Key role in global cancer project
USC researchers aim to speed the development of reliable blood tests, sharing the analysis of biopsies on breast cancer patients and building an online database.
After Shirley Pepke was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she had trouble finding information she needed — so she and USC physicist and data expert Greg Ver Steeg got to work. Their research uncovered a treatment option she hadn’t considered.
Berislav Zlokovic, a pioneer of the theory that fixing the brain’s leaky blood vessels will prevent Alzheimer’s disease, has received grants totaling up to $24.9 million over five years. The funding allows Zlokovic to focus on the blood-brain barrier, which keeps toxic substances out of the brain.
The annual earthquake preparedness event was founded at the USC-based Southern California Earthquake Center. Since its beginning in 2008 as a Southern California regional event, the ShakeOut has gone global and this year has more than 54 million registered participants.