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

April 22, 2015


Congratulations to our Keck Medicine of USC 2015 USC Mellon Mentoring Award Winners
This year's recipients for faculty mentoring faculty are Laurie DeLeve, MD, PhD, professor of Medicine, and Jeffrey Gold, PhD, associate professor for the Department of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics. The recipient of the faculty mentoring graduate students award is Jo Marie Reilly, MD, associate professor of Clinical Family Medicine. With this award, the university honors these individuals for their exemplary commitment to mentoring. The letters written in support of their nominations illustrate the breadth and depth of mentoring activities taking place across the university and the difference that these faculty mentors have made in the lives and careers of countless undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, medical residents, fellows, and faculty. Read more

USC professor receives American Society of Hematology Bridge Grant Award for critical blood disease research
Preventive Medicine Professor Wendy Cozen, DO, was awarded The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Bridge Grant Award of $150,000. ASH is the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders. This one-year award is designed to provide critical interim support for hematology research proposals that, despite earning high scores, could not be funded by the NIH due to severe funding reductions. Cozen's areas of interest include the epidemiology of hematologic neoplasms, particularly Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Read more


Thursday, April 23

Noon. USC Women in Management Luncheon. “Team Dynamics,” Rebecca Weintraub, PhD, USC. Info: Ginger Mayerson, (323) 201-7147, RSVP

Tuesday, April 28

11 a.m. Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Seminar. “Programming and Reprogramming Cell Fate,” Kenneth S. Zaret, PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center Auditorium.

5:30 p.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Grace Shih, MD, USC. HC4, Conference Room, 3rd Floor. Info: Tyaisha Christopher, (323) 409-5233,  

Wednesday, April 29

8 a.m. - noon. Environmental Health and Safety Workshop. “FBI Academic Biosecurity Workshop,” James Peaco and William So, FBI. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Deona Willes, (323) 442-2200, RSVP

Noon. The Saban Research Institute Seminar. “Research Seminar, RNA-Seq of Human Brains and Single Cells,” James A. Knowles, MD, PhD, USC. Auditorium, Saban Building. Info: Harleen Gill, (323) 361-8626,, website

Thursday, April 30

7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Office of CME & Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Continuing Medical Education. “The Masters Series: Techniques in Arthritis,” Course Director: Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, USC. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, 91106. Info: Teresa Ball, (323) 442-2555,, website

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Master of Public Health - PM 547 Symposium. “Cooperative Health Policy,” PM 547 Students, USC. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Kathy Tran, (626) 537-5817,, Facebook

Saturday, May 2

7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery. “Purple Stride Los Angeles 2015,” Exposition Park, 3855 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Info: Rick Selby, (323) 442-7996. RSVP: Timothy Chung, (323) 442-7996,

Wednesday, May 6

Noon. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “Smells, Worms and Turns: Dissecting C. Elegans Neural Circuits,” Sreekanth Chalasani, PhD, Salk Institute. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219,  

Noon. The Saban Research Institute Seminar. “Research Seminar, Bugs, Guts and Brains: How Your Gut Microbiota Shapes Your Body and Your Mind,” Helen E. Raybould, PhD, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Auditorium, Saban Building. Info: Harleen Gill, (323) 361-8626,, website

Thursday, May 7

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The USC Health Systems Improvement Collaborative. “Doctors, Raters, and Payers: Who is Responsible for Defining Quality in Healthcare?” Tom Jackiewicz, USC. Eli & Edythe Broad CIRM Center, BCC 101. Lunch included. RSVP

Friday, May 8

Noon. Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar. “Development, Endocrine Functions and Metabolism of Marrow Adipose Tissue”, Ormond A. MacDougald, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School. John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, PSC 104. Info: Ruth Ballard, (323) 442-3400,

Media Mentions

An April 17 article in Bioscience Technology highlighted research led by Rick Friedman, MD, PhD, professor of otolaryngology and neurosurgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center at Keck Medicine of USC. The genome-wide association study indicates a possible genetic risk for noise-induced hearing loss in mice. "Understanding the biological processes that affect susceptibility to hearing loss due to loud noise exposure is an important factor in reducing the risk,” Friedman said. “We have made great advances in hearing restoration, but nothing can compare to protecting the hearing you have and preventing hearing loss in the first place.” The research also was covered by the Daily Mail (UK), Health Canal, ScienceDaily and Futurity.

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