Keck School of Medicine News and Notes
For faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC

April 16, 2014


Keck School hosts prestigious Lasker Lectures
Honored by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation for their contributions to developing cochlear implant technology, Graeme M. Clark, MB, PhD, AC, Ingeborg J. Hochmair, PhD, and Blake S. Wilson, DSc, discussed the past, present and future of the cochlear implant at the 2014 Lasker Lectures for the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Awards, held on April 10 in Mayer Auditorium at the Health Sciences Campus. In an historic first, the Keck School of Medicine of USC hosted the 2014 Lasker Lectures featuring all recipients of the 2013 Lasker Awards during separate events in March and April. This was the first time in the 68-year history of the foundation that a major academic medical center hosted lectures delivered by all of the year’s winners of both the basic and clinical medical research awards. Read more in HSC News this Friday. -- BEAL OR PULIAFITO APPROVAL NEEDED FOR THIS ITEM?

Two Keck Medicine postdocs receive Giannini Foundation fellowships
Two Keck School of Medicine of USC postdoctoral scholars recently received fellowships from the A.P. Giannini Foundation. Lindsey Mork, PhD, received her fellowship based on her work with craniofacial development, and Elinne Beckett, PhD, received hers for her continuing study of epigenetics and kidney cancer. The foundation awards six to eight new fellowships annually to physician-scientists and junior researchers for work that advances biomedical science translation into preventions and cures for human diseases. Fellowships are funded for up to a maximum of three years. GET BUCHANAN APPROVAL AFTER DF REVIEW

In a single month, Keck School professor finishes two presidential terms
Fred Weaver, MD, MMM, professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy at Keck Medical Center of USC, just finished concurrent terms as president of two professional medical societies. In February, Weaver ended his one-year term as president of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, a 600-member non-profit organization established in 1925 to advance the science and practice of surgery. Weaver also stepped down as president of the Society for Vascular Surgery, which aims to improve the delivery of health care in vascular disease on March 22 after delivering his presidential address to the group at its 42nd annual symposium.GET WEAVER APPROVAL AFTER DF REVIEW


Thursday, April 17

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. USC Institute for Integrative Health Symposium. “IIH Research Symposium,” various speakers. Lawn area between Zilkha and Broad Buildings. Info: Quintilia Avila, (323) 442-2638,,

Noon. Biophysics Seminar Series. “Mechanics of Bacterial Cell Membranes,” Christoph Haselwandter, USC. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Noon. USC Research Center for Liver Diseases Lecture. “NADPH Oxidase as Treatment Targets for Liver Fibrosis,” Natalie Torok, University of Davis Medical Center. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Dolores Mendoza, (323) 442-1283,

4:30 p.m. Department of Anesthesiology Lecture. 4th Annual Vladimir Zelman, MD Distinguished and Endowed Lectureship — “Computer Simulations of Biological Function,” Arieh Warshel, USC. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Renee Meadows, (323) 409-6856,

Friday, April 18

11 a.m. Division of Hematology Grand Rounds. “Leukemia Stem Cells, Regulatory Networks and the Microenvironments,” Ravi Bhatia, City of Hope Medical Center. LAC+USC Medical Center Inpatient Tower Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

Saturday, April 19

7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Keck School of Medicine of USC Office of Continuing Medical Education. “An Update on Esophageal Diseases,” various speakers. University Club of Pasadena, 175 North Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Info: (323) 442-2555 or

Monday, April 21

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar Series. “Structure-based Design of Improved Antibodies for HIV Treatment or Prevention,” Pamela J. Bjorkman, California Institute of Technology. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Tuesday, April 22

Noon. USC Institute for Global Health Lecture. “Empowered Mothers Nurture Healthy Families: A Talk with Robin Smalley,” Robin Smalley, mothers2mothers. TCC 450. Info:,

Wednesday, April 23

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. SC CTSI Education, Career Development, and Ethics Short Course Series (Session #4). “Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research,” Jonathan Samet and Wendy Mack, USC. NTT 7409. Info and RSVP: Ray de Mesa, (323) 442-8281,,

Noon. The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles Seminar. “Sequencing-based Approaches to Study RNA Structure and Function,” Fan Li, University of Pennsylvania. 4661 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Parking is at 4650 Sunset Blvd. Info: Harleen Gill (323) 361-8626,,

Thursday, April 24

Noon. USC Research Center for Liver Diseases Seminar. “Interactions of Hepatitis C Viral RNA with Host microRNA miRNA miR-122 in Infected Cells,” Peter Sarnow, Stanford University School of Medicine. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Dolores Mendoza, (323) 442-1283,

4 p.m. Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute Seminar. “Hsp90 as New Therapeutic Treatment for Diabetic Wounds,” Wei Li, USC. McKibben Lecture Hall MCH 256. Info: Christina Ayala, (323) 442-2500,,

6:30 p.m. Keck Medicine of USC Seminar. “Inflammatory Bowel Disease: What You Need to Know.” University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Info: RSVP: (323) 442-2805

Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, April 26

7:30 a.m. Keck School of Medicine of USC Office of Continuing Medical Education. “The Masters Series: Techniques in Arthritis Surgery, ”various speakers. Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena. Info: (323) 442-2555 or

Friday, April 25

11 a.m. Division of Hematology Grand Rounds. “InVivo Coordination of Mouse Hematopoietic Stem Cells,” Rong Lu, USC. LAC+USC Medical Center Inpatient Tower, Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

Tuesday, April 29

Noon. Dept of Medical Education Lecture. “Faculty Development: Designing a Single Teaching Session,” Julie Nyquist and Stepahanie Zia, USC. NML East Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,,

Wednesday, April 30

Noon. Dept. of Medical Education Lecture. “Faculty Development: Feedback for Performance Improvement,” Win May and Denise Souder, USC. NML West Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,,

Media Mentions

An April 10 article in the Los Angeles Times featured research by V. Wendy Setiawan, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Keck Medicine, and colleagues finding that drinking coffee every day can help lower the risk of liver cancer. "Now we can add [hepatocellular carcinoma] to the list of medical ailments, such as Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke, that may be prevented by coffee intake," Setiawan said. The story was also covered by Health Day, The Scientist, The Huffington Post, Fars News Agency (Iran), the Daily Trojan, Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV and CBS News Detroit affiliate WWJ-AM.

An April 6 article in The New York Times quoted Rebecca Sokol, MD, MPH, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medicine at Keck Medicine, about patients freezing sperm samples to preserve their fertility.

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