Generous gift helps cancer fight
USC Trustee Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have given $20 million toward the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, which will combine interdisciplinary research with holistic prevention and treatment of cancer.
The study of more than 1,000 schools measures whether students feel challenged and have sufficient resources to succeed, whether the student body is diverse and whether graduates pay off loans and find satisfying, high paying jobs. USC joins Caltech and Stanford as the only California institutions in the top 25.
Craniosynostosis — estimated to occur in roughly one out of every 2,500 births — can lead to a misshapen skull, developmental delays, hearing loss, blindness and even death. But a USC interdisciplinary study leverages expertise in three fields in an effort to find more effective treatments.
Keck School of Medicine researchers have received a two-year, $6 million National Institutes of Health grant to examine health issues related to asthma and obesity. Part of the funding will go toward the USC Children’s Health Study, the nation’s longest study on air pollution and kids’ health.