Centers & Programs

Research at the Keck School of Medicine attains a level of critical mass within its research centers and programs. Built on faculty excellence, innovation and collaboration, Keck’s research centers and programs draw upon the expertise of physicians, scientists, and engineers from across the school and the university, as well as local, national, and international affiliates.

The centers are housed within the academic departments, research institutes with departmental status, or the office of research advancement. Some have a physical presence while others are virtual centers.  All are designed to leverage the full-spectrum of collegial opportunities and resources available across the schools of USC. All offer a lively intellectual environment that fosters creative, innovative approaches to research.

Please click the following link to access the Centers & Facilities page on the University Research website. This provides a comprehensive list of all USC research centers and programs.

Atherosclerosis Research Unit – This research unit is recognized nationally for its research on all aspects of atherosclerosis, a disease of the arteries that leads to heart attacks and strokes. The unit is based within the Department of Medicine.

Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems – Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of this center is to develop the science and engineering of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems (BMES) based on fundamental principles of biology. The newly developed systems will allow bi-directional communication with tissue and by doing so enable implantable/portable microelectronic devices to treat presently incurable human diseases such as blindness, paralysis, and memory loss. This center is jointly supported by the Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering.

Cancer Surveillance Program – This center compiles information on all new cancer cases — more than 30,000 a year — reported in Los Angeles County. This extensive cancer registry has led to major discoveries in cancer research. This program is based within the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Center for Applied Molecular Medicine – This center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of investigators dedicated to furthering the development and use of proteomic technologies to guide doctors in patient management decisions. The center is based within the Department of Medicine.

Center for Molecular Pathways and Drug Discovery –  A unique center focused on accelerating the pace of drug discovery and development of less toxic and more effective therapies for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The center is part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and is a joint center of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital and Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

Children's Environmental Health Center – Scientists working within this center investigate environmental and genetic causes of childhood respiratory disease while leading outreach and education efforts about children’s health. This center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine.

USC Epigenome Center  – USC has a rich history in epigenetics dating back to 1980. With the establishment of the USC Epigenome Center in 2007, USC advances its prominence. Last year, as part of the NIH economic stimulus package, the Center was awarded a $10.4 million NCI grant to collect epigenomic data from all major types of cancer.

Geriatric Studies Center – The USC Geriatric Studies Center is staffed by USC faculty and physicians with expertise in Alzheimer's disease and age related memory loss. The center provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, referral to caregiver services and support groups, and the opportunity to participate in clinical drug trials with the most recent advances in medications for memory problems. The center is administered jointly by the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Hepatitis C Virus Cooperative Research Center – This center incorporates basic science and clinical research programs to better understand, prevent and treat hepatitis C virus infections. Clinical studies take place in the Hepatitis Clinical Research Center, which runs tests new treatments for patients with hepatitis B and C. The center is based within the Department of Medicine.

Laboratory of Applied Pharmacokinetics - LAPK is a resource for optimal study and control of pharmacokinetic systems and for individualized drug therapy. The center is based within the Department of Medicine.

Memory and Aging Center / Alzheimer Disease Research Center: The center provides participants with access to leading-edge studies of new medications, clinical trials and treatments that advance our knowledge of memory problems associated with aging. Over the past 30 years USC physicians and researchers have made major contributions to our knowledge of Alzheimer disease, vascular brain injury, and memory problems.

Research Center for Alcoholic Liver & Pancreatic Diseases - This center is a collaborative effort of LA's leading liver and pancreatic disease researchers to study how alcohol and other factors interact to leave these organs particularly vulnerable to disease. The center is based within the Department of Pathology.

Retina Institute & Eye Concepts – This institute focuses on retinal diseases and the development and testing of innovative treatments, including bioengineering devices such as the retinal implant, created by Eye Concepts. The institute is based within the Department of Ophthalmology.

Sickle Cell Center - Supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this center combines basic and clinical research, professional and community education, and direct medical services for adults and children. The Center provides consultation services and cooperates with a community non-profit organization that offers education and community services. The center is based within the Department of Medicine.

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center - This center studies the effects of the environment on human health, concentrating on air quality and the multiethnic populations of California and the Pacific Rim. The center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine.

Statistical Consultation & Research Center - The Statistical Consultation and Research Center (SCRC) is an Organized Research Unit at the University of Southern California which integrates statistical, epidemiological and computing resources and offers them to professionals conducting clinical, biomedical and translational research. The SCRC consists of a team of statisticians, epidemiologists, database developers, programmers, project coordinators and data managers that provides an optimal structure to assist both the public and private sectors in carrying out clinical and prevention trials, observational and retrospective studies, cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys and translational research. Members of the SCRC are co- investigators on a range of studies in atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, ophthalmology, stroke rehabilitation interventions, lifestyle redesign interventions and alternative medicine. This center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine’s Division of Biostatistics.

Transdisciplinary Drug Abuse Prevention Research Center – This Center applies basic research from multiple disciplines to drug abuse and its prevention. The center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine.

Twin Research - The California Twin Registry has allowed epidemiologists to study the relative import of genetics and environmental factors in a host of diseases. The team also has developed an International Twin Registry. The center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine

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