Keck School of Medicine of USC


Instagram documents rising hookah use, according to USC study

January 18th, 2017|

Social media is giving researchers insight into the rising use of hookah, according to a study out of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Hookah, smoked through a water pipe and also known as shisha, has harmful health effects similar to cigarettes. But as cigarette use declined between 2005 and

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

January 10th, 2017|

Amy Firth: To understand organ development, maintenance and repair, and to model disease, tissue engineering can enable unique experimental approaches. In a recent study in the journal Biomaterials, Daniel Tschumerplin’s laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, grew a mix of fluorescently tagged human lung cells in a semi-solid matrix. Over a period of four weeks, the cells

Early Alzheimer’s Gene Spells Tragedy For Patients, Opportunity For Science

January 10th, 2017|

Rosemary Navarro was living in Mexico when her brother called from California. Something wasn’t right with their mom, then in her early 40s. She was having trouble paying bills and keeping jobs as a food preparer in convalescent homes.

Navarro, then 22, sold her furniture to pay for a trip back to the U.S. for herself

2016 Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Annual Report

January 6th, 2017|

The Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute has released its 2016 annual report. Click here to read the report.

Social change film: Big data is the new hope for the future of health

December 23rd, 2016|

Sharing personal data in secure networks can lead to new ways of treating diseases, researchers say
If more people were willing to share their health data on mobile devices, scientists could organize the gaggle of information into shared databases and perhaps bring about the next era of medical breakthroughs, researchers said in a social change film.


Keck School of Medicine receives $2.5 Million grant for translational osteoarthritis research

December 21st, 2016|

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is one of four institutions to receive a multi-million dollar grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for translational research projects. The $2.5 million grant will support potential osteoarthritis therapies that could significantly impact standards of care for the disease. Arthritis affects

Neurologist Paul Aisen works to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts

December 21st, 2016|

The researcher explains five things to know about the only disease among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed
Scientists at the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) of the Keck School of Medicine of USC have enrolled more than 1,000 people in their international clinical trials and are still seeking more participants.

Staff at

International symposium on neurological disorders draws hundreds

December 21st, 2016|

Giselle Petzinger, MD, associate professor of neurology (clinical scholar) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, recently organized Mexico’s first international symposium on lifestyle and neurological disorders. The event brought together 14 USC faculty and staff members from 11 academic departments and seven Mexican researchers specializing in neurological health and drew an audience of

USC Stem Cell scientist Joseph T. Rodgers receives grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)

December 19th, 2016|

Wisdom can increase with age, but healing power does not. USC Stem Cell scientist Joseph T. Rodgers is exploring the biology behind this fact, thanks to a grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

The grants provide $100,000 of flexible support to early-career researchers focused on aging processes and age-related diseases. Since 1981, AFAR,

Keck faculty among the world’s most influential researchers

December 16th, 2016|

Sir Isaac Newton once referred to the process of discovery as “standing on the shoulders of giants,” meaning that revolutionary science and innovation is built on the work of previous researchers. Some researchers are more impactful than others. One measure of this is the number of times a particular researcher’s work is cited, thus serving