University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

News Archive

Neuroscience Graduate Program Admissions
The Admissions deadline for the 2012 Fall Admission is December 15, 2011. All requested materials must be submitted on or prior to the deadline. For any questions, please visit our Admissions section found under the Graduate section of our main page.

HCN Retreat
The training program in Hearing & Communication Neuroscience (HCN) held their annual retreat on Catalina Island in May 2010. Students and faculty enjoyed scientific presentations and social activities.

National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Professor Larry Swanson
April 2010
Larry Swanson, Professor of Biological Sciences, has been newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his work on the organization of neural networks that control motivated behavior.

Mapping the Brain for Vocal Learning
Professor Sarah Bottjer
February 2010
Researchers at USC have published a study showing that a neural circuit in the basal ganglia is necessary for normal development of “syntax” (temporal sequence) but not “phonology” of learned vocal sounds.

Polarized targeting of proteins in neurons
Professor Don Arnold
April 19, 2009
Researchers at USC and Janelia Farm Research Campus have published a study that describes how a combination of molecular motors guides newly synthesized proteins to the dendritic compartment in neurons.

USC neuroscience researcher Li Zhang received the Presidential Early Career Award
Professors Li Zhang
December 19, 2008
USC neuroscience researcher Li Zhang received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at a White House ceremony Dec. 19. The award is the nation’s highest honor for scientists beginning their independent careers.

Synaptic metaplasticity in the neocortex
Professors Tansu Celikel and Alison Barth
January 4, 2008
Researchers at USC and Carnegie Mellon have published a study that has implications for how on-going experience regulates synaptic plasticity following its initial induction.

Major breakthrough in mechanism of myelination
Professors Jonah Chan and Michel Cayouette
November 3, 2006
Researchers at USC and Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) have made a key discovery regarding how myelin, the insulating sheath that surrounds neurons, is regulated by the protein Par-3.

Annual Neuroscience Retreat
Mark your calendars for the Annual Neuroscience Retreat at the Aliso Creek Inn in Laguna Beach ( from Oct. 2nd to 3rd, 2010. We will be entertained by a series of talks describing new and exciting research being conducted by Neuroscience labs here at USC. In between talks will be a poster session as well as student led entertainment. All members of the Neuroscience Program are strongly encouraged to plan on participating.
See details under Calendar.
Date: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 2-3,2010

Hair Cell Regeneration
Professors Neil Segil and Andy Groves
June 27, 2006
Researchers at House Ear Institute/USC have found a clue in their search for potential therapeutic targets to regenerate sensory hair cells in the inner ear to restore hearing.

Gray Matters
Prof. Bartlett Mel
April 27, 2006
Even after a century of research, the workings of neurons remain somewhat mysterious. But USC scientists have uncovered new clues into how these cells process information.

On the Hunt
Prof. Caleb Finch
August 29, 2003
The clustering of a common protein may be the cause of Alzheimer's. The discovery by a USC gerontologist and his colleagues could lead to therapeutic drugs that delay the disease's progression and prevent its onset.