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USC Heart Transplant Program Receives Award
USC University Hospital received a Heart Transplant Excellence Award from the independent health care ratings organization HealthGrades, ranking among the top 1 percent of hospitals in the United States that perform heart transplants.
Sheltering Homeless Saves Money, Study Says
Placing four chronically homeless people into permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles resulted in more than $80,000 per year in savings to taxpayers and improved quality of life for the individuals, according to a recent study led by Michael R. Cousineau, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Heather Lander, project specialist at the USC Center for Community Health Studies.
Former USC Intern Fights for Cleaner Air
Fifteen-year-old Otana Jakpor’s essay on how she spent her time with USC would include leading demonstrations on how to map demographic data and conducting research on diesel emissions from locomotives and other rail yard equipment.
Pollution’s Impact May be Underestimated
Heavy traffic corridors in the cities of Long Beach and Riverside are responsible for a significant proportion of preventable childhood asthma, and the true impact of air pollution and ship emissions on the disease has likely been underestimated, according to researchers at USC.
Agency Grants $16M for Stem Cell Research
Physician-researchers at USC received a nearly $16 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to fund the development of a stem cell-based treatment for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among the elderly.
USC Neuroscientists to Map Gene Expression
Two USC neuroscientists have been awarded nearly $9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to map how genes are expressed in different regions of the human brain throughout development.
Information Technology Chief Joins USC
Mark D. Amey has joined USC as chief information officer for several units.
Aggressive Hiring Planned at Hospitals
Matthew F. McElrath, the new chief human resources officer at the USC hospitals, faces a tough challenge.
Changes Linked to Prenatal Smoke Exposure
A new study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has found that the lifelong effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy may occur through specific changes in DNA patterns.
USC Gets $2.9M in Stem Cell Funding
Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers have been awarded $2.9 million in grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support research into stem cell discoveries that lay the foundation for future therapies.
Stress and Pollution Up Risk for Children
Children with stressed-out parents may be more susceptible to developing asthma associated with environmental triggers such as high levels of traffic-related pollution and tobacco smoke, according to a new study led by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Jae Jung to Lead Virus Control Study
A multi-institutional team of researchers led by Jae Jung, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has received more than $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate virus control mechanisms.
Benefits of Healthy Kids Program
A program that provides health care coverage to uninsured children saved Los Angeles County health facilities more than $37 million in uncompensated costs over the past three years, according to an analysis led by USC community health expert Michael Cousineau.
USC study uncovers how the flu eludes body’s defenses
Key Mutation in Lymphoma Identified
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have identified a key mechanism that causes chromosomes within blood cells to break — an occurrence that marks the first step in the development of human lymphoma.
Keck School fetes Tom DeMeester at May 16 retirement party
USC researchers identify key T-cell lymphoma mutation
Keck School of Medicine researchers have identified a key mechanism that causes chromosomes within blood cells to break—an occurrence that marks the first step in the development of human lymphoma.
USC researchers identify a key genetic mutation in lymphoma development
Scientists find a mechanism that causes chromosomes within blood cells to break, marking the first step in the development of human lymphoma.
USC researchers to present new strategies to prevent childhood obesity
Research includes technology monitoring and the latest on Type 2 diabetes, presented by USC experts.
Researchers Find How Flu Dodges Immune System
USC researchers have identified a critical molecular mechanism that allows the influenza virus to evade the body’s immune response system.
How influenza evades the body’s defenses
New study looking at the flu virus at a molecular level could lead to new drug therapies to enhance innate immunity.
Keck School receives $5 million from Ellison Foundation
$5M Gift Funds Cancer Research Initiative
The Keck School of Medicine of USC announced a $5 million gift from the Ellison Medical Foundation to support cancer research under the direction of David B. Agus, an oncologist and cancer researcher who joined the Keck School faculty on April 1 as a professor of medicine.
$5 Million Gift Funds New Cancer Research Initiative
Dr. David B. Agus will lead new Center for Applied Molecular Medicine