USC Eye Institute researchers discover a way to improve image sharpness for blind people with retinal implants

Retinal implants that deliver longer pulses of electrical current may noticeably improve image sharpness for individuals who have lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, according to a new study by researchers from the USC Eye Institute and USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine online ... Read More »

December 29th, 2015|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

Study: Parkinson’s drug could help halt age-related macular degeneration

Researchers at six of the nation’s top ophthalmology institutions, including the USC Eye Institute, have discovered that a drug intervention commonly used for Parkinson’s disease may also significantly delay or prevent age-related macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in the U.S, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). Research experts, including Andrew Moshfeghi, ... Read More »

December 29th, 2015|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

Retinal prosthesis inventor to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

President Barack Obama will bestow the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., early next year. Humayun, who holds joint appointments at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is the inaugural Cornelius Pings Professor of Biomedical Sciences ... Read More »

December 23rd, 2015|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

Teens with fewer mental health issues turning to e-cigarettes, study finds

Teenagers with moderate mental health problems who may not have considered smoking conventional cigarettes are turning to electronic cigarettes, a new USC study has found. Mental health and behavioral problems such as alcohol and drug abuse are well-documented risk factors that push teens to smoke, said Adam Leventhal, PhD, lead author and associate professor of ... Read More »

December 23rd, 2015|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|

Study: Latinos’ country of origin influences colorectal cancer risk

In a first study of its kind, USC researchers have found that colorectal cancer risk in Californian Latinos varies widely depending on their country of origin. Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority ethnic group in America. Some 14.7 million Latinos living in California represent 38.4 percent of the state’s population and 27 percent ... Read More »

December 23rd, 2015|Announcements, Keck Net Intranet|