MED-SCHOOL PARENTS GO TO CLASS

Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA, speaks at the Parents Association Mini-Medical School on Oct. 25. The annual event offers medical school students’ parents tours of the campus as well as brief seminars about the lives of doctors-in-training.(Photo/Jon Nalick)

November 22nd, 2013|Announcements|

Massry Prize winners discuss mechanics of protein movement in cells

By Ryan Ball Next time you’re sitting in freeway gridlock, consider the complex system of traffic moving through each and every one of your cells — proteins and other molecules all trying get to the right place at the right time to perform a specific function, such as contacting muscles so you can lay on the horn when the distracted driver in front of you doesn’t move. Uncovering the mechanisms through which that intracellular traffic works earned researchers Michael P. Sheetz, PhD, of Columbia University, James A. Spudich, PhD, of Stanford University and Ronald D. Vale, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, the 2013 Massry Prize. Read More »

November 22nd, 2013|Announcements|

Mark Humayun named inaugural director of the USC Eye Institute

By Leslie Ridgeway Mark Humayun with the Argus II artificial retina implant.(Photo/Jon Nalick) Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, internationally known for his work on the Argus II artificial retina implant intended to restore sight to the blind, has been named the inaugural director of the USC Eye Institute and interim chair of the USC Department of Ophthalmology. In his new role, Humayun will take the reins in overseeing advanced surgical techniques and comprehensive care for patients. He will also continue to lead and guide cutting edge transformative research. Read More »

November 22nd, 2013|Announcements|

$4 million grant received to study links between maternal stress and childhood obesity

By Sara Reeve The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded a five-year, $4 million grant to a USC research team to discover whether stress in the lives of working mothers influences risk of childhood obesity in their children. The project, “Maternal Stress and Children’s Obesity Risk,” led by Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH, will monitor stress levels in mothers through a smartphone app, as well as through salivary cortisol. Read More »

November 22nd, 2013|Announcements|

A SAFE HARBOR FOR PATIENTS

Third-year Keck School of Medicine of USC medical student Martin Tolosa examines a patient at the four-day Care Harbor clinic held Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.(Photo/Jon Nalick) The annual Care Harbor event provides free medical and dental care to hundreds of people who have limited or no access to health care.(Photo/Jon Nalick) Read More »

November 22nd, 2013|Announcements|