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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, …

Whittier Foundation backs new group of research projects

The L.K. Whittier Foundation has been a critical source of funding for cancer research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, supporting clinicians and basic scientists who are advancing tailored therapies and nanobiotechnology.

Sidgmore Family Foundation gift to help hearing loss research

There has always been one insurmountable problem related to hearing loss: When the sensory hair cells in the inner ear die, they don’t regenerate. These microscopic cells signal to the brain that it is hearing a noise and the fact that they do not regenerate is the reason that hearing loss is irreversible. But Neil …

Q&A: USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin

USC Stem Cell Ambassador Richard Merkin is the founder of the Heritage Provider Network, which, under his leadership, became the largest physician-owned and operated integrated delivery system in the United States. He sits on the boards of many colleges and universities, including the Board of Overseers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and …

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 …

New option benefits patients needing bone marrow transplants

Keck Medical Center of USC is offering a new option for patients who need bone marrow (also called stem cell) transplants, but have not found a match. Haploidentical transplants allow patients who can only find partially matching donors to receive potentially life-saving bone marrow transplants. “This greatly expands the donor pool so more patients will …

General David H. Petraeus gets a four-star tour of HSC

Petraeus—who also serves as the Judge Widney Professor at USC and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute—started his morning with a glimpse into the human brain. Faculty and students from the USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, and the …

Zea Borok elected to American Association of Physicians

Zea Borok, MD, USC Stem Cell principal investigator and professor of medicine and of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been elected to membership in the American Association of Physicians (AAP). The AAP is a professional organization that promotes basic and clinical research that can be applied to …

In trio of studies, USC researcher examines biochemical pathways

In his brief tenure as director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, Andrew McMahon has published three articles, in two key areas of his research, that give insight to both the research that is being carried out at the center and the critical role basic science …

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