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Your Health Depends on More Than Your DNA

Nature and nurture both matter in the move to personalized medicine. In some not-too-distant future, your health risks and medical problems may be investigated and pieced together like crime scenes. Your health care provider will collect key evidence: urine, blood and DNA samples. You’ll be questioned about where you live, work and travel, and what you

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Your Health Depends on More Than Your DNA

Nature and nurture both matter in the move to personalized medicine. In some not-too-distant future, your health risks and medical problems may be investigated and pieced together like crime scenes. Your health care provider will collect key evidence: urine, blood and DNA samples. You’ll be questioned about where you live, work and travel, and what you

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This year's ranking represents the Keck School of Medicine's highest to date

Keck School of Medicine receives its highest NIH funding ranking to date

Keck School of Medicine of USC ranks No. 1 in funds received per principal investigator; USC Department of Ophthalmology and Department of Preventive Medicine ranked No. 2 nationally in funding Keck School of Medicine recently received the school’s highest ranking in NIH funding since the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research began its annual ranking of

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René Sotelo meets with Pope Francis

René Sotelo, MD, professor of clinical urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, during a recent trip to Italy.

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Gangning Liang, MD, PhD, Inderbir Gill, MD, Mch, Mariana Stern, PhD

USC Institute of Urology to examine methods for increased precision, decreased risks of prostate cancer diagnostics

Grants from the National Institutes of Health will support the study of MR-ultrasound image fusion and DNA methylation markers in prostate biopsy tissue The USC Institute of Urology, recently ranked in the top 15 Best Hospitals nationwide for urology by U.S. News and World Report, has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health to advance

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Beating Back Prostate Cancer

Focusing on personalized medicine for prostate cancer at USC Norris Inderbir Gill has a new tool he takes with him into the operating room these days: A perfect reproduction, the exact size and shape of his patient’s prostate gland, made by a 3-D printer. The 3-D print also shows the exact location of his patient’s

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The USC Institute of Urology led a recent urology symposium at the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center, located in Mumbai.

USC Institute of Urology shares robotic surgery expertise in India

Building on its relationship with the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center located in Mumbai, the USC Institute of Urology led an international urology symposium at the hospital Feb. 20-21. The symposium focused on advances in robotic surgery for urology cases and featured live surgeries, case study presentations and lectures. During one

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Members of the medical team watch a robot-assisted spinal tumor surgery with Patrick Hsieh, MD, and Andrew Hung, MD.

Neurosurgeon, urologist team up to remove patient’s spinal tumor using da Vinci robot

To do what’s best for a patient, sometimes a combined effort is the best approach. That was the case recently at Keck Medical Center of USC, where an experienced neurosurgeon and an expert in robot-assisted urologic surgery teamed up successfully to remove a particularly troublesome spinal tumor. Patrick C. Hsieh, MD, associate professor in the

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With the combination of highly skilled surgeons and advanced robotic technology, Keck Medicine of USC is a global center of excellence for robotic surgery.

Training Robotic Surgeons Worldwide

Surgeons at Keck Medicine of USC perform more robotic surgeries than at any other hospital in the metro Los Angeles area. What make these procedures extraordinary are not only the state-of-the-art robotic technology, but also the exceptional skill and experience of the surgeons, who are faculty members at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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August 2015 cover of Cell

Researchers mimic viral infection in colon cancer stem cells

Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells — the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse — have discovered a mechanism to mimic a virus and potentially trigger an immune response to fight the cancer like an infection. The discovery, published in Cell, illuminates a major shift in the understanding of anti-tumor mechanisms and identifies

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Inferior vena cava control for which individualized surgical planning is necessary, including locations of many blood vessels to be clamped and indicators of the extent of Levels I, II and III thrombi, and the relative sizes of the obstructions.

USC surgeons describe groundbreaking procedure in Journal of Urology

A new article published by the Journal of Urology details a pioneering robotic surgical procedure developed at the USC Institute of Urology for treatment of a particularly challenging type of kidney cancer. The new surgical method was first performed in 2014 by a team led by Inderbir S. Gill, MD, founding executive director of the

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