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

December 17, 2014

News

Researchers engineer a "smart bomb" to attack childhood leukemia
Fatih Uckun, MD, Jianjun Cheng, PhD, and their colleagues have developed a so-called “smart bomb” drug to attack the most common and deadly form of childhood cancer — B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The treatment targets cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy, and therefore can potentially save children who have relapsed after initial chemotherapy. The study, funded by USC Stem Cell’s Regenerative Medicine Initiative, was published in the journal, EBioMedicine.

Stem cell researchers find nail stem cells able to regenerate multiple tissues
Krzysztof Kobielak, MD, PhD, Yvonne Leung, PhD, and Eve Kandyba, PhD, have identified a new population of nail stem cells that have the ability to not only contribute to the growth of nails and skin, but also to shift their function to nail repair when the nail is injured. This finding opens the possibility that these nail stem cells, prompted by the right signals, could potentially aide in the repair of other skin conditions, such as nail and finger defects, severe skin injuries and amputations. The study was published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

calendar

Thursday, Dec. 18

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. HTE@USC Workshop. “HTE@USC Orthopaedics and Engineering Technologies: A Theme-Focused Technology Collaborative Workshop,” CHP 224. Info and RSVP: Nadine Afari, (310) 999-4029, nafari@usc.edu, http://hte.usc.edu

2 p.m. HTE@USC Workshop. “HTE@USC Orthopaedics and Engineering Technologies: A Needs-Focused Technology Collaborative Workshop,” Aenor Sawyer, MD, UCSF. CHP 224. Info and RSVP: Nadine Afari, (310) 999-4029, nafari@usc.edu,  http://hte.usc.edu

6 p.m. Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. “Alignment In TKA: Does Accuracy Count If We Don’t Know The Target,” Henry D. Clarke, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Aresty Auditorium. Info and RSVP: Sylvia Suarez, (323) 226-7204, sylvia.suarez@med.usc.edu

Friday, Dec. 19

8:30 a.m. Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Seminar. “Future of Sleep Apnea Therapy,” Atul Malhotra, UCSD. 2020 Zonal Ave., IRD 734. Info: Elva Rubio, (323) 226-7923, elvarubi@usc.edu  

Wednesday, Dec. 24

8:30 a.m. Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Lecture. “Pain, Agitation and Delirium,” Santhi Iyer-Kumar, USC. 2020 Zonal Ave., IRD 734. Info: Elva Rubio, (323) 226-7923, elvarubi@usc.edu  

Thursday, Jan. 08

1:30 p.m. Keck Medicine of USC Stroke Support Group. Keck Hospital 3 North Acute Rehab Unit Day Room (3261A). Info: Leslie Tarlow, (323) 442-7687, ltarlow@med.usc.edu RSVP: Ozzy Obiwuru, (323) 442-0049, obiwuru@med.usc.edu

Saturday, Jan. 10

10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m Day of Beauty. Staff-only event features discounted dermatology, facial and body consultations, and promotional pricing for certain procedures. Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. Healthcare Center 4. RSVP

Media Mentions

A Dec. 4 Yahoo article about a Discovery Channel show featuring a man who was to be eaten alive by an anaconda quoted Cynthia Bir, PhD, professor of research, Keck School of Medicine of USC, who helped design the suit the man wore to protect himself. "We need to protect him against the snake's strike, and the actual constriction, and any gastric acids that may be released from the snake," she said.

A Dec. 12 Prevention magazine story about the effects of added sugar (fructose) on food satiety quoted endocrinologist Kathleen Page, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Page recommended eating fruit instead of processed foods and drinks, such as cookies and sodas. "The amount of fructose you're getting (in fruit) is relatively small, and it contains fiber to help slow down processing of the sugar," Page said.


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