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A team of graduate students from the Keck School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine’s Health Behavior Research PhD Program recently won the Sloboda Bukoski Cup competition at the Society for Prevention Research conference. Read More »

June 24th, 2013|Announcements|

50-Year Fellows visit campus that has changed much since 1963

By Josh Grossberg

Tuition was a few thousand dollars. The campus was dotted with open fields. There were a handful of women students.

A lot has changed since Robert Ouwendijk graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. But one thing hasn’t — the camaraderie he shared with his fellow members of the Class of 1963.

Fifty years later, on May 31, he joined many of his classmates for induction as a 50-Year Fellow, a distinction that is bestowed only on former students who graduated at least 50 years ago. Read More »

June 24th, 2013|Announcements|

Common genetic disease linked to father’s age

By Robert Perkins

Scientists at USC have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease Noonan Syndrome are so common: a mutation that causes the disease disproportionately increases a normal father’s production of sperm carrying the disease trait.

When this Noonan syndrome mutation arises in a normal sperm stem cell, it makes that cell more likely to reproduce itself than stem cells lacking the mutation. The father then is more likely to have an affected child because more mutant stem cells result in more mutant sperm. The longer the man waits to have children the greater the chance of having a child with Noonan syndrome. Read More »

June 24th, 2013|Announcements|

New USC research points to prospective avenue of treatment for Alzheimer’s patients

By Sara Reeve

A USC team of scientists has published research that highlights a new potential therapeutic agent for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have found that a mutant protein helps to bind amyloid beta peptide in the brain more efficiently than a wild type — or naturally occurring — version. Amyloid beta peptide (Aβ) is a primary component of amyloid plaques — deposits found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients — and most researchers believe it plays a central role in the development of Alzheimer’s.  Read More »

June 24th, 2013|Announcements|

Keck Medical Center program doles out $250,000 in community grants

By Josh Grossberg

Although it is not even a year old, the Community Grants and Sponsorship Program of Keck Medical Center of USC is already making its presence felt.

In the fiscal year ending July 1, the department has given out $250,000 in grants and $25,000 in sponsorships, according to Sevanne Sarkis, administrative director of community benefit and outreach for the medical center. Read More »

June 24th, 2013|Announcements|