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Gift Goes to Center for Global Innovation

A $1 million gift from Don Murray of Resources Global Professionals will support the ongoing research of the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation, which studies the use of new technology to create new products and services.

The Center for Global Innovation is directed by professor Gerard Tellis, holder of the Neely Chair of American Enterprise and professor of marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business, who works with scholars from Cambridge University, the London Business School, Koc University and Imperial College London. This international research consortium focuses on market data rather than opinion or survey.

Murray is the executive chairman and CEO of Resources Global Professionals, a multinational professional services firm. Over the past four years, Don and Carol Murray have contributed significantly to the center, with a major gift pledge in December 2009 bringing their total commitment to the center to $1 million.

Brekke to Study Mental Health Transformation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, a national funding program focused on addressing challenging health policy issues, has selected USC School of Social Work professor John Brekke to receive a grant to study mental health system transformation in America.

Brekke, the Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, was awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant jointly with Joel Braslow, associate professor of psychiatry, biobehavioral sciences and history at UCLA.

Since 1989, Brekke has been the principal investigator on five longitudinal studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and one funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This work has focused on the improvement of community-based services for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness.

He is currently a principal investigator on three National Institute of Mental Health grants, including a project that seeks to speed the use of evidence-based practices into community-based treatment for individuals with schizophrenia and another that examines the transformation of community-based mental health services at the levels of policy implementation, organizational change and consumer outcomes.

Grant to Support Home Safety for Older Adults

The homes of seniors in Los Angeles County are about to get safer, thanks to a grant from the Eisner Foundation that will support Home Safety Adaptations for the Elderly, or Home SAFE, led by the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

Nearly half a million older persons in Los Angeles County have some type of disability and live in housing with barriers and hazards that compromise their health, lead to falls and unnecessary accidents, resulting in costly hospital stays and relocation to institutional settings.

Falls by seniors, almost 80 percent of which occur in and near homes, are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations in the county. In 2007, falls resulted in 18,900 hospitalizations of seniors, averaging $50,000 per admittance.

Home safety practices include the elimination of hazards, environmental adaptations, fire protection measures and healthy home strategies.

Home SAFE’s mission is to make safety a more integral component of successful aging and preventive health in L.A. County by increasing activities and awareness among consumers, professionals, organizations and communities.

Saks’ Memoir Receives Lasting Tribute

Pelham Woods, a women’s mental health hospital in Surrey, England, is naming a hospital ward after USC Gould School of Law professor Elyn Saks.

A multidisciplinary team at the hospital nominated Saks for the honor after reading her memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, which chronicles her battle with schizophrenia.

Pelham Woods opened in southeast England to provide care and rehabilitation for women with complex mental health problems and a history of challenging behavior. The treatment program provides a holistic, needs-led and evidence-based approach based upon the philosophy of the recovery model.

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