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From left, Gage Crump, Jay R. Lieberman and Francesca Mariani (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC announces winners of first Regenerative Medicine Initiative awards

Three newly assembled disease teams within USC Stem Cell will take the early steps this year that might lead to future stem-cell based therapies for certain forms of deafness, bone defects and …

Qi-Long Ying (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

A genetic catch-22 promotes and prevents liver cancer

Can the same gene prevent and promote cancer? When it comes to liver cancer, the gene that codes for P53, a protein found in humans and many other animals, involves this catch-22. …

Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

Stem cells found in gum tissue can fight inflammatory disease

Stem cells found in mouth tissue can not only become other types of cells but can also relieve inflammatory disease, according to a new Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC study in …

Stem Cell colloquium

2013 EiHS & CIRM STAR Colloquium and Poster Presentation

James Hur (right), a student from Harvard-Westlake School, describes his research on healing radiation wounds at the USC Early Investigator High School (EiHS) & USC CIRM Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Colloquium …

This embryonic mouse at day 10.5 has a special glow thanks to the fluorescent labeling of its neurofilaments, which are major structural element of neurons. The picture won the July 2013 Image of the Month contest at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Rengerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. (Image by Elisabeth Rutledge, PhD student in the lab of Andrew McMahon)

Winner of the July 2013 USC Stem Cell Image of the Month Contest

Dr. Andrew McMahon, Dr. Seth Ruffins and the judges of the USC Stem Cell Image of the Month contest would like to congratulate our July 2013 winner, Elisabeth Rutledge, a PhD student …

High school panelists Darren Harris, Philbert Mach and Chisom Onyea talk about researching stem cells at USC.

Forum kicks off USC’s summer high school programs in stem cell research

More than 20 local students are enjoying a summer of hands-on experience in stem research laboratories through the USC Early Investigator High School (EiHS) and the USC CIRM Science, Technology and Research …

MIcroscopy related to Alzheimer's disease

USC professor presents Alzheimer’s findings at international conference

USC School of Pharmacy Professor Roberta Diaz Brinton, holder of the R. Pete Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development, presented her work on Allopregnanolone and the phase 1 trial that will …

Wange Lu (Photo by Chris Shinn)

USC study sheds light on stem cell reprogramming

Researchers are learning how to turn regular cells into stem cells, a process called reprogramming. However, some of the mechanisms of the process remain unknown, such as why only a small proportion of the cells can be reprogrammed. Researchers have at least part of the answer: the structure of genes.

Norman Arnheim

Common genetic disease linked to father’s age

Scientists at USC have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease Noonan syndrome are so common—a mutation, which causes the disease, disproportionately increases a normal father’s production of …

Fanxin Long from Washington University School of Medicine

USC hosts mini-symposium on musculoskeletal development and repair

With its combination of bone, muscle, joints and more, the human musculoskeletal system is a complicated tangle of connections that can be difficult to repair. That was the challenge facing a panel …

Dr. Kinji Asahina (left) and Dr. Li (Photo courtesy of USC)

New study identifies the cellular origin of liver fibrosis

Fibrosis is the process of scar tissue formation. Liver fibrosis can be caused by injury to the liver, chronic viral infection and alcohol abuse. Advanced liver fibrosis can lead to cirrhosis, portal …

Scott Fraser, a world leader in using advanced technologies to capture biological processes (Photo by John Livzey)

Technology and science converge

What does a bacterial flange actually look like? Going way beyond the microscope, researchers from across several schools at USC and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., gathered this month …

Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)

New method to treat chemo-related jaw bone necrosis

Over the last decade, osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) has emerged as a devastating and debilitating condition of cancer patients receiving high doses of antiresorptive chemotherapy (bisphosphonates and denosumab). ONJ currently has …

From left to right: Mr. K.V. Kumar, Dr. Andy McMahon, Sir John Gurdon and Mr. Jonathan Thomas (Photo courtesy of USC)

Interview with Sir John Gurdon

Sir John Gurdon, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist whose experiments in the field of cloning laid the foundation for modern stem cell research, visited the USC Health Sciences Campus on May 16. He …

Sir John Gurdon won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for laying the groundwork for stem cell research. (Photo courtesy of John Gurdon)

Nobel Laureate discusses history of cloning

Cells can be stubborn things. A skin cell resists changing into a liver cell, and a heart cell wants to remain a heart cell. But with the right kind of manipulation, they …

American alligator skull (top); USC researchers identify three developmental phases for each alligator tooth unit, comprising a functional tooth (f), replacement tooth (r) and dental lamina (middle); a three-dimensional image of alligator tooth unit (bottom). (Photos courtesy of Cheng-Ming Chuong)

Alligator stem cell study gives clues to tooth regeneration

Alligators may help scientists learn how to stimulate tooth regeneration in people, according to new research led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC. For the first time, a global team …

The cellular and molecular composition of feathers can be experimentally manipulated to test the hypothesis that certain molecular components may enhance or suppress pigment differentiation.

Birds of a feather flock together for stem cell research

To eventually use stem cells in regenerative medicine, scientists need to understand how stem cells become organized into particular tissue patterns and shapes. With that in mind, researchers at USC recently found …

Professor Songtao Shi (Photo by John Skalicky)

Ostrow School investigators recognized for research

The International Association of Dental Research (IADR) honored two scientists from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC at the association’s general session opening ceremonies on March 20 in Seattle. Professor Songtao …

Sir John Gurdon won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for laying the groundwork for stem cell research. (Photo courtesy of John Gurdon)

Nobel laureate to speak on stem cells at HSC

Nobel laureate Sir John Gurdon will speak on “From Nuclear Transplantation to Prospects for Cell Replacement” on May 16 at noon in the Aresty Auditorium of the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research …

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

Startups get a leg up at annual business competition

Winners of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ New Venture Seed Competition were announced at the Marcia Israel Awards Banquet on May 2. The annual USC Marshall School of Business event, …