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The USC Department of Ophthalmology and The Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles continue to be ranked among the top 10 ophthalmology programs in the country by both U.S. News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times. The program's leading-edge research has resulted in 22 patents.  The innovative "retina chip," designed to restore sight to patients with blinding retinal disorders, has been developed at USC. The department was third in the country in the rankings of eye institutes and eye departments receiving research funding from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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USC Eye Institute study finds African-Americans at higher risk for diabetic vision loss

Research by Keck Medicine of USC ophthalmology scientists demonstrates that African-Americans bear heavier burden of diabetic macular edema (DME), one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetic patients in the United States.

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  • USC Stem Cell selects inaugural Broad Clinical Research Fellows

    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.

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  • USC Stem Cell selects inaugural Broad Clinical Research Fellows

    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.

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  • Local high school students graduate from USC's summer stem cell program

    Enthusiastic is the word to best describe the students from this year’s USC’s Early Investigator High School (EiHS) Stem Cell Research Program. Ten students graduated from the summer laboratory immersion program at a ceremony held at noon on Friday, July 31 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

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  • USC kidney researcher Janos Peti-Peterdi wins Young Investigator Award

    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 and creativity.

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  • New USC course follows human development from stem cells to sternum

    What don’t we know about human development, and what can go wrong? By focusing on these two big questions, a new 2-unit fall course will provide USC undergraduates with the opportunity to go beyond the standard developmental biology course work.

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  • USC Stem Cell requests applications for new awards and fellowships

    USC Stem Cell is requesting research proposals from principal investigators and senior postdoctoral scientists for three new awards and fellowships totaling $600,000.

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  • The road to a cure for HIV/AIDS

    Something wonderful sometimes happens when scientists and the public get together to talk about research. All the jargon, all the technical language falls away, and it becomes instead a conversation between the two groups with most at stake: the people in need of a treatment or cure, and the people trying to develop it. Last week, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) joined with the AIDS Project Los Angeles to hold a Town Hall event in West Hollywood called HIV Matters: Countdown to a Cure: California Leads the Way. Around 120 people showed up to listen to stem cell scientists from USC, City of Hope, Calimmune and Sangamo Biosciences — all of whom are using CIRM funding to develop new treatments and hopefully even cures for HIV/AIDS.

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