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From professional volleyball to stem cell biology, Leonardo Morsut is at the top of his game

For USC Stem Cell researcher Leonardo Morsut, the word “set” refers to a collection of scientific data. “Set” is also the prelude to spiking a volleyball over the net—something he used to do for a living as a professional athlete in Italy.

By | April 23rd, 2017|Announcements|0 Comments

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 mentoring activities and programs, creating environments that further the academic success of students and faculty. …

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By | April 4th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on University honors Gage Crump and other faculty for mentorship

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 transportation antennae (cilia) on embryonic cells travel to the right place, enabling the development of cartilage, bone and smooth muscle in the face ...

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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 Broad Fellow, she is exploring stem cell-based approaches to studying and eventually treating this common cause of cold aversion, disability and pain. ...

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By | March 20th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on Broad Fellow Joanna Smeeton fishes around for stem cell-based treatments for arthritis

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. …

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By | March 9th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on Next-generation stem cell scientists evidence strong nerves at USC mini-symposium

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 of kidney disease. USC’s Andy McMahon and Ken Hallows discuss some of the top issues in kidney health. …


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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 woman growing up in New Jersey, her fifth-grade class took a field trip to a local chemical company, and students got a chance ...

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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 facilitate tissue regeneration, thanks to a $12-million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). …


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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 the UKRO Los Angeles Marathon Charity Relay Team. They’ll be running the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 19, to fund young investigators ...

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By | March 6th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on Support the UKRO Los Angeles Marathon Charity Relay Team

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 stem cells for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. The grant will allow the company to perform pre-clinical manufacturing studies at Children’s Hospital Los ...

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By | March 3rd, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on CIRM awards $2.29 million to support stem cell-based therapy for knee osteoarthritis

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