Keck School of Medicine of USC


Zlokovic receives nearly $25 million to study Alzheimer’s disease

October 21st, 2016|

Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, a pioneer of the theory that fixing the brain’s leaky blood vessels will prevent Alzheimer’s disease, has received four grants totaling up to $24.9 million over five years.

The funding allows Zlokovic, director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, to attack from different fronts the blood-brain barrier, a gatekeeper that prevents toxic substances

USC to participate in its third Cancer Moonshot project

October 17th, 2016|

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday is expected to announce that the University of Southern California will participate in a new Cancer Moonshot project to create the world’s first global liquid biopsy database on cancer. The undertaking is designed to accelerate the development and approval of simple, accurate and reliable blood tests for biologically-based precision

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

Does brain size really matter?

October 5th, 2016|

Brain size may matter. In the world’s largest MRI study on brain size to date, USC researchers and their international colleagues identified seven genetic hotspots that regulate brain growth, memory and reasoning as well as influence the onset of Parkinson’s disease.

Most brain imaging studies evaluate around 100 people, but the Nature Neuroscience study published on Oct.

USC researchers to study environment’s influence on health

September 21st, 2016|

Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers have received a two-year, $6 million National Institutes of Health grant to examine health issues related to asthma and obesity.

Part of the funding will go toward the USC Children’s Health Study, the nation’s longest study on air pollution and kids’ health. The new research program, “Life Course Approach

USC and Amgen launch the dialogues that drive discovery

September 13th, 2016|

Without collaboration between universities and pharmaceutical companies, scientists might never have developed essential medicines ranging from the antibiotic streptomycin in the 1950s to HIV medications in the 1990s. In recognition of the ever increasing importance of these academia-industry partnerships, USC and Amgen are jointly offering two new opportunities: a 10-week biotechnology lecture series for students

New study has dire warning: Even a few extra pounds can kill you

September 6th, 2016|

Being overweight increases the chances of premature death, according to a USC researcher.

Although people accept that obesity can shorten a person’s life span, scientists have debated whether the weight category between normal and obese is, in fact, a health risk.

Being overweight definitely does not help people live longer, said Jonathan Samet, director of the USC Institute for

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

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

August 23rd, 2016|

Rong Lu: In a recent issue of Nature, Fan Zhou, Bing Liu and colleagues present their work on tracing the developmental origin of blood stem cells, also known as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), in mice. Interestingly, grafts of single HSC precursor cells from 11-day-old mouse embryos showed quite different capacities to repopulate the blood. Analysis of gene activity enabled