Keck School of Medicine of USC


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

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.


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

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

Stem Cell Therapy Gives Paralyzed Man Second Chance at Independence

December 14th, 2016|

Four days after undergoing major surgery, 21-year-old Kris Boesen picked up a smartphone and sent a text. It was the first message that he had sent in months.
But what was truly remarkable was that a man who was once almost completely paralyzed was holding a phone at all.

It hadn’t always been like this. One night in

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,

Can you zap your brain back to health?

October 5th, 2016|

Rather than taking medication, a growing number of people who suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy and drug cravings are zapping their skulls in the hopes that a weak electric current will jolt them back to health.

This brain hacking — “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS) — is used to treat neurological and psychiatric symptoms. A do-it-yourself

Experimental stem cell therapy helps paralyzed man regain use of arms and hands

September 9th, 2016|

On March 6, just shy of his 21st birthday, Kristopher (Kris) Boesen of Bakersfield suffered a traumatic injury to his cervical spine when his car fishtailed on a wet road, hit a tree and slammed into a telephone pole.

His parents were warned there was a good chance their son would be permanently paralyzed from the

Steve Kay returns to lead USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

August 30th, 2016|

Steve Kay, PhD, has been appointed to lead the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and named the Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences.

Kay took a leave last year to serve as the president of The Scripps Research Institute.

“We are delighted to have Steve Kay return to USC to lead our efforts