Research

The Keck School of Medicine’s research programs span basic, translational, clinical and population research, with particular strengths in cancer, regenerative medicine, neurosciences, obesity and metabolic disease, pediatrics, preventive medicine and global health.

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Researchers and clinician collaborate to create a continuous loop of care

Our students enjoy a unique opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration capable of producing next generation solutions for health problems facing our world today. Programs are conducted within 23 academic departments, more than 30 research centers and institutes and hospital/clinic complexes including USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Students work with a research faculty mentor on projects that contribute to groundbreaking discoveries in basic science, clinical research and patient care.

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Keck School received a prestigious $56.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH.

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Research News & Highlights

Research at the Keck School includes dynamic activity in patient care, scientific discovery and medical and bioscience education. From groundbreaking projects to leading-edge speakers and international events, there is always something happening.

  • A window into the mammalian middle ear (Image by Camilla Teng/Crump Lab)

Researchers listen to zebrafish to understand human hearing loss

A window into the mammalian middle ear (Image by Camilla Teng/Crump Lab) Can a fish with a malformed jaw tell us something about hearing loss in mice and humans? The answer is yes, ... Read More »

  • Kidney organoid (Image by Tracy Tran/McMcMahon Lab)

USC’s stem cell scientists secure the dollars to fight disease

Kidney organoid (Image by Tracy Tran/McMcMahon Lab) The price of progress is not only the energy and talent of stem cell scientists, but also the research dollars that support their discoveries. In recent ... Read More »

  • Clockwise from top left: Andy McMahon, Rohit Varma, Jonathan Samet and Donna Spruijt-Metz (Photos courtesy of USC)

NIH funding helps Americans live longer and healthier

Clockwise from top left: Andy McMahon, Rohit Varma, Jonathan Samet and Donna Spruijt-Metz (Photos courtesy of USC) The nation’s medical research agency, the National Institutes of Health, funds research to help Americans live ... Read More »

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