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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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International team sheds new light on biology underlying schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from Keck Medicine of USC have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia. In what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, the findings, which are published online in Nature, point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia. These pathways could lead to new approaches to treating the disorder, which has seen little innovation in drug development in more than 60 years.

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Keck Medicine of USC scientists discover immune system component that resists sepsis in mice

Molecular microbiologists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered that mice lacking a specific component of the immune system are completely resistant to sepsis, a potentially fatal complication of infection. The discovery suggests that blocking this immune system component may help reduce inflammation in human autoimmune and hyper-inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

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Keck Medicine of USC launches USC Neurorestoration Center

Continuing its tradition of excellence and innovation in the clinical neurosciences, Keck Medicine of USC has established the USC Neurorestoration Center, a multi-institution collaboration for breakthrough discoveries that, for the first time, bring together neural engineering, neuroscience and neurorehabilitation to restore neurological function in the human brain.

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USC hosts prestigious Lasker Lectures on cochlear implants

Nearly 4,800 children in the United States are born with profound hearing loss each year, and another 5,000 will develop it by age 5, according to John Niparko, MD, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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