Research at the Keck School of Medicine attains a level of critical mass within its research centers and programs. Built on faculty excellence, innovation and collaboration, Keck’s research centers and programs draw upon the expertise of physicians, scientists, and engineers from across the school and the university, as well as local, national and international affiliates.
The centers are housed within the academic departments, research institutes with departmental status, or the office of research advancement. Some have a physical presence while others are virtual centers. All are designed to leverage the full-spectrum of collegial opportunities and resources available across the schools of USC. All offer a lively intellectual environment that fosters creative, innovative approaches to research.
The center provides participants with access to leading-edge studies of new medications, clinical trials and treatments that advance our knowledge of memory problems associated with aging. Over the past 30 years, USC physicians and researchers have made major contributions to our knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular brain injury and memory problems.
This research unit is recognized nationally for its research on all aspects of atherosclerosis, a disease of the arteries that leads to heart attacks and strokes. The unit is based within the Department of Medicine.
Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of this center is to develop the science and engineering of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems (BMES) based on fundamental principles of biology. The newly developed systems will allow bi-directional communication with tissue and by doing so enable implantable/portable microelectronic devices to treat presently incurable human diseases such as blindness, paralysis, and memory loss. This center is jointly supported by the Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering.
This center compiles information on all new cancer cases — more than 30,000 a year — reported in Los Angeles County. This extensive cancer registry has led to major discoveries in cancer research. This program is based within the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
This center comprises a multidisciplinary team of investigators dedicated to furthering the development and use of proteomic technologies to guide doctors in patient management decisions. The center is based within the Department of Medicine.
The USC Childhood Obesity Research Center (CORC) is a collaborative effort between USC and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles that strives to maintain and further build our position as one of the nation’s leading research teams addressing childhood obesity. The center, under the direction of Dr. Michael I Goran, strives to understand childhood obesity and its related conditions, to examine its relationship to minority health, and to develop novel strategies for prevention and treatment.
The Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute (DORI) at the University of Southern California was established in 2012. The Institute was designed to foster interactions across disciplinary boundaries; embrace methods and techniques from diverse fields of study; and develop effective approaches to risk assessment, prevention and treatment of the international co-epidemics of diabetes and obesity.
In an increasingly interconnected world facing significant health challenges, we must keep accelerating the pace of groundbreaking discoveries and their translation into revolutionary therapies. These objectives require even greater convergence of multiple disciplines, including medicine, engineering, science and humanities (MESH).
The MESH Academy is a joint initiative of the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Office of the Provost. The mission of the MESH Academy at USC is to empower the convergence of research in medicine, engineering, sciences, and humanities through educational programs, incentives for innovation and entrepreneurship, and corporate relations to address challenges in human health and disease.
The key goal of the Research Center for Liver Diseases is the facilitation and fostering of interdisciplinary collaborative research, which leads to a better understanding of the pathobiology of diseases of the liver and digestive tract and the development of new treatments for these diseases.
This center studies the effects of the environment on human health concentrating on air quality and the multiethnic populations of California and the Pacific Rim. The center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine.
This center is a collaborative effort of LA’s leading liver and pancreatic disease researchers to study how alcohol and other factors interact to leave these organs particularly vulnerable to disease. The center is based within the Department of Pathology. Funded in 1999 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis unifies 58 investigators from major academic institutions in Southern California to pursue a common mission of being a leader in research, training and outreach for the diseases.
The Statistical Consultation and Research Center (SCRC) is an organized research unit at USC that integrates statistical, epidemiological and computing resources and offers them to professionals conducting clinical, biomedical and translational research. The SCRC consists of a team of statisticians, epidemiologists, database developers, programmers, project coordinators and data managers that provides an optimal structure to assist both the public and private sectors in carrying out clinical and prevention trials, observational and retrospective studies, cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys and translational research. Members of the SCRC are co-investigators on a range of studies in atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, ophthalmology, stroke rehabilitation interventions, lifestyle redesign interventions and alternative medicine. This center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine’s Division of Biostatistics.
USC Epigenome Center
Established as the first dedicated epigenome center in the United States, the USC Epigenome Center conducts genome-scale epigenetic and genetic data production and analysis, technology development, and cutting-edge epigenomic and population-based genomic research. The center occupies an entire floor of the Harlyne Norris Research Tower of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and encompasses a state-of-the-art genomics laboratory and expansive dedicated bioinformatics facilities.
The USC Neurorestoration Center is 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. Driven by patient needs and further refined within our world-class clinical programs, strategies created by the center aim to restore an injured or diseased nervous system by developing new technologies that harness advances in basic neuroscience and neural engineering.
Center for Genetic Epidemiology
The Center for Genetic Epidemiology studies the genetic factors that contribute to disease, with a major focus on diverse populations that have different risks of developing disease. The center will also concentrate on the establishment of population based resources and the development and application of genomic methods for understanding the genetic basis of disease.
To view a comprehensive list of all USC research centers and facilities, visit the University Research website.