Keck School of Medicine of USC

 Physiology and Biophysics

Zika proteins responsible for microcephaly identified

August 11th, 2016|

USC researchers have identified two Zika proteins potentially responsible for thousands of microcephaly cases in Brazil and elsewhere — taking one small step toward preventing Zika-infected mothers from birthing babies with abnormally small heads.

The Zika virus contains 10 proteins, but only NS4A and NS4B matter when it comes to microcephaly, according to a USC-led study published

Expanding the Mind

December 15th, 2015|

Keck School researchers are advancing the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and pursuing potential therapies

Twenty years ago, when Terrence Town, PhD, first began researching the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and the immune system, most people in the field thought this course of inquiry was leading nowhere. Alzheimer’s disease was still poorly understood and so, while Town

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

USC kidney researcher Janos Peti-Peterdi wins Young Investigator Award

August 7th, 2015|

USC kidney researcher Janos Peti-Peterdi has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the ASN-AHA Young Investigator Award. Co-sponsored by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the Council on the Kidney of the American Heart Association (AHA), the annual award recognizes a kidney researcher age 45 or younger with an outstanding record of achievement

Peti-Peterdi is inducted into prestigious honor societies

April 2nd, 2015|

Pioneering Keck Medicine of USC scientist Janos Peti-Peterdi, MD, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, received congratulations in early March in Salzburg, Austria, from Austrian President Heinz Fischer upon his induction into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. The group of more than 1,700 scientists, researchers, artists and philosophers

USC neurogeneticists harness immune cells to clear Alzheimer’s-associated plaques from rodent brains

February 4th, 2015|

New research from scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) shows that the body’s immune system may be able to clear the brain of toxic plaque build-up that is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, reversing memory loss and brain cell damage.

The study, which appears in the Feb. 4