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.

Alzheimer Disease Research Center (Memory and Aging)

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.

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.

Center for Applied Molecular Medicine

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.

MESH Academy

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.

Research Center for Liver Diseases

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.

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and Children’s Environmental Health Center

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.

USC Neurorestoration Center

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.