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University honors Gage Crump and other faculty for mentorship

USC Stem Cell scientist Gage Crump is one of seven faculty members with ties to the Health Sciences Campus receiving USC Mentoring Awards. The awards recognize faculty who exemplify the best in …

Valter Longo (Photo by John Skalicky)

Drugs widely used in cancer therapy increase toxicity of chemotherapy in mice

A short-term fast appears to counteract increases in blood sugar caused by common cancer drugs and protect healthy cells in mice from becoming too vulnerable to chemotherapy, according to new research by …

Yang Chai (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

USC researchers close to identifying crucial gene for human cleft lip and palate

A group of researchers has found that three siblings born with cleft lip and palate share a common gene mutation associated with the birth defect. The gene intraflagellar transport 88 (IFT88) ensures …

Joanna Smeeton (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Broad Fellow Joanna Smeeton fishes around for stem cell-based treatments for arthritis

USC Stem Cell scientist Joanna Smeeton knows what arthritis can do to people: she’s witnessed the annual exodus out of her native country of Canada during the winter months. As this year’s …

From left, ChangHui Pak, Mayssa H. Mokalled, Naomi Habib, Frank Soldner and Alex J. Hughes (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Next-generation stem cell scientists evidence strong nerves at USC mini-symposium

Five next-generation scientists got everyone’s neurons firing at the Junior Faculty Candidate Mini-symposium, hosted by USC’s Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine on March 7.

From left, Andy McMahon and Ken Hallows (Photos by Phil Channing and courtesy of Ken Hallows)

World Kidney Day: USC’s Andy McMahon and Ken Hallows discuss kidney health and research

One in 10 people is affected by chronic kidney disease worldwide. On March 9, 2017, World Kidney Day shines a spotlight on the importance of kidneys and ways to reduce the impact …

Senta Georgia (Photo courtesy of Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

Beta booster: Senta Georgia works at the front lines in the fight against diabetes

Part of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ “We Went First” feature for 2017 Women’s Day Credit a school field trip with inspiring Senta Georgia to change the world. When Georgia was a young …

Yang Chai (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

Research group awarded $12 million to establish tissue regeneration center

A research team called C-DOCTOR (Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration), initiated by the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, is one step closer to developing products that …

From left: USC relay runners Valeria Mancino, Nils Lindstrom, Qing Liu, Jill McMahon, Kenneth Hallows, Andy McMahon, Daniel Rivera, Nuria Pastor-Soler, Veronica Haro-Acosta and Tracy Tran (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Support the UKRO Los Angeles Marathon Charity Relay Team

One out of every two adults will develop chronic kidney disease during their lifetimes. To help these patients, USC scientists and clinicians are putting their feet to the task as part of …

C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

CIRM awards $2.29 million to support stem cell-based therapy for knee osteoarthritis

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell agency, has awarded the biopharmaceutical company Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CBMG) $2.29 million to support pre-clinical studies of AlloJoinTM, human fat-derived …

Zebrafish heart with coronary vessels (Image courtesy of Ellen Lien/Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien awarded $1.7 million to study heart regeneration

Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien, an investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and principal investigator with USC Stem Cell, has been awarded nearly $1.7 million, over a four …

Jian Xu (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

Researcher Jian Xu earns accolades for cell fate studies

Basic science can often be far from basic—especially for Jian Xu, who believes cells are kind of like people. “In simple terms, we look at how cells determine their own fate,” said …

From left, Eun Ji Chung from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Larissa Rodriguez and Rong Zhang from the Keck School of Medicine of USC (Photos courtesy of USC)

Broad Innovation Award winners aim to reduce bathroom breaks with stem cells

Having a baby can change a woman’s life in one way that she is often too embarrassed to mention. Childbirth can cause urinary incontinence, which affects up to 13 million people and …

Valter Longo (Photo by John Skalicky)

Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes in mice

By Beth Newcomb A diet designed to imitate the effects of fasting appears to reverse diabetes, a new USC-led study shows. The fasting-like diet promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells …

Eli and Edythe Broad (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

Request for Proposals: Innovative Pilot Stem Cell Research Projects Grant from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation 2017–2018

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation will continue its commitment to supporting scientists and their ideas by providing up to $1 million in funding for innovative pilot research projects that are in …

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USC Stem Cell scientist Amy Firth named finalist for the British Council’s 2017 Alumni Awards

As a USC Stem Cell scientist studying lung disease, Amy Firth has done her alma mater proud. An alumna of the University of Bath, Firth has earned a coveted place as a …

Zlatka Stojanova (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

What I’m Reading: Top pick from stem cell postdoc Zlatka Stojanova

Usher syndrome is a devastating genetic disorder that causes profound hearing loss, balance disorders and progressive blindness. In the ear, mutations in the Usher 1c (USH1C) gene lead to damage and loss …

Megan McCain (Photo by Will Taylor)

Bioengineering models for muscular dystrophy research

Studying muscular diseases proves extremely complicated. The current system of studying muscle cells and tissues using animal models is often inconclusive and cost-prohibitive. Looking to improve the status quo, Megan McCain—a Gabilan …

Valter Longo (Photo by Dietmar Quistorf)

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

What if you could lose weight and reduce your risk of life-threatening disease without any changes in what you eat—other than a five-day special diet once every few months? That’s what happened …

Kris Boesen and his father Rodney (Photo by Greg Iger)

Americans for Cures produces animation about spinal cord injury

This animation, produced by Americans for Cures, illustrates how stem cells are providing a better treatment for patients with spinal cord injury. Asterias Biotherapeutics launched a multi-center clinical trial to fix nerve …