Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute


About the Institute

The Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) is one of the Centers of Excellence at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Established in 2003 with a gift from Selim Zilkha, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute is a world leader for basic neuroscience research, with a multi-disciplinary team of outstanding faculty whose collaboration concentrates on the causes, effects of and therapies for neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorders.

Students work with world leading researchers in various disciplines to conduct world-class bench science with some clinical applications and translational work to investigate and identify the underlying circuitry or mechanisms of the brain that are influenced or affected by neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, Down Syndrome and hearing and visual disorders. The research experience takes place in a vibrant and dynamic community with access to a variety of state-of-the-art labs and numerous resources.

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"Welcome to our world-class neuroscience program" Dr. Berislav Zlokovic Professor and Chair, Zilkha Leon J. Tiber and David S. Alpert Professor President of USC Care Read Bio

“Welcome to our world-class neuroscience program”
Dr. Berislav Zlokovic
Director, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
Director’s Biography


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ZNI News

Pericytes, or gatekeeper cells, are wrapped around capillaries in the cortex of a mouse brain. (Amy Nelson/Keck School of Medicine of USC)

Study: A glitch in ‘gatekeeper cells’ slowly suffocates the brain

Abnormality with special cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly affecting the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a USC-led study reveals. “Gatekeeper cells” called pericytes surround blood vessels, contracting and dilating to control blood flow to active parts of the brain. “Pericyte degeneration may be ground zero for neurodegenerative
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ZNI Events

ZNI Seminar Series: “Axons, Synapses and Neural Circuit Repair”

Herklotz Seminar Room (ZNI 112)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Keck School Events

2017 Perinatal Medicine Conference

2017 Perinatal Medicine Conference

02/27/2017 - 03/02/2017
Hyatt Regency Maui, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali Beach, Maui
6:30 am - 12:15 pm

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