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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 …

Justin Ichida (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

The Baxter Foundation supports innovative, young medical researchers at USC

In 1959, the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation made its first grant of $6,000 to USC. Fifty-five years later, the foundation continues its tradition of supporting innovative medical research with …

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

The Broad Foundation advances stem cell research at USC

Albert Einstein once said, “A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so.” To ensure that young scientists have the opportunity …

From right, philanthropist Kin-Chung (KC) Choi; USC’s stem cell research center director Andy McMahon and program director Qing Liu-Michael; and KC’s wife Amy Choi, daughter Lucia Choi-Dalton, daughter-in-law Queence Choi, and son and USC alumnus Henry Choi. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC Stem Cell celebrates the grand opening of the Choi Family Therapeutic Screening Facility

How can scientists make more accurate predictions about which potential drugs will effectively treat disease — before launching expensive and laborious human clinical trials? USC’s new Choi Family Therapeutic Screening Facility offers …

Paula Cannon (Photo courtesy of the Milken Institute)

USC Stem Cell researchers share a vision of the future at the Milken Institute Global Conference

What do former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and singer have in common? They both attended this year’s Milken Institute Global Conference, where USC Stem Cell researchers offered an exciting glimpse …

Senta Georgia (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Senta Georgia imagines intestinal cells that make insulin

For Senta Georgia, PhD, stem cell research offers a window into much more than the biology of pancreatic cells and diabetes. “Molecular biology is elegant,” said Georgia, principal investigator at the Saban …

Researcher in the lab (Photo by Chris Shinn)

2014 Call for applications for predoctoral traineeships

There’s a call for applications for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Traineeships and NIH T32 Predoctoral Training in Developmental Biology, Stem Cells, and Regeneration Traineeships. Traineeships provide a stipend, tuition …

The Hearst Fellows will be exceptional junior postdoctoral scholars pursuing stem cell research at USC. (Photo by Chris Shinn)

2014 Call for applications for postdoctoral training program in stem cell biology

The CIRM Training Program invites applicants to apply for openings at the postdoctoral level. The Keck School of Medicine of USC, with support from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), has …

Lindsey Barske (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Postdocs receive Giannini Foundation fellowships

Two Keck School of Medicine of USC postdoctoral scholars recently received fellowships from the prestigious A.P. Giannini Foundation. Lindsey Barske, PhD, received her fellowship based on her work with craniofacial development, and …