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Mouse rib cage stained to show cartilage (blue) and bone (red). In adult mice, surgically removed sections of either portion can fully regenerate. (Image by Francesca Mariani)

USC researchers discover the healing power of “rib tickling”

Unlike salamanders, mammals can’t regenerate lost limbs, but they can repair large sections of their ribs. In a new study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a team directed by …

Inaugural class of students in USC's master of science in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine program (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC welcomes its inaugural class of stem cell master’s students

USC welcomed its inaugural class of master’s students in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. To celebrate the launch …

Roberta Diaz Brinton (Photo courtesy of USC)

Roberta Diaz Brinton honored as Woman of the Year by Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine has named Roberta Diaz Brinton its Woman of the Year for her revelatory research to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Brinton, executive committee member of USC Stem Cell and holder of …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn)

USC and CIRM celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day

Please join USC and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in celebrating Stem Cell Awareness Day on October 8, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Eli …

George Ban-Weiss, Maryam Shanechi and Megan McCain, from left (Photos courtesy of USC Viterbi)

Megan McCain and colleagues make MIT list of 35 Innovators Under 35

The annual MIT Technology Review list of 35 Innovators Under 35 includes three USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty members — including Megan McCain, principal investigator with USC Stem Cell. Professors McCain and …

Neil Segil, PhD, (right) gets a glimpse into retinal regeneration. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC stem cell PhD students present their blueprints for rebuilding the body

Video by Alric Devotta The students in the new PhD program in Development, Stem Cells, and Regenerative Medicine recently presented some ideas that would give Dr. Frankenstein a run for his money. …

Sriram Rao, a high school student from Harvard-Westlake School in the USC EiHS program, worked in the lab of Ruchi Bajpai in the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC offers a summer of stem cells for local high school students

Twenty-three local high school students spent their summer vacations in a very unusual place: the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. This August, …

Stem cells (Image courtesy of Justin Ichida)

Request for proposals: Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Award 2015–2016

A recent gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation established the Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards at USC. An annual research grant of $120,000 will be awarded to one innovative, …

The structure of the ear (Public domain image courtesy of Gray’s Anatomy)

NIH grant provides “ear training” for the next generation of neuroscientists

If you want to know why hearing and communication neuroscience matters, meet Richard Reed. A musician who lost his hearing for nearly a decade, Reed received a cochlear implant and successfully continued his career as a professional pianist and organist. He will be speaking and performing at 4 p.m. on August 22 on the University Park Campus to celebrate the start of the academic year and the renewal of the Hearing & Communication Neuroscience (HCN) training grant at USC.

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Human skull with sutures (Public domain image courtesy of Gray's Anatomy)

USC, UCLA and UCSF put their heads together to find stem cell-based cures for craniofacial defects

One in every 2,000 babies is born with a skull that can’t grow normally. Various sections of these babies’ skulls are fused together at joints called sutures, constricting the developing brain and …

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PIBBS boasts stellar new class of students

Lured to USC by the Programs in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS) — the gateway into PhD programs in biomedical and biological sciences — 30 new PhD students will call the Health …

From right, Jing Liu, Andy McMahon and Sanjeev Kumar (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell scientists lay a TRAP for disease

USC Stem Cell scientists have set a “mouse TRAP” to capture the early signs of kidney failure, as described by a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Their new …

Circulating tumor cells (Image courtesy of Min Yu)

Min Yu targets the “seeds” of breast cancer metastasis

For breast cancer patients, the era of personalized medicine may be just around the corner, thanks to recent advances by USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital …

Multi-well plate (Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health)

USC Stem Cell and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center accelerate drug discovery

Three teams of USC stem cell researchers have won a coveted prize — the opportunity to test 3,000 drug candidates or chemicals for the potential to help patients. Two teams will focus …

Andy McMahon (Photo by Phil Channing)

Andy McMahon and USC Stem Cell: From discoveries to cures

Video by Little Pictures How do fingers become fingers and not toes? How does the brain generate the correct number of neurons? How do the kidneys branch into the complex and elegant …

David Hinton, MD, (left) and Mark Humayun, MD, PhD (Photo by Ryan Ball)

Mark Humayun and David Hinton look to stem cells to bring sight to the blind

Video by Ryan Ball For years, people were throwing away cells that could bring eyesight to the blind. These dark, blackened cells looked like spots of contamination in the petri dishes in …

CIRM President C. Randal Mills (left) (Photo by Gerald Devotta)

USC rolls out the cardinal carpet for the new president of California’s stem cell agency

“I will be beating the better, faster drum as long as there are patients that need to be treated,” said C. Randal Mills, the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of …

Valter Longo (Photo by Dietmar Quistorf)

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system

In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of …

The Grikscheit Lab (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Tracy Grikscheit explores frontiers of surgery, science and skiing

Video courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Tracy Grikscheit, MD, really has her priorities straight. “It goes: surgery, science, skiing. That’s the order,” said Grikscheit, principal investigator with USC Stem Cell and …