Stories by John Hobbs:
Dental hygiene grad defies the odds, becoming first in family to finish college
Melissa Gerald’s parents struggled with drug addictions and told her college was for “the rich,” but the determined young woman followed her own path.
Speed skater-turned-physical therapy student helps athletes avoid injury
Trojan’s nonprofit gives coaches the knowledge needed to maximize performance — at no cost.
USC-Cal State L.A. pact provides dental care for kids and teens
The partnership includes help from the university’s dental school and the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Trojan dentist uses her CPR skills to save a life
After a daylong CPR certification course, Diana Sedler never expected to have her skills tested just hours later at a sushi restaurant.
Researchers answer call to develop safe, effective strategies for tissue regeneration
The key for C-DOCTOR team is to understand what stem cells can do and then deliver them for patient care.
How a childhood visit to the dentist changed a life
There’s an amusing reason why Kim Austin decided to study dentistry.
A potential new way for physical therapists to treat stroke survivors
USC researchers study the use of non-invasive electrical stimulation to improve mobility.
Strength in numbers: 80-year-old alum sets deadlifting record at nearly 210 pounds
It all started when fitness devotee Dennis Galanter wanted to knock a few strokes off his golf game.
USC, Peking University to team on one of China’s first graduate programs in occupational therapy
The partnership has the potential to transform the quality of life for millions of people, USC provost says.
Virtual reality-based rehab system could one day help people with Parkinson’s
Three USC researchers to develop program that would get individuals back on their feet, practicing the walking skills needed to navigate their communities.
USC researchers seek more effective treatment for common birth defect
An interdisciplinary study leverages expertise in three fields to examine a child’s developmental delays, hearing loss or blindness in more severe cases.
Type-A personality forges ahead in oral surgery
A daughter of Vietnamese immigrants becomes a tenacious, Harvard-educated surgeon who deals with challenges head-on.
USC health professions students work to bring LGBTQ patient care issues to the fore
Second annual Southern California LGBTQ Health Conference to educate professionals on queer patient care.
More physical therapy isn’t always better for stroke patients
Hours of physical therapy do not necessarily provide better outcomes, USC researcher says.
USC dental school opens the world’s largest mobile dental clinic
$3 million gift from Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation makes the colossal clinic possible.
Can virtual reality neurofeedback help stroke survivors recover?
USC researcher Sook-Lei Liew receives American Heart Association Innovative Research Grant to find out.
Dental school’s Special Patients Clinic receives endowment on its 30th anniversary
With support from Roseann Mulligan and Glenn Clark, the school-based facility has helped the disabled and elderly for three decades.
Three occupational therapy students reflect on their paths to the profession
Coming from different backgrounds, the students look forward to their white coat ceremony.
Forensic odontology: a line of work that’s not for the squeamish
USC’s C. Michael Bowers consults on mysterious cases requiring the identity of human remains in accidents, homicides or mass fatalities.
Dental school caps week of treatment for Special Olympics athletes
Hundreds of restorations, extractions, root canals and cleanings are provided at no charge.
Special Olympics tennis player ‘does things he really shouldn’t be able to do’
Disabilities don’t slow down Jonathan Fried, who goes for gold at the World Games.
From pain to gain: Gift to let USC explore how physical therapy helps torn rotator cuffs
Barbara Fried’s donation of $463,000 will further the research that helped her recover from a painful shoulder injury.
A shared story leads to a new outlook on life
Former graphic designer Eun Kyung Bae sets out on a fresh career path to redesign lives for senior and disabled populations as an occupational therapist.
One step closer to natural tooth restorations
Rodent teeth could hold answers for regenerating live human teeth in a lab, revolutionizing the way dental restorations are handled in the future.