USC researchers to grow organs to unlock how cancer tumors develop

By Leslie Ridgeway Using three-dimensional organ creation, Keck Medicine of USC researchers aim to discover clues to metastatic cancer growth by developing a first-ever integrated bioengineered/computational model of metastatic colon cancer. David B. Agus, MD, director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is the principal investigator of a $2.3 million, four-year “Provocative Questions” grant awarded recently by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read More »

October 25th, 2013|Announcements|

A WEEK OF USC NORRIS CELEBRATIONS

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has sponsored a host of activities in October to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding as one of the eight original National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Read More »

October 25th, 2013|Announcements|

USC, UCLA get $2M to develop stroke center network in Southland

By Mark Wheeler Stroke is the second leading cause of death in Los Angeles County. To cut those numbers, it’s imperative that new treatments be developed and refined for stroke prevention, acute therapy and recovery after stroke. Now, a three-way partnership between the USC Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Keck Medicine of USC, the UCLA Stroke Center at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to address these three stroke priorities.  Read More »

October 25th, 2013|Announcements|

Being a good neighbor can help HEAL a local community

By Sara Reeve HEAL program youth members Heriberto Alfaro and Eddie Mendoza chop produce grown in the Proyecto Jardin community garden in Boyle Heights. The program teaches participants how to grow and prepare healthy food in several stages: planting, harvesting and cooking.(Photo/Courtesy Proyecto Jardin) Q: Can USC staff and faculty help to transform the food environment of East Los Angeles? A: Yes, if they contribute to the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. The Community Youth Health Education and Action Leaders (HEAL) program teaches youth in the Boyle Heights area about urban agriculture and healthy food choices.  A partnership between the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Patient Education and Community Outreach Center and Proyecto Jardin Community Garden, HEAL received a new grant of $45,000 in June 2013 from USC Neighborhood Outreach (UNO), funded by the Good Neighbors Campaign. Read More »

October 25th, 2013|Announcements|

USC researcher reveals how to better master stem cells’ fate

By Cristy Lytal USC scientist Qi-Long Ying, PhD, MSc, 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 cells (EpiSCs) to endlessly self-renew, or divide to produce more stem cells. In a pair of studies published in Nature Communications in September and in The EMBO Journal in August, Ying and his team revealed some of the ways that ESCs and EpiSCs retain their pluripotency, or ability to differentiate into virtually any kind of cell. Read More »

October 25th, 2013|Announcements|