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Major new USC medical office to open in Pasadena

The administrators attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Pasadena.
From left: Char Ryan, associate administrator, Keck Medical Center of USC Pasadena Edward Crandall, chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Keck School of Medicine of USC Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief executive officer, USC Health Scott Evans, COO and interim CEO, Keck Medical Center of USC Vaughn Starnes, director, USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute Bill Bogaard, mayor, City of Pasadena Photo/Steve Cohn

The Keck Medical Center of USC’s tradition of medical care to residents of the San Gabriel Valley continues with an expanded medical office expected to open on April 30.

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Epigenetic Control of Infection-Fighting Blood Cells Discovered

Epigenetic Control of Infection-Fighting Blood Cells Discovered
Si-Yi Chen headed a team whose discovery may lead to the development of treatments for blood-borne malignancies.

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered how a particular enzyme results in modifications to DNA proteins playing an important role in the development of B cells, the white blood cells that produce antibodies to fight infectious diseases, and in the regulation of gene transcription, or copying.

Science/Technology

Groundbreaking Surgeries Save Kidneys of Two Patients

Groundbreaking Surgeries Save Kidneys of Two Patients
Inderbir Gill, right, performs laparoscopic surgery using augmented reality with the assistance of Casey Ng.

Two groundbreaking surgeries recently performed at USC University Hospital by a team of surgeons led by Keck School of Medicine of USC professor Inderbir Gill have allowed two patients who might otherwise have lost their kidneys to keep the organs, with the likelihood of resuming their normal lives.

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USC opens Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center

USC Opens Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center
From left, Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, philanthropists Edythe and Eli Broad, CIRM chairman Robert Klein and USC President C. L. Max Nikias celebrate the opening of the new stem cell center.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined USC administrators, trustees, elected public officials and more than 150 invited guests in the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC held Oct. 29.