Keck School of Medicine of USC


Zlokovic receives nearly $25 million to study Alzheimer’s disease

October 21st, 2016|

Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, a pioneer of the theory that fixing the brain’s leaky blood vessels will prevent Alzheimer’s disease, has received four grants totaling up to $24.9 million over five years.

The funding allows Zlokovic, director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, to attack from different fronts the blood-brain barrier, a gatekeeper that prevents toxic substances

Researcher earns NIH Pathway to Independence Award

October 21st, 2016|

Alexis M. Coulourides Kogan, PhD, has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) as an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to help her complete the needed mentoring and training to transition to an independent, tenure-track faculty position. This is a highly prestigious award offered to promising individuals at early stages in their

USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute receives $21.7 million NIH grant to study epilepsy

October 21st, 2016|

The USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute has received a $21.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study epilepsy, a condition that is currently incurable.

Arthur Toga, PhD, Provost Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute,

What I’m Reading: Top picks from stem cell faculty

October 18th, 2016|

Senta Georgia: Earlier this year, a team at the Karolinska Institute published a paper that profiled gene activity in single cells from human embryos created in the context of in vitro fertilization. Now this group has announced their plans to edit the DNA of normal human embryos to study how changing the activity of these genes affects early embryonic development. This type

USC to participate in its third Cancer Moonshot project

October 17th, 2016|

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday is expected to announce that the University of Southern California will participate in a new Cancer Moonshot project to create the world’s first global liquid biopsy database on cancer. The undertaking is designed to accelerate the development and approval of simple, accurate and reliable blood tests for biologically-based precision

Staying on Target: USC Norris researchers target cancer cells

October 17th, 2016|

When USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center member Ann Mohrbacher, MD, began her career in immunology, the idea that physicians one day could fight cancer using the body’s own immune system was still science fiction. Research at the time was focused on lupus, an autoimmune disease, rather than cancerous diseases like lymphomas — until researchers found

USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse holds first annual event

October 12th, 2016|

Guests were welcomed from across the globe to gather in Los Angeles recently for the first annual USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse. In bringing together stakeholders interested in creating a safe and healthy environment for all older adults, this symposium focused on solving dilemmas in research methods in order to move

Students inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

October 12th, 2016|

A prestigious national student organization has established a new chapter at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Twenty-five members of the Keck School’s class of 2017 were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) on Sept. 7 in Aresty Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus. The GHHS is well-known for recognizing individuals who excel

Massry Prize winners to speak at campus event

October 11th, 2016|

The winners of the 2016 Meira and Shaul G. Massry Prize are a trio of scientists — Gero Miesenboeck, Peter Hegemann and Karl Deisseroth — whose research paved the way for a breakthrough technology called optogenetics that has revolutionized the way scientists study the brain.

Optogenetics allows scientists to turn on and turn off electrical activity

Family Medicine group awarded for excellence

October 11th, 2016|

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC recently received a Program of Excellence Award based on their commitment to engaging students interested in pursuing family medicine. One of only 10 schools to be awarded for overall excellence nationally, the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s FMIG was also