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Justin Ichida (Photo by Ben Gibbs); featured image for AcuraStem, USC and Icagen to collaborate on fast track SBIR grant for the development of a novel small molecule therapy to treat ALS

AcuraStem, USC and Icagen to collaborate on fast track SBIR grant for the development of a novel small molecule therapy to treat ALS

AcuraStem, an early stage biotech company located in Los Angeles, and Justin Ichida at USC have been awarded a $3.7 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) FastTrack grant by the National Institute …

Skeletal staining of the lower face of a zebrafish, with cartilage in blue, and bones and teeth in red. (Image by Pengfei Xu/Crump Lab); featured image for A Fox code for the face

A Fox code for the face

In the developing face, how do stem cells know whether to become cartilage, bones or teeth? To begin to answer this question, scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump …

Pat Levitt (Photo courtesy of CHLA); featured image for Common psychiatric disorders share an overlapping genetic risk

Common psychiatric disorders share an overlapping genetic risk

Investigators found that many common psychiatric disorders are deeply connected on a genetic level, sharing specific genetic risk factors, underscoring the need to recognize shared dimensions of brain dysfunction, and develop new …

USC Trustee Daniel Epstein and his wife, Phyllis, give $10 million via their family foundation to support sports medicine research and treatment at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. (Photo courtesy of Daniel and Phyllis Epstein); featured image for Epstein family gift enhances sports medicine research and care at USC

Epstein family gift enhances sports medicine research and care at USC

Researchers and clinicians at the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will advance their pioneering work on treatments and techniques to prevent and heal sports-related injuries thanks to a new …

Killer T cells (green and red) surrounding a cancer cell (blue, center). (Image by Alex Ritter, Jennifer Lippincott Schwartz and Gillian Griffiths/National Institutes of Health); featured image for CHLA joins CureWorks collaborative to accelerate development of immunotherapy treatments for childhood cancers

CHLA joins CureWorks collaborative to accelerate development of immunotherapy treatments for childhood cancers

Seattle Children’s, with participating members Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s National Health System and BC Children’s Hospital, has launched CureWorks, an international collaborative of leading academic children’s hospitals determined to accelerate the …

USC researchers have found 150 proteins that contribute to mental disorders. (Illustration/Evgeny Gromov, iStock); featured image for USC scientists discover schizophrenia gene roles in brain development

USC scientists discover schizophrenia gene roles in brain development

A USC research team identified 150 proteins affecting cell activity and brain development that contribute to mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar condition and depression. It’s the first time these molecules, which are …

Developing human nephron, the filtering unit of the kidney (Image by Nils O. Lindström and Tracy Tran/McMahon Lab); featured image for From perfectly punctual to fashionably late, it takes all kinds to build a kidney

From perfectly punctual to fashionably late, it takes all kinds to build a kidney

Running early or running late can have big consequences—especially when it comes to the progenitor cells involved in human kidney development. According to a new study in Developmental Cell from the USC …

Engineered mouse cells (Image courtesy of Leonardo Morsut); featured image for Synthetic “tissues” build themselves

Synthetic “tissues” build themselves

How do complex biological structures—an eye, a hand, a brain—emerge from a single fertilized egg? This is the fundamental question of developmental biology, and a mystery still being grappled with by scientists …

A healthy T cell (Image courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases); featured image for When it comes to balancing the immune system, some blood stem cells are better than others

When it comes to balancing the immune system, some blood stem cells are better than others

In your body, blood stem cells produce approximately 10 billion new white blood cells, which are also known as immune cells, each and every day. Even more remarkably, if some of these …

Pat Levitt (Photo courtesy of CHLA); featured image for Patt Levitt named inaugural Chief Scientific Officer at CHLA

Patt Levitt named inaugural Chief Scientific Officer at CHLA

Pat Levitt, PhD, has been named Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Metastatic breast cancer cells (yellow) interacting with macrophages (magenta) (Image by Oihana Iriondo/Yu Lab); featured image for Particle shows promise for treating the most deadly type of breast cancer

Particle shows promise for treating the most deadly type of breast cancer

USC Stem Cell researchers from the laboratory of Min Yu have positive news for patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), the most deadly type of breast cancer. By inhibiting a protein called …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn); featured image for 2018 Call for applications: T32 Training Fellowships in Developmental Biology, Stem Cells, and Regeneration

2018 Call for applications: T32 Training Fellowships in Developmental Biology, Stem Cells, and Regeneration

All USC PhD students who are conducting research related to developmental biology, stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine are encouraged to apply for a training fellowship. We have several slots available for …

A PhD candidate is hooded during the 13th Keck School of Medicine of USC commencement ceremony for PhD, Master of Science and Master of Global Health graduates, held May 12 at the Galen Center. (Photo by GradImages); featured image for Commencement 2018: PhD, master’s graduates encouraged to embrace emotions

Commencement 2018: PhD, master’s graduates encouraged to embrace emotions

For a room full of scientists and future clinicians, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang’s advice seemed slightly counterintuitive. But the speaker for the 13th Keck School of Medicine of USC commencement ceremony for PhD, …

Siddhartha Mukherjee speaks at the USC 2018 commencement ceremony. (Photo by David Sprague); featured image for Commencement 2018: More than 17,000 receive degrees at main ceremony

Commencement 2018: More than 17,000 receive degrees at main ceremony

When Siddhartha Mukherjee took the stage at the USC 2018 commencement this morning, he shared a tip with a new generation of Trojans. “I wish someone had told me at my own …

A developing metacarpal joint with skeletal stem cells (green) and mature cartilage cells (red). (Image courtesy of the Evseenko Lab); featured image for Denis Evseenko receives $4 million for arthritis research

Denis Evseenko receives $4 million for arthritis research

Denis Evseenko, a stem cell researcher at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been awarded two grants totaling more than $4 million to support osteoarthritis research. A $3.4 million R01 …

The gift from Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg will establish a research fund at the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. (Photo courtesy of Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg); featured image for Gift supports biomedical innovation at USC

Gift supports biomedical innovation at USC

A $10 million gift from Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg will provide critical funding for innovative research at USC into debilitating neurosensory diseases.

Kella Vangsness (Photo by Cristy Lytal); featured image for USC’s Kella Vangsness paints stem cells as superheroes

USC’s Kella Vangsness paints stem cells as superheroes

With captions by Kella Vangsness “As an artist and scientist, I cannot help but imagine stem cells as ‘superheroes’ fighting against ‘villains’ of disease,” said Kella Vangsness, who is graduating from USC …

From left, Malcolm Gebauer and Aabha Morey (Photo by Cristy Lytal); featured image for Countdown to Commencement: Malcolm Gebauer pushes the envelope of medicine

Countdown to Commencement: Malcolm Gebauer pushes the envelope of medicine

Malcolm Gebauer was only five years old when his father was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a deadly form of blood cancer. “My father was given a verdict of six months before …

Synapses in the mammalian cochlea (Image courtesy of Juemei Wang); featured image for Simple treatment may minimize hearing loss triggered by loud noises

Simple treatment may minimize hearing loss triggered by loud noises

It’s well known that exposure to extremely loud noises — whether it’s an explosion, a firecracker or even a concert — can lead to permanent hearing loss. But knowing how to treat …

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Commencement 2018: Information about the Health Sciences ceremonies

The 135th Commencement at the University of Southern California begins at 8:30 a.m. May 11 at Alumni Memorial Park. Individual school ceremonies follow the main ceremony. Here is a list of times, …