Keck School of Medicine of USC


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

Mark Humayun elected a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

December 13th, 2016|

Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, co-director of the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute and director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2016 Fellows Program, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Humayun will attend the NAI Fellow induction ceremony at

Breakthrough refractory glaucoma treatment cleared by FDA after clinical trials

November 30th, 2016|

Millions of glaucoma patients whose previous surgical treatment failed to reduce their eye pressure have new hope following several years of pivotal clinical trials conducted in refractory glaucoma patients, including work done at the University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute, as Allergan announces the XEN® Glaucoma Treatment System has been approved by the U.S.

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,

Rohit Varma named Keck School dean

November 10th, 2016|

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH has been named dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective immediately. Varma will also hold the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine.

USC Provost Michael Quick, PhD, announced the appointment Wednesday on behalf of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, PhD.

“I am truly honored and privileged

Varma honored for life achievement

November 8th, 2016|

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute, received the Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The AAO, which held its annual meeting Oct. 14-18 in Chicago, presents the award to recognize “contributions to

USC Roski Eye Institute helping take wearable digital health technology to eye level

November 7th, 2016|

As part of its continued national leadership in digital health technology innovation and public-private collaborations, the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) has teamed with VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop, and the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute to take wearable health for the first time to the eyes.

The pilot study, which kicked

New training course offered for aspiring ophthalmic technicians

November 7th, 2016|

The USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute has established the Ophthalmic Technician Education Program (OTEP) to prepare highly skilled allied health care professionals to serve the eye care needs of individuals of all ages. The 21-month program, one of only 14 programs nationally, is the only one in California that prepares individuals to become

A bold vision comes into focus at USC Roski Eye Institute

October 31st, 2016|

Vivian Hoorn was scared. She knew that something wasn’t right with her vision. Grey polka dots kept dancing across the pages of her favorite books as she tried to read them.

In the back of her mind was one thought: her father. She had watched as he slowly went blind just as he was retiring, and

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,