Keck School of Medicine of USC


Faculty physicians keep singers, musicians and actors in peak shape

September 5th, 2016|

Injuries won’t keep these performing artists out of the spotlight.

Javen Smith was singing for hours a day preparing for a major role in a USC production of the musical Songs for a New World, known for its vocally demanding score, and he felt fine—until his voice went out.
“A week before opening, I couldn’t do all the things

Innovative USC Program Helps Develop Literacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children from Bilingual Homes

July 26th, 2016|

“Come read with me.”

Those can be some of the most powerful words in the development of any child’s ability to read and write. For children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and living in bilingual homes, the “come read with me” invitation becomes even more crucial to their literacy development.

That’s why the USC Caruso Family Center

Sidgmore Family Foundation gift to help hearing loss research

May 25th, 2016|

There has always been one insurmountable problem related to hearing loss: When the sensory hair cells in the inner ear die, they don’t regenerate. These microscopic cells signal to the brain that it is hearing a noise and the fact that they do not regenerate is the reason that hearing loss is irreversible.

But Neil Segil,

Key mutations may worsen hearing loss from the chemotherapy drug cisplatin

May 18th, 2016|

The chemotherapy drug cisplatin can kill cancer, but it can also kill the sensory cells of the inner ear — causing permanent hearing loss. This hearing loss is likely to be more severe in individuals with Cockayne syndrome, according to a new study on the cover of The Journal of Neuroscience.

In the study, USC Stem Cell researchers Robert N.

In memoriam: John Niparko, 61

May 4th, 2016|

John K. Niparko, Tiber Alpert Professor and chair of the USC Rick and Tina Caruso Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, died April 25. He was 61.

“Dr. Niparko was a transformative recruitment to the Keck School of Medicine and was a pillar of our department,” said Rohit

Hear, and Now: Restoring Sound Perception After Hearing Loss

October 8th, 2015|

The Caruso family was caught up in a movie at home earlier this year when daughter Gianna, 15, made the announcement that would change her father’s life.

“Dad and Mom, I hear the rain.”

Rick Caruso ’80 smiled. “Yeah, it’s raining,” he said, turning his attention back to the movie.

“No, Dad,” said the teen. “I hear the

USC Stem Cell selects inaugural Broad Clinical Research Fellows

August 20th, 2015|

This year, the Broad Clinical Research Fellowships are enabling physician-investigators to explore stem cell-based approaches related to four very different medical conditions: breast cancer, kidney disease, deafness and short bowel syndrome.

Each one-year fellowship provides $65,000 of salary support, $7,500 of supplies and a $1,500 meeting allowance to support full-time research related to stem cell biology

The Science of Sleep

July 27th, 2015|

From neuroscientists to engineers, USC researchers delve into what happens during slumber—and how to help us get more of it.

In the classic fairy tale, Snow White bites into an apple and slips into a state of suspended animation. For her fellow figment of fiction, man-about-the-Catskills character Rip Van Winkle, a sip of moonshine affords the

USC Receives $25 Million Gift from USC Trustee Rick J. Caruso and his wife, Tina

June 4th, 2015|

Business leader and USC Trustee Rick J. Caruso and his wife, Tina, have donated $25 million to endow and name the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, one of the nation’s largest and most highly ranked for research and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose and throat.


Study finds genetic predisposition for noise-induced hearing loss

April 16th, 2015|

Neuroscientists publish first genome-wide association study on hearing loss from noise, a common workplace hazard

In a new genome-wide association study, an international team led by Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) neuroscientists has found evidence that some people may be more genetically susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss than others.

Noise-induced hearing loss is