Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

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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

Diffusion MRI maps show disrupted white matter connectivity and loss of white matter fiber tracts in 1-year-old pericyte-deficient mice. (Image/Berislav Zlokovic Lab)

Study: Half of all dementias start with damaged ‘gatekeeper cells’

USC research sheds new light on how a breakdown in the brain’s vascular system predates the accumulation of toxic plaques and tangles in the brain that bring about Alzheimer’s disease. The research suggests an earlier target for preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Nearly 50 percent of all dementias, including Alzheimer’s,… Read More »

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ZNI Events

ZNI Seminar Series: "Cholinergic Sensorimotor Integration Regulates Rapid Behavioral Decisions"

ZNI Seminar Series: “Cholinergic Sensorimotor Integration Regulates Rapid Behavioral Decisions”

Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Herlotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm View All ZNI Events

Keck School Events

Visual Beyond Words / We Bring The World To You

Visual Beyond Words / We Bring The World To You

IGM Art Gallery, 2250 Alcazar Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm View All Events