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Joyce Richey, assistant professor of research in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, was recently voted president-elect for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Her term begins fall 2003.

Richey, who has been a member of the ADA-Los Angeles’ Board of Directors for four years, also serves as chair of the education committee, which includes physician, public and patient education.

Her research focuses on the impact of obesity on the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and also on the relationship between diabetes and hypertension and how nitric oxide may play a role in the development of these diseases.

Richard N. Bergman, professor and chair of physiology and biophysics, delivered the Asa Rothstein Lecture at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto on Dec. 3.

This lecture is given annually at the Scientific Symposium of the Research Institute associated with the hospital.

Bergman was the keynote speaker in sessions dedicated to translational research in cancer and diabetes. The lecture is a highly prestigious one and is given by an outside invitee.

Bergman’s lecture was on “Understanding the Pathology of Type II Diabetes: Focus on the Forest, Not the Trees.”

The audience of 500 consisted of scientific investigators, clinical faculty and other health care professionals.

Bradley Stein, assistant professor of child psychiatry, presented at the 18th Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, joining a panel on mental health needs nationwide in the wake of Sept. 11. Stein’s panel focused on child and adolescent mental health.

The inaugural issue of The Ocular Surface, an ophthalmologic journal, has devoted a five-page article to the Keck School of Medicine describing it as “a growing center for basic and clinical research” on diseases of the eye.

Written by Austin Mircheff, professor of ophthalmology and physiology and biophysics who also serves on the magazine’s editorial board, the article in the Jan. 2003 issue of the journal discusses the history leading up the establishment of the Keck School’s Ocular Surface Center two years ago.

Marcel Nimni, professor of surgery, biochemistry and molecular biology and orthopedics and lecturer in biomedical engineering, recently received a doctor Honoris Causae in Medicine from Maimonides University in Buenos Aires. Following the commencement, he inaugurated the Distinguished Professor Series, lecturing on “Stem cells, growth factors and tissue engineering.”

Nimni helped set up a laboratory that will apply autologous stem cell technology to various aspects of regenerative medicine. This was the first honorary degree conferred by the university.

Judges recently selected a poster by Wu Zhang, postdoctoral research fellow at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, as the best abstract at the 2nd Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Zhang, a member of Keck School medical oncologist Heinz-Josef Lenz’s lab team, will receive a monetary award in recognition of his presentation at the November conference, which was sponsored by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Zhang presented a study showing that a repeating polymorphism in the epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene is associated with colon cancer patients’ response to a platinum-based chemotherapy drug called oxaliplatin. Zhang and his fellow team members plan to further test for EGFR expression among study participants.

The Plaza Pharmacy is now providing flu shots Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

The shots are free for employees with USC Network insurance and $20 for employees with other insurance. The pharmacy is on the ground floor of the Healthcare Consultation Center, 1510 San Pablo Street.

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