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Mouse femur with enchondroma-like structure (Image by Lick Lai); featured image for USC study reveals a protein that keeps people—and their skeletons—organized

USC study reveals a protein that keeps people—and their skeletons—organized

Most people think that their planners or their iPhones keep them organized, when proteins such as liver kinase b1 (Lkb1) actually have a lot more to do with it. New research from …

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Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics (CASC) Network

To accelerate therapeutic development and delivery of stem cell therapies, CIRM is establishing the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics (CASC) Network. This network will provide a high quality, efficient infrastructure to support …

Keynote speaker Clive Svendsen (right) and Director Andy McMahon; featured image for A Retreat from everything but stem cells

A Retreat from everything but stem cells

It wasn’t the pristine 27-hole course that drew more than 120 stem cell researchers from USC and beyond to the Desert Princess Golf Resort near Palm Springs. It was the sixth annual …

The study focused on tumors that can cause progressive enlargement of the jaw.; featured image for Healthy stem cells can create benign tumors in jaw

Healthy stem cells can create benign tumors in jaw

A new study from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC published in Cell Stem Cell illustrates how changes in cell signaling can cause ordinary stem cells in the jaw to start …

Event organizers Henry Sucov, PhD, and Ellen Lien, PhD, during Lien’s talk “Growth Factor Signaling in Heart Regeneration.” (Photo by Cristy Lytal); featured image for Cardiovascular symposium takes the pulse of current research

Cardiovascular symposium takes the pulse of current research

Researchers addressed the leading cause of death in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Area Cardiovascular Research Symposium and Research Award Reception, which brought together the region’s cardiovascular specialists to examine the …

Andrew P. McMahon, PhD, FRS, points out a few things about his research. (Photo by Cristy Lytal); featured image for USC Stem Cell Social

USC Stem Cell Social

The dessert tray seemed to regenerate and the cheese platter seemed self-renewing at the first USC Stem Cell Social, held on October 25 at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for …

Presenter Pin Wang, PhD, is a principal investigator with the USC Stem Cell initiative. (Photo by Cristy Lytal); featured image for Tiny Technology may be the future of medicine

Tiny Technology may be the future of medicine

Sometimes the smallest tools are required to tackle the biggest problems. At the forefront of innovative research on regenerative medicine and cancer treatment, experts from the top research institutions in the greater …

In the neural stem cells at the left, the protein SMEK1 (red) is localized in the nucleus (blue), while the protein PAR3 (green) is in the cytoplasm. When neural stem cells divide, as in the cells at the right, SMEK1 moves to the cytoplasm, where it regulates PAR's activity. (Image courtesy of Wange Lu)

USC researchers apply brainpower to understanding neural stem cell differentiation

How do humans and other mammals get so brainy? USC researcher Wange Lu, PhD, and his colleagues shed new light on this question in a paper published in Cell Reports on October …

Pat Levitt (Photo courtesy of Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

Pat Levitt elected to Institute of Medicine

Pat Levitt, provost professor of pediatrics, neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology and pharmacy at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, was recently elected as a member into the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM), …

Staining of slow-cycling sweat gland cells (green) with the protein laminin (red) and the fluorescent stain DAPI (blue) (Image by Yvonne Leung); featured image for USC researcher learns how to break a sweat

USC researcher learns how to break a sweat

Without sweat, we would overheat and die. In a recent paper in the journal Public Library of Science One (PLOS ONE), USC faculty member Krzysztof Kobielak and a team of researchers explored …

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USC researchers grow organs to unlock secrets of how cancer tumors grow

Using three-dimensional organ creation, Keck Medicine of University of Southern California (USC) researchers aim to discover clues to metastatic cancer growth by developing a first-ever integrated bioengineered/computational model of metastatic color cancer. …

Embryonic stem cells that have differentiated into neurons (Image by In Kyoung Mah/Mariani Lab); featured image for Winner of the September 2013 USC Stem Cell Image of the Month Contest

Winner of the September 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 September 2013 winner, In Kyoung Mah, a graduate …

A still from the animation "Stem Cell Billy"

USC Science Film Competition

Do you ever ask yourself life’s big questions: How can I become $3,000 richer? How can I break into the film industry? How can I impress Andy McMahon? The answer is that …

J. Jean Cui, PhD, tells the tale of the cancer therapeutic Xalkori. (Photo by Cristy Lytal); featured image for Pfizer’s J. Jean Cui explains modern drug discovery

Pfizer’s J. Jean Cui explains modern drug discovery

Only five percent of potential cancer drugs make it from phase I clinical trail to FDA approval, but J. Jean Cui, PhD, associate research fellow at Pfizer, beat the odds. Cui visited …

Microscopy related to Alzheimers disease; featured image for USC professors receive NIH funding for clinical trial of Alzheimer’s drug

USC professors receive NIH funding for clinical trial of Alzheimer’s drug

USC Professors Roberta Diaz Brinton of the USC School of Pharmacy and Lon Schneider of the Keck School of Medicine of USC are principal investigators of a newly funded study from the …

Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (Photo by Chris Shinn); featured image for USC teams with CIRM to celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day

USC teams with CIRM to celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day

For the millions of people around the world who suffer from incurable diseases and injuries, Stem Cell Awareness Day is a time for hope. In honor of the occasion, USC Stem Cell, …

Embryonic stem cells (Image/courtesy of Qi-Long Ying); featured image for USC researcher reveals how to better master stem cells’ fate

USC researcher reveals how to better master stem cells’ fate

USC scientist Qi-Long Ying and a team of researchers have long been searching for biotech’s version of the fountain of youth — ways to encourage embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and epiblast stem …

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Magnetic treatment for high-risk neuroblastoma proves less than attractive

Removing tumor cells with a magnet? It may sound strange, but researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and their colleagues recently explored whether this technique can create better outcomes for patients …

Yang Chai (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC); featured image for Ostrow School study links growth factor glitch to tongue defects

Ostrow School study links growth factor glitch to tongue defects

New findings about how cell signaling directs tongue development may have big clinical applications for healing tongue defects, according to an Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC study published in The Journal …

Compared with a normal zebrafish (top), this mutant (bottom) is a real bone head. (Image by Sandeep Paul and Seth Ruffins); featured image for Winner of the August 2013 USC Stem Cell Image of the Month Contest

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

Dr. Andrew McMahon and the judges of the USC Stem Cell Image of the Month contest would like to congratulate our August 2013 winners, Dr. Seth Ruffins and Sandeep Paul, a postdoc …