduations from the USC Early Investigator High School (EiHS) and the USC CIRM Science, Technology and Research (STAR) programs.

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