Health Sciences Public Relations & Marketing

Office of Public Relations and Marketing

The Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing Office provides connections between Keck School physicians and scientists and the public by working with the news media, and by directly publicizing new research, campus events and happenings and Keck patient care programs. We also produce insightful, award-winning publications and manage special events for the Keck School of Medicine and Keck Medical Center of USC..

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Keck School ranks 31st in research in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings

The ranking conveys national recognition of the Keck School of Medicine of USC as a leader in educating the doctors of tomorrow and advancing improvements in medicine.

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  • USC and Sangamo researchers advance genome editing of blood stem cells

    Genome editing techniques for blood stem cells just got better, thanks to a team of researchers at USC and Sangamo BioSciences. In an upcoming study in Nature Biotechnology, co-first authors Colin M. Exline from USC and Jianbin Wang from Sangamo BioSciences describe a new, more efficient way to edit genes in blood-forming or “hematopoietic” stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs).

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  • Iroquois genes make cartilage cells act "oh so immature"

    Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the U.S., involves the loss of a special type of cartilage cell lining the joints. In a study appearing on the cover of the latest issue of Developmental Cell, first author Amjad Askary — a PhD student in the USC Stem Cell lab of Gage Crump — and his colleagues identify roles for a family of genes, called Iroquois (Irx) genes, in protecting these joint cartilage cells.

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  • Q&A: USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin

    USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin, MD, is the founder of the Heritage Provider Network, which, under his leadership, became the largest physician-owned and operated integrated delivery system in the United States. He sits on the boards of many colleges and universities, including the Board of Overseers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and is known as much for his philanthropy as for his leadership in the health care field. The Merkin Family Foundation recently established four assistant professorships in regenerative medicine at USC.

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  • Ostrow awarded NIDCR grant to establish tissue regeneration center

    Tissue regeneration is about to become more fact than fiction, thanks to a $2 million grant that’s being divided among 10 research centers and universities, including the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

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  • At Keck-Dornsife retreat, scientists share research

    Seeking to strengthen partnerships between two of USC’s oldest schools, scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences recently gathered to discuss new research and areas for future collaboration.

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  • USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu receives the NIHs New Innovator Award

    As a winner of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, USC Stem Cell principal investigator Min Yu will strive to develop individualized medicine targeting rare and deadly breast cancer stem cells. The five-year, $2.475 million award is part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supported by the NIH Common Fund.

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  • Postdoctoral fellow Albert Kim receives first Hearst Fellowship

    How do you turn stem cells into nephrons, the functional unit of the kidney? Albert D. Kim, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Andy McMahon, PhD, is exploring this question with support from a Hearst Fellowship, an award recognizing an exceptional junior postdoctoral fellow pursuing stem cell research at USC.

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John Lipham, MD
Chief, Division of Upper GI and General Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC

• Esophageal cancer
• Foregut surgery

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USC Health Sciences Source Alert:

During the holiday season, heartburn can quickly put a damper on festivities like familly get-togethers and tailgate parties. While people commonly experience occasional heartburn, more than 15 million Americans suffer symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) every day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. In recognition of the 15th Annual GERD Awareness Week, Nov. 24-30, Keck Medicine of USC physicians are available to discuss simple tips to help reduce GERD symptoms during the holiday season as well as novel treatments for the disease.

Caroline Hwang, MD, is a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She can discuss general strategies to minimize heartburn and other GERD symptoms. "There are many things people can do to prevent GERD flare-ups, but on Thanksgiving remember to season lightly, slow down and stay awake," Hwang said. "Spicy foods, physical exertion and lying down after a meal can all aggravate GERD symptoms."

John Lipham, MD, is associate professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and chief of the division of upper gastrointestinal and general surgery. He specializes in the treatment and study of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach. He led clinical investigation at USC of the LINX Reflux Management System, an FDA-approved device that treats GERD through minimally invasive surgery, and has successfully implanted more than 100 of those devices in people since 2009, the highest volume of experience with the LINX in the Western United States. “This device is a huge advance for the treatment of reflux, which affects millions of people in the U.S.,” Lipham said. “It addresses a gap of patients who suffer from GERD but no longer respond well to medication treatment.”

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