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, …

Hirschsprung’s Disease

Growing nerve cells in the gut

The human body has what is sometimes called a “second brain” in the digestive tract. The enteric nervous system (ENS) performs many vital functions, including coordinating the movement of food to allow the body to absorb nutrients. When babies are born with an incomplete or absent ENS, their prognosis is extremely serious. In a new …

At the heart of regeneration: Scientists reveal a new frontier in cardiac research

Story courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles One of the reasons coronary heart disease is so deadly is that fluid build-up and scarring can develop in the heart tissue. This prevents the heart from contracting properly, impacting its ability to supply the body with fresh blood. If scarring is extensive, heart failure can result. “We’re …

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have made a critical advance in the field of lung research by looking at how the human lung develops at the single cell level. (Illustration/Shutterstock)

Researchers focus on lung development at its origins

The invention of interactive map applications has revolutionized wayfinding, providing an unprecedented level of information far beyond what printed road maps can offer. Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) are giving us a similar look into the anatomy of the human lung, and their findings could help babies breathe easier. Infants born prematurely often …

Layers of healthy human kidney cells (visible as red and green in fluorescent image) form a working filter in the new model developed by Dr. Perin and Dr. Da Sacco in the GOFARR Lab.

CHLA scientists develop first physiologically-accurate in vitro model of the human kidney glomerulus

Story courtesy of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Kidneys work to constantly filter blood and remove toxins from the body. Conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) are characterized by a reduced ability to perform this essential function. CKD incidence is growing and more than 1.4 million individuals depend on dialysis or kidney transplant for survival. …

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