Keck School of Medicine of USC


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.


Analysis: Primary tumor location predicts treatment response in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer

November 29th, 2016|

A retrospective analysis of data from the CALGB/SWOG 80405 clinical trial revealed that in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, the location of the primary tumor predicts the patient’s response to various treatment strategies for the disease.

Patients with left-sided primary tumors responded significantly better to cetuximab, which had an average survival of 39 months as opposed

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

November 16th, 2016|

Amy Firth: Cells regulate their gene activity and differentiation by “methylating” DNA—adding carbon and hydrogen atoms to modify the DNA code. In a recent Cell publication, researchers from the Jaenisch laboratory used a precise DNA recognition system, CRISPR/Cas9, to remove or add methylation at specific genomic sequences. The technique provides an innovative tool for understanding gene regulation and the functional

Your Health Depends on More Than Your DNA

November 14th, 2016|

Nature and nurture both matter in the move to personalized medicine.
In some not-too-distant future, your health risks and medical problems may be investigated and pieced together like crime scenes. Your health care provider will collect key evidence: urine, blood and DNA samples. You’ll be questioned about where you live, work and travel, and what you eat,

USC Norris celebrates Friends and Family

November 8th, 2016|

Stephen B. Gruber, MD, PhD, MPH, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and John D. Carpten, PhD, chair and visiting professor of translational genomics and director of the USC Institute for Translational Genomics, addressed guests at the USC Norris Friends and Family Luncheon on Sept. 29.

Carpten’s presentation educated the group on the life-saving

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

University of Southern California to show how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment

October 7th, 2016|

Researchers at the University of Southern California will demonstrate how using wearable technology and smartphones can improve cancer treatment at a White House event on Oct. 3.

“South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art and Action” (SXSL) is a gathering inspired by South by Southwest, the annual gathering of film, interactive media

Interventional cardiologists and radiologists heal from inside out

October 3rd, 2016|

Minimally invasive techniques to treat diseases helps patients recover more quickly and safely.

EVEN INTO HIS late 80s, Angelo La Bruna Sr. regularly drove the 22 miles to USC’s Dedeaux Field from his Hacienda Heights home to watch his grandson Angelo La Bruna ’15 play baseball. Anyone would expect that he might feel a little tired making the

Collaboration to promote training and research with Gehr Center

September 28th, 2016|

A new fellowship will allow physicians to study innovative methods to care for high-cost, high-need patients, as the Gehr Family Center for Implementation Science at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and CareMore Health System announced a collaboration to train the next generation of leaders in health care delivery and implementation science.

The collaboration allows

Hematologist wins prestigious award from National Cancer Institute

September 6th, 2016|

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named Kevin Kelly, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases, one of 13 recipients of the 2016 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Award (CCITA).

The award recognizes and supports outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated