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Three USC researchers win $4.3 million in awards from California’s stem cell agency

Three scientists from Keck Medicine of USC have won grants exceeding $4.3 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for research that includes creating a temporary liver for patients, finding novel ways to treat immune disorders and blood diseases, and developing new animal models for heart failure, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. The grants, …

Heinz-Josef Lenz is first recipient of endowed chair honoring J. Terrence Lanni

The ceremony installing the J. Terrence Lanni Chair in Cancer Research was one of heartfelt tributes for two men, a doctor and a patient, who formed a tight bond over the years they fought to save Terry Lanni’s life. Terry Lanni lost his battle against colon cancer in 2011 and his family decided to honor …

Min Yu and Heinz-Josef Lenz seek to stop cancer in its tracks

Heinz-Josef Lenz and Min Yu both know that a cancer cell in motion doesn’t stay in motion. It comes to rest and spreads cancer. After detaching from the primary tumor and traveling through the blood stream, circulating tumor cells take up residence in distant organs, seeding new metastatic tumors. Metastasis is the leading cause of …

Dhont Family Foundation invigorates USC colon cancer research

Colon cancer research at USC received a boost from the Southern California-based Dhont Family Foundation, as the foundation renewed its commitment of its $1 million gift to fund Heinz-Josef Lenz’s research in colorectal cancer at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Lenz, MD, who is a principal investigator with USC Stem Cell as well as …

NIH grants spur new stem cell research in the Department of Medicine

Cutbacks in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding have made the climate for new research challenging. Three studies from investigators in the Department of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have bucked this trend, receiving NIH grants. The researchers — Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD; Michael Kahn, PhD; Laurie D. DeLeve, MD, PhD; and …

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. David B. Agus, MD, director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and professor of medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC, …

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